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I’m back (for the second time…)

Posted by Brad on February 8, 2008

So, if you have read my blog before, skip this paragraph.‚If not, continue here.‚My blog was fairly successful during the Sox playoff run.‚I was getting a good number of viewers and it was on the way up. Then, I pretty much gave up… (yes, I am a lazy bum)‚Well, I am kind of sort of back now, and I am ready to write.‚I tend to try to be funny, even though I consider myself to have to comedy in my body.‚I also tend to use parentheses with my “comedy”.‚Warning, if you are reading this on Protrade- I AM BIASED! If you don’t like it, don’t read it (seriously, you’ll just get mad).‚I talk about Boston sports almost exclusively. Oh, this will be long.

Okay, so now that everyone is on the same page, I’m going to try to get back into a rhythm with my posting.‚Unfortunately, there were no Boston games last night (insert group sigh here), so I have to use my opinion and comedy to make you read tonight (continue the sigh).‚

So, Kevin Garnett is going to be out for about three weeks.‚Don’t take that to definitely true, but I was at the doctor today, and he said into a recorder that he “met with Kevin Garnett today, and suggested he sit out an additional three weeks” (seriously, I’m like an investigative reporter!).‚Do we know that for sure?‚No (but who the heck doesn’t trust me?).‚If he is out for this time, guys like James Posey have to really step up.‚He is only averaging 7.3 points a game, and the C’s cannot afford to go on a three week skid.‚That will be too hard to recover from (three weeks of losing = thoughts of being crappy = bad play, duh).‚With a tough west coast swing coming up starting the 22nd, he has to get it going.

They are playing the T’Wolves tonight, so it’s too bad KG can’t play (seriously, he must be wicked angry).

Okay, lets move on to the B’s quickly (I mean, they are actually okay now).‚the last time I checked in with you, they were top five in the East.‚They now eighth in the East, only two points ahead of Buffalo (who they are playing right now).‚Patrice Bergeron is still injured (doesn’t help), Manny Fenandez still stinks (oh, and he’s injured) and Milan Lucic has emerged as one of the few real hockey players in the NHL (you know, hitting, fighting, etc.- real hockey).‚They HAVE to come up with the win today to stay in sole possession of 8th place and distance themselves from the Sabres (or else, that’d be crappy)

Finally, we have to talk about Curt Schilling and his injury.‚This is a problem (for him, not the Sox).‚Of course, the Sox have Beckett, Dice-K, Wake, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester/Julian Tavarez, but we would LIKE to see Curt (notice the stress of Like…).‚His doctor says get surgery, the Sox say don’t get surgery, etc.‚Now, I am no medical expert (seriously, I’m just an idiot Sox fan), but if it is true that he can be back by the All Star break with surgery (as his doctor suggests), I’d say go for it.‚Think about it, rehab (what the Sox want), could help, but who knows (again, I don’t like I do with KG)?

Note to Curt:
Take the surgery, come back in June and have a nice second half of the season, we know you can still have a good season (just ask Roger Clemens).‚We want to see‚you this year.

By the way, check out http://www.protrade.com, the other place where this blog will now be posted.  I will still post here, but Protrade is an awesome site you should check out.

Talk at ‘ya later

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Bring on the Rockies!

Posted by Brad on October 22, 2007

The Sox won Game Seven of the 2007 ALCS yesterday by a score of 11-2, to move on to the World Series against the surprise (understatement) of the year, the Colorado Rockies.  Dice-K pitched surprisingly well in the win.  Jake Westbrook also pitched well, but the bullpen pitched horribly (well, mostly Betancourt).

Dice-K went a solid five innings, giving up two runs on only six hits and struck out three.  Although there were some moments where you could have been concerned that the Indians would break out for a couple runs, he was able to get out of trouble (finally, he has done that).  Then Hideki Okajima (the Okie-Dokie) came in in the sixth and pitched 2+ shutout innings, giving up only three hits.  Then, Jonathan Papelbon pitched a one hit eighth and ninth, do get his first career two out save, and a berth in the Series (not to mention a little jig, afterward).  They walked nobody, meaning they haven’t walked anyone for two straight games.

