Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Artist Formerly Known As Ochocinco.

When asked about Carson Palmers trade demands on ESPN, they also asked him about his Marvin Lewis' comments at the Senior Bowl Practice.

Lewis, when asked about Chad's Patriot comments responded by saying, "Bill Belichick is smarter than that."

Johnson responded by saying that "If Belichick is smart enough to not take me, are they stupid to keep me?"

Chad Ochocinco also announced that he will be changing his name back to Johnson. There is a possibility that Chad is trying to show other teams that he is grown up, that he's ready to be rescued from The NFL's basement that is Cincinnati. Despite nothing but kind words for The Bengals fans, it's starting to feel like the beginning of the end for Chad Johnson in Cincinnati.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Savard Out Indefinitely.

It has been confirmed that Marc Savard suffered another concussion after getting hit by former teammate Matt Hunwick. The hit was clean so there's really no need for payback against the Colorado Defenseman. Savard seemed to finally be regaining his feel for the game. This is the 33 Year Old's 2nd concussion in less than a year... and the question is starting to rise. Will Marc Savard ever play again?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

How Good Is Lucic?

With 33 games left in the season, Milan Lucic has already netted a career-high 19 goals. With Looch on pace to score over 30, it begs the question... did anyone think he was going to be this good?

After Milan's explosion on the scene in '07, people were all on board with what he brought to table. The 19 year old winger was tagged as a guy who could intimidate the opposition, protect his teammates, and maybe give to 20+ goals a year. But everything changes if he continues to put up numbers like this.

Not only is Lucic scoring in larger bunches, but he's showing that he may possess even greater potential. After nagging injuries forced him to have a throwaway year in '09, Milan as come back a much better puck handler, and a much improved skater. He's no longer the lugging brute who crashed the net to get garbage goals. He's now carrying the puck into the offensive zone, making moves, and getting off good shots. The Bruins may finally have their consistent goal scorer.

That only leaves one more question about Lucic in 2011... is he an All-Star?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rajon Rondo 2011 All-Star Highlights

Rajon Rondo has become the best passer in the NBA. He leads the league in assists by a wide margin, and averages a double double. Rondo is also one of the leagues top defensive guards, he's top 5 in the league in steals.

Rajon will undoubtedly be on the defensive team. And will most likely make his first All-NBA team in 2011.

Delonte West: The Missing Piece

Over the past 10 games Nate Robinson's shooting has been wildly inconsistent, and while he's been streaky over his career, most of these shots are one's that you almost guarantee him to make. In other words, he's missing "HIS" shots. Along with Nate's hot and cold shooting has come some very questionable decision with the ball, missing players coming off screens wide open, threading the needle when it's not necessary, and of course pulling the trigger on shots when it's abundantly clear that he should just reset the offense. But can anyone blame Nate for all this?

With Rondo's injury Robinson was asked to play starting point guard, and he did pretty well. But that of course was with the starters. Since coming back to the bench it's beginning to appear that Robinson doesn't work very well as a true point guard. He's a player who is most affective when he has his eye on the rim. When he's responsible for everyone else's shots he appears to get a little overwhelmed. Luckily for The Celtics, he's not too far away from being relieved of that duty.

On January 20th Delonte West was cleared to handle the basketball without a brace on his right wrist. This is the first time he's been able to properly handle the ball since he broke his non shooting wrist back in November. West has kept his cardio up while absent from the team, and has even been shooting with one hand quite successfully. While Delonte is still 2-3 weeks away from making his actual comeback, the return will provide Boston with depth that his has yet to see this year.

With Delonte you get a player who understands how Doc's offense works, he understands where to get his shots, and he understands how to defend in the NBA at both the point and shooting guard positions. With West returning as the quarterback for the second unit, this will have a positive impact on almost every other player on the team. Nate no longer has to worry about running the offense. Ray Allen can get more rest as the year goes on. Rondo won't have to run both units for 40+ minutes every night. And every big man that plays on the second unit now has a guard who understands how to set them up. Mark my words, Delonte West is a very important part of what Boston is planning.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ramirez and Damon, Together Again.

Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon have both signed contracts with The Tampa Bay Rays.

Manny Ramirez: 1 Year - 2 Million (pending the passing of physical)

Johnny Damon: 1 Year - 5 Million (plus incentives)

Both are part time left-fielders, part time designated hitters, so I guess this is smart... it really just seems like The Rays are back to their old ways. Dwelling in the basement of the American League East.

