Aaron Hernandez was a budding NFL superstar. He was fresh off a lucrative contract extension when, in an event all Patriots fans who were old enough remember to this day, he was led out of his house with his hands under his shirt and cuffed behind his back for the murder of Odin Lloyd. The stardom of Hernandez came crashing down after more evidence was unearthed and eventually the disgraced Patriot hung himself on April 19, 2017 at the age of 27, marking the end of a short, tumultuous life. The documentary miniseries released by Netflix grapples with the unknown reasons for Hernandez’s misdeeds and takes us into the life of a convicted murderer who once seemed to have it all.
When a franchise is as successful over a long period of time as the New England Patriots have been since the turn of the century, one player is often regarded as the most valuable. Like Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers in the 80s or Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls in the 90s, Tom Brady has been the unequivocal leader of the Patriots’ franchise over the last 20 years. But while these players get a bulk of the credit for the on-field success of their respective teams, these dynasties would not be possible without an outstanding supporting cast.
An already poor offseason for the Boston Red Sox has turned worse than anyone could have imagined this week. It has been reported by multiple sources that the Red Sox and former manager Alex Cora are parting ways amidst an MLB investigation into cheating violations.
With 28 of the 32 teams officially out and locked into their draft slot and the college football season wrapped up, it’s time for the 1st really big mock draft where I actually do some work of the season! Below I have a full 2 round mock, 1st round analysis, my top 5 players per position, and my teams most likely to be making trades.
The idea that the Celtics need to make a move by the trade deadline has been something I’ve disagreed with since the start of the season. Now, after watching the Celtics get practically embarrassed in three-straight losses (Washington, San Antonio, and sadly… Philly), I am starting to lean into the idea of making some type of move to better this team.
When teammates jokingly called Enes Kanter "stop sign" after a 6 block performance against Charlotte on New Years Eve, it was funny and almost seemed like they were aware of his reputation on that end of the floor. However, that performance seems to have fueled a narrative that Kanter has not only improved on the defensive end this season, but actually been impressive. I'm here to explain why that narrative is a facade rooted largely in metrics that fail miserably at capturing Kanter's actual, individual performance as a defender.
It has been a fun and exciting season of College Football. It feels like just yesterday we watched Florida and Miami battle during "Week 0" but on Monday night it will come to a close. Either Joe Burrow and LSU will cap off their improbable fairy tale like run with the most prestigious trophy in CFB or Trevor Lawerence and the Clemson Tigers will claim back-to-back Championships and continue their stranglehold as nation's top program.
The Boston Celtics suffered an inexcusable loss at the hands of an undermanned Washington Wizards squad last night, ending the team’s brief three-game winning streak. While wide-open misses played a big part in the loss as a whole, a game against a historically awful defensive team like the Wizards is a must-win if Boston wants to secure home-court advantage later in the playoffs.
While Boston's picks obtained from the Brooklyn Nets ended up netting them Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and later helped bolster a deal for Kyrie Irving, their luck hasn't been nearly as good so far with Sacramento and Memphis' picks.
By now, Celtics GM Danny Ainge has largely put the "doesn’t know how to draft" narrative to bed - for every James Young and Fab Melo, there’s a Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. And it’s not just “Fire and Ice” - just this decade, Ainge drafted Avery Bradley in 2010, Marcus Smart in 2014, Terry Rozier in 2016, and Robert Williams in 2018, all of whom ended up in the starting lineup of a playoff-caliber Boston team at some point in their careers.