Monthly Archives: September 2011

High School Football Scores from Week 3

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Auburn rolled up nearly 500 yards on the ground and dismantled visiting St. Peter-Marian to win its 40th consecutive game. Dan Flink and Bob Sivret each scored twice for the Rockets.

Auburn (3-0) (0-0) – 35   St. Peter-Marian (2-1) (1-0) –6

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The Milford Scarlet Hawks took down the Leominster Blue Devils for the 1st time since there 2006 Super Bowl season this past Friday. Milford QB Steve Morganelli only went 2 for 6 and threw for 12 yards but the highlights came from Kick Returner Jarrod Casey returning 2 kickoffs for touchdowns. (82 Yards and 75 yard kickoff returns for touchdowns). A touchdown pass from Garrett DelleChiaie  to Josh Caouette and a 2 point conversion would give Leominster a late 20-19 lead but a botched snap on a punt from Leominster would allow Milford to score a safety to come out on top and improve to 2-1 (1-0).

Milford (2-1) (1-0) – 21   Leominster (0-3) (0-1) – 20

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Brian D’Amore had three touchdowns and Sam Tawa had two as the Warriors crushed the Clockers.

Medfield (1-2) (0-0) – 45  Ashland (2-1) (0-0) – 6

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The Mowhawks’ offense put up a touchdown per quarter while the defensive line shut down the Lancers. Jim Perkins ran 25 times for 225 yards, including 36- and 71-yard touchdown dashes. Perkins also connected with Ian Strom for a 42-yard TD pass.

Millis-Hopedale (3-0) (1-0) – 28  Norton (2-1) (0-1) –

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Hopkinton’s Mike Decina rushed for five Hiller touchdowns as the Hillers rolled.

Hopkinton (3-0) (1-0) – 34  Medway (1-2) (0-1) – 28

 Top 10 High School Teams in Massachusetts

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Jonathan DiBiaso threw three touchdown passes for No. 1 Everett.

#1 Everett (3-0) (0-0) – 35  St. Johns Prep (0-3) – 0

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Matt O’Keefe went 14 for 20 passing for 218 yards and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) to help the Green Dragons improve to 3-0.

#2 Duxbury (3-0) (0-0) – 42  New Bedford (2-1) – 19

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John Dillon threw for 86 yards to lead the Warriors to the 34-0 shutout.

#3 King Phillip (3-0) (0-0) – 34  Sharon (2-1) – 0

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#4 North Attleborough (3-0) (0-0) – Canton (2-1) (0-0) – 0

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Auburn rolled up nearly 500 yards on the ground and dismantled visiting St. Peter-Marian to win its 40th consecutive game. Dan Flink and Bob Sivret each scored twice for the Rockets.

#5 Auburn (3-0) (0-0) – 35   St. Peter-Marian (2-1) (1-0) –6

#6 Weymouth (3-0) – 28  Gloucester (0-3) – 0

#7 Xaverian Brothers H.S. (3-0) –   31  Brockton (1-2) – 0

#8 Holliston (2-1) – 42  Dover-Sherborn (1-2) – 6

#9 Mansfield (2-1) – Stoughton (2-1) – 8

#10 Boston College High (2-1) – 35  Chelmsford (2-1) – 14

Craigs Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

32. (31) Colts (0-3) —Ohh, how the mighty have fallen, just as a reminder, in my week one Power Rankings I had the Colts as high as 8th, they are now in the basement. Just place Peyton Manning on IR and be done with it. If Manning is able to return, it will be too late to help salvage the season anyway. By the time Manning may be ready, the Colts will want to lose so they can guarantee the team has a top 3 draft pick. It’s time to eliminate the distraction and give this current Colts team the best chance to win now.

31. (30) Chiefs (0-3) — For the first time this season, the Chiefs played a game and didn’t lose a key player to season-ending injury. It’s important to look at the positives in Kansas City because there aren’t many.  Long season ahead for the “Patriots” of the NFC.

