Who To Watch (May 3 – May 9)

Welcome back!

Folks, we have made it through 1/3 of 2019, which sounds crazy considering 2018 seems like it was just yesterday (time never slows down, does it). Anyway, this past week the intensity we saw the past 2-3 weeks let up, but now we have some truly competitive matchups taking place in the NBA and NHL. Every team except Houston has won at least one game in the second round of the NBA playoffs, while in the NHL, other than a 3-0 lead Carolina has over the Islanders, every other series is tied 2-2. In baseball… you know what, we’ll congratulate CC Sabathia for becoming the the 17th pitcher in MLB history to strike out 3,000 batters, and only the third lefty to ever do so. Other than that, eh, it’s on the back burner until the playoffs lighten up… unless you consider Nick seeing Jared Carrabis at South Station last Friday news (no, he was not able to say hello to the Rocket). In the NFL, we saw 2018 first round pick Josh Rosen get traded to Miami, ending his tenure in Arizona. Other than that, rounds 2 through 7 of the NFL Draft took place, as teams restocked with young talent (both through the draft and via undrafted free agents). Oh, and the Rockets apparently cried to the league about Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals.

Buy/Sell time.

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Chris Paul has not justified his contract

The Warriors currently hold a 2-0 series lead against the Rockets.

Houston has done a lot of talking the past two seasons of wanting to face/beat the Warriors. Last year, you could say Chris Paul’s injury was the reason the Rockets lost in Game 7, but I’m calling bullshit. First off, remember the Warriors were missing Andre Iguodala. Second, and more importantly, Houston was 7 for 44 from three, including 27 misses in a row, in a 9-point loss will kill you. Imagine they had made three more of those? We might be talking about the Warriors collapsing. Instead, we talk about the refs being the cause of the Rockets choking and not because they’re simply not built for this. Continue reading “Chris Paul has not justified his contract”

“They Should’ve Been a Dynasty” NFL Edition

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A freeze frame of what would be Russell Wilson’s interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX (Credit: NBC)

In case you missed Part One of this series (NBA), click here

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

Remember the rules, I see a dynasty as the following: 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” NFL Edition”

What would I name the bowl game at Fenway Park

 

Folks, it’s happening.

Similar to what Yankees Stadium has been doing, Fenway Park will host a college football bowl game starting in 2020.

“The name of the new bowl is not yet known”

Chris Cotillo, MassLive

Now the question is: what do you name it?

For reference, the bowl game held at Yankee Stadium is known as the “Pinstripe Bowl,” a homage to the uniforms of the Bronx Bombers.

One thing is for certain: Dunkin’ Donuts HAS to be the official sponsor of this game. If not, then what are we doing?

Anyway, here are my suggestions, NCAA. Continue reading “What would I name the bowl game at Fenway Park”

Refs are Horrible, Get Over It

I won’t deny it, of course I’ve blamed the refs on a few games where my teams lost. The missed travel call on Pau Gasol in the 2010 NBA Finals (there’s no video for this); Jimmy Butler getting a call on a late Marcus Smart shooting foul to decide the game; Every no-call on every Gronk play ever; Armando Galarraga’s near-perfect game; Every Angel Hernandez call ever. (I could go on.) Continue reading “Refs are Horrible, Get Over It”

Who To Watch (April 26 – May 3)

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Tied at 115 with time running down, Damian Lillard took a step back three 37 FEET away from the hoop… and he drilled it. Trail Blazers 4, Thunder 1 (Credit: Getty Images)

WELCOME BACK FOLKS

We just witnessed another GREAT week in sports. In the NHL, there were three Game 7s, games in which the Bruins, Sharks, and Hurricanes advanced. Boston won 5-1; San Jose was trailing 3-0 before scoring 4 goals in less than 5 minutes to take the lead back, but Vegas tied the game to force OT, where San Jose ultimately won; in D.C., the Hurricanes beat the defending champions in double OT, another upset in a first round full of them. The NBA was not without it’s fair share of dramatics. Damian Lillard had one of the best closeout games in recent NBA history, capped off by one of the coldest buzzer beaters (and a wave OKC). Portland, as well as Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, Philly, and Houston moved onto the second round. The Clippers forced a Game 6 on Wednesday behind a great performance from Lou Williams. The Spurs won at home to force a Game 7 in their series against the Denver Nuggets.

The Eastern Conference Semifinals will begin on tomorrow, as Toronto will host the 76ers. Game 7 of the Spurs/Nuggets series will take place after that game at 10:00 PM. The Clippers host the Warriors for Game 6 of their series tonight at 10:00 PM.

Also, congratulations to those drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Rounds 2-3 will take place starting at 7:00 PM tonight, and the remainder of the draft will be tomorrow starting at noon.

Anyway…

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R.I.P. John Havlicek (1940 – 2019)

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The Ohio native was one of the best players in Celtics history (Credit: Manny Rubio/USA Today Sports)

Some sad news to report: Celtics legend John Havlicek has passed away at the age of 79

Havlicek joined the Boston Celtics during the midst of their dynasty in 1962, selected 7th overall in that year’s NBA Draft (the last pick of the first round folks).

He was actually drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1962 too, but after some practices there, he decided basketball was where his future was going to be. Continue reading “R.I.P. John Havlicek (1940 – 2019)”