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ICYMI: What a Night for Boston Sports

Last night was filled with potentially exciting scenarios for the Celtics and Bruins. It was also the last game for the Sox before they headed home to get ready for the home opener on Thursday. Oh and guess what? Even the Patriots made a splash yesterday. Let’s recap:

Celtics Fall to Desperate Bucks

The Celtics lost last night to the Bucks 106-102. It was unfortunate, seeing as the Cavs tatum boston heralddefeated Toronto earlier that night, putting the Cs only 1.5 games back. If they had won, they would only have been 1 game back, setting up an exciting showdown tonight in Toronto. But… it didn’t happen. Stevens and his crew are back to being 2 games out of 1st. Though, they fought as hard as they could last night, considering they didn’t have Rozier (ankle) and Larkin (sick). Tatum and Brown tried to carry the team, but they definitely missed a potential 20+ point night from Rozier. Not to mention Morris didn’t have an as explosive game as we’re used to seeing. We still sit in 2nd, while the Bucks cling to 8th. But the more exciting new: the Wizards are in 7th! Now that’s a doable series.

Shout out to Tatum who now holds the record for most threes by a Celtic’s Rookie with 102.

Bruins Get Struck by Lightning

Now, I don’t know much about hockey and I’m not going to pretend to. But I do know that this was supposed to be an important match up considering the Bruins had recentlybruins boston globe taken over the #1 spot in the Atlantic. I figure the were looking to keep the Lightning at bay but failed. They lost 4-0 and as a result both teams are now tied with 110 points. I don’t get it: Tampa has a better record but still has the same amount of points as the Bruins? See, I told you I don’t get it, but I understand the scenario enough to regurgitate. The Bruins go to play the Panthers next, who they just defeated 5-1 on March 31st. With the season coming to a close, it looks like it’s going to be close!

Sox Win… In 13!

The Sox played their last game against the Marlins before heading home to Fenway. Chris Sale was on the mound and seemed to look a bit different than we’re used to. I think one of the commentators said it best: he didn’t look as sharp (paraphrasing here). He gave up a run in the second but after that, nothing. Sale went for 5 innings and struck out six, throwing 93 pitches. From there it was up to the bullpen: 6 different pitchers came out to help get the win. Late game heroics by Benintendi in the 11th was almost enough, but then the Marlins tied it back up in the bottom of the inning. But it was Hanley, the former Marlin, that saved the day with a 2 RBI double in the top of the 13th. Hembree closed it out on the mound for the Sox and the win. Now we have to wait until Thursday to see our guys, but it’s all good. They need the rest anyways!

Belichick Continues to Let Go and Dismantlecbs sports cooks

As if we already hadn’t let go of enough key pieces, Brandin Cooks was traded yesterday to the Rams, along with a 4th round pick. In return, the Pats received a 1st round pick and a 6th round pick. The idea is that Brady will have a healthy Edelman back and guys like Hogan and Gronk will be more than enough. Then there’s this ridiculous idea that Bill is making room for OBJ. Here’s what I have to say:

  1. Edelman is the man. I love him and I love the other guys we have. But to let go of Cooks AND Amendola? And I don’t care what anyone says about Gronk. I’ll be 100% convinced when he shows up to camp. Look, it’s not even the fact it was Cooks. I’m just feeling uneasy about them letting all these key pieces go. But I know better; the Pats don’t really like to spend money, which brings me to my next topic.
  2. Even if we trade for OBJ, he isn’t going to get paid what he wants. We don’t spend nbc objmoney like that. You know what your compensation is for coming to New England? A Super Bowl Ring; and not to mention the opportunity to play with the greatest quarterback of all time. So OBJ, what do you want more: a ring or that paper?

Now realize this 1st round pick at 23rd overall is more than likely for Brady’s replacement, so I guess I can understand the sacrifice of Cooks.

Eventful night for Boston. It’ll continue to be will the playoffs coming up for the Celtics and Bruins. Plus…baseball is back!

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Farewell Amendola

After taking pay cuts just to stay in New England, I guess enough was enough. It’s been reported by numerous sources that Danny Amendola is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins. BRB, going to go cry now.

Getting Paid What He’s Worth?

Amendola definitely proved his worth this past season. After Edelman went down with a torn ACL, Amendola knew he was going to have to pick up the slack. When I say this guy was clutch, I mean it. He was catching passes for first downs on 3rd and long more than i can count. Oh and when Gronk was double-teamed, who was there to bail out Brady? Amendola. Last season in the last two minutes of (any) half, he recorded 11 receptions for 161 yards at an average of 15 yards and 10 first downs. This is the type of guy you need at the two minute warning if you’re trying to get down the field for a quick score. The Dolphins are definitely looking for a dependable receiver, slot or not, especially with the departure of Jarvis Landry. I hope Amendola gets paid, but the ‘Fins didn’t even want to pay Landry so I don’t know what to expect.

Will We Survive Without Dola?

