Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bruins Interested in Merrimack Prospect- Da Costa


According to CSN's Joe Haggerty, the Boston Bruins are "very interested" in acquiring Merrimack sophomore center Stephane Da Costa. Haggerty also reports that there will be some serious competition from other NHL teams who are more desperate for a young high-potential prospect.

VIA Hockeysfuture.com
Da Costa is a dynamic 5'11/180 lbs center that possesses tremendous hockey sense with equally good vision, hands and creativity. And it is what he does with those attributes that has gotten so much attention from the NHL. Da Costa possesses an uncanny ability to find and utilize open patches of ice to consistently create smart, effective plays. He follows plays exceedingly well and can make plays in transition. He also possesses great finishing ability as well. While not lightning fast, Da Costa does possess some good speed and does a good job of consistently keeping his feet moving. He maintains very good balance on his skates and despite being a smaller player uses his body quite well in protecting the puck. Another of Da Costa's notable assets is his blistering shot. He is not a particularly physical player, but does play with some competitive edge to his game.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Should The Patriots Sign Randy Moss?



Randy Moss was quoted about a week ago as saying:

"If your asking me where my heart is I love playing with Tom Brady, and I love being coached by Coach Bill Belichick... 'People say you know Randy you were just traded from New England', well this is a business man and people have to understand the nature of the business, it's not just a sport..."
"I think that just the success as a wide receiver and everything that the New England Patriots stand for, you know, I'm a big fan of Bill Belichick's," Moss said. "I really am, and not just on the field. I'm a fan of his off the field because, you know, the little grouchy man that you see on camera is not what you see off camera.


I'm looking at this as an announcement to New England that he's seen what happens everywhere else in the league, and understands what was just so nice about playing here for The Patriots. The main question here is whether or not Belichick and owner Robert Craft would be interested in bring back #81.

In 2010 The Patriots fielded the best scoring offense in the entire NFL... without Randy. But once they got in the playoffs they seemed to tighten up. Wes Welker wasn't quite as wiley, Gronkowski and Hernandez were nowhere to be found, and Deion Branch was locked up tight. What if Tom Brady was able to have Deion Branch AND Randy Moss out on the field? How would that affect the way defenses played the Patriots? If you weren't dealing with personalities this could be a dream come true, the only problem is that your ARE dealing with personalities... along with MILLIONS of dollars.

The theory behind last year's trading of Moss goes like this: "This team is better if they spread the ball out and throw it to whoever is open. Randy will never accept the lower numbers given the fact that he's a HOF talent and his in a contract year." While that may all have been true then, is it still true today? Moss went on quite the tour last year. He was taken back to where it started in Minnesota only to have him waived after only 4 games. Right after the nightmare with the Vikings he was forced to accept an even worse fate in Tennessee. In 4 games with New England, The Superfreak caught 9 passes for 3 TD's. In the 12 weeks combined for Minnesota and Tennessee he caught 19 receptions for 2 TD's The question for Moss was "would you rather catch hardly any touchdowns while on a crap team, or would you rather catch hardly any touchdowns while competing for a Super Bowl." His answer was pretty obvious.

The signing of Randy Moss would be a cheap cost, "high value" type of signing. That's the type that Belichick really likes. The only problem is whether or not him and Robert Craft feel that Randy has changed his colors. Of course the only person that knows that is Randy himself, and even that could change once The Patriots have a bad loss where he doesn't get targeted. Could Randy Moss be worth the risk?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meriweather Accused Of Shooting Two. UPDATED.


According to Deadspin.com and Florida Radio Host Dan Sileo, New England Patriot's Safety Brandon Meriweather has been accused of shooting two men, one in the head, outside of a house party in Apopka, Florida on February 27th. Joe Morgan, attorney to one of the victims, in the accuser.

Meriweather started at The Blue Jeans Lounge in Apopka when his friend allegedly beat up a woman. Later in the night at a nearby house party, the woman's sister got the better of Meriweather's friend. At this point Brandon allegedly pulled out his gun and fired, the shot grazed one victim's face and struck the other in the head.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office are currently investigating the case, but no arrests have been made.

UPDATE:

John Morgan, the men's attorney, has confirmed that one of the victims was grazed in his face, and the second was wounded in the cheek and exited out the back of his head.

UPDATE:

Someone close to Meriweather has stated that IT WAS NOT HIM. Neither Brandon or The New England Patriots have made a statement.

UPDATE: The Boston Herald has claimed that The Orange County Sheriff Office has no report on the alleged incident. Meanwhile John Morgan (The "victims" attorney) claims there is an ongoing investigation.

UPDATE: The Orange County Sheriff has stated that Brandon Meriweather is not a victim, or suspect in any current investigation.