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Williams-Amherst… Serious Football, C’s Win

Posted by Brad on November 10, 2007

ESPN’s College Gameday is going to be in Willamstown, MA tomorrow morning. And I KNOW most of you are saying “who the heck plays there?” (c’mon admit it). And without looking at the title of this post, you’d probably have no idea at all. Well you have a 50-50 chance with the title (unless you are a serious idiot)… any thoughts? Well, it is Williams College, and they are going up against Amherst College tomorrow in one of the better college football rivalries. No, that is not a misprint.

Okay, so maybe you need a little background information. Both of these schools are Division Three (yes, that is the lowest college division) with total enrollment between the two of them around 3,200.   Yes, you read that correctly.  The enrollment at BC alone is 9,081 (for undergrads.)  The capacity of Weston stadium?  A solid 10,000 (I’m impressed)  But, of course, this is not the point, the point IS the football (oh, and why the HECK ESPN is there).

This marks the 122nd meeting between these two teams, the longest in Division III football and one of the longest overall.  Known as the “biggest little game in America” this is the biggest day of the year for Williams/Amherst fans.  Not only this, but also for the seniors.  This is always the last regular season game of the year for both of the teams, and this year is extra special as both teams records aren’t so great (Williams- 5-2, Amherst- 4-3), so this will likely be the last game of the seniors careers, even as D-1 isn’t even thinking championship ’till January.

And of course, there is “The Walk”.  Following a homecoming victory, Williams will march up Spring Street in full uniform to St. Pierre’s Barber Shop, where the team celebrates (and maybe shaves a head).  Of all of the traditions out there, this has to be one of my personal favorites.  It’s one of the longest running ones out there, and I love it!

So why is ESPN there?  I dunno, but I think it is great, as it is the first time in their history they have visited a D-3 team.  Hopefully, America will realize that this IS a very good rivalry, and deserves to be noticed.  Why?  Because this is some seriously good football.  Even in years in which one team is clearly better, this is always a close game.

Oh, and the Celtics won tonight against Atlanta, 106-83.  GPA had 27, 23 and 14 points, respectively.  Eddie House chipped in 19 points off the bench to go along with five assists.  So far, he has been our best bench scorer, which is a BIG surprise.  Al Horford and Joe Johnson both chipped in 16 and Marvin Williams had 14 for the Hawks.  The Celtics next game will be tomorrow at 7:30 against the Nets.

The Nets should be a fairly easy win for us tomorrow, despite the fact they have a good team.  Don’t bother unless you are bored.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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I’m a Lazy Bum, Life is Now Boring, C’s Win Big, B’s Lose in OT

Posted by Brad on November 8, 2007

Okay, I am the laziest bum around.  Seriously, I haven’t posted since last Wednseday (or was it the Wednesday before…?) when I posted the Sox Season Report Card (check it out: plug, plug).  But, please forgive if you have just been dying for a new post from me (okay, I know I’m just kidding myself).  So anyway, a lot has happened since then, the Pats actually almost lost a game (but, that couldn’t happen, as they won), BC DID lose (so much for “Matty Heisman”)  and the C’s started their season (uhhhhh, unbelievably).  So, yeah, I’m lazy.  Live with it.

Now on to the life stinks part.  The Sox are over.  This means there aren’t games every day, and so I am bored between Celtics and Bruins games (and, of course, the Pats on Sunday).  *Sighs*.  I’m sure you are all aware of this feeling, whether you are from Boston, New York (I hate you), LA (you too), or Montreal (can’t forget the B’s).  But, I guess we are kind of spoiled during the summer and I can pass the time with homework (heaven help me).

Anyway, this tough for me to blog because I base most of my content on reviews of games and bad jokes.  Now, I actually have to fill space like the (insert expletive here) I am writing right now, and you are reading (don’t worry, I’ll bring you some sports opinions).  This could be a long winter for me to blog.  Of course, I don’t exactly make a living off this thing so… who really cares?

Okay, now that I am done filling space up with words, lets get to the actual sports (GASP).  The Celtics completely and utterly destroyed the Denver Nuggets last night in front of a packed Garden, 119-93.  GPA (no, not Grade Point Average, what I have heard Mike Gorman refer to Garnett, Pierce and Allen as) had 23, 26 and 22 points, respectively.  Garnett had thirteen rebounds and seven assists (more than Rajon Rondo, who chipped in 14 points).  Denver got 22 points from Allen Iverson, 17 from Marcus Camby (and 8 rebounds), only 11 from Carmelo Anthony and 12 from Kenyon Martin.

