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1.Patriot vs. Ravens


·         They always scare me – Ray Rice run in playoffs one of worst playoff plays in last 15 years

·         Snow and traffic on Monday night – ugh – over-under accidents leaving Foxboro at midnight 461

·         Are you kidding me Justin Tucker is 28-28 including a 57 yarder

·         Terrell Suggs has 8 sacks which almost matches his violent crimes not to be confused with retired Ray Lewis who despite his affiliation with a brutal murder is held in higher regard by the NFL community than Tom Brady whose worst crime was a pony tail in Rio

·         Joe Flacco is not scared in Foxboro


2. Around the NFL


·         All nine of the Lions wins have been seven points or less

·         If you were going against Le’Veon Bell in your fantasy football league – sorry

·         Hmm Pittsburgh footballs were under pressure limits – how could that be

·         Denver done


3. Bruins vs. Celtics


Celtics over last 50 games – 26-24

Bruins over last 50 games – 24-21-5

Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci – 16 goals in 223 shots (7%)

Celtics and all their 3 pointers only got to the line 8 times Sunday night compared to 27 for Oklahoma


4. Most rushing TD’s by QB

* Steve Van Buren…..69

* Cam Newton………48

* Otto Graham……….44

* Steve Young………43

* Jack Kemp…………40

* YA Tittle…………39

* Kordell Stewart……38

* Steve McNair……..37

* Michael Vick…….36

* R. Cunningham…..35

* Steve Grogan……..35


5. Chris Sale Fun Facts:


·         Batters with most strikeouts – Alex Gordon 21 /Miguel Cabrera 16 / Torii Hunter 16

·         1,244 strikeouts to 260 BB’s

·         ERA in wins 1.80 / losses 5.80

·         4-1 against Yankees


6. JR Redmond – The running back had four receptions in the snow bowl in 2001 – over the previous 39 games he only had four or more receptions once in a game (he followed that up with three huge receptions in the Super Bowl)

7. Old School – Age of rotation


2017: Sale – 27 / Pomerantz – 27 / Porcello – 27 / Price – 30 / E Rodriguez 23 / Buchholz – 31

1986: Clemens – 23 / Oil Can – 26 / Hurst – 28 / Nipper – 27 / Seaver – 41 / Sellers – 22  


8 Amazing Stat – Hershel Walker and OJ Simpson both had 61 rushing TD’s


9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Things that stink about winter:

* Snow down your boots or mittens

* Shovel getting stuck in crack in sidewalk and hitting you in stomach

* Street hockey stick of opponent riding up you stick and pinching your hand

* Taking off boots and stepping in puddle with socks

* Looking out port hole of a defrosted windshield

* Walking the dog

* Ice dams

* Traffic – one snowflake and everyone goes Pavlov and jams on the brakes


10.  Randomocity

* Mick Jagger will be 95 when his new kid graduates from college

* MLS soccer finals – 120 minutes no goals – that doesn’t get you more fans

* From MSN’s list of the world’s ten most attractive cities – “Boston – The Massachusetts capital is arguably America’s most attractive city”

* They picked up John Farrell’s option why?

* Did you know Wonderful Life is rated PG 13 because of sexual situations

* Good piece in Sports Illustrated on the Boise State upset over Oklahoma in 2007


