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The Eve Of The Return

October 8, 2016 at 2:37pm in Uncategorized
The NFL's worst nightmare is back.  Tom Brady/.

If someone asked you to compile a list of the top 3 things in New England what would your answer be?  Tom Brady.  Clam Chowder.  David Ortiz as a very close third would be my answer.  After a month-long nightmare we finally get number one on this list back.

As of now we’ve all seen the Brady hype videos, and starting tomorrow we finally get to live it.  Let’s face it, it’s been a long 4 weeks.  Jimmy G and Jacoby Brissett did their jobs, even tho Garoppolo should have played last week but that’s a discussion for another time.  However as of tomorrow we don’t have to worry about those two anymore (hopefully).  Tomorrow we finally get our hall of fame quarterback, back on the field where he belongs.

The Players or Brady himself won’t say what tomorrow will be like, but lets face it they’re going to try to give the middle finger to the rest of the league.  Do I think Brady could be rusty?  Well yes, any player who hasn’t seen game action in nearly 5 weeks will be rusty.  What I do know is Brady is pissed off, he won’t tell you how he feels but his father will.  Brady’s father has multiple times called Goodell a “liar”, and has called the NFL “a kangaroo court”.  If Brady’s dad is this upset imagine how his son feels?  Brady was booed at the Super Bowl 50 ceremony, had his name dragged through the dirt for nearly the past 2 years, has heard all the talk about Garoppolo will be Brady’s successor, and all the talk that Brady is just a “system quarterback”.

Remind you this is a guy who has a clock in his house.  This clock is not set to his wife’s birthday, his kids birthdays, his anniversary, or any other significant moment in his or his loved ones lives.  This clock in his house is set to February 5th, 2017, 6:30 pm.  This is the date and time of Superbowl 51.  Where he expects to be.  For a guy that has played his whole career with a chip on his shoulder, now he has a boulder on it.  Expect the revenge tour to start tomorrow and there’s no telling when it will end.  Sleep good tonight New England fans, tomorrow football Jesus is back.

Pats -42, Cleveland-10.

 

 

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David Ortiz IS October

October 6, 2016 at 4:30pm in Boston, Featured, MLB, Top Story
David Ortiz IS October

We’re back, baby! Tonight, Rick Porcello and his 22 wins will take on Trevor Bauer and the Indians at Progressive field in Cleveland. The Indians, led by former Red Sox manager and fan-favorite Terry Francona, will look to capture their first playoff victory since 2007. Francona, who led the Red Sox to two World Series titles (including the team’s first in 86 years) was “let go” after the Red Sox epic collapse down the stretch of the 2011 season. While the bad blood between Francona and the Red Sox organization seems to have dissipated tremendously since the breakup, I think it’s safe to say that Francona would love nothing more than to stick it to Red Sox brass, particularly John Henry.

That’s where David Ortiz comes in. The man who has carried this team and this city on his back since that magical run back in 2004 will look to fire up the magic one last time in his final postseason appearance. A World Series title would strengthen David’s case as one of, if not the greatest playoff performer of all-time. Additionally, it would cement his legacy as one of the three greatest Red Sox players to ever live.

David Ortiz IS October. October rolls around and David Ortiz’s eye lasers zero in on baseballs and send them to the moon. No pitcher is too clutch. No moment is too big. It’s time to ride Big Papi to the promise land one final time. God, am I going to miss this guy.

No beisbol is safe, no beisbol is safe.

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Brady is back!

October 3, 2016 at 12:51pm in Boston, Patriots, Top Story

Tom Brady is officially free.  After Serving his four game suspension, Brady is set to start OctBradyober 9th against the Cleveland Browns.  The fans are excited, the players are excited, and I’m sure Tom himself is thrilled to be back on that field with his teammates.  During Brady’s absence, the Patriots posted a 3-1 record with back up quarterbacks Jimmy Garrappolo and Jacoby Brissett.  If you told me at the beginning of the season that Garrappolo would get hurt and the Patriots would still be 3-1, I wouldn’t believe you.  People were definitely a little nervous about how they would play without Brady but as a team they exceeded expectations.  Yes, it would have been great if they beat Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills yesterday and went 4-0 but unfortunately Garrappolo wasn’t healthy enough to play and Brissett looked a little banged up to.  Honestly the whole team didn’t look ready to play yesterday which is unusual to see from the Patriots.  Don’t get too happy though Rex, Brady and the Patriots will be back looking for Revenge on October 30th.

In my mind I think Garrappolo not starting yesterday is a little bit of a disappointment.  Look I’m not a doctor, nor have I had that injury before but I feel like if you want to become an elite Quarterback in the NFL you have to try and play through that injury.  There were some reports that the Patriots were trying to push him to play the Thursday night game against the Texans, which I thought was unrealistic because that was only four days after suffering that injury.  After rehabbing for two weeks though, I thought he was going to play.  He was practicing throughout the week and throwing the ball pretty well.  Playing through injuries show toughness in a Quarterback and it’s usually the elites one that do it.  For example, Brady has played with that injury, Russell Wilson played through an injury this week, and Big Ben always it’s a little knocked up but most of the time he’s out there playing.  Again, I don’t know how bad the injury was but it would’ve been good to see potentially your future Quarterback showing some toughness.  This was also his last chance to really show the league what he can do.  Now unless Brady gets injured, which would absolutely be devastating, who knows when Jimmy will get his next shot to prove to the league how good he is.