This pushed the Celtics to 3-0, their first start with three straight wins since 1999.  They have looked really good so far, although I do sense on weakness (coming in a few).  But, they beat one of the teams who are supposed to contend in the Western Conference.  I am very reassured by this dominating victory.

But, there is always a problem with the C’s, and it is the bench this year.  Despite the fact James Posey was injured during the game (getting MRI, back spasms), the bench combined for only 27 points.  The bench needs to get a solid number of points a night.  Although GPA proved they CAN do it on their own, they sure won’t every single night.  MAybe when Scot Pollard comes back, he’ll chip in, but, we just don’t know.  I’d like to see the bench do a little more.  Of course, Eddie House did chip in eleven and three assists.

Overall, though, they played a great game and the big thing was their impressive defense.  If they can keep THAT up, they are surely going to be VERY, VERY dominant this season.

As for the Bruins, they lost in overtime up in Buffalo last night, 2-1.  Marc Savard was the lone goal scorer for the Bruins, while Ales Kotalik scored and Clarke McArthur got the game-winner.  Tim Thomas was good in net, making 27 saves, but just was NOT good enough.  It’s a shame they are dropping off so fast, as they got off to a great start.  They are 7-5-2 right now, good for seventh in the East.  We’ll see if they can get it together.  Three stars: McArthur, Gaustad, Ryan Miller.

And, they play the dreaded Canadiens tonight, and are losing by a score of 2-1 in the Garden (whaddya know).  There is a minute left.  The Bruins got their goal from Marco Sturm and the Habs got theirs from Alexi Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec.  Tim Thomas has 29 saves in counting, and Carey Price has thirty.  More on this game tomorrow.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Patriots, Sox, B’s, C’s… I’M BACK

Posted by Brad on October 11, 2007

Okay, not that any of you have actually read any of my posts before now (I hope).  I have so much to talk about and I don’t have time to make seperate posts, so, without further adieu, here is the newest post.

Allright, the Pats have officially started their season.  Shhhhhhhhh!  Let’s whisper it so Bill can’t hear us.  “The Pats are 5-0”.  Yes, the Pats have started out 5-0, and are one of the last undefeated teams in the league, along with the Colts and Cowboys (who narrowly avoided a loss Monday Night, when Tony Romo threw 5 picks, who does that?).  Tom Brady and Randy Moss have jelled like butter on toast (Brady obviously being the toast, because without it, there would be no butter).

Oh, and remember the naysayers saying “The Pats D will suffer without Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour?  Well without them, the Defense has been second in the NFL, only behind the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The offense is also number two, only behind the ‘Boys (by two yards, why, Dante Stallworth did you drop that pass on third down?).  We have consistently been the best team in NFL.  Tom Brady is third in the league in passing (1,383 yards) and Moss has been number one in receiving, with 551 yards.  They next play on Sunday at 4:15 in their best matchup thus far, at da ‘Boys!

Moving on to the Red Sox, they have advanced out of the ALDS, by sweeping the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (say that ten times fast).  The Indians beat the Yankees in their series, so the Sox will play the Tribe beginning Friday night.

This series was really just a warmup for the Red Sox.  In Game one, they steamrolled over the Halos 4-0, behind Josh Beckett’s complete game shutout.  In game two on Friday, Manny and the Sox walked off with the win, 6-3.  And in game three, Schill pitched a gem giving the Sox a 9-1 win.

On Friday, Beckett will go for the Sox against C.C Sabathia.  In Game two on Saturday, Schill will go against Fausto Carmona.  Game three on Monday will feature Dice K and Jake Westbrook.  Game four will pit Tim Wakefield and Paul Byrd against each other.

Should be a good series, hope to post on Game one, if not before then.

I’ll try to be quick with the C’s and B’s.

The Celtics have won their first two preason games over in Europe by a score of 89-85 over the Raptors in Rome and 92-81 over the T’Wolves in KG’s reunion.  The big three (Pierce, KG, Ray Allen) have looked great.  Pierce and Garnett have lead the way in PPG whil Ray is 4th on the squad.

As for the Bruins, they have started the season 1-1 (this was posted as the B’s are getting ready to play the defending champion Ducks at 10:00).  They have looked okay by getting steamrolled by the Stars, 4-1,  then beating the Coyotes 3-1.  Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron have two points (Bergeron 2 goals, Savard two assists) to lead the team.

And there you go, a brief (well somewhat) roundup of Boston Sports, all in just over 500 words! 

By the Way, you’ll start noticing changes in the colors of the site as the Sox wrap up the season and the Pats get going.

Talk at ya soon.  

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