30. (26) Cardinals (1-2) — A loss to the Seahawks says a lot about how far away the Cardinals are from becoming a contender in the NFL. Last year, Arizona went 1-5 in the NFL’s worst division. The Cards struggles against the NFC West continued on Sunday. The team  played sloppy football and made mistakes at key points in the game.

29. (32) Seahawks (1-2) — The Seahawks have to take advantage of playing in a poor division and they did on Sunday. Although it wasn’t pretty, Pete Carroll and his team will take the W. They won’t have many more.

28. (22) Dolphins (0-3) — Last year it was Brad Childress and Wade Phillips, this year Tony Sparano is the first coach in which his job is clearly in jeopardy. With the Chargers and Jets on tap for the next two weeks, the Dolphins could easily be 0-5 by the time they come home to play the Broncos. And we all know how the Dolphins play at home.

27. (27) Bengals (1-2) — Andy Dalton and the Bengals offensive struggles can be credited mainly to the lack of execution on third down. The 49ers defense stopped the Bengals nine out of ten attempts. Last week the Bengals were 1-11 on third down. If this trend continues, count on the Bengals to have double digit losses by the season’s end.  Things will be better for them someday….someday…

26. (21) Jaguars (1-2) — Blaine Gabbert made his first NFL start in some of the most awful weather conditions you’ll see. Surely a game he’ll never forget. The Jaguars will rely on the No. 10 overall pick to improve the league’s worst offense. Jack Del Rio has already indicated that he wants his offense to be more aggressive. Perhaps the change in the offensive philosophy will advance Gabbert’s development.  Del Rio needs it…his job is on the line as well

25. (28) Panthers (1-2) — The first victory of Cam Newton’s career came in the midst of a monsoon! The rookie quarterback also led his first game winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter (hopefully a sign of things to come for the fans in Carolina). After three weeks, the Panthers have to be happy with the progression of their first-overall pick, and so am I, they move up this week.

24. (29) Browns (2-1) — Although their wins have come against two of the worst teams in the league, the Browns have gave Cleveland fans hope. Colt McCoy’s 13 play, 80 yard touchdown drive in the final seconds of the game is a reason to believe the young quarterback is capable of leading the Browns to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. It won’t happen this year, but the future is bright in Cleveland.

23. (24) Vikings (0-3) — In three games, the Vikings have scored just SIX, yes SIX, second half points. In all three of those games the Vikings have jumped out to a commanding first half lead but have managed to choke it away. It didn’t take long; the Christian Ponder watch has already begun in Minnesota. The poor start already has sparked speculation Donovan McNabb might lose his starting job.  McNabb has shown some signs of hope, but they hold out much hope.

22. (25) Broncos (1-2) — The Broncos suffered a brutal loss Sunday that will be difficult to bounce back from. This team is decimated with injuries. Key players Eddie Royal, Knowshon Moreno, Elvis Dumervil, Champ Bailey and D.J. Williams were all sidelined. Despite those injuries, the Broncos had many chances to beat the Titans but couldn’t execute when it mattered most. Next up is the defending champion Packers. The morale in that locker room might reach an all-time low.

21. (19) Rams (0-3) — The Rams aren’t doing any favors for their former first overall pick. Sam Bradford is on pace to get more then any other quarterback, yes, even more then Jay Cutler. The young quarterback has been hit hard over the last three weeks and now is nursing a toe injury. An unhealthy Bradford will prevent the Rams from accomplishing their goal in 2011 which is winning the NFC West.

20. (23) 49ers (2-1) — The 49ers have to be encouraged by the play of Alex Smith so far. He’s protecting the football and not turning the ball over. Granted the Niners have had one of the easiest schedules to date, they look improved under Jim Harbaugh. With that said, there is still much room for improvement, especially offensively. Frank Gore has struggled to get the run game going.

19. (18) Redskins (2-1) — The Cowboys tried to give the Redskins the game but they were unable to take advantage of their mistakes. The Redskins are lacking play makers on offense. Rex Grossman and Tim Hightower aren’t going to excite you with huge plays and that was something the Redskins needed Monday night.

