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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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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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World Series- Game Three

Posted by Brad on October 27, 2007

Allright, we’ve got a big game tonight, Game Three of the World Series as the series shifts over to chilly Denver (why didn’t they put on a roof?).  Daisuke Matsuzaka will be taking the bump against Rockies righty Josh Fogg (add the extra “g” for Game Three loser [sorry, there’s nothing better with a “g”]).  Josh Fogg has a 1.13 ERA in the postseason while Dice-K has a 5.65 ERA in the postseason.

I am worried for Dice-K in this particular matchup (what else is new?).  He has never pitched in such thin air before, and so I expect him to struggle in the early innings as he tries to adjust to that and the temperature.  The Rockies batters are used to this, and so I expect them to hit him (to an extent…).  I would expect to see Javier Lopez used for a couple innings, as he used to pitch for Colorado and is used to the weather.  I think he’ll be able to pitch well.

As for Fogg, I think he will pitch pretty well.  Since he isn’t exactly an ace (he ALMOST wasn’t the game three starter), I don’t think he will completely shut down the Sox bats.  But, I expect the Sox, who have only had been there a few days, to have some troubles.  But, overall, Fogg will pitch fairly well and give the Rockies a fighters chance to win the game (but remember, the extra “g” doesn’t stand for great…).

You’ll notice I am talking about the weather a lot.  Well, if you ask any doctor, they’ll tell you that it is much harder to breathe if you are not used to it.  This is why I think the Sox could struggle in Denver.  This team has a legitamate home-field advantage, not just the fans.  They had one of the best home records in all of baseball, and that is not a surprise, as they should.

The Sox bats will be quieter than in the first game, similar to Game Two.  I think they’ll be able to get 3-4 runs across, but that is it.  I DO think Manny is going to have a big night (obviously) and Big Papi is not (see below).  I think Pedroia is going to get on base and give Papi the chance to drive in runs, but he’ll leave them stranded.  J.D. Drew is finally going to cool off (it’s just a matter of time) and Julio Lugo is actually going to play well (gotta love the bold predictions).

The Rockies bats are going to enjoy being back at Coors.  This team will be re-energized by the fans (and by the nippiness) and the bats will come alive, to an extent.  Matt (it’s a) Holliday is going to play well and drive in a couple, while Todd Helton will to the same.  I think Yorvit Torrealba is also going to break out of his funk, as he bats a much higher average at home than away.  Unfortunately (for the Rockies), these are going to be the only guys hitting.

All right, I mentioned David Ortiz earlier, and how he is going to have a slow night.  Well, here is why I think Terry Francona should have stuck with Kevin Youkilis at first base as we go into the NL park.  Kevin Youkilis has a higher batting average, more RBI and more HR in the playoffs so far.  Also, I think it is clear that ‘Youk is in better athletic shape than Big Papi.  So, Big Papi is going to have a harder time breathing that Youkilis (no offense, David).  I would rather see Ortiz come in as a late inning pinch-hitter than risk it.  I realize he is one of the greatest clutch performers ever (see, I can be nice, too), but ‘Youk deserves to be in there.  So Terry, I’ll go for it for one game, but David better perform in these three games (or if we lose, “you’re fired”).

Obviously, if we win this game, the series is pretty much over (unless the Rockies pull a Red Sox).  I think Dice-K and Fogg are going to pitch pretty much equally in this game, and it is going to come down to the bats.  The Sox bats are just going to play better than the Rockies tonight.  I’d love to pick the Rockies in this game, but there is a reason why I called this blog “bosoxfriends” (’cause I love the Sox, for you idiots out there), and I predict the Sox will beat the Rockies in a close one, by a final of 4-3.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this one goes into extras (which would stink for me, ’cause I have church in the morning) but we’ll pull it out in the end.

Also, Jacoby Ellsbury will be at the top of the lineup tonight, instead of Dustin Pedroia.  I like this move because Ellsbury es my rapido (very fast, a little espanol).  He can make stuff happen at the top of the order, and don’t think we’ll regret this mistake.

And, I’ve neglected to talk about the Bruins as of late, and so lets talk about their game today against the Flyers, shall we (not really a question, because I’m the writer)?  They lost to the flyers this afternoon by a score of 2-1.  The Bruins record fell to a solid 6-4-0, while the Flyers improved to 7-3-0.  The Bruins got their goal from Marco Sturm, while the Flyers got their goals from Joffery Lupul and Mike Richards.

Tim Thomas played well in this game, recording 26 saves and giving up only the two goals.  But, he was outplayed by veteran Martin Biron.  No-one expected the Bruins to continue playing at the level they had been playing at near the beginning of the season, and I think they have begun their fall from grace (if they ever had grace), as they have lost two of the last three games.  I don’t think they will malke the playoffs, but will (hopefully) stay in the hun the whole way.  I hope I am wrong (honestly, I am a B’s fan, but it’s so easy to make fun of them), but I don’t think they can do it.  Sorry fellow Bostonians.