1.Patriot quarterbacks – 2001 AFC Championship game:
• Drew Bledsoe…….10-21 / 102 yards / 1 TD
• Tom Brady………..12-18 / 115 yards / 0 TD
2. Around the NFL
• Frank Gore has more rushing yards than Adrian Peterson 12,789 to 11,725
• Teams with a losing record but have scored more points than opponents – Arizona, Saints, Eagles, Chargers
• Over their last five games for each team – the Browns, 49ers, Vikings, Jacksonville, Jets, Eagles are 3-27
3. Trade for Aces – I love the Sale trade:
• Pedro – Carl Pavano / Tony Armas
• Schilling – Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, Jorge De La Rosa
• Eckersley – Ted Cox, Bo Diaz, Rick Wise, Mike Paxton
4. If you pro-rated Moncada’s major league strikeouts this year over 500 at bats – he would have struck out 316 times
5. With Bud Selig probably going to the Hall of Fame – it used to be that being commissioner was an automatic induction – Baseball Commissioners in the Hall of Fame
• Landis, Chandler, Frick, Kuhn – 1920-1984 (representing 60 of 64 years)
6. Marvin Hagler:
* In 1974, he fought eleven times
* From 1982 to 1987 he fought ten times
7. Old School – 1976 Canada Cup
• Bobby Orr – 7 games / 9 points was named MVP
• American MVP Robbie Ftorek – Needham, Ma
• Orr would only play 26 more games
• All Canada Cup team included – Rogie Vachon, Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming, Orr
8 Amazing Stat – Height of the top five running backs in NFL history:
Emmitt Smith……5’9”
Walter Payton……5’10”
Barry Sanders……5’8”
Curtis Martin…….5’11”
LaDainian Tomlinson…5’10”
9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Now that Larry is 60 years old – how about an update on other ages to make you feel old:
Mike Haynes..63
Dave Cowens..68
Marvin Hagler…62
Marty Barrett…..58
10. Randomocity
* I’m calling the Kangaroo – guy fighting video fake – too set up. Just happened to have professional cameraman filming??
* Compelling commercial – Evan – it’s two minutes watch to the end
* I think I say this every year at this time – the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor is still leaking oil
* Watching pretty strong series on Amazon – Man in High Castle – if you like WW II stuff – might like it
* One of my new favorite Admirals – Harry Harris – calling out Kapernick
* With John Glenn dying, Buzz Aldrin sick and things happening in three – should Bill Lee be worried
* By the way – John Glenn was Ted Williams wingman
* How insane is David Ortiz ego that he tweets out he’s thinking of coming back – please everyone talk about me

Bruins Quick Hits

December 7, 2016 at 2:07pm in Bruins, Featured, NHL, Rumors, Top Story
Pastrnak after scoring game-winner vs Panthers (host.madison.com)

Drafting David Pastrnak 25th overall back in 2014 is looking more and more like a steal after each passing game.

Pastrnak scored a pair of goals in the Bruins 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers Tuesday night, including an overtime game-winner that put Cats goaltender Roberto Luongo’s jock-strap to the rafters, and sent B’s fans into pandemonium at the TD Garden thus lifting his total to 15 on the season.

Pastrnak’s rise from a skinny hopeful to a scoring machine is just one of a few things I want to discuss here while also hitting on some other Bruins takes from the past week or so. Let’s get started: Continue reading Bruins Quick Hits »

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Brady and the offense struggled in their first game without Gronk.

Yes this headline is very misleading.  The Patriots put up 26 points and defeated The Rams 26-10 on sunday, however if you really watched the game the offense was not impressive.

After giving up 49 points last week The Rams defense was on the ropes, and as a whole I’m sure they were a team that was looking to get home after back to back games in the pacific time zone.  The Patriots scored on their first possession, a 4th and 1 rush by LeGarrette Blount that went for 43 yards and a touchdown.  Then they scored early in the second on a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Chris Hogan, however after this the offense hit a wall.

The Patriots average 3.1 offensive touchdowns per game, yesterday they scored 2 and struggled to do so.  Without Gronk the offense doesn’t thrive like they should.  Not having that big body in the middle of the field hurts them, Gronk is a matchup nightmare, he does things on the football field that most guys can only dream of doing.  The Patriots always preach about finishing drives off with touchdowns, well yesterday they kicked 4 field goals.  When the playoffs come around you have to score touchdowns, not kick field goals.  On the season The Patriots have been stellar on 3rd downs.  They are 6th in the league with a conversion rate of 44.5%.  Yesterday they were 4-12 on third down.  When Brady needs a completion he looks for his hall of fame tight end, and when he’s not there things change.