Return Of The Beast

In case you haven't heard, Kendrick Perkins is 2-3 weeks away from playing. Perk was upgraded to full participation for last Sunday's practice. Following his first full contact basketball since Game 6 of The NBA Finals, Perkins was visibly happy.

"It did feel good to be out there again. I thought we did some good things together, just having the whole team back out there... I was a little tired but it's cool."

During the practice Perk caught teammate Marquis Daniels with one of his "beastly" screens.

"I did hit him on the flat screen today, i told him my bad but he said it was clean... it was good to be out there and play again"

On when to expect his return...

"I'm trying to come back on the Dallas game, February 3rd. That's the target date."

Perkins has been getting extra conditioning to keep his weight down. Says that he's trimmed body fat and turned some to muscle.

"I probably weighed about 280 and now i'm down to like 272, it's not that much, but i feel better."

Sox Fielding The League's Top Defense?

I'm going to start off by posting each players career fielding percentage at their position, and in parenthesis the league average for 2010. Kevin Youkilis is moving from 1st to 3rd so I'm obviously going to post his Career Fielding% at that position.

C. Varitek: .994 (.992)

1B. Gonzalez: .994 (.994)

2B. Pedroia: .990 (.984)

SS. Scutaro: .974 (.972)

3B. Youkilis: .966 (.952)

LF. Crawford: .991 (.984)

CF. Ellsbury: .997 (.989)

RF. Drew: .984 (.985)

That's 8 out of the 9 projected starters who are above the league average for their position, with a lot of them playing above their career average, but despite those numbers I see two players that could be the Sox weakness. JD Drew and Marco Scutaro should be looked at as temporary options for the franchise. With both of them in their mid-30's and dipping below expectations, this team could be held back defensively in right field and more importantly at short stop.

In the event that either of these guys drop off even more in 2011, The Red Sox do actually have some guys that could possibly come up and take over. Who knows? Maybe the threat of losing their starting job may raise a players caliber of play, But then again, Terry Francona is known to stick with his guys through long slumps.

If Scutaro starts missing plays that he should be making they'll have Jed Lowrie. Jed has started 84 games at shortstop for the Sox and was actually quite successful during that time, posting a .993 Fielding%, while hitting just over .250. (Sox Prospect Jose Iglesias is expected to be the shortstop of the future, but won't be ready in 2011.)

Now if JD Drew starts to falter it could get a bit more interesting. With Drew set to make 14 Million in 2011, no one really wants that much salary sitting in the dugout, but if the productivity drops too much it just may have to happen. That's where the question comes up of, who exactly plays right field. Some feel that Josh Reddick is set to take over for JD Drew once he's gone, some feel that he could play at some point this season, but neither would argue that his plate discipline needs to show huge improvement if he's to take over a major role in 2011.

In 2011 I'm expecting for Jacoby and Crawford to make some amazing plays in the left side of the outfield, Drew to pull up on some balls I expect him to grab, Gonzalez, Youkilis, and Pedroia will contend for gold gloves, Scutaro won't, Varitek will make all the right plays but fail to throw out anyone, and The Boston Red Sox will easily prevent enough runs to be at the top when it comes to run differential. And of course win the division.

Will The Nation sit as the best defensive team in baseball for 2011? Probably not. But they'll be at the top, and will stay there for quite a while.

The Truth's Bag Of Tricks

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Peja Stojakovic To The Mavericks.

There is a verbal agreement in place between veteran 3-Point sniper Peja Stojakovic and the Dallas. Once Peja clears waivers from Toronto he will become a Maverick. Stojakovic (33) no longer has the athletisism to keep up with quicker players, or to finish at the rim like his Sacramento days, but he is 5th All-Time in Three Pointers, and that will certainly help space the floor for Dirk.

Could this be a potential Finals matchup for the Celtics? Probably not.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Matt Cassel As Brady's Pro-Bowl Backup.

Tom Brady will sit out the 2011 Pro-Bowl because of stress fracture in foot. Former Patriots backup-QB Matt Cassel will replace him on the roster. Very very fitting.

'Melo To The Knicks?

