What to Watch this Summer for Boston Sports Fans

Thank God I’m just a bandwagon Bruins fan because that list would have devastated me! Listen, I love sports as much as the next guy but hockey isn’t for me. Maybe next season that’ll change and I’ll understand the game more. But as of now, what should be a kick in the nuts 4-1 loss in a Game 7 feels like a love tap for now.

In this post, I’ll be joined by fellow writer Nick. We’ll be discussing things to look forward to (unless your a Red Sox fan) this summer. Yes, Boston just won 2 championships, but the grind doesn’t stop and neither do we! Let’s get this bad bitch rolling.

*Disclaimer: This was written before game 6 so the NBA side may change. Updates may occur as well. Enjoy!

Continue reading “What to Watch this Summer for Boston Sports Fans”

“They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NHL Edition

Too often in its first-round series against Columbus, Lightning coach Jon Cooper and his Tampa Bay players found themselves trailing on the scoreboard and searching for answers. Really, they're still looking. The Blue Jackets swept the Lightning out of the playoffs. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Coach Jon Cooper and his players reacting to yet another stunning loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets; Columbus swept Tampa in 4 games during the first round of the 2019 NHL Playoffs (Credit: Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times)

In case you missed the first three parts of this series, click here for the NBA, here for the NFL, and here for the MLB

In this edition of “They Should’ve Been a Dynasty,” we explore recent NHL teams that should have won more than they ultimately did.

Remember the rules, I see as a dynasty: a team that has won at least three championships in a 10-year window. It can be a smaller window (i.e. a three-peat), but I think the simplest barometer is winning three championships within a certain window of time, showing that you were the best of your sport, and you showed it repeatedly.

Ranges of time are flexible depending on the eye of the reader, but this is how I view them. Continue reading ““They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NHL Edition”

“They Should’ve Been a Dynasty”

Image result for celtics lose nba finals 2010
Paul Pierce walking off the court after the Celtics lost Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals 83-79 (Credit: Jim Davis/Boston Globe)

If you’ve met me, you’ll know I’m a big what-if kind of guy.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be conducting a series called “They Should’ve Been a Dynasty,” exploring teams from different sports over the past 15-20 years that I believe should have won more than they did. Continue reading ““They Should’ve Been a Dynasty””

13 Seasons in Sports

Image result for bryce harper phillies
Bryce Harper just inked a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, tying him to the franchise through 2031 (Credit: Sports Illustrated)

It finally happened. It took until the last day of February, but Bryce Harper FINALLY chose the team for his future, picking the Philadelphia Phillies.  In what ultimately looked like a competition between Philly, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harper chose the longevity and total dollars that the Phillies were offering.  The bid of the Giants is said to have been at least 12 years and $310 million, while the Dodgers are said to have offered 4 years and $180 million, an absolutely astronomical short-term contract that would have been the highest AAV in MLB history.

Ultimately, 13 years and $330 million, with a no-trade clause and no opt-outs, was the offer the was deemed the best. Continue reading “13 Seasons in Sports”

The Greatest Dynasty of All-Time

Image result for patriots super bowl
Tom Brady (#12) and Julian Edelman (#11) celebrating winning Super Bowl LIII (Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times)

The New England Patriots have now won 6 Super Bowls since 2001.

Simple, concise, a model of success.  In the NFL, there is no other parallel, and if you look closely, although the other four major sports have some worthy challengers, this run takes the cake.

Continue reading “The Greatest Dynasty of All-Time”

Who to Watch (December 21 – December 27)

Image result for patriots steelers
Credit: Sports Illustrated

Happy Friday everyone! Since we last met, the Patriots lost to the Steelers, and the Celtics are in the midst of a 2-game losing streak.  Paul George and James Harden are going nuclear, while LeBron James was blocked (which according to Max Kellerman, means he’s done).  Josh Gordon hit a road block on the road to recovery (we wish him well), and Tom Brady might have an MCL tear.  As the NFL season makes its way towards a conclusion, it is playoff scenario season, as 14 teams are vying for the 7 remaining playoff spots in the league.  And finally, next Tuesday is Christmas Day, which means TONS of great basketball.

With that, allow us at Hold My Drink Sports to wish you a wonderful holiday season.

Andy is away this week in Minnesota, so we have Mike (who made his debut to the page this past week) filling in for him.

Continue reading “Who to Watch (December 21 – December 27)”