By the way, I would like to apologize for telling you guys the OSU-PSU game was last night.  Try to keep an eye on that game TONIGHT.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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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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Sox Game Six, Pats in Miami, Bruins in OT

Posted by Brad on October 20, 2007

All right!  We have a nice sports weekend ahead of us here in Boston and I am ready to get it going.  The Sox are playing Game Six of the ALCS, the Pats are playing the Dolphins in Miami and the Bruins are currently playing at the Garden.

Lets kick it off with the Sox.  Curt Schilling is going up against Fausto Carmona.  The Indians are leading this best of seven series 3-2 (I know you know this, I’m just giving you the run-around).  If the Tribe wins tonight, it is all over.  Otherwise, we go to Game Seven tommorrow (yeah, yeah, yeah).

Curt Schilling lost to Fausto in Game Two, if you recall.  Of course, this was not Curt’s fault, it was Terry’s for playing Eric GAGne.  Schilling went 4.2 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.  Carmona went 4+ innings, giving up four hits and four runs.

This should be another good pitching matchup between these two.  I think that Schilling is going to come up big like he did in Game Six of the 2004 ALCS (bloody sock game, for you fake fans).  He should be able to go 6-7 solid innings.  Although I do look at his last start and see reason for concern (okay, the idiots on ESPN are concerned…) , I think he is one of the greatest big-game pitchers of all time, and this is a BIG game.  As for Carmona, I think he will buckle under the pressure.  Although he pitched well last time, this is a bigger game, and I don’t think he is ready yet.  I expect the Sox to get to him early and often.  They know it is a big game.

And now for the greatest news of all, Terry is finally using his brain (either that the good God neglected to give him one till now…)!  He has decided to start Jacoby Ellsbury in center field.  The only thing that gets to me is it took him till game six to decide to start him.  I don’t care how mad Coco gets (I’m sure he’s mad), you start the guy who gives you the best chance to win (I better not get any comments saying Coco does…).  This kid can hit, field, run like hell and do everything you need.  As for the rest of the team, ‘Youk, Manny and Papi will continue their domination on the diamond.  I expect them (especially Papi and Man-Ram) to come up big.

The crowd is going to be crazy and Carmona is finally going to realize “Holy *expletive* (lets keep it clean), I’m pitching at Fenway Park in Game Six of the ALCS”.  Of course, if this doesn’t mean anything to him, he’s the greatest pitcher of all time.  Not many can come into this situation at 20-something years old and pitch well.

I just wish Terry would take out JD Drew, that guy has just not been that good.  Although he has batted .313, none of those hits have helped us.  He has ZERO RBI.  I repeat, ZERO (need I say it again? Yes) ZERO!  He has also scored only two runs (all of this is in the ALCS).  Bobby Kielty has two RBI and two runs cored in the ALCS in only two games!  I’ll also mention that the only two games we won were games in which he started (of course, Josh Beckett has nothing to do with that… *sarcasm*).

Moving on to the Pats.  They’ll be traveling to Miami tommorrow night, which has been the House of Horrors for them (*yawns*).  They’ll be going up against a team who just traded their top receiver to San Diego (Chris Chambers).  Their top WR is now… Marty Booker (I’m shaking in my sneakers).  And, their starting QB is… Cleo Lemon (AHHHH!  I’m so afraid of his six career games).  The Dolphins are reaaaaaaaaly bad and they are playing a team who is reaaaaaaaaaly good.

The Pats are playing in a stadium which has been trouble for them in recent years.  Sice 2000, the Pats have been 3-5 in Dolphin Stadium, including the 2004 Monday Night loss, 29-28.  But, they have the best WR in the NFL and, frankl, the best QB.  And, their defense ranks number two in the NFL (behind only the Steelers).  The Dolphins’ ranks number 23 (hmph, disgraceful).  The Pats offense ranks number one in the NFL, the Dolphins?  Number 21, which isn’t particularly great.

Moss is going to have a big game after a bit of a slow day (only one TD, what’s the deal?).  They’ll also get Stallworth and Welker (back in Miami, TAKE THAT) involved and really expose the defense of the Dolphins.  I think Sammy Morris will also have a nice homecoming (“so THIS is what it’s like to be on a good team”).  Overall, we’ll see some domination out of the Pats.

Moving on to the fourth place (no, really) Boston Bruins.  They are in the midst of a game against the Rangers in the Garden.  The score is tied 0-0 in overtime.  After the start time was moved to 4:00 to accomadate Red Sox fans (smart, although they still won’t get any fans).  Both goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Hendrik Lundqvist made some big saves to save the game.  There have been thirteen penalties in the game, six from the B’s (we should have more, whatever happened to the “Bad Boys of Boston”?).  I want to see a fight, though.

This should be an interesting finish to the game, and we’ll get a final score on here by tommorrow, if not later today.

Talk at ‘ya later.    

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Sox Lose, Pats Play, B’s Upset (No, Really)

Posted by Brad on October 14, 2007

Let’s start with the Red Sox on a crazy day in Boston Sports.  The Sox lost last night to the Indians by a final score of 13-6 in 11 innings (seriously, it was 11 innings…).  Sox starter Curt Schilling went 4.2 innings, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs while striking out three.  Tribe starter Fausto Carmona went four innings, giving up four hits and four runs.  This is another clear example of how Francona gives his pitchers too long of a leash.

