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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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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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Red Sox 2007 Season Report Card

Posted by Brad on November 1, 2007

All right!  It is finally time for the long-awaited 2007 Red Sox season report card.  This is where you get to yell at me the most, where I give the starter for most of the year at each position a grade, and you’ll disagree (it’s inevitable).  I’m going to count the playoffs a little more so than the regular season.  I know its been a while since I last posted, so I might be off my game a little…  Here Goes…

First Base- Kevin Youkilis

Yooooooooooouuuuuuk!  Kevin Youkilis had a really solid season, batting .288 in the regular season and .388 in the postseason, to lead the team.  He played really good defense, with only four errors all year, including the postseason.  In the playoffs, he led this team, especially in the last three games of the ALCS.  Without this guy, we may not have won the World Series.  Although he had a few tough streches, he was consistently one of the better hitters on the team all year. 

The thing that really boosted his grade was his postseason performance, though.  Along with his .388 batting average, he hit four homeruns with ten RBIs (without even playing the last two games).  In my opinion, he should have started at first base in the last two games of the Series.  Grade: A-

Second Base- Dustin Pedroia

This rookie (the clear-cut rookie of the year) definitely got off to a rough start back in May.  And, I wil admit that I was one of the people calling for Alex Cora to be at second.  But, this guy clearly proved me wrong.  He ended up having one of the better seasons on the team, batting .283 in the postseason and a stellar .317 in the regular season.  Really, the only thing that takes away from him is his speed.  For a second baseman, he is slow (his legs are pumping, but he ain’t goin’ nowhere).  It would be nice if he had more speed.

But, he led us to victory, leading off in the last few days of the ALCS against the Indians.  This guy and Youk were integral oarts to our comeback in the ALCS.  He made six errors, which isn’t great, but not horrible, either.  There are a couple things he can improve on in the offseason (speed and fielding), but speed will help his fielding.  He was great in the postseason, though, so….  Grade: B+ (could be A-, but…)

Third Base- Mike Lowell

This guy was clearly the most consistent player on the team the entire season.  He consistently hit the ball hard, even at 33 years old.  He hit .324 with 21 homers and 120 RBI, to lead the team.  He also came up big in the postseason, batting .353 with two homers and 15 RBI.  The only weak spot was his 17 errors, including the postseason.  Although this is understandable considering he is at third, it is a little less than one-fifth the teams total errors, which is concerning (the only guy with more?  Guess who… Julio Lugo).

Despite this, though, he was the World Series MVP and the clear regular season MVP of this ball club.  This is the guy we really need to re-sign to a one or two year deal.  Although he commited all those errors… Grade: A

Shortstop- Julio Lugo

Sighs, why oh why did we sign this guy.  He was clearly the weak spot on the ball club from the beginning of the year all the way through to the postseason.  He couldn’t hit (although he had his moments), he couldn’t field (he led the team in errors) and, the worst part?  We’re stuck with him for a few more years.  After hitting .237 in the regular season, he went on to hit an okay .271 in the postseason.  Also, he led the team in errors with a horrendous 19 errors.  Yes, 19 errors (that’s 23% of the teams total of 81 for you math impaired).  What more do I have to say?

Here is what else I have to say, although he led the team in steals, and did have some big hits in the postseason, the negatives FAR outweigh the positives.  Sorry to do this, Julio, but…  Grade: D-   

Left Field- Manny Ramirez

Manny was, as usual, the best postseason player on the team.  He may go down as the greatest postseason player in the history of baseball.  In the regular season, he batted .296 with only twenty homers and 88 RBI.  Although his regular season numbers were a bit low, he came up big in the postseason, batting .348 in the playoffs with four home runs and sixteen RBI, to lead the team in the playoffs.  Basically, this guy is the greates postseason player in the history of the Sox.  He actually had eight outfield assists, to lead the team in the regular season which boosts his grade.

But, his slow performance in the regular season brings his grade down a bit.  Although Dustin Pedroia got a B+ while playing better in the regular season, he didn’t play at the level of Manny in the postseason, so he is slightly lower…  Grade: A-

Center Field- Coco Crisp

Although the center fielder in the World Series was Jacoby Ellsbury, this guy was the starter for the majority of the year.  This was unfortunate.  He did not play at the high level we expected when we got him from the Indians.  He batted only .268 in the regular season (coming from a guy who was supposed to be a leadoff hitter).  In the playoffs, he hit a disgraceful .182.  But, the thing that makes thios guy a tough choice is his fielding.  He performed at a Gold Glove level in center and made some huge plays (including that last out in the playoffs).