With New Jersey supposedly pulling out of the rumored Carmelo deal, there's really only one other option for Denver. If The Nuggets don't trade Carmelo by the end of the year he'll leave town without them getting any consolation. Earlier in the year Anthony stated that he will only sign as extension if he's playing alongside Amare Stoudemire.

Earlier in the year Denver rejected a deal that would send Carmelo to The Big Apple, supposedly it was because The Nuggets were unimpressed with the package the Knicks brought to the table. Well now The Nuggets are up against a rock and a hard place... with New York bidding against themselves it is possible that their package be even less impressive than before, and Denver is about to find out the hard way that beggars can't be choosers.

Nate Robinson Working At Chipotle

Could this be the most entertaining Celtic team of all-time?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bruins Looking To Acquire Matt Moulson From Islanders?

Matt Moulson is a 27 year old Left Winger who scored 30 goals last season. The reason you didn't know that? Because it was for the lowly New York Islanders. The Bruins are reportedly looking to acquire Moulson. The rumored deal is Moulson to the Bruins in return for a package of prospects and picks. While no names have been mentioned this trade will likely recquire moving an active roster player as well, this is due to the fact that Boston is currently right up against the salary cap, and Moulson is currently making 2.2 Million.

Why would The Islanders trade a 27 year old, 30 goal scorer you ask? I'd imagine it's because he's about to become an unrestricted free agent and they don't want to pay him.

Moulson's 2010/2011 Stats:

14 Goals, 12 Assists, 19 Minutes Per Game, -10 Rating.

Now while his plus minus may seem alarming, just be aware that The Islanders are 14-22-7. Their best player is a +1. Boston's best is Zdeno Chara who is a +20.

When asked if he's happy with the performance of his forwards, Cam Neely responded:

"...(pause)...Well it's one of those things where the consistency of the group is an area where you'd like to see more from the guys you count on to produce offensively. We've had stretches where they've played really well, and then stretches where they haven't played as well... you go over the course of an 82 game schedule, and our biggest thing is improving from last year to this year, where we don't have that big dropoff that we did last year. If we fall into a funk it's not going to be the big stretch like last year... We all want to see these guys produce... "

If you analyze the comments it really seems like he's beating around the bush, I'd assume that he's not totally happy with his forwards production.

Big Z's Big Game.

After Zdeno Chara's first career hat trick against The Carolina Hurricanes today, his season stats are beginning to properly reflect what he brings to The Boston Bruins. Obviously a defensive-minded Defenseman isn't going to get the offensive numbers that bring the praise from less knowledgable fans, but once he starts getting a few good bounces you see the whole picture.

You can view Highlights from the Hat Trick HERE

Chara's 2010-2011 Statistics as of 1-17-11:

10 Goals, 14 Assists, 14 Points, +20 Rating.

Zdeno is the 4th Bruins Defenseman to score a Hat Trick. Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, and Glen Wesley are the others.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Attentions Turn To Fenway Park.

With The Patriots' defeat, The city of Boston will now turn their eyes towards Fenway and The Boston Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Jacoby Ellsbury will all be coming into camp 100% healthy. Combine that with the blockbuster acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, and you have another Boston sports team that should contend for a title.

Starters will look something like this:

LF. Carl Crawford,

CF. Jacoby Ellsbury

RF. JD Drew

3B. Kevin Youkilis

SS. Marco Scutarro

2B. Dustin Pedroia

1B. Adrian Gonzalez

C. Jason Varitek

DH. David Ortiz

(Mike Cameron, Jed Lowrie, Jared Saltalamacchia expected to be key bench contributors)

The Red Sox also have a very deep unit of starting pitching. With Jon Lester and Clay Bucholtz they have young All-Star talent, and with veteran's Josh Becket, John Lackey, and Tim Wakefield they have reliable veterans. Insert the off and on talents of Daisuke Matsuzaka and you have a very impressive 6 starters.

The major downfall of last years team was the poor pitching in the Bullpen. This year they've added FA closer Bobby Jenks to solidify that middle relief role. They also brought back Hideki Okajima as what most expect to be left handed specialist.

If healthy The Boston Red Sox will win the American League East. Expect big seasons from Adrian Gonzalez in his new home ballpark. I guarantee Carl Crawford's stolen bases will be down while the power will be up. And with Jon Lester contending for the Cy Young, we can all hope that Lackey and Beckett become consistent in their outings.