The Indians pitching staff got a great start from the starter, Jake Westbrook, who went six innings, giving up nine hits and three runs while striking out five.  But, then Rafael Betancourt came in.  He came in and gave up seven runs (six earned) in only one and two-thirds innings.  This is why they lost.  Jensen Lewis gave up one run in one and a third innings.

The Sox bats came alive for the second straight game.  Dustion Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis went three for five, Mike Lowell was two for three, Jason Varitek was three for four (finally he did something) along with a few one for threes.  The game was broken open when Dustin Pedroia hit a two run homer in the seventh inning off Betancourt.  Youk also chipped in a homer in the eighth.  Pedroia had five RBI on the night, Youk had two, and Manny, Lowell and J.D. Drew (finally heating up, alleluia) had on apiece.

The Indians bats got a good amount of hits, but they hurt themselves by leaving seven runners on base in the course of the game.  Every player had a hit except Victor Martinez (very surprising… he’s done well), who was 0-4 and left two runners on base.  They got RBIs from Grady Sizemore and Ryan Garko, who were 1-3 and 1-4, respectively.

Okajima really saved us last night.  His doible play in the seventh inning was a big turning point.  Another was when Kenny Lofton did not score on a double into left field.  He was on second and a double was hit into left.  He was rounding third and did not score, and this was a HUGE mistake at the time.  And, Coco made a nice over the shoulder catch to end the game.  This was a nice way to cap off a great defensive year for him (I don’t expect hime to play much in the Series). 

We are almost spoiled here in Boston, as we all expected them to be able to get this series done.  It was never a matter of “if”, but when.  This team has worked hard and deserves to be where they are (I know, get on with it, but I can’t say how bad someone did, they did great so I have to put something here).  Hopefully they’ll be able to bring home another championship.

I actually hope that it snows during the series up in Colorado.  Wouldn’t it be great if it started snowing and we won the Series in the snow.  We’d see Manny making snow angels (just Manny being Manny), throwing Josh Beckett in the snow and more.  Unfortunately, they’d probably call off the game before that happened (darn it, I thought we’d see that…).  Anyway, congrats to the Sox.

Now, lets take our minds off the thought of snow and back to the weather here in Boston (80 degrees today).  As we prepare to begin the World Series, the Sox really helped themselves yesterday.  Since Beckett didn’t have to pitch, he’ll be able to in Game One on Wednesday.  So, we’ll have the rotation the way it should be for the series.

I think this is going to be a quick series.  Although the Rockies have that home field advantage (of snow) in games 3-5, I think we’ll win all the games here, and we’ll only have to take a few on the road.  This should be a 4-5 game series (at least, I hope, my stress level is only now decreasing).  I expect it to be similar to the Series in ’04, quick with some mistakes from the other team (i.e. pitcher getting caught in rundown at third, *coughs* Jeff Suppan *coughs*).

I think Josh Beckett is a guaranteed win in Game One Wednesday (even though he goes up against a very underrated Jeff Francis), and Schilling should be able to pick up the win in game two, going against Ubaldo Jimenez (who?).  When the series shifts, though, I am worried about D-Mat (as usual…).  Luckily, he should be able to get it done, for the Rockies bats have been bad in the playoffs, their pitching has gotten them through the playoffs.  As for Wake, his knuckle will dance in the snow in Denver, and the Sox should win the series.

The Rockies do have a pretty good offense, though.  They have young players like Matt Holliday, Garret Atkins, Kaz Matsui and Troy Tulowitski.  Although Atkins and Tulowitski have been slow (combined .182) in the playoffs, you have to be wary they will break out of their slump (they ARE good players…).  Although I think we will win in four or five, I am not taking them for granted.  I would NOT be surprised if they make it a series, but I don’t expect it.

So, we believed in the Sox all the way (so we say, lets face it, did we…?) and they got it done for us.  I think they have proven to us they can get it done even when down by a large margin.  So, keep believing and… BRING ON THE ROCKIES!

By the way: BC ranked number two in BCS standings, play Virginia Tech on Thursday night. 

