For Celtics fans of a certain age, Paul Pierce was our guy. We were too young to truly appreciate Larry and too invested with Paul to jump on the KG bandwagon. It didn’t happen overnight, but when Paul Pierce ends his career as a Celtic at the end of the 2016-17 NBA season, he will have his number hung from the rafters and be remembered with Hall of Famers of Celtic past.
The Boston Red Sox are your 2016 American League East division champions. Let’s say that one more time; the Boston Red Sox are your 2016 American League East division champions. It just so happened that they clinched the division in the biggest mind-fuck of a game that I’ve seen in my entire life
Killer B’s, power, potential, promise, disappointment, outfield dance. All these terms could be used to talk about the 2016 Boston Red Sox. A team with so much excitement and talent started out with as many ups and downs as a roller coaster.
September 25th, 2016. We lost two amazing individuals. Arnold "The King of Golf" Palmer passed away at age 87 and Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died tragically at age 24. Palmer's career easily depicts how much of an impact he had on his sports, but Fernandez left plenty unsaid and unseen. Who knows what Fernandez could've accomplished.
1.Lamar Jackson QB Louisville
Key Stats: 913 Passing Yards, 8 TD Passes, 464 Rushing Yards, 10 Rushing TDs
The clear front runner right now, Jackson has not only been putting up huge numbers against lesser opponents (Charlotte, Syracuse), but he’s dominated one of the top teams in the nation (Florida State). Jackson is one of the best athletes in college football and he’s asked to do more in that offense than former Heisman winner Cam Newton was asked to do at Auburn. With some highlight reel plays and hurdle to go with it, if he keeps the Cardinals winning and keeps the stats up, he’ll be a shoo-in for a trip to New York. The Clemson game on October 1st in Death Valley may make or break his campaign.
I once heard Ron Jaworski proclaim that Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl 36 victory over the St. Louis Rams the greatest coaching job he’s ever seen. While not nearly as important, last night’s humiliation of the Houston Texans behind a rookie QB making his NFL debut was one for the ages and one of the type of games that forces you to stop and smell the roses.
I’m not even sure if it’s possible for a team to be as hot as this one. Since Hanley’s walk-off home run last week, the Red Sox have not lost a single game. All season, fans everywhere have been frustrated by this team because we knew that they had the offense and the pitching to do this, but they just couldn't put it together. It turns out that they’ve saved their best for last. In the month of September, the Red Sox are 15-5 and now hold a 5.5 game lead in the AL East. The Red Sox success this month can be attributed to 3 main pieces that have all come together. The starting pitchers, the bullpen, and Hanley Ramirez.
Did you think Kaepernick sitting for the national anthem was bad? You think he was out of line then? Well, let us just keep that fire burning. THIS PROVES to me that Kaepernick is solely trying to keep his name in the mix, in the headlines, and coming out of people's mouths.
Hanley’s Hot Streak, Xander’s Slump, The Economic Impact on the NC Bathroom Law on Charlotte and Much More!!
For the record, the Red Sox are 13-38 when they score less than 5 runs…a scary thought with the brisk fall weather upon us.
Speaking of the Red Sox, since September 1st, Hanley Ramirez is hitting .308 with 6 HR and 16 RBI’s in 12 games. Here’s to hoping Hanley’s hot bat continues into post season baseball.
On the other side of the coin, Xander Bogaerts finished August with a .219 batting average in 124 plate appearances and is hitting .196 halfway through September.
After dropping 2 out of 3 to Baltimore, the Red Sox needed a win. Being only one game up on the O’s, they could not afford to lose Thursday night and risk forfeiting sole possession of first place. It became official in the 9th inning of the Sox game that the Rays had defeated the O’s, which would’ve made another Red Sox loss even more insufferable. As far as what happened before the 9th inning: E-Rod only lasted 2 ⅓ innings, the Sox bullpen continued to shine, Tanaka spun another gem, and David Ortiz passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list. But let’s focus on the bottom of the 9th.