Battle Lines Have Been Drawn. (NE vs NY)

Over the past 2 season The New England Patriots and New York Jets have met 4 times, in every one of those games the home team won. Obviously this is an important statistic because The Pats are playing at home tonight against The Jets, but i think there are more in depth statistics that will clearly show where this game will be won and lost.

Game 1 : (New York, September 20th, 2009)

In Brady's second game back after his season-ending knee injury, he was a little bit shaky say the least. With Wes Welker out with a knee injury, and Randy Moss trapped on Revis Island, The Patriot offense had to rely heavily on Rookie QB-turned-Receiver Julian Edelman, and 38 year old Joey Galloway. Despite the two combining for 13 Receptions and 150 Yards, Tom couldn't get his boys into The Jets end-zone. Gostkowski's 3 Field Goals were the only scores by The Patriots as The Jets' 16 points were just enough to defeat New England.

Game 2: (Foxborough, November 22nd, 2009)

In Foxborough The Pats would lay a hurting on Mark Sanchez and The Jets. The Rookie Quarterback would throw 4 Interceptions including 3 to Leigh Bodden alone. Tom on the other hand completed 28 of 41 passes, for 310 yards, and a touchdown. Another huge part of this win was the return of Wes Welker, Number 83 would catch 15 balls for nearly 200 yards. New York would score twice in the second half but the game was never close.

Game 3: (New York, September 19th, 2010)

Going in to face The Jets in 2010 most of the worry was towards The Pats' young secondary, and if the pass rush could generate enough of a pass rush to cover up any inexperience they may have. Once the game started everything seemed to be going well. After Gostkowski's missed a 37 Yard field goal to finish the first drive, Brady would throw 2 TD's before the half.

With The Patriots leading 14-10, they started the second half by sacking Sanchez and forcing a punt. Everything was going right along with the plan. But this is where things got shaken up. After Revis was injured in the first half, Antonio Cromartie take over as the #1 Cornerback. Now earlier in the week New England decided that if Cromartie was in man to man coverage with Randy Moss they would try and exploit the mismatch. So when Brady saw The Superfreak going deep without Revis hanging over him, he threw the jump ball, the only problem is that instead of Moss coming down with it, Cromartie picked it off. New York would turn the turnover into 3 points. After a Patriot 3 and Out, Sanchez would lead his team down the field and get another Touchdown, then convert the two point conversion. With the game 21-14 Tom Brady would once again try to pick on what he perceived to be a "mismatch" but after Moss bobbled the pass it would be picked off by Jets' Safety Brodney Poole. The Jets would seal the deal. Tom Brady and his offense went scoreless in the second half.

Game 4: (Foxborough, December 6th, 2010)

A few things had changed since the last time these two teams met. The New England Patriots' offense was no longer based on Moos running deep and Welker running underneath. With Deion Branch and Tom Brady reunited, an evolved version of Super Bowl winning teams' offense was born. Instead of having number one and number two options, he now had a group of skilled route running receivers and power house tight ends. So Revis no longer had a number one receiver that he could just erase from the game, and Cromartie could no longer use his long strides to take away the deep ball because Welker and Branch's quickness would put him at a distinct disadvantage. Add to the fact that Bill Belichick's new offense now ran the ball and could throw to the Tight Ends... It's no wonder The Patriots Offense posted 45 points.

Just like the offense, the defense evolved as well. New England's once inexperienced defensive backs had now become one of the leagues best Ball-Hawking Secondaries. Sanchez would throw 3 Interceptions and fail to get his team into the end-zone. After scoring 28 points in week 2, The Jets could only muster 3 points from a 2nd quarter field goal.

Here's my Major Keys to Victory.

In the two wins NE averaged 106 Yards Rushing per-game, as opposed to just 67 in the two losses, this will be huge because Brady's passing game becomes super effective through play action... which obviously doesn't work if the defense has no reason to respect the running game.

The Patriots turnover differential in the two losses was -3, while in the two wins it was a gaudy +7. While The Pats don't need to force 5 TO's to win the game, it is key that they win the turnover battle. This defense may be improved but they are still very young, the last thing they need is for Brady to be giving the opposing QB any extra chances to beat them.

Paul Pierce 2011 Highlight Video

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Rondo Falls Behind In All-Star Voting.