Everyone, including myself are heartbroken. But let’s be clear, we have enough weapons to make up for the loss. We’ll have Edelman and hopefully Mitchell back healthy; we’ve got Cooks, Hogan, Britt and Gronk. Am I missing anyone? Point is, we’ll be okay. Our usual clutch guy Edelman will be back and ready to roll. Check out his Instagram stories every once in a while. He likes to keep us fans up to date on his progress and let me tell you, he’s looking great.

Thank you Danny, for everything. You will be missed and forever loved. I don’t care where you’ve been or where you go from here because in my eyes you’ll always be Patriot.

Stats: these are some of Amendola’s situational stats from 2017. Found on NFL’s website.

A Very Merry Late Christmas Gift

The Patriots just may get a late Christmas present in James Harrison. The former Steelers linebacker is visiting the Patriots on Tuesday after being released on Saturday. Of all the places he could have visited, I’m pretty sure New England fans were pleasantly shocked when he came knocking at our door.

Lacking Depth at Linebacker

It’s no secret the Patriots are a bit thin in the linebacker department. Donta Hightower went down with a season-ending injury in early November, leaving all of us wondering what the defense would look like. But the Pats have this ‘next man up’ mentality, so the wondering was short-lived. Kyle Van Noy has been an unsung hero for the Pats and his absence was felt when he missed the last few games. They’ve got different combinations of guys who continue to make big plays when needed, but it would be nice to have a solid veteran to anchor the defense.

Tossed to the Curb

Harrison’s role with the Steelers was cut dramatically with the transition to more pass-coverage for OLBs Dupree and Watt. He went from playing 587 snaps last season to a miserable 40. It’s as if his 80.5 sacks for them didn’t mean a thing. So did his age also play a role when the Steelers made the decision to let him go? Pittsburgh has gotten flack in the past for their defense looking old and tired in comparison to what I like to call the Polamalu years. I guess they’ve decided it’s time to focus on building a defense that’s a bit younger, faster and stronger. But even though Harrison is 39, he very much seems to be all three of those things. The man can bench a whopping 400+ lbs. and in 2015 showed us he could handle 500 lbs.!  Harrison continues to remind us on his Instagram that age is nothing but a number.

Good Fit?

The Patriots will no doubt have to face the Steelers again in the playoffs, and having Harrison would be a huge help. The Pats have had some trouble rushing the passer and stopping the run. These are two areas that Harrison performs VERY well in, so having him in our ranks would definitely allow us all to breathe a bit easier. I know the Pats want to feel more solid on the defensive side of the ball, especially with the playoffs fast approaching. Harrison may definitely be the piece of the puzzle we’ve needed all season. Perhaps everyone will get a ring out of the deal.

Patriots Ride High into Denver

The New England Patriots come off of a bye week to face the Denver Broncos in week 10 of NFL action. The Pats had two uncharacteristic losses occur at home in week 1 against the Chiefs and week 4 against Carolina. But they bounced back after the Carolina loss and won four straight. They are now 6-2 and sit atop the AFC East.

At 40 years old, Tom Brady is proving to us that he’s still got it. Before last night’s Seattle vs. Cardinals game, Brady led the league in passing yards with 2, 541 (R. Wilson now leads by just 2) and continues to lead this team to wins. Although he only has 16 passing TD this season, he has still found a way to bail out the defense when necessary, especially early on in the season. After nearly escaping with a 24-17 win against the Jets in week 6 (due to a controversial overturning of a TD), the defense did a complete 180 in week 7 when they shutout the Falcons for three straight quarters. In the next game against the Chargers, they were able to hold Philip Rivers to just 212 yards. That’s pretty good considering every quarterback they faced in weeks 1-6 threw for over 300 yards.

The Pats should be feeling pretty good about themselves heading into Denver. Although Chris Hogan didn’t practice yesterday (or at all this week for due to his shoulder), they were able to add a familiar face to the roster this week. Martellus Bennet was picked up on waivers after being released by the Packers for not disclosing an injury. It seems he has a torn rotator cuff, but he plans to play through it (I would too if I was reunited with the defending champs).

Denver on the other hand, has been struggling. They lost to the Eagles 51-23 and at one point the Eagles put in their back up QB Foles; that’s how embarrassing the loss was (as if the score wasn’t bad enough). They have lost four straight games and were shutout in one of them. But they have the upper hand against the Pats, who are just 10-21 overall when they have to play in Denver. Brady himself is just 6-6 against Denver while Belichick is 9-13 overall (9-9 with NE).

Oh, but wait! The Patriots are 27-18 when they have to play on Sunday night, with Brady personally owning an 18-10 record. Brock Osweiler will be starting for the Broncos after throwing 2 INTs against Philly. The Pats defense will have to step up with the loss of Hightower, and Dorsett will have to do the same since it’s likely Hogan won’t play Sunday. Osweiler and Denver will continue to struggle while Tom Brady and the Pats will add one to their win column on Sunday.

(Shoutout to the Patriots App for the solid series (Denver/Pats) info!)