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Pats Roll Over ‘Fins, Sox Game Six, Sox Game Seven, B’s Win

Posted by Brad on October 21, 2007

Big day in Boston Sports.  Not only did the Patriots play the Dolphins earlier today, but the Sox are playing the Indians in Game Seven of the 2007 ALCS.  It sure is a big day in Boston.

The Pats played the Dolphins earlier on today, and absolutely dominated (steamrolled, creamed, destroyed, etc) them by a final score of 49-28.  Unforunately, the score does not indicate the actual murdering that the Pats put on the Dolphins.  And, Tom Brady had a monstrous day.

Tom Brady went 21/25 for 354 yards and an unprecedented six touchdowns.  He had a perfect passer rating of 153.3, the eighteenth man to do this in the history of the NFL.  By the way, he had limited action in the second.  I’m not going to explain the math of the passer rating to you, because that would take an entire post, but it is really hard.  If you really care, check out Wikipedia (just don’t try doing it yourself, it’s a pain).  He was unbelievable.  Wes Welker had another huge game, with nine catches for 138 yards and two TDs, as he made his return to Miami.  Randy Moss had a huge game, with four catches for 122 yards and two TDs.

Cleo Lemon actually had a pretty good game as the Dolphins quaterback.  He went 24/37 for 236 yards and one interception.  It’s no 153.3 passer rating (it’s actually 71.5) but it’s still pretty good for a backup with no Chris Chambers anymore.  Ronnie Brown rushed for 76 yards on 17 carries (he left game in third) and Jesse Chatham ran for 73 yards on only seven carries.

Rodney Harrison had seven tackles and one sack in the game.  Tedy Bruschi also had ten tackles.  Randall Gay had an interception for the Pats defense.  Laughingly, Matt Cassel came in and was 0/2 with one interception that went for a TD (a passer rating of zero).  Nonetheless, Tom Brady came back into the game as that made the game 42-21. 

Since the Pats played an almost perfect game, all I can talk about is how bad the NFL passer rating system is (verrrrrrrry bad).  Although it makes sense, the system they use in college is better.  Tom Brady came into the game with a perfect passer rating and threw a touchdown.  But, it can’t go up (because he was at the Maximum, for you lazy readers).  That is the problem, the NCAA has a max rating of 1,261.6 and a minimum of -200.  This is better because it is almost impossible to do (How do you do it?  Throw a 99 yard TD on EVERY pass attempt).  This makes much more sense because you can improve.  I would suggest using the NCAAs system so it makes more sense.  It essentially has no maximum, so if you do something like Brady did, it actually goes up.

Anyway, moving onto the Red Sox.  They beat the Indians last night in Game Six of the ALCS by a score of 12-2.  Curt Schilling threw a great Game Six, which also gives us some bullpen flexibility for Game Seven (see below).  We also got some help from a former enemy…

Yes, I admit it.  J.D. Drew won Game Six for us (please pause as I rinse my mouth out with soap… thank you).  No matter how you look at it, he is the reason why we won.  He went 3-5 with a Grand Slam in the first and five RBIs.  He was the player of the game (along with Curt Schilling, of course).  According to MY scoring (I’m tough on guys…), Kevin Youkilis was 3-4 with one RBI and two runs.  My man Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-5 with an RBI single (he makes stuff happen!).  He also had a line shot that would have been three bases, but Grady Sizemore made a spectacular catch.  Julio Lugo was 1-4 with an RBI base hit (really?).  Manny Ramirez broke up his 15 game hit streak in ALCS games.  He and Varitek were the only guys without a hit (wait, J.D and Julio played well, but Manny didn’t?  The world is coming to an end).  Varitek was the only guy not to score a run, and he, Big Papi and ‘Youk were the only ones not to score in the third, in which they scored six runs.

Curt Schilling went seven innings, giving up six hits  and two runs while striking out five batters.  He picked up the win in a game in which he gave up a homer to Victor Martinez and an RBI sac fly to Jhonny Peralta.  In a game that could have been his last start, Curt cam through.

The Indians batters did not look good.  Victor Martinez was 2-4, Ryan Garko 1-4, Trot Nixon 2-3 and Casy Blake 1-3.  Those were all the hits the Indians could muster off of Schill, Javier Lopez and Eric Gagne (see below).  Their first three batters (Sizemore, Cabrera, Hafner) were a combined 0-12 with two strikeouts.  If the Indians want to win, they’ll have to play better than that.  The Red Sox pitching also gave up ZERO walks, which is encouraging.