Call out to all Celtics fans! Point Guard Rajon Rondo has fallen behind Chicago's Derrick Rose as starter in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Garnett has also fallen behind New York's Amare Stoudemire.

Follow this link to vote: www.nba.com/allstar2011/asb/eng/ballot.html
Vote Rondo!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Is There A Need For Sheed?

The rumors about 'Sheed are starting to circulate. Supposedly Rasheed has stated that he wished to return for the Chase of Banner 18. Danny Ainge said on WEEI that there would have to be serious injuries for Boston to go down that road, not because he doesn't like Sheed, but because there's 15 players on the roster and he'd have to buy out a contract in order to make room. (Note: Boston just picked up options that make Von Wafer and Delonte West's contracts guaranteed.)

All that being said Rasheed Wallace would be a huge piece to the puzzle. Defensively his size and experience puts Glen Davis to shame. Just the other night Carlos Boozer destroyed Glen and the matchup was a major reason the C's lost the game, obviously that's a regular season game without KG and Perkins... but it's a preview of what could happen in the 2011 Playoffs. Simply put: Whether you like it or not, Rasheed Wallace is an excellent offensive and defensive low post player. If on this team he WILL be huge against Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bogut, Amare Stoudemire, Tim Duncan, and Dirk Nowitzki.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Carmelo Heading To Jersey?

Carmelo could be headed to The New Jersey Nets in what would be the biggest trade in NBA history. The 13 player deal would also send Chauncey Billups to New Jersey as well... along with former teammate Richard Hamilton.

Here's how It'd work out:

New Jersey Receives- Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter (DEN). Richard Hamilton (DET).

Denver Receives- Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Quinton Ross, Ben Uzoh, Stephen Graham, 2 Future 1st Round Picks (NJ).

Detroit Receives- Troy Murphy and Johan Petro (NJ).

Net's Starters: Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Carmelo Anthony, Kris Humphries, Brook Lopez.

NOTE: Chauncey Billups has previously stated that, if traded to a non-contender, he would request a buy out. If Mr. Big Shot is available for anyone in the free market it could be a huge storyline.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Distinctive Glen Davis

Glen Davis has developed into one of the league's top 6th men. After showing virtually no offensive ability as a rookie, Big Baby came into his second year looking to prove he was more than just a "garbage bucket" player. With Garnett out for a large chunk of the second half and the playoffs, Glen earned a spot in the Celtic's starting 5. With his new found minutes Davis quickly proved to the league that he knew how to knock down shots when it mattered, this was never more clear than in Game 4 of the ECSF when, with 2 seconds left in the game, Paul Pierce swung the ball to Glen Davis for a chance to win the game... and Big Baby nailed it.

Going into his third season Glen Davis had a few ups and downs. At first he had the high expectations because of his great playoff performances, then with the signing of Rasheed Wallace he started to question his role on the team, and then with his childish antics The Celtics started to question their faith in him. After missing the first 2 months of the season due to a hand injury he suffered while "horsing around" with one of his friends, Baby started off slow. He would have inconsistent playing time, and more importantly an inconsistent jump shot. His performance would be and and down throughout the year. But once again in the Playoffs Big Baby would shine. With KG suspended for Game 2 due to his altercation with Quentin Richardson, Glen got the nod and put up 23 points and 8 rebounds. Later in the NBA Finals Glen would combine with Nate Robinson to take over the 4th quarter and seal a Celtic victory in Game 4.

Going into this season same questions were asked about Glen Davis. "Can he bring the same intensity when he isn't starting?", "Can he accept his role, and is he willing to accept that he isn't a star?", "Is he mature enough to be a major part of this teams future?". All of these were valid question, and with Glen Davis seeing big minutes early in the season, he gave answers. Glen Davis currently leads the league in taking charges, and has scored double digits in 23 out of Boston 34 games. As Paul Pierce said the other night, Big Baby has to be at the top of the list when talking about the NBA's top 6th men.

The Ticket Stub's game would be best compared to players like Antonio McDyess, and Joe Smith in the later parts of their careers. He's a Pick and Pop big man, who can crash the offense glass, and his respectable in the low post. The main difference between Glen and the others, is that they were once athletic and were forced to become good shooters as their skills diminished. Davis on the other hand is already a good jump shooter who, as the pounds come off, is becoming more and more athletic as his career goes on.

