Like last year, the Patriots have multiple starters entering free agency or contemplating retirement (yes, I’m looking at you, Rob Gronkowski). Key contributors on both sides of the ball are looking to get massive contracts in the offseason, and, although some have expressed their desire to return to the Patriots, it is impossible to bring back everyone. Patriots free agents include the likes of Trey Flowers, Trent Brown, Jason McCourty, Chris Hogan, and Cordarrelle Patterson. The Patriots also reportedly intend to pursue a big-name wideout and have been linked to names like Odell Beckham Jr. and Antonio Brown, although Pittsburgh has also expressed its desire to trade Brown to the NFC (San Francisco, Green Bay, etc.). Here's a look at each key free agent the Patriots will have to re-sign.
Moments ago it has been officially confirmed