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Sorry, no time

Posted by Brad on October 16, 2007

Sorry about not posting today, I was swamped with stuff to do.  I’ll definitely be back in action tommorrow, though.  Sox playing tonight, losing 7-0 in fifth.  Crap.  Talk about it tommorrow, allright?  Great.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Pats Win 48-27, Sox Game 3

Posted by Brad on October 15, 2007

The Pats beat the Dallas Cowboys 48-27 yesterday, in a game hyped to be one of the best of the year, great game, etc, etc (so much for that).  Despite the fact Brady had his head out of the game (see previous post), he was still able to go 31/46 for 388 yards and five touchdowns (a career high). 

Suprisingly, Kevin Faulf was the leading rusher for the Pats, running for 50 yards on only thirteen carries.  The leading receiver for the Pats was Dante Stallworth who had 136 yards on 7 catches and one TD.  The surprise, though, was Wes Welker.  He had 124 yards on 11 receptions and two touchdowns.  Randy Moss was heldo to six catches for 59 yards and his weekly TD.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, played better in the first half than the second half, which is a typical (did I use that correctly?) for them.  Tony Romo only went 18/29 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and an interception to Junior Seau (luckily, he didn’t hold it out like he was flying this time).  Julius Jones led the way rushing, gaining 51 yards on six carries.  The Cowboys had only FIFTEEN rushing plays in the entire game.

Although the Cowboys did hold a lead for a short time in the first half, it didn’t last long, and the Pats controlled the entire game.  If not for some bad Brady incompletions, the Pats might have been able to double up the Cowboys.  I can’t explain the Brady incompletions, but I just hope it doesn’t happen against the Colts, because they’ll make you pay for it (even though their defense isn’t elite, the turnovers on downs will just give Peyton the ball).  Also, the O-Line seemed to struggle against the Dallas defense.  They allowed three sacks, equal to the number they had allowed up till yesterday.

Nonetheless, it was a great game played by the Patriots.  Although the Cowboys made it interesting in the first half, they just couldn’t stop the Pats in the second half. 

Also, I can’t believe the people who already are talking about the Pats going undefeated this season.  yes, they are looking amazing so far, but ask me AFTER the Colts game.  That will be the true test.  If they can win that game, they’ll have a shot at going undefeated.  Until then, don’t even mention it (*coughs* idiots on ESPN).

Moving on the the Red Sox.  They’ll be playing Game Three of the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians tonight.  Daisuke Matsuzaka will go up against Jake Westbrook.  The series is tied 1-1.  As the series moves to Jacobs Field, I worry about the Red Sox.  After the Terry Little debacle, I worry that Dice-K won’t show up tonight.

Although he has had a good rookie campaign overall (emphasis on GOOD, not great), I don’t have any faith in him to pitch well consistently.  Does that mean he won’t pitch well tonight?  No, but I am not counting on it.  Also, the Indians bats are confident after demolishing Curt Schilling, one of the greatest postseason pitchers ever.   Matsuzaka did not pitch amazing against the Angels, and the Indians are much better.  Look for him to get into an early jam.

As for the Indians, they have all the momentum going into Game Three.  Although this isn’t an amazingly pivotal game, it is still very important.  I do think Wake will get it done in Game Four, but that is not a guarantee.  This is a HUGE game for the Sox.  If they lose this game and Wake loses the next, we’re down 3-1.  If we win, I think we are guaranteed to win the series, as Josh Beckett will be pitching Game Five (an automatic win).

As for the bats, the Indians come into the game fresh off a big eleventh inning in Game Two.  Although I think we would have won the game had Gagne not pitched yesterday (not that I hold a grudge…) they still scored seven runs in the inning, giving them confidence.  They had seventeen hits in Game Two, and every starter except Casey Blake recorded at least one hit.  Also, their biggest power threat has looked good in the series, going three for eight with one homerun. 

The Sox bats looked good on Saturday, as every starter got on base at least once.  Ramirez and Ortiz slowed down a bit, only going two for eight combined (although Manny hit a homer), so expect them to light it up tonight (I mean, only .250 combined in the game, that’s no good).  J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell both went two for five.  Despite that, I’d rather see Bobby Kielty or Jacoby Ellsbury in there in right.