Boston fans already knew that as far a personality is concerned, very few compared with Glen Davis. But in his 4th year Big Baby starting to show that his skills on the court are pretty one of a kind as well.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Rondo Is Back!


12 Points, 22 Assists, 10 Rebounds, 6 Steals, 1 Block.

From the jump Rondo was all over this game, he was dishing it off for easy buckets and in the end hitting open shots to ice it for The Celtics. Rajon's ankle looks all better judging by his block on George Hill. And he, along with Paul Pierce, took the rebounding problem as a personal challenge. Rondo is back and it couldn't have come at a better time. With Boston's young point-guard back in the lineup they can continue their push for the league's best record... even without KG... for now.

Welker And Light Added To Pro-Bowl Roster

The NFL has announced that New England Wide Receiver Wes Welker, and Left Tackle Matt Light, have been named to The AFC Pro-Bowl Squad as alternates. This boosts The Patriots list of Pro-Bowlers to 8.

Tom Brady*
Wes Welker
Matt Light
Logan Mankins*

Vince Wilfork*
Jerod Mayo
Devin McCourty
Brandon Meriweather


Monday, January 3, 2011

Top 10 Things To Look Forward To In 2011.

Big Papi Lovefest
With The Boston Red Sox upping David Ortiz's 2011 Team Option, they have opened the door for the possibility of this being Big Papi's final season in front of the Fenway Faithful. Now of course this is a sad thing no one has been looking forward to. But it's also a heart warming story, that will lead to countless standing ovations. Everyone remembers all the applause Curt Schilling got because of the possibility of retirement, and everyone remembers Mike Lowell's final moments. Just imagine how much bigger that will be for the guy who is literally the most clutch hitter in the history of The Boston Red Sox.

Another aspect of this will be Ortiz playing for a future contract. I'm not saying that Ortiz was holding back it the past, but it's normal for a professional player to, subconsciously or consciously, raise his level of play when his financial future is on the line. Either way we'll have a nice story surrounding Ortiz this season. whether it's another throwback year, or a farewell tour depends solely on his bat.

Tim Thomas' Cat-Like Skills.
As of right now The Boston Bruins are currently first in their division, and throughout their inconsistent play only one thing has been constant... The Terrific Tim Thomas. Two years ago Timmy was amazing but this year his numbers are even better, he once again leads the league in Goals Against Average (1.80) and Save Percentage (.945), but has already posted 5 shutouts which is how many he earned throughout his entire 08-09 Vezina Trophy winning season. This 10-11 Bruins team currently leads the league in Goals Against Average, and is third in Penalty Kill. There's no way Boston would be where they are without Tim Thomas, and I see another Vezina Trophy coming in April. At 36 Thomas could be getting even better.

Paul Pierce Playing Like The Truth
So far this year Paul seems to be player better than he has in a long time. With injuries to key players Pierce has had to take on different roles that he hasn't had in a while, against the Knicks he was asked to score and attack the boards so he posted a double double with rebounds, the next day he was asked to be a facillitator so he posted a double double with assists, then the next game he was asked to do everything... so he just screwed around and got a triple double, all wins of course. Paul Pierce has also been scoring with excellent efficiency. The Truth is setting career high's in Field Goal Percentage (.503), Free Throw Percentage (.875) and shooting at great efficiency from outside the arc (.396). Add all that with PP's regained leaping ability, and you have The Captain playing at a throwback level.

Another Lottery Pick From Toronto
In the Phil Kessel trade Boston received 2 picks in the 2010 NHL draft, one of which ended up being 2nd overall selection Tyler Seguin. Boston also received Toronto's 1st rounder in 2011, and with Toronto currently ranking in the bottom 5 overall in league standings... Boston could very well be looking at another top 10 pick. As long as The Bruins can turn this on ice talent into playoff wins, the future should be very bright.

Tom Brady's Second MVP Award.
TB12 is a lock for The NFL MVP. This is another notch in Brady's belt as far as accomplishments, are concerned and hopefully he can earn a third Super Bowl MVP to pair it with. But either way we will be able to sit back and smile while our beloved quarterback gets more well-deserved recognition. And more importantly, we get to sit back and laugh while that "Tom or Peyton" argument gets even more skewed in our favor.