The Patriots are still the favorites in the AFC, but without Gronk it levels the playing field.  The defense will have to play more like it did yesterday, and multiple guys are going to have to step up on offense to pick up the slack of Gronk not being there.

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 1.Patriots vs. Rams


 ·         Patriots have won at least ten games every year since 2002 – spoiled are we!

·         After watching the Pats again this week – I still feel the lack enough talent to win the AFC championship (not as fun without Gronk)

·         Insane the Matt Patricia look alike in the crowd

·         Lots of empty seats to start the game – gotta finish that last beer and then men’s room and then stop for a beer at the concession


 ·         Fox was killing us with the 201 win angle but they brought some great stats to the table especially the win – loss record when trailing or tied in the 4th quarter 50-42.

·         I presume that Brady did the Shields commercial as a favor to someone

·         Drives me crazy watching TJ McDonald drive Brady into the ground and the franchise having to defend himself. Someone touches Brady ten players should be on top of him


 ·         Why don’t teams play Blount to bounce everything outside

·         Concerning the lack of connection between Brady and Bennett – last three weeks 6 receptions for 40 yards / Since having three TD’s on 10/9 – hasn’t scored

·         I like the Pats keeping Lewis touches to a minimum

·         Chris Hogan is a pretty boy blocker – goes to the area but doesn’t want to hit anyone

·         Great day for Malcom Mitchell but he heard about the last target that he didn’t come back to the ball

·         Three screens set up for big gainers but blocks missed by Cannon, Devlin and Hogan shut them down

·         With Gronk out – Edelman is going to get abused – hope he makes the playoffs

·         Insane that the Pats have scored touchdowns on seven of their first twelve drives of the year

·         Blount is to Barry Sanders as Maurice Alexander is Harlan Barnett – spun around and inside out


·         Chris Long one tackle (sack) and the announcers and team went crazy like he was Ray Nitschke

·         I’ve been begging for an aggressive defensive game plan all year and I finally got it – thanks Yukon

·         Good day for Shea McClellin who had a sack, got his drivers permit and carried a cheerleaders books to class


·         Bill went with shortsleeve sweat coat (equipment guy has to hook him up with some sunglasses)

·         Robert had another huge day – not only several sightings – highlights of the 2001 Super Bowl team mainly featured him (That was him who returned the Kurt Warner pass wasn’t it?)


·         No one trusts more in Bill than me – BUT – the preseason ESPN player rankings had Gronk as #3 / Chandler Jones #56 / Jamie Collins as #61 – you have lost three of your top four ranked players for the playoffs and you got a 2nd round and 3rd round pick in return.   

·         Why not bring Jerald Mayo back for last four regular season games and playoffs?

·         Another drop by Cyrus Jones in punt game

·         I know John Lynch is pro-Patriots but we are sensitive in New England – his reference to the pumped up footballs I’m sure is a shot at the league and not Brady

·         Fox Stat – since Super Bowl – Rams are 87-147 / Pats 180-55

·         Nice commercial for Malcom Butler – ch-ching – Visa – although I don’t know if I like it ending with him getting beating off the line

·         If some local station did a live broadcast of the 2001 celebration Saturday night – it would have been the highest rated show of the day

·         The two teams combined for 5-28 on third down


2. Around the NFL

·         Patriots, Raiders and Cowboys are 17-0 on the road

·         Bears, 49ers, Browns are 0-18 on the road


3. Pump the brakes – Bruins / Celtics / Patriots were 5-0 this weekend

·         The five teams the played were all under .500  

·         Combined records of 33-56


4. Around College Football

* Congratulations to Dr. Pepper – you’re quest to find the worst athletes in America has been a success – but to parade them out on national television at halftime of games to throw a football six inches into a target is mean.

* My College Football Saturdays are over for another year – good grief!