I’m having a hard time choosing a grade for Coco, as he played a perfect center field throughout the year.  But, he was even worse in the regular season than the postseason.  This is tough, but… Grade: D+

Right Field- J.D. Drew

*Sighs*  Why did J.D. have to perform so well in the postseason?  If he had stayed like he did in the regular season, he would be failing.  Unfortunately, he hit well in the postseason, including the BIG grand slam.  In the regular season, he was batting .270, which actually isn’t half bad.  In the postseason, he was batting an awesome .314 with 11 RBI and that Grand Slam.  He did make six errors, though, which isn’t great from a right fielder, as it is the outfield.  He was one of the integral parts of the postseason roster, though, which makes this tough.

But, this is the toughest choice fore me to make so far.  But, he just didn’t perform most of the season.  I’m honestly not one hundred percent sure what to choose for this grade, but, I have to choose… Grade: C

Catcher- Jason Varitek+

Oh goodness.  What an odd year for the captain of the champions.  He very quietly had a mediocre campaign for the Sox.  He batted only .255 in the regular season with only 68 RBI.  And, he hit only .269 with 10 RBI in the postseason as the captain.  As usual, though, he was a solid backstop.  But, he is on the decline as a player, and it showed in him this year.  I really wish he could have had a better year, because he is a likeable guy that you don’t want to give a bad mark to.

He had a mediocre season at best for the Sox, and I just can’t give him that great of a grade.  After a raise for leadership… Grade: C+

Designated Hitter- David Ortiz

BIG PAPI!  Although he had a rough year powe-wise, he was injured for most of it, and still played through the injury, which is a plus.  He batted .332 with 117 RBI and 35 homers in the regular season.  In the playoffs, he came up big, batting .370 with three homers. Since he is a DH, he didn’t field, but looked okay in the World Series over at first base.  He is going to have a lower score, though, because of his slow start to the year.

He had a tough, injury-plagued power year by his standards, and did nothing near the beginning of the year.  So…  Grade: B+

Pitching

Overall, the pitchers pitched quite well this year.  Josh Beckett was unbelievable, Curt Schilling was okay, Dice-K had a tough regular season, Tim Wakefield was good by his standards.  Jonathan Papelbon was his usual awesome self, and Hideki Okajima was a very pleasant surprise.  Some of the weak spots?  Well, Eric GAGne was horrible, Brendan Donnely wasn’t grwat while healthy and Julian Tavarez did have a high ERA.  For the most part, though, the pitching staff was quite good.

Basically, the mistake of Eric GAGne was a big one, and brings the score down considerably.  Overall, though, this team had a great rotation and a solid bullpen, overall, though… Grade: B+

Overall Grade

No, this isn’t and average grade, it is looking at the season as a whole, and any time you win the series, it’s gotta be… Grade: A+

And there you go, the 2007 Red Sox report card!  Now, the seaon is officially over!  It’s time to get pumped about the Pats, Eagles, C’s and B’s (well, somewhat at least)!  It’s been a great season, and lets hope these other teams can get it done!

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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Sox Slide By, BC Keeps Title Hopes Alive

Posted by Brad on October 26, 2007

Well, the Sox took a big 2-0 series lead over the Rockies yesterday, by beating them 2-1.  Although it was closer than many people (like me) may have been happy with, they were able to pull out the victory in the end.  Both Curt Schilling and Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well, but it came down to the offense in the end.

Curt Schilling pitched beautifully (a bit of an understatement for a 40 year old) for the BoSox last night, tossing 5.1 innings, and giving up four hits and one run, while striking out four.  Knowing that it may be the last start of his career in a Sox uniform (maybe career), he got a nice ovation as he walked to the dugout.  He threw only 82 pitches, but was pulled in the sixth when he got in a bit of trouble.  Hideki Okajima came in and pitched a perfect 2.1 innings and Papelbon pitched the the last out of the eighth and the ninth, giving up one hit.

The Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched extremely well (for a guy I’ve never heard of), going 4.2 innings, giving up three hits and two runs, while striking out two.  He got pulled in the fifth inning, also after getting into a little trouble.  Then, Jeremy Affeldt, Matt Herges, Brian Fuentes and Manny Corpas pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way.  They actually looked good last night (sorry, so I have nothing funny to put in parentheses).

The Sox bats were slow in the early innings, but began to heat up later on in the game.  JD Drew was two for two (I really can’t be surprised anymore…), and Pedroia, Ramirez, Lowell and Jacoby Ellsbury all had one hit in the win.  The only RBI went to Jason Varitek and Mike Lowell.  Julio Lugo finally got back to his normal crappy self (ahhhh, the world is normal again), with no hits and no walks.