18. (17) Titans (2-1) — One of the shocks so far in this young NFL season has been the Titans inability to run the ball. Chris Johnson has rushed for just 98 yards in three games. He’s averaging just 2.1 yards per carry. With the Kenny Britt gone for the season, the Titans are going to need their running game to wake up in a big way.  Britt is still young, so he should be able to recover without much hesitation

17. (15) Cowboys (2-1) — I think I may be a better center then what the Cowboys have right now.  The lack of communication between Tony Romo and center Phil Costa was embarrassing. The ailing Romo was clearly frustrated all game. The Cowboys got the win, but they have plenty of work ahead to eliminate the mistakes and miscommunication on the field. The mishaps somewhat overshadowed an inspiring performance from Romo.

16. (11) Bears (1-2) — The defending NFC North champs are already two games behind first place. It comes as no surprise that no quarterback has been sacked more than Jay Cutler this year (14 times). Regardless of what GM Jerry Angelo says, this offensive line has not improved. As a result, the Bears will struggle week after week.

15. (20) Raiders (2-1) — Very impressive victory for the Raiders.  The win will surely build confidence heading into Week 4′s game against the Patriots. Darren McFadden’s performance against Rex Ryan’s defense has to have Bill Belichick scrambling to find a way to stop the league’s top rusher. McFadden’s production has been huge for this offense, allowing the Raiders to limit the amount of times Jason Campbell has to throw. It seems like every week I write this, but the Raiders have to play more disciplined. They’re averaging 10 penalties a game. That’s something they can’t afford to do if they want to beat the Patriots.

14. (12) Chargers (2-1) — No one expected the Chargers, Chiefs game to be as close as it was, probably not even the Chiefs. Philip Rivers hasn’t lived up to the MVP hype many were predicting at the beginning of the season. Rivers has six interceptions compared to four touchdown passes. The Chargers have time to work on their issues as they’ll play the winless Dolphins on Sunday followed by a struggling Broncos team in Week 5.

13. (8) Eagles (1-2) — It’s not too early to say that it might be time to panic in Philadelphia. We’re just three weeks into the NFL season and already Michael Vick is battling substantial injuries. If this continues, Vick will barely be able to walk come November and I don’t like the Eagles’ chances with Vince Young or Mike Kafka behind center. Besides the problems with Vick’s health, the Eagles have played dreadful on defense. Eli Manning, with limited weapons on offense, shredded the Eagles “star-powered defense” with four touchdown passes.  Namdi has done absolutly squat for them so far.

12. (7) Falcons (1-2) — The Falcons are a talented team who have played very inconsistent during the first month of the season. Matt Ryan’s team has trailed in all three games they’ve played this year by double digits. In Week 2, they pulled off a comeback win when Vick left the game. A lot of this team’s struggles can be credited to the poor play of its offensive line. Ryan is starting to look like Jay Cutler out there.

11. (10) Texans (2-1) — Valiant effort from the Texans. They had chances to beat the Saints but couldn’t execute. Matt Schaub and the offense must get better in the red zone. They got away with going 1-for-5 in the red zone last week against a poor Dolphins team, but 1-for-5 against the Saints didn’t cut it.

10. (13) Buccaneers (2-1) — Raheem Morris’s young team knocked off the defending division champs in a huge game. Tampa’s defense held Michael Turner to an astonishing 20 yards rushing. Turner was coming off a 114 yard performance but was stifled to just 1.8 yards per carry against the Bucs.

9. (14) Giants (2-1) — It’s amazing how quickly the tables can turn in the NFL. The Eagles are now looking up at the Giants in the NFC East. Eli Manning had his best game of the year and that was with limited offensive weapons. Manning threw zero interceptions for the first time in seven games. The last time Manning didn’t throw a pick was back on Nov 28th against the Jaguars. The most important thing the Giants can do now is build momentum after this huge victory and get key players healthy like Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.