Manny Ramirez went one for four, including a BIG three run homerun off of Rafael Perez in the fifth, followed by a solo blast from Mike Lowell, to give the Sox a lead in the fifth inning.  David Ortiz went one for four, also.  In one play in the fifth, he legged out a would-be DP (your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you) to set up the Manny homer.  By the way, Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew chipped in with a combined two for nine night (notice we won without Drew in the lineup…).

Despite all this, the Indians got homeruns from Jhonny Peralta, Grady Sizemore and Franklin Gutierrez.  Sizemore and Peralta went a combined six for ten with two HR, two doubles, fourteen total bases and five RBI.  Victor Martinez chipped in with a three for four night.  BUT, the hero of the night for the Indians was former Red Sox (great…?) Trot Nixon, who got the game-winning hit in the eleventh off of Javy Lopez (run charged to… ERIC GAG-NE, see below).

Now is the portion of the post where I rant.  Today’s rant: Terry Francona’s idiocy.  I mentioned above that, in my opinion, he left Curt Schilling in the game too long, allowing the Indians to score.  Well, he made another deadly pitching mistake, putting in Eric Gagne.

Okay, I understand.  He was the only available righty left on the team.  Yeah, yeah, I know that.  But seriously, putting in a guy who can’t pitch his way out of a paper bag?  Yes, I know, he’s the guy who came into Dodgers games with “Game Over” flashing on the scoreboard.  But, he isn’t that guy anymore.  Frankly, he should not be on the active roster.  At the beginning of the series, we should have gone with either Clay Buchholz or Kyle Snyder.  Frankly, I would have rather gone with the lefty, Jon Lester.

Now, for those of you who do not know baseball and see how he didn’t give up the runs, Lopez did.  Well, actually, he did.  You see, he came into the game and gave up a hit to Grady Sizemore and a wal to Asdrubal Cabrera.  This is when he came out.  BUT, since the runners he allowed get on base, the runs are charged to him.

So, Terry, smarten up.  If we don’t win this series, I wil be calling for your resignation (aka, if you don’t, you are fired).

Moving on to a happier topic, the Pats are about to begin the second half with the Dallas Cowboys.  They currently lead 28-24.  In a game that has been hyped as a huge game, the Pats are in the midst of a close one. 

Despite the fact he has thrown for over 250 yards, Tom Brady’s head has seemed to not be in the game at times.  He has thrown incompletions to wide open men, thrown them over heads and waited until the play clock wound down to call a timeout (while the clock was stopped).  He has went 23/36 and four TDs!  He has played well, though, despite his head problem.

Wes Welker has two touchdowns (helping my fantasy team).  He also has 109 yards receiving.  But, he has lost one fumble on the day.  Meanwhile, Randy Moss has had a slow day.  He only has three catches for 23 yards (but, it was a TD).  Of course, Brady’s incompletions haven’t helped, as he has been thrown at plenty of times.  Sammie Morris has also had a slow day, rushing for only 14 yards on ten carries.  This, coupled with Brady, has made this a closer game than it should be.

“‘Da ‘Boys” have played a little worse.  Terrell Owens has one touchdown on four catches for 40 yards.  Marion Barber III has only 27 yards on five carries.  But, Tony Romo has gone 16/22 for 173 yards and two touchdowns.  Patrick Crayton got a TD pass.  Their defense got a touchdown from Jason Hatcher and returned it for a touchdown on a Brady fumble.  Nick Folk had a field goal to account for their scoring.

IF Brady can get his head in the game and off of Kate Hudson (in Bob Kraft’s luxury box), the Pats will be able to win easily.  Unfortunately, the O-Line has allowed Brady to be sacked three times.  I’ll update you on this one tommorow.

Finally (and quickly), the Bruins.  They came up with a big upset over the Stanley Cup favorite San Jose Sharks and former Bruin (and friend?  He started playing well when he got traded…) 2-1.  The B’s got goals from Patrice Bergeron and Aaron Ward.  The Sharks got their goal from Milan Michalek.

To me, Tim Thomas asserted himself as the starting goalie over Manny Fernandez.  He has a .957 save percentage while Fernandez has only a .796 save pct.  He had 26 saves on 27 shots.  He has a record of 2-1-0 while Fernandez has a record of 1-1.  Leave Thomas in.

The Bruins raised their record to 3-2-0, good for (wait for it…)  fifth (believe it!) in the East and (oh my gosh) second in the NE division, behind only the Ottawa Senators (who lead the conference). 

Dear Bruins, I am sorry for insulting you in my previous posts, please forgive me (unless you start to crap up the place).

Next B’s game: Thursday at 7:00, the home opener vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.

BY THE WAY: The BCS released their first poll of the season, and BC is ranked only number three!  Behind even USF (how in the world…).  This is why we need a playoff system, because BC could easily beat the Bulls.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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