The Return Of Jonathan Papelbon.
Last year gave us a Jonathan Papelbon that Boston had never seen before, a Papelbon who was inconsistent, and unable to step it up when it mattered the most. Pap' allowed 29 earned runs in 2010 after allowing 32 for the two previous years combined. His Career ERA (earned run average) was 1.84 going into the season, but for 2010 it was 3.90. And in The Playoffs it got worse as Jonathan did what he had never done before, allow an earned run (then two more).

But with all these signs of Papelbon going downhill, I am guarunteeing an extreme bounce back year. You know why? Because cash rules everything, and Papelbon could be seeing a huge payday at the end of this season. JP will finally reach the free agent market after the 2011 season, and will be put on the table for all the big market teams to bid on. Over the course of Pap's career he has talked on his feeling about money, and how he wants to make a lot of it... so here's Cinco Ocho's chance to cash in, and I'd put my money on a big year.

The Continued Growth Of Milan Lucic.
Milan is showing in his third year that it was health that held him back last year, and with that health he's showing that he can be a great player in basically ever facet of his game. Milan is leading the team in points and hits, and has become better than anyone thought he could be. Right now Lucic is on pace to score 36 Goals, post 25 assists, and most importantly notch over 200 hits. Milan Lucic is undoubtedly the future of this team, and at only 22 years old... the future is still very bright.

Celtics' Key Players Returning From Injuries.
With Rajon Rondo back, Delonte West, and Kevin Garnett expected to be back soon, and Perkins to return by Mid-February The Boston Celtics will be prepared to seriously contend for Banner 18. The past few weeks have shown just how important Rajon Rondo really is to this veteran team, and once he comes back Boston can mix and match in order to reserve strength for the post season. If this group can get at least 85% healthy they will be a force to be reckoned with. There isn't a team in the league that can matchup with 48 minutes of Shaquille O'Neal, Kendrick Perkins, and Jermaine O'Neal.

Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.
The trade for Adrian Gonzalez, and the free agent signing of Carl Crawford electrified the Fenway Faithful in a way that should have The Boston Red Sox firing of all cylinders for the first time since the Championship in 2007. Adrian Gonzalez is expected to have a slight adjustment period. But once he get's his groove A-Gon could be an MVP Contender for years to come. Carl Crawford on the other hand, has been playing in the AL East for a full decade, Crawford is expected to plug right into the lineup. As New York continues to age, Boston has put itself in position to dominate over the next decade.

2011 New England Patriot Playoff run
With Tom Brady playing at an MVP caliber and Deion Branch returning to 2003 form, New England is starting to have flashbacks to the teams glory years from earlier this millennium. And with Wes Welker, BenJarvis Green-Ellis, and two excellent rookie tight-ends, Fans are starting to see an offense that operates like the 2004 team, but puts up stats comparable to the 2007 team.

On the defensive side of the ball The Patriots are putting out a young group led by Vince Wilfork, and first time Pro-Bowler Jerod Mayo. It's a group that has young blood all over the place, and rookie Devin McCourty could be one of the best first-year defensive backs the NFL has seen in a long time. This team has rebuilt on the fly, and has just as much a chance as anyone to go all the way.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Paul Pierce Brings The Hammer Down!

Video from MrTripleDouble10

Rajon Rondo Returns Tonight VS Toronto

Rajon Rondo will return to the starting lineup tonight against the Toronto Raptors.

Rivers on Rondo's start.
"Rondo and Eddie went into my room, and just said he wanted to play," Rivers said. "I talked to Eddie, and he said he should play, just to see what he could do."

BenJarvus Green-Ellis Rushes For 1,000

BenJarvus Green-Ellis has just rushed for 1,000 yards on the season, he is the first Patriot to go over 1,000 since Corey Dillon in 2004. Congrats Benny, quite a feat for an un-drafted running back.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Red Sox ReSign Okajima

Despite the off year by Red Sox setup-man Hideki Okajima, General Manager Theo Epstein has decided to bring him back on another one year deal. Oki struggled last year against righties allowing them to hit .340 (lefties hit only .284). This was slightly alarming due to the fact that through Hideki's first three seasons righties hit .182, .234, and .309. Looking at this pattern it becomes quite clear that Okajima has slowly been figured out by right handed batters. But with Okajima's career success vs. Lefties still intact (.214 batting average), I would expect that Theo and Terry Francona look at Oki as more of a left handed specialist at this point in his career (35).