* I was 1-3 in picks (did not give myself San Diego I had the spread wrong)

* Sad to see Verne Lunquist go to the Keith Jackson retirement home

* Any coach that runs three times into the line on first and goal should lose their job

* Three great games to end the day – Wisconsin – Penn State / Clemson – V Tech / Wyoming – San Diego


5.  No on Napoli – too many strikeouts (can’t keep his shirt on either)

·         Napoli – 2016 – 215 strikeouts in 609 at bats – yikes strikeout every 2.83 at bats

·         Pesky – 1947 – 22 strikeouts in 638 at bats – yikes strikeout every 29 at bats


6. Dak Prescott vs. Tom Brady –

Brady 2001……11-3 / 18 TD to 12 INT / 63.9% completion / 86.5 rating

Prescott 2016 – 11-1 / 19 TD to 3 INT / 67.9% completions / 108.6 rating


7. Old School – In honor of Coach Adazzio – how about I give him a break and talk about BC’s worst football season – 1978:


·         Record 0-11

·         Ed Chlebek coach

·         Ended the season losing to U Mass, Holy Cross and Temple

·         Multiple future NFL players on that team including Fred Smerlas


8 Amazing Stat – Patriots overtime drive versus Oakland in the Snow Bowl:

·         15 plays / 8 minutes – 25 second drive

·         Brady was 8 for 8 (JR Redmond 3 rec, Jermaine Wiggins 3 rec, Brown 1 reception, Patten one reception,

·         Vinatieri 23 yard field goal


 9 Just a Little Bit Outside – Rotten Tomato ratings out of 100% of Christmas specials:

·         How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)…..100%

·         Miracle on 34th Street (original of course)…97%

·         It’s a Wonderful Life…………………..…..94%

·         Rudolph……………………………………..92%

·         Charlie Brown Christmas……………………92%

·         The Christmas Story…………………………87%

·         Elf……………………………………………84%  

·         Christmas Carol (Albert Finney best one)…..75%

·         Twas the Night Before Christmas……………65%

·         Christmas Vacationing……………………….64%

·         Frosty the Snowman………………………….60%

·         Home Alone…………………………………55%


10.  Randomocity

* Watching Brady slide is painful – I think with the knee braces these QB’s wear they should be able to spike the ball to kill the play even downfield instead of sliding

* Didn’t know that the narrator’s voice on Grinch was Boris Karloff

* I read this but I’m not sure if it’s true – Coach Adazzio pulled a scholarship from a committed kicker to give to his son – the kicker Michael Geiger went to Michigan State and became an All American

* Sidenote: Patriot fans booing Adam Vinatieri is one of the drunkest things Boston fans have ever done

* With today’s technology, how wasn’t the Everett – Xaverian game at least on the computer if not the TV?

* How hard is Al Skinner laughing now

* In almost side by ads in Sports Illustrated – warnings for use of a product –  Lite Beer ad – warning was 1 inch by 1/8 inch / smokeless tobacco – 2 inches by 7 inches

* Watched movie Concussion this weekend – B MINUS – You just can’t cast Luke Wilson as Roger Goodell and be taken serious.