8. (16) Bills (3-0) — It’s been eleven years since the last time the Bills made the playoffs. It’s too early to say the Bills will be a contender, but this team has shown signs they are certainly capable. The undefeated Bills have proven they are a resilient bunch. Back-to-back come from behind wins is tough to accomplish. When it’s against the Patriots, it’s even more impressive. The Packers, Patriots, and Saints all have scored fewer points this season than the Bills. This is a confident team that believes they can win no matter who they play or what the score is. That’s a sign of a strong team.

7. (9) Lions (3-0) — There’s not much room left on the Lions bandwagon. For the first time since 1980, this franchise is 3-0. Lions fans are proud to have one of the best defenses in the game right now and a high-powered offense that can put points on the board in the blink of an eye. First-round selection defensive tackle Nick Fairley may be ready to play in Week 4 which will bolster an already strong defense. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson are turning out to be one of the best QB/WR duos in the league.

6. (4) Jets (2-1) — Joe Namath might have a point. Rex Ryan’s constant praise of his team might have his players thinking they’re better than they really are. The Jets looked unprepared for Darren McFadden, perhaps it was due to overconfidence. The Jets also have issues on the offensive line. Starting center Nick Mangold is out and they’re having trouble protecting Mark Sanchez.

5. (6) Steelers (2-1) — Sunday night’s win over the Colts placed a giant spotlight on the Steelers’ offensive line. Three starters were taken out of the game due to injury. Ben Roethlisberger took a beating in the team’s 23-20 win and is one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL. Look for the Steelers to address that line because of the poor play and mounting injuries.

4. (2) Patriots (2-1) — This is a team that obviously has issues stopping the pass. They had similar problems all of last year when they ranked 30th against the aerial attack. In order to be a Super Bowl team, Tom Brady will need the defense to pick him up every once in a while. Everyone talked about what type of numbers Tom Brady was on pace for after two extraordinary games. Well, just three weeks into the season, the Patriots are on pace to give up over 6000 yards in the air. Bill Belichick has a major problem he’ll need to resolve, the good news is that Belichick is probably the best fit for the task.

3. (5) Ravens (2-1) — No surprise the Ravens bounced back nicely after a humiliating loss to the Titans. The Ravens played great in all three areas. Joe Flacco had a career day and the Ravens defense was on attack mode all game. They sacked Sam Bradford five times, hit him 11 times and held the Rams to just 132 yards passing; much improved from the zero sacks and 358 passing yards allowed last week.

2. (3) Saints (2-1) — Drew Brees and the Saints continued their offensive assault against the Texans. They put up 40 points for the second time in three games. The production from the run game has made a difference. Last year, the Saints running game was one of the worst in the league. This year, the collection of Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Mark Ingram has added an extra spark to the offense. As good as the offense has been, the pass defense has been subpar. Looks like the Saints will have to win most of their games this year in a shootout.

1. (1) Packers (3-0) — In a rematch of the NFC championship game, the Packers went into Chicago and got a huge win. Aaron Rodgers has done a great job utilizing all of his weapons on offense. The talented running backs, wide receivers and tight ends create major mismatches across the field. There are few defenses in the NFL that will have an answer for this elite offensive group

DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE?   PLEASE COMMENT!

John Lackey Divorce

Rough year for Red Sox pitcher John Lackey isn’t getting any better with the team fighting to stay ahead in the wild-card race.

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After helping the Red Sox knock off the Yankees 7-4 in 14 innings Sunday in Game 2 of a doubleheader to keep their wild-card lead at one game, Lackey came into his postgame news conference angry.

“Let me tell you the truth,” Lackey said. “Thirty minutes before the game, I got a text message on my cellphone from one of you . . . somebody in the media, talking about personal stuff. And I shouldn’t even be standing up here having to deal with this.

“I’m sitting here listening to music. I don’t know who got my phone number, but that’s over the line.”

Early Monday morning, gossip website TMZ reported that Lackey had filed for divorce from his wife, Krista, who is currently battling breast cancer.

The couple married in 2008 and, according to TMZ, have a prenuptial agreement. The website reported that the petition was filed Aug. 30 in Texas and states “the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities.”