As for Eric GAGne, just don’t use him, Terry (notice my lowered level of criticism).  He is horrible.  I know you can’t stick him on the inactive roster now, but please.  I’d rather see ANYONE.  Anyone at all.  I bet if you asked Fox, almost all of NEw England probably turned the station when he came into the game.  PLEASE.  Use JD Drew if you want, I don’t care, just don’t use Eric.  Thank You.

Talk at ‘ya later.    

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Eagles Win, Sox Game Two

Posted by Brad on October 13, 2007

The BC Eagles have beaten the Notre Dame Fighting (more like losing) Irish by a score of 27-14.  They really dominated the entire way, and the Irish never really had a chance.  The Irish didn’t score until the third quarter, when Evan Sharpley threw to Robby Parris for the touchdown.  Their other score came on a Matt Ryan interception, also in the third.

The Eagles got two passing touchdowns from Matt Ryan (that’s it???), one to Andre Callender (the running back) and one to Kevin Challenger (a wideout).  Callender also got two rushing touchdowns, to account for their scoring today.

Jimmy Claussen threw two interceptions today (it doesn’t help that his line is crap), one picked off by Tyronne Pruitt and the other by DeJuan Tribble.  This gives BC sole position of the most interceptions in division I-A, with 18.  Claussen went 7-19 for 60 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.  Evan Sharpley came into the game and went 11-28 for 135 yards and one touchdown.

HEISMAN WATCH (if Ryan is really a candidate…):  Matt Ryan went 32-49 today for 292 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Although he is having an amazing season, I don’t think he is right to win the Heisman.  Although I’d LOVE to see it, I just can’t picture it.  To me, the only way he can be considered is to win a BCS game, or at least get into one.

They play next weekend at Virginia Tech.  This will be the best test for them thus far.  It will be an interesting game.  Stay tune to bosoxfriends for continuing coverage of the BC Eagles.

BY THE WAY:  Number One ranked LSU LOST to Kentucky, BC will likely be ranked 3rd, or if CAL loses, they will be ranked (wait for it…) NUMBER 2!

Moving on to the Red Sox, they play Game Two of the ALCS tonight at 8:00 on FOX and WRKO 680.  Curt Schilling (old) will be facing off against Fausto Carmona (young).  It should be a good one as both of these pitchers pitched well in their last starts. 

After a huge game (4-4 combined and 10-10 in terms of getting on base) both David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez will be looking to continue their hot streak.  Manny is batting .500 in the playoffs and Ortiz is batting .778!  They both have two homeruns and 25 combined RBI.  They have carried the team through the playoffs and should continue this streak.

If you ask me, this is the biggest game of the series (unless in goes six or seven) because I have NO faith in Dice-K in game two.  Although he has looked good as an MLB rookie, he has been up and down all year.  If we lose this game, we are going to be in trouble because there is a chance we could go down in the series two games to one (not good).

But, despite all this, I think that Schilling will get it done tonight.  Although Carmona is an unbelievably good pitcher, I think the pressure of pitching at Fenway Park (America’s most beloved ballpark) is going to get to the 23 year old righty.  I think Schilling is just too good in the playoffs.

Assuming the Sox offense satys as hot as they have been (not a guarantee) they will win tonight, and you can flick to the Bruins in San Jose (the NHL favorite, oh well).  They’ll win in a closer one : 6-4

Talk at ‘ya later.

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Ellsbury and friends beat Orioles

Posted by Brad on September 3, 2007

The Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles last night 3-2.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first career home run and also stole second base.  He went 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Dustin Pedroia also continued his astounding rookie campaign going 2 for 4 with a double.  Jon Lester went 6 strong giving up 6 hits, 2 runs and struck out one.

I have been praising Jacoby Ellsbury all year and people have laughed at me.  Now he is getting his shot in the big leagues and is tearing it up, batting .391 in limited playing time.

The Red Sox have to have the best farm system in the entire major leagues.  With Ellsbury, Buchholz, Brandon Moss and guys like Pedroia and Manny Delcarmen, they have to have the best.

I am so excited about the future of this team, it is clearly in good hands.  We have other really good players still on the farm, like Jed Lowrie, the shortstop on the PawSox, who I consider better than Julio Lugo, who is very crappy. 

I can’t wait to see the future of this team, as it is very promising.

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