1.Patriots vs. Rams

*Gronk hurt again – ugh. This season is following last year’s path – they started 10-0 and finished 3-5
* Goodell’s whole week was made with this injury
*Tom Brady is 1,132 yards short of passing Dan Marino for 4th on all time passing yards (behind Manning, Favre and Brees)
* A question – has Charlie Weis, Josh McDaniel’s game plans and Tom Brady’s skill set been a cause for getting a lot of receivers / tight ends hurt with the short game, quick hitters over the middle, etc?
* Rams – my favorite player growing up was Roman Gabriel / Jack Youngblood played with broken leg / old blue and white helmets were awesome
* Jeff Fisher used to be so smug – now just a loser
2. Nothing to do with the maternity leave – but it’s obvious that Tommy Heinsohn was right about Al Horford he is averaging– 14 points / 6.6 rebounds for $26mm a year (a year, a year) – is he better than players on the below list – considering he got the biggest contract in CELTIC HISTORY:
Sullinger – 2014 – 13.3 points per game / 8.1 rebounds per game
Potapenko – 1999 – 10.8 points per game / 7.2 rebounds per game
Pickney……1989 – 10.1 points per game / 5.1 rebounds per game
Rowe…… ..1977 – 10.1 points per game / 7.1 rebounds per game
Wicks……..1977 – 15.1 points per game / 10.0 rebounds per game
Radja………1996 – 19.7 points per game / 9.8 rebounds per game
LaFrentz…..2005 – 11.1 points per game / 6.9 rebounds per game
3. Bruins / Celtics
* Again – remember when media used to be tough? Fluto Shinzawa enabling again in Globe piece – Bergeron “has fought through bad luck” (3 goals in 20 games) WTF! “Krejci wheels remain a work in progress” – WTF???? (3 goals in 23 games) – so SIX goals in 46 games for combined salaries of $14mm
* Right now – the Brooklyn pick this year would be the third pick
* Celtics can swap with Nets this year (2018 they have Nets and Grizzlies first pick)
4. Around College Football
* Navy has two games to jump two spots to catch Western Michigan to get a Cotton Bowl bid -wow – that will first big bowl since 1963 (someone should write a book)!
* No lock – but I like under in W. Virginia – Baylor game 68.5
* A good Oklahoma State team getting 11.5 in a rivalry game – hmm – I take the points
* My weekly over/under on Navy – go over on the total 61 against Temple
* I like Wisconsin giving 2.5 to Penn State
* I like San Diego State getting 6.5 in Wyoming
5. From Miguel’s Patriots salary cap page –
* Alan Branch really must love pot – for the four games he is going to miss for suspension he will lose $1,132,353 in salary and playing time bonuses
* Total salaries on injured lists $8.7mm…………Vollmer is $5.2 himself
* Players over $5mm  on the salary cap– Brady, Solder, Hightower, Sheard, Gronk, Hogan, Bennett, McCourty
* Players not on the team impacting the cap – $18mm – Mayo is $4.4mm / Easley $2.9mm / Cooper $1.9mm / Scott Chandler $2mm
6. Brady giving up Pick Sixes:
* Only twelve in his career – over 8,048 pass attempts – that’s a pick six every 671 attempts
* Geno Smith has eight over his career – over 866 attempts – that’s a pick six every 108 attempts
* Top five in Pick Sixes – Favre – 31 / Marino – 28 / Manning – 26 / Brees – 25 / Testeverde -23
* Ty Law had one of Brady’s / two of Mannings / one of Warner’s – in the Super Bowl
* Bledsoe had 15 / Plunkett – 12 / Grogan – 11
* John Brodie two over 4,491 passes – one every 2,246 passes / Staubach had two over 2,958
7 Old School – Bobby and Brett Hull combined for 61 hat tricks
8 Amazing Stat – Quarterbacks that have thrown for over 35,000 yards and not in the Hall of Fame (must be eligible)
Vinnie Testeverde……..46,233
Drew Bledsoe………….44,611
Kerry Collins………….40,922
Dave Krieg…………….38,147
Boomer Esiason……….37,920
Donovan McNabb……..32,276
9 Just a Little Bit Outside – American casualties at Battle of the Bulge – Doing some math 81,000 casualties divided by 50 states = 1,620 per state – Massachusetts has 312 towns which means every town would have had 5 casualties from just one battle – and people are burning flags that they fought for.
10. Randomocity
* Great documentary of Canada – Russia 1972 series on Youtube: “Cold War on ice summit series HD”
* Its amazing to think of the abuse Jack Bicknell took in this town after Flutie left compared to the free ride Adazzio gets from the media and school – for $2.6mm a year
*The girl who inspired My Sharona song by the Knack is a prominent LA realtor now and her website has the song playing the background
* George Blanda played in the NFL when Harry Truman was president and Gerald Ford
* Life is good – Tiger Woods back
* Speaking of divorces – Does Barry Sanders really need to do commercials for a divorce attorney firm?

1.Patriots vs. Jets




·         Season is over, they have no offensive creativity (Except one double pass), Gronk hurt, Brady really hurt, Bennett hurt, defense one of the worst in the last fifteen years – can’t pressure QB or cover anyone – its over. Sorry!