Asked if the text message was a distraction, Lackey said, “This is unbelievable I’ve got to deal with this.”

UHHH Doesn’t John Lackey know by now the Boston Sports Media does not report on personal issues unless they were brought up this was a story originally revealed by the celebrity stalkers at TMZ. What do you think about this?

Joey’s Week 3 NFL Predictions

San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals – Say what you will about Andy Dalton, but he has already proven himself to be the greatest red headed quarterback in NFL history. He’s breaking down the red headed color barrier as we speak and doing it to the tune of 66 percent of his passes completed. Move over Todd Marinovich, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Prediction: Bengals 21 49ers 16

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills – This is the biggest game of the past ten years for the Bills. They’re 2-0, have scored 79 points in two games (!), and will be playing at a home stadium filled with frost bitten alcoholic sheep herders ready for something to cheer for. The Bills have gotten better, but they haven’t gotten that much better. I’m also pretty sure the team from New England has a darn good offense itself.

Prediction: Patriots 31 Bills 20

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints – The trademark of the Gary Kubiak Texans has been talent, more talent, and losing on the road. They beat Miami in Miami last week, but that shouldn’t count (Miami has lost 8 out of 9 at home). This is a real test against a damn good team and without Arian Foster that task becomes even more difficult.

Prediction: Saints 24 Texans 17

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns
Prediction: Dolphins 27 Browns 21

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles –
Prediction: Eagles 24 Giants 20

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans –
Prediction: Broncos 20 Titans 10

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings –
Prediction: Vikings 17 Lions 14 (Upset of the Week)

Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers –
Prediction: Panthers 21 Jaguars 9

Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – The first two weeks of an NFL season tell you a few things. Which players are bound for breakout seasons (Matthew Stafford, Kenny Britt, possibly Ben Tate), which teams could sneak up on people and make the playoffs (Raiders, Lions, Bills, Redskins), and which teams are going to be so bad Whitney Cummings wouldn’t cast them in her next sitcom. That team is the Kansas City Chiefs. If you are a degenerate gambler and want to make a lot of money this year, bet against the Chiefs and do it often.

Prediction: Chargers 41 Chiefs 16

New York Jets at Oakland Raiders – The Raiders may draft players based solely on their 40 times, they may harbor more criminals than a halfway house, they may have an owner who’s been dead since 1997, but this team is good. Good like “if the Chargers sleepwalk through half a season and continue to be coached by Norv Turner we could win the AFC West” good. That’s why I’m taking them for my 2nd upset special of the week to take down the 2-0 Jets at home. East coast teams typically don’t travel well across the country and I’m thinking Mark Sanchez, Plaxico Burress, and Co. leave their weapons at home and pick up their first loss.

Prediction: Raiders 23 Jets 20

Baltimore Ravens at St Louis Rams
Prediction: Ravens 27 Rams 17

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Prediction: Falcons 21 Buccaneers 13

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
Prediction: Seahawks 17 Cardinals 16

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – I’m taking the Bears in this game. They lost at home in last year’s NFC Championship game to the Packers, their hated rivals, in a game known more for Jay Cutler’s knee injury than for the Packers winning (though it should have been remembered for B.J. Raji’s killer touchdown dance). Revenge games almost always end well for the team that lost the previous season (See: Ravens-Steelers Week One).

Prediction: Bears 28 Packers 21

Pittsburgh Steelers at Indianapolis Colts –
Prediction: Steelers 30 Colts 10

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys –
Prediction: Cowboys 24 Redskins 13

Sports News for Thursday September 22, 2011

This is Craig D’Alessandro with your SPORTS BLAST Update, Tune into the SPORTS BLAST on MASPORTSWEB.COM and tonight on http://www.thelook247.com 8-midnight/et

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The Boston Red Sox dropped 3 of a 4 game series to the Baltimore Orioles. Wednesday’s starter Josh Beckett went 7 and one third innings, giving up 6 runs, 4 of which come off the bat of Orioles’ slugging first baseman Mark Reynolds.