The Rockies bats were, well, stone cold (pun intended).  Although they were able to get one run across, they had no extra base hits in the entire game, and only two guys picked up hits (Matt [it’s a] Holliday, 4-4 and Brad Hawpe, 1-4).  Todd Helton, though, had the only RBI for the Rox.  Matt Holliday did make one crucial mistake, he was picked off by Jonathan Papelbon in the eighth (didn’t I say they would make a crucial baserunning blunder in the Series?).  He was on first with two outs in the inning and got picked off with their veteran bat, Todd Helton, up.

As the series moves to chilly Denver (forecast: highs near 40, oh joy, no snow!), the Sox hold a commanding 2-0 series lead.  Although this game was close, the Sox left a lot of runners on base, and it could have easily been much wider of a gap.  They left twelve runners on base, to be exact, and if some scored, we would have dominated (wow, I’m pointing out the obvious).  Josh Fogg will be going against Dice-K tommorrow, so I am somewhat worried (not really against Fogg) because Dice-K has a 5.65 ERA in the playoffs (meh…).  As for Fogg, he has been unbelievable in the playoffs (against Jayvee teams), but will he do it under the World Series lights (and against a Varsity squad…)?

I’ll leave you hanging there until tommorrow, because we have something nearly as important from yesterday, the Eagles playing the Hokies.  In one of the greatest games I’ve seen in awhile, Heisman “Hopeful (?)” Matt Ryan led an improbable comeback from behind.  In a low-scoring game (as I expected…), the Eagles beat VT, 14-10.  Matt Ryan was 25/52 for 285 yards and two touchdowns. 

This team was in trouble with only 2:11 left in the game, when Ryan began the comeback.  They were down 10-0 with 2:11 left.  Ryan was able to drive them down the field for two scores in that amount of time to win the game and keep National Title hopes alive.  It was a great game, and it is a shame that not many saw it with the Sox on (isn’t our life tough, we had to choose between one good team or the other?).

This game was, dare I say it, Tom Brady-esque (don’t tell Matt that).  The guy kept his cool, even when things were looking rough for the Eagles.  He was able to lead his team down the field and do what he had to do.  This guy has always reminded me of Brady, and I picture him as a great NFL QB.   

Brandon Ore rushed for 97 yards for Virginia Tech, while their starting QB was not starting because he is injured, and was replaced by Sean Glennon.  The Eagles rushing game was off, only getting 32 yards in the soggy weather.

Overall, this was a game the Hokies should have been able to win easily, and lost it because their defense got lazy.  And, their special teams also got lazy (and I thought it was good…).  On the BC onside kick after the first TD, the front line guy dropped the ball that would have locked up the victory for the Hokies.

Overall, great game, and lets all root for Penn State to beat the Buckeyes tonight on ESPN.

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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BC, Number Four? Just Don’t ask the Fans

Posted by Brad on October 11, 2007

Yes, as I am sure you are aware at this point (if not, where have you been this week), the Boston College Eagles are the No. 4 team in the college football world.  After starting the season 6-0, and getting some help from teams like Michigan, USC, Wisconsin and others have lost games this year, which didn’t hurt BC in their surge up the rankings.

Heisman “hopeful” (if you can consider him one…) Matt Ryan has looked like one so far, with over 1,800 yards passing and 15 touchdowns.  He has a QB rating of 139.4.  That is 9 points higher than Tom Brady’s.  He is third in the nation in passing yards.

Andre Callender has rushed for over 500 yards on just over 100 carries.  For the math impaired, this means he is averaging just over 5 yards per carry.  He also has 175 yards catching the ball, on only 16 catches (just over 10 yards per catch).

And yet, the Eagles still get no respect from the fans.  Although they are unanimously ranked as the No. 4 team in the country among official polls, they are ranked very low among polls conducted by fans.  For example, they are ranked only number 10 in the ESPN fan poll and number 12 on the Protrade.com poll amongst the fans.  Why is this, that they are ranked behind the likes of the Texas Longhorns (4-2), West Virginia (5-1) and the defending champion Florida Gators (4-2)?   Because people are stupid.

They still think that the “famous” schools are better than BC because the Eagles are a “middle-tier” squad.  Although they have clearly proven their worth, people are still idiotic enough to think other teams are better.  It really is a shame there are so many idiots in the world.

I am excited to see the Eagles play the ND Fighting Irish this weekend.  Not because they are a good team, they’re horrible (seriously, they’re REALLY bad).  But, because maybe, just maybe, if we beat a “famous school” we’ll start earning some respect around the nation.

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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