·         Gotta love them picking on Revis for the game winner

·         Off to another frustrating start – Brady hit the first two plays / doesn’t get play off on time giving Jets chance to challenge their first down and it is reversed / Have to punt getting Jordan Richards hurt (you could hear him yell)




·         He has a bad injury that will need surgery at some point – might need to rest him

·         Ball was sailing high on him because he can’t put pressure on knee

·         Brady completely Andy Reid-ed the end of the half – what a butcher job – with 1:16 left in the half he completes pass to Amendola, doesn’t use timeout – then doesn’t get off a play until 0:45 (36 seconds!), then completes pass to Hogan at 0:40 and again doesn’t use a timeout – throws a desperation pass to Mitchell at 0:06 that’s incomplete – they have to settle for field goal which they miss – and they take the timeout into the locker room

·         Do not put the Brady blocking downfield on the – “How To Block” – video

·         Brady with over three seconds doesn’t work again – overthrows an open Gronk and gets him hurt

·         He looked grumpy like he knew they were in big trouble




·         Josh McDaniel – UGHHHH! His schemes are so vanilla – how many plays drawn up allow a defender to run free to Brady?

·         NO HURRY UP – not even at the end of the first half when it was hurry up time

·         Again they tried the play-action, fake end around – and again nothing

·         Thank God for Malcom Mitchell

·         Gutsy call going for it on 4th and 4 – and not giving Gostkowski a chance

·         Do I get any points for calling the left handed Hogan option pass a month ago?

·         Nice downfield blocking by Mitchell and Hogan on the Blount 18 yard run

·         Every time Lewis touches the ball it looks like he is just ready to be knocked out for the season

·         4-14 on third down – not good




·         Everytime the Patriots go with a three man rush I should say an Act of Contrition for what I’m thinking

·         The lack of pass rush, an average linebacker corps is not good enough to win a Super Bowl I’m sorry to say – watching McClellin is like watching a Tufts football player

·         How come Matt Patricia turns every average quarterback into Sid Luckman (Fitzpatrick had a QB rating of 67.6 coming into the game and goes off for 115.2)

·         Malcom Brown a little better – put pressure on Fitzpatrick forcing an intentional grounding

·         Butler’s worst game as a Patriot – was getting beat all over the field

·         Ninkovich is proving the value of steroids – he is a JV player right now – 1 tackle

·         How does Van Noy get matched up one on one with CJ Spiller down the right sideline?




·         Bill same gray hoodie from the Simpson’s Boston special

·         Kraft 6:24 left in the 2nd quarter




·         Gronk yet again – I would not sign him for crazy money – he has a body of a 42-year-old (same about Edelman – don’t sign for big money slowly declining)

·         Bennett – that ankle is going to be a problem all year

·         Richard injury I spoke of already




·         Gostkowski another miss – yikes – I think it’s worse than that. His body language is not good and the ball is coming off his foot funny almost knuckling

·         Saw it in the Michigan game and every football game – the marking of the football is so random – you need technology to step in

·         Greg Gumbel brings nothing to the table but stating the obvious – and to think that CBS named him their number one announcer over Sean McDonough fifteen years ago

·         The league is imparting parity upon the Patriots – Take away two first round picks, suspend the best player in the league, no fine on defenders taking shots at the best player in the league’s knee which could change the course of the season, and the refusal to call interference on players defending against Gronk


2. Around the NFL


·         Article about Matt Forte deciding on the Jets over the Patriots in the offseason – that wasn’t the best career decision

·         I feel this about changing pitchers and people – if you think should make a change – then make the change – Cincy embarrasses itself last year in the playoffs and they come back with Marvin Lewis and they are 3-7-1

·         Drew Brees 458 TD to 213 INT / Brady 446 to 151 INT

·         Carson Palmer 4-6-1 since talking bad about Brady 

·         Jamie Collins 0-3 now

·         Its approaching December when Chandler Jones goes into hibernation (or to the police station)– 1 tackle – that is not Von Miller- like

