Rickie Fowler made it clear that he needs to start winning. Fowler was quoted stating the following. "I feel like it's time for me to start finishing off some more events when I am in this position." Well, he did just that. Rickie was able to talk the talk and walk the walk this weekend at PGA Nation as he took home the Honda Classic.
Danny Ainge and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, The Woes of Matt Beleskey, The Rise of Gonzaga, and Much Much More!
For my money, the second Al Horford agreed to take his talents to Boston and join Isaiah and co, Danny Ainge put his chips on the table and went all-in on this team. Yes, Indiana was asking a ransom for Paul George, but so what? There is no glory for getting eliminated in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and playing it safe does exactly that. Patience might have been the smart move, but the window for championship 18 is not infinite. The time to make a move was now and the time has passed.
Since Bruce Cassidy was made interim head coach by the Boston Bruins on February 7, 2017, the Bruins have a record of 5-1-0. The B’s have beaten the Pacific leading San Jose Sharks TWICE! They have also beat the Vancouver Canucks, LA Kings, and their rival Montreal Canadiens. The one team they did lose to is the Anaheim Ducks. The game against the Ducks could have been won but the B’s just fell short in the third period. So this leads me to the question, is Bruce Cassidy the real deal? Let’s break it down.
Prior to the signing of Mitch Moreland’s 1-year $5.5 million contract, the Red Sox first base role had been filled by a noteworthy player for a very long time. Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Napoli, and Hanley Ramirez were all players whom the Red Sox fans had general idea of before they showed up to spring training ready to start the season. Youkilis came up through the Sox farm system, Gonzalez was the main piece of the blockbuster deal that sent Anthony Rizzo to San Diego, Mike Napoli had been killing the Red Sox for a solid 6 years before his Red Sox debut, and even Hanley had a reputation as a premiere hitter despite his first year struggles in Boston (Don’t worry Hanley, we’ll blame that one on Ben Cherington for putting you in left field).
Alright, so the NBA trade deadline has come and gone. The Celtics did not make a move, for the second straight year. Now, most Celtics fans are in absolute outrage. I understand that. However, all of those people need to think long and hard about the alternative situations that came with today. In many ways, this was the best move for the organization.
With each passing moment we get closer and closer to the NHL trade deadline. While we sit and wait for the glorious date of March 1st all we can do is speculate, The Bruins have been rumored to be in on swedish left winger Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche, but in order for the Bruins to get landeskog they would need to give up a highly valued defensive prospect such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy. Landeskog has only 23 points so trading someone as high of value as Carlo or McAvoy would be a huge mistake. According to Avalanche insider Adrian Dater talks between the Bruins and Avalanche have completely stopped meaning the odds of seeing Landeskog in Black and gold are very slim.
I recently came across a statistic that astonished me, the head coach of a major division one college basketball team lead their team to victory for the 100th straight time. A record unmatched by any basketball team at any level, college (division one) or above. However, while jaw droppingly impressive this was not the statistic that astonished me most, no it was upon hearing that over this 100 game winning streak this particular head coach’s winning percentage went up a whopping one percent.
Over the last 10 years in Boston, our heads have been filled with the hype of many young prospects coming up through the Boston Red Sox farm system. With the likes of Lars Anderson , Casey Kelley, Craig Hansen , and Henry Owens who was said to be the next “Clayton Kershaw” Those prospects are either retired with making no major impact, or are playing independent ball somewhere.