It’s only Monday, but I’m sure me and thousands of Patriots fans already can’t wait for next Sunday.  Bradys back, Ninkovich is back, and hopefully the real Gronk is back.  Good luck Cleveland, your going to need it.

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1. Patriots:

  • Patriots are 3-1 without the greatest quarterback in NFL history and one reception from the greatest tight end in NFL history (also didn’t have their top back or best offensive lineman)
  • Congrats to Rex Ryan who beat an injured / 3rd string QB who he had tried to intimidate before the game – tough guy
  • Can’t win if you’re cornerback (Logan Ryan) has 17 tackles
  • Is anyone worried about Gostkowski since the missed extra point last year against Denver – he has missed two of his last 5 and I think he missed some in the exhibition season
  • Not good that you’re second all pro tight end Bennett went off with injury
  • 1-12 on third down is not going to win you many games

Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Rex Ryan Beats 3rd String Injured QB »

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Is Jordan Howard the real deal? (USA Today)

Week 4 is finally upon us and if you are battling to be 1-3 rather than 0-4, then please take a look at my advice below. After a week off, it is time to get you ready for the dreadful bye weeks.

Start ‘Em

Brian Hoyer (vs. Detroit): Detroit has allowed at least two passing touchdowns every game this season. Hoyer looked good last week and this week could be an even better game for him. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 4, 2016 »

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The Red Sox lost in horrific fashion, but still managed to clinch the AL East with Toronto's loss to the Orioles. (USA Today)

That’s not exactly how you draw up clinching the division.

With the Boston Red Sox leading the New York Yankees 3-0 in the eighth inning, the Baltimore Orioles came back to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 and clinch the American League East division title for the Red Sox, win or lose against the Yankees.

The Red Sox chose the losing route. Needing just three outs to kick off the celebration with a win, Craig Kimbrel threw 28 more pitches than I did in recording the same number of outs (that would be zero). He gave up a single, walked three, and threw a wild pitch.

Continue reading Red Sox Clinch Division, Miss Opportunity for Home Field Advantage »

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Jose Fernandez

September 27, 2016 at 3:17pm in MLB, Opinion, Top Story

Jose Fernandez

On September 25, 2016 Major league baseball lost one of the greatest pitchers in the game.  Not only was Fernandez already one of the best pitchers in the game, but he had a very bright future.  Fernandez passed away around 3 in the morning on September 25 due to a tragic boating accident.  I woke up to this news on Sunday and I was completely devastated.  Being that he was only 24 years old, it seemed like he had a lot of great baseball left but now all we can think is what could have been.

Before I talk about how great a person he was, let’s talk about Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Miami Marlins.  In his short four year MLB career, Fernandez had a career record of 38-17 with an ERA of 2.58.  He also posted 538 strike outs.  This guy could throw heat and he was very electric.  In my mind he was easily in the top 5 of MLB pitchers right now.  Some of his career accomplishments, were winning the NL Rookie of the year in 2013 and being named to the all-star game in 2013 and 2016.  Not only did Fernandez bring dominant stuff to the mound but he also brought a great personality.  This guy loved baseball and he was always having fun.  He was also the Marlins biggest cheerleader.  He loved his teammates and his teammates loved him.  Sometimes he rubbed opposing players the wrong way but that was just him showing his emotions.  Fernandez was just a fun, loving player that would express how he felt about his performance or his teammates performance.

Jose Fernandez, the individual, was also great too.  Fernandez tried to escape from Cuba to America and failed three times.   On his fourth attempt, a person fell into the sea, and not knowing who it was, Fernandez, jumped into the water and was able to rescue the person and get them back into the boat.  The person he saved turned out to be his mother.  At only 15 years old, Fernandez, was already a hero for doing that.  Fernandez, his sister and his mother successfully made it to America and relocated in Tampa Bay.  Jose loved his family and his biggest fan was his grandmother.  His grandmother would climb to the roof of her house just to be able to listen to Fernandez pitch on the radio.  After six years apart, his grandmother was able to attend opening day in 2014 and watch her grandson pitch.  Fernandez pitched a great game that day and I believe part of the reason was because of his Grandmother being in attendance.

Jose Fernandez leaves his grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend behind.  One of the saddest things about Jose passing is that a week ago he announced on Instagram that his girlfriend was pregnant.  That child will never know his/her dad but will know how outstanding his/her father was not only as an MLB pitcher but as a human being.  The Marlins have already announced that they will retire the number 16 Fernandez jersey and I believe that is the right move.  He will never be forgotten by that franchise and will be watching down on that team.  Baseball will miss you Jose, keep smiling and forever Rest in Peace.

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