·         Ravens run a play in which they commit a penalty on purpose so that they play is re-run and the clock runs again – doesn’t seem like the integrity of the game – ie – tackle eligible

·         I think domes should be outlawed – boring inside game that is sterile

·         Tony Romo salary cap dollar figure $14,000,000 / Dak Prescott salary $450,000


3. Bruins / Celtics


·         Celtics 2-4 against teams with an above .500 record / 7-3 versus losing teams

·         Bruins 5-9 against teams with an above .500 record / 7-1 versus losing teams


4. Around College Football

* I was 1-2 ugh

* I agree with Harbaugh – biggest game of the year and the home team gets penalized SIX yards to opponents 59 yards including three questionable interference calls and an insane bench penalty 50 yards away from the play never mind having the benefit of the spots all day

* I wonder what the break down on subjective interference calls are on home team versus the away teams

* The eight-team playoff would make lots of millions – first round: Alabama vs. Penn State / Ohio State vs. Oklahoma / Clemson vs. Wisconsin / Michigan vs. Washington

* With so many fans storming the fields now – there must be at least one fan breaking an ankle a game jumping over the walls

* With the coaching changes in college football – seniors should be allowed to transfer to another team – not the team that the coach went to though

* I don’t get it – Boston College is excited about their season and becoming bowl eligible? They only played four teams in the top 60 (according to RPI) which they were 0-4 against while being outscored 202-21! Remember when the media in this town mattered? Addazio said after the game: “top of our university, unwavering faith”


5. In 2018 the Red Sox have already committed $108mm to five players – Price, Sandoval, Hanley, Pedroia and Porcello.


6. I wish USA Soccer was paying attention to my blog back in June (6/24/16) when I showed that Klinsmann wasn’t improving the team and that their best coach over the last twenty years has been Arena – it’s just that he doesn’t look the part – more of a John Lovitz wanna be.

* FIFA Ranking over the six years since Klinsmann took over in 2011 – 34 / 2012 – 28 / 2013- 28 / 2014 – 13 / 2015 – 27 / 2016 – 31st  

* Average FIFA Rankings for the USA’s last four coaches – Arena (98-06) –  17th / Sampson (95-98) – 22nd / Bradley (06-11) – 23rd / Klinsmann (11-16) – 28th

7 Old School – Prior to Carlton Fisk home run in Game 6 of 1975 World Series – he had four over his previous 156 at bats – or one every 39 at bats


8 Amazing Stat – Cam Neely scored 50 goals in 44 games in 1993-1994 but on one leg. After scoring his 50th he only played six more games and missed the playoffs – Niedermeyer dead, Wormer dead, Ulf – dead! 

 9 Just a Little Bit Outside – Local Sports anchor salaries in 1986 – (Globe)

Bob Lobel………$450,000

Mike Lynch……..$200,000

John Dennis…….$140,000


10.  Randomocity

* What’s wrong with our society? With 21 more shot in Chicago Saturday – TV is advertising – in the middle of the day mind you – a video game from Playstation called WatchDogs 2 which shows street thugs with machine guns shooting people in the middle of a city further romanticizing the greatest plague ever to hit the United States – insane

* After Cam Newton refused to pick up the fumble in the Super Bowl shouldn’t the DAB go away

* The owner of Corona just went back to his village in Spain – Cerezales del Coronado and made every citizen a millionaire   

* Castro must have been a big Brady Bunch fan

* Boston College is selling sports tickets for 50% off on Monday – hate to be that season ticket holder that paid full price and has been loyal despite the bad product

* Sports Illustrated – two recent NBA articles – Are the Bulls Better Off Without Rondo? AND Buyer’s Remorse – top five bad signings – first two are Evan Turner and Rajon Rondo

* Hats off to U Mass Boston and Charlie Titus for not allowing two of their stars play in the NCAA playoffs after their disgraceful red cards two weeks ago

* You can’t have Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph on before December 1st