With the loss, the Red Sox Record in September falls to 5 and 16, the Sox get a much needed day off before a Pivotal 3 game series with the AL East Champion New York Yankees, who clinched the title with a day-night double header sweep against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Current Standings in the Wild Card:  The Red Sox led by 2 ½ games over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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The Boston Herald is reporting that The Red Sox have tried for the last week to acquire New York Mets pitcher Chris Capuano to pitch Sunday’s series finale against the Yankees.  If Capuano is acquired, he would be ineligible to pitch in the Post Season, a deal is not expected.

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The New England Patriots head to Buffalo this Sunday to play the Surprise 2-0 Bills.  Tom Brady will look to keep his stellar start to the season alive against a team he has fared very well against in his career with a current 17 game winning streak against the division Rival.

The Patriots announces some roster moves this week, including placing Dan Koppen on the season ending injured reserve.  The 32 year old center broke his fibula in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins, The Patriots were hoping to get Koppen back late in the season, but with Dan Connelly filling in, the Pats did not want an injured player take up a spot on the 53 man roster.

Other injures include tight end Aaron Hernandez who is out from anywhere from 2-6 weeks with an MCL injury and punter Zoltan Mesko, who injured his knee in the win against the Chargers, he has since returned to practice and Safety Patrick Chung underwent thumb Surgery earlier this week, his status for the Game against the Bills is uncertain

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Getting their first game action since winning the Stanley Cup, the Boston Bruins opened up their Pre-season dropping the first game to the Ottawa Senators in a 2-1 overtime loss.

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October 2 is officially the final day a New NBA collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached without the NBA losing out on a full season.  NBA players and owners are scheduled to meet tonight but a deal is not expected anytime soon.

Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk

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Fun Fact of the Day: On September 6th Hugh Laurie or famously known as everyones favorite doctor, Dr. House released his debut blues album “Let Them Talk”. Listen during music hours on the Massachusetts Sports and Entertainment Network as a few tracks from the album are on the playlist. Also tune in to the Sports Blast and B4 Alternative this Thursday from 8-midnight et on www.thelook247.com or catch the encore on www.masportsweb.com to hear Hugh Laurie sing blues!

Power Bats and Power Arms and Lackey by: Joseph McCann

Power Bats and Power Arms and Lackey

24/Aug/2011 Filed in: Boston Red Sox | Joseph McCann
Article by: Joseph McCann
The 2011 Boston Red Sox are an offensive symphony with the thunderous bats of Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, and David Ortiz, the speed (And an unreal power surge for a man who previously had 20 HR in 1372 AB and now has 22 HR in 509 AB. Steroids much? Or at least HGH? Or maybe swallowed a radioactive cow to give him superhuman ability much like I believe Bartolo Colon did last off season yet have no proof of there being any valid truths to this statement) of Jacoby Ellsbury, or the AB grinding, doubles machine that is Dustin Pedroia. This team gets it offensively.

They’ve survived 5 months of Carl Crawford hitting like Cindy Crawford to wield the second highest scoring team in the majors. Quite an accomplishment considering he’s making $14.8 million this year, the highest of any position player on the team. In fact if I had no recollection of Carl Crawford’s contract/career prior to this season and you gave me the words “Carl Crawford” and “14.8 million” and told me to correctly compete a thought using those two words as my sentences backbone, my answer would be “Carl Crawford has swung at 14.8 million curveballs in the dirt in his lifetime, put it on the board, Alex!”

This team has two of the elite power arms in all of baseball in Josh Beckett and Jon Lester. The best 1-2 punch this side of Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, but certainly the best 1-2 in the American League. In October you need two things to win: Power Bats and Power Arms. The Power Bats are not an issue. The Power Arms are 4/5th not an issue. I believe you need three trustworthy starters and two workhorses in the back of your bullpen (Bard and Papelbon). Who’s that 5th slice of the pitching pie? (Who the hell slices a pie into five pieces?)

