State of the New England Patriots

For the NFL, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been different than the other major sports leagues in the country. The preseason has been cancelled, mini camps as well as voluntary workouts were not able to take place, but the league did not have to pause or reduce their regular season… yet.

The league had the benefit of time, yet it seems inevitable their plans (or lack thereof) for this season will be flawed.

No bubble. Teams travelling across the country for games as if things are normal, and possibly fans in stadiums…

As we have seen this year in life, and in sports with baseball, we are in a fluid situation where there needs to be flexibility and an understanding things are not normal.

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State of the Boston Celtics

Prior to the suspension of the NBA, the Boston Celtics were 43-21, good for 3rd in the Eastern Conference.

They were playing with an ease and chemistry that they desperately lacked a year ago, which can be attributed to the departure of players like Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier.

Now? Kemba Walker has replaced Kyrie, and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have stepped up. Gordon Hayward looks like the player Boston signed from Utah, albeit lower in the pecking order. Marcus Smart has continued to make winning plays, and Daniel Theis has stepped in admirably into the starting lineup, filling in the hole that Horford left behind.

The rest of the roster? Well, as has been seen during the team’s first 4 games in The Bubble, it’s a work in progress.

With 4 games remaining before the playoffs begin, the Celtics are in position to secure the 3rd seed in the East, but can they make a deep run?

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State of the Boston Red Sox

Baseball was the first professional sport to return in an official capacity in the United States just two weeks ago, and it’s been a whirlwind.

The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have had several members of their organization test positive for COVID-19, which has led to the teams missing games.  This has had a ripple effect, as St. Louis had to postpone their series against the Milwaukee Brewers last weekend, while the Marlins were not able to play the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals last week. The Phildelphia Phillies missed a week due to playing Miami to start the season, while the Yankees had to re-adjust their schedule. Continue reading “State of the Boston Red Sox”