As for Eric GAGne.  He was able to prevent himself from gagging last night.  He pitched a perfect night (God forbid).  And he was facing the heart of their order (Hafner, Martinez, Garko).  Of course, though, he wasn’t able to do this in the eleventh inning of Game Two (not that I’m still holding a grudge).  Also, Jacoby almost made a great play in center field on a Ryan Garko liner.  He backed up to the wall, leaped, and the ball went off his glove.  Why is this relevant?  The idiot Tim McCarver thinks Crisp would have made the play (HAHAHA Tim, you’re hilarious).  He wouldn’t have, trust me.  Jacoby is as good of a fielder.

Now, lets do a quick preview of the Red Sox Game Seven matchup.  Dice-K will be going up against Jake Westbrook at the Fens tonight at 8:00.  Westbrook pitched really good in Game Three, going 6.2 innings giving up only two runs.  Dice-K wasn’t so good, he gave up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He’ll have to pitch much better if the Sox are going to win tonight.

I would like to see Jon Lester on the bump tonight, but I’m fine with him coming out of the bullpen as long as he comes out as soon D-Mat gets in trouble (probably around the 3-5 inning mark).  To me, Lester is the choice, especially after his nice performance a couple of games ago.  I would also like to see Josh Beckett come out of the pen.  If he is ready to go, we should get 2-3 solid innings out of him.

Also, not only will the Sox need some production out of Manny, Papi, etc, they’ll need production out of their bottom-of-the-order guys, including Jacoby.  He needs to be the spark plug in this game.  The key will be getting to Westbrook early and often, and I think they will.  Westbrook isn’t that good of a pitcher and he might not be able to stand the pressure.

The key for the Indians will be to get to Dice-K early, as he is another pitcher who is bad (especially Dice-K) when he gets into trouble.  If they can do that, they should be able to score some runs.  If they let him get in a groove, we should be able to pull out the victory.

Quickly, the (fourth place *gasps*) Bruins defeated the Rangers in a shootout yesterday, winning 1-0.  Both goaltenders were amazing.  Boston keeper Manny Fernandez gave up no goals with 26 saves, including the shootout (no way!), while New York keeper Henrik Lundqvist gave up no goals in regulation and one in the shootout, with 19 saves.

The only goal went to second year pro Phil Kessel, who has three goals on the season.  He had three SO winners for the Bruins in his rookie campaign.

The Bruins improved to 5-2-0, fourth in the Eastern Conference (wow).  No-one could have predicted this kind of start (if you claim you did, you are a liar).  Although I expect them to stay in the playoff hunt, I expect them to come up short in the end (darn, and I thought Kessel would be hoisting The Cup).  But, at least they are relevant again. 

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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Pats D in trouble?

Posted by Brad on September 3, 2007

The answer to that question is, no.  This team is too good not to do well, even with the losses of star Safety Rodney Harrison (suspended, 5 weeks) and D-Lineman, Richard Seymour (injured, 6 weeks).

Despite the facts they are two of the best players on defense, this team still has too many good players, like Asante Samuel, Mike Vrabel, Adalius Thomas and Tedy Bruschi.  It is full of really good players who can keep the defense going, despite these major losses.

Of course, this will still be a very good test for this defense.  It will give Brandon Meriweather a great chance to show what he can do at safety.  It is also an aging defense, with the exceptions of Samuel and Thomas.  It will be interesting to see what they can do without two of their integral players.

Despite all this, I still predict a successful first five weeks from this defense.  Plus, with the unbelievable offense the Pats have, there isn’t going to be as much pressure on the defense to be perfect as their was last year.  They can give up more points than last year and this team can still win many games.

I don’t think the pass rush will be as affected as many people think it will.  Seymour had only four sacks last season, and Adalius Thomas should be able to help out with the pass rush.  I am more concerned about the loss of Harrison.  He is a hard-hitting safety.  And, the Pats secondary isn’t stellar without him, with the exception of Samuel.

Overall, I think the Pats defense will do well with James Sanders filling in for Rodney Harrison and should get off to a good start to the season. 

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