It appears that Clay Buchholz won’t be back this year, leaving the Sox with the unfortunate position of choosing between an egomaniacal, meatball throwing, head scratching, waste of money like John Lackey or rolling the dice with mid-season pickup Erik Bedard. Lackey has pitched in the playoffs before and he has been relatively successful in those appearances (3-4, 3.12 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), including winning Game 7 of the World Series in 2002 as a rookie. Bedard has never pitched in the playoffs thanks to spending his career in Baltimore and Seattle, making him an unproven commodity at this time.

The beauty of October is that you never know where your heroes will come from. Edgar Renteria was the World Series MVP last year despite leaving all of his discernable talents in St. Louis six seasons prior. Maybe John Lackey will transform into a postseason workhorse who lives up to his enormous and excessive contract (Much like JD Drew did in 2007. Wait, that’s exactly whats going to happen! It all makes sense now! I’m definitely not being a homer!). This Red Sox team has a chance to be special, but we’ll have to wait until October to see how/who’ll make them special. If they can find some magic in the October air, look for this team to be playing deep into October with their eyes on a 3rd World Series title in eight years, and the Phillies.

Copyright 2011 Massachusetts Sports Web

Top 10 Music Countdown 9/11-9/18 2011

Top 10 Countdown 9/11-9/18 2011
10) Usher – OMG (f. Will I am)
9) Ke$ha – Tik Tok
8 David Guetta f. Fergie & LMFAO – Gettin’ Over You
7) Tim McGraw – Felt good on my lips
6) One Republic – Good Life
5) Nikki Minaj f. Ester Dean – Super Bass
4) Adele – Someone Like You
3) Black Eyed Peas – This Time (Dirty Bit)
2) LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
1) Maroon 5 f. Christina Aguilera – Moves Like Jagger

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Who Will Win the American League Wild Card?

The Boston Red Sox continue to struggle after losing to Baltimore last night, they are 2 games up in the wild card race, after being up 11 games on the Tampa Bay Rays just 17 days ago, the Angels are also in the race just 3.5 games out.

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Tampa Bay Rays 2.0 GB

Los Angeles Angels 3.5 GB

Please Comment who do you think will win the American League Wild Card race?

Are the Detroit Lions for Real? By: Eric Belseth

By: Eric Belseth
I’m not sure what’s been the biggest shock so far this season: Cam Newton becoming the new Drew Bledsoe, the Kansas City Chiefs only being able to put up 10 points in 2 games, or the fact that the Detroit Lions are atop the NFC North at 2-0. But I guess, seeing that I was screaming about Kansas City not having any receivers for Matt Cassel to throw to in my preseason power rankings, the Detroit Lions would be the biggest shocker.

Who would’ve thought that after all the turmoil after the lockout ended, the Lions would look like one of the best teams around? Matt Stafford actually looks like he’s 110 percent, and looks like he may stay that way the rest of the season. That defense of theirs is just plain SCARY good. If you’re a quarterback, you might want to bring extra pads and underwear if you’re facing Suh and the rest of that Lions defense in the coming weeks.

But then again, should you really be surprised? Those Vikings are a joke and look like an abortion on the field. No Minnesota, Donovan McNabb is not the answer. He’s actually a sudden cancerous growth! Oh and how about those Bears? Yeah Jay Cutler, the guy that’s going to throw for 700 interceptions and get sacked 14,678,232 time this season. They’re on the right track. The only team Detroit really needs to worry about in that division is the Green Bay Packers. So it’s almost a given at this point that they can take the at least 2nd in their division, if not the whole thing. At this point, depending on how the rest of the season goes, I’d be shocked if they didn’t get a wildcard spot in the playoffs.
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Let me throw some statistics at you. They’re currently ranked 2nd in the NFL with an average of 37.5 points per game. They’re 6th in passing yards with an average of 313.5 per game, and 8th in total yards with 421. The defense is currently ranked at 7th in the NFL giving up an average of 11.5 points per game.

I know its early in the season, but seriously, did you really expect the Lions to be this good this early in the season? I know I didn’t. They usually start off slow and have a Matthew Stafford injury to deal with. Lets hope I don’t jinx it.