Growing up a Boston sports fan, I can tell you that above all else, nothing is sweeter than beating the New York Yankees. The pure joy of the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2004 were some of my first memories of sports; I was raised on hating the Yankees
With that in mind, seeing the Sox take the ALDS in the Bronx was SWEET!
Winning the series in 4 games (and both games they played in New York), the Sox proved a lot of people wrong (including yours truly) about if they had the cojones to win a playoff series. Beating the 100-win Yankees, the team with the third best record in baseball, proved that Boston was legit and up for the challenge.
Their reward? Facing the 103-win Houston Astros (second best record in the MLB).
If you’ve ever read my tweets (it’s a trip worth taking, I promise), you’ll notice the rumors of Kyrie wanting out of Boston, and more specifically, wanting to go to the Knicks, really got to me. Why? Because there was absolutely zero legitimacy to any of the rumors. Yet you had people like Nick Wright saying Kyrie and Jimmy Butler teaming up was “inevitable,” and oddsmakers putting the Knicks and Nets right behind Boston as the possible destinations Kyrie would go in 2019; it was all based on pure speculation.
Just when you think there should be no NBA drama, BAM, we have NBA drama. In September, the NBA should be the equivalent to when you’re getting those last 15 minutes of sleep, soon ready for a day of work. The streets are quiet, you can hear a pin drop, and within short order, the world will wake up around you.
Apparently Jimmy Butler did not get the memo, as he decided to hop in his car, drive 60 in a 35, sit on the horn of his car, and wake up the ENTIRE NBA.
So if you read my win-loss prediction piece (if you have not, take a quick peek), you will see that I think the Patriots season will end… well, it will end on the mountaintop. But I just want to express some caution. Yes, the GOAT is behind center, and Bill Belichick is still calling the shots… but this is a very weak team by Brady/Belichick standards, one that will face huge challenges.
The wait is finally over. The last competitive NFL game was played February 4 in Minnesota. 7 months and 2 days later, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, Philadelphia Eagles, will host the Atlanta Falcons to kickoff the 2018 season. Continue reading “2018 NFL Win-Loss Predictions”
It was over one year ago when Danny Ainge made a blockbuster trade that no one saw coming. Yes, Kyrie Irving had been a trade candidate for roughly a month at this point, but the Celtics were not considered a top destination, and why would they have been? Boston already boasted a star point guard who was coming off of a spectacular season; why give up the barn for Kyrie Irving when Isaiah Thomas does the same things? The next week or so would tell us why (see: Isaiah Thomas’ hip). Nevertheless, lets explore the ramifications of this trade, what we know, and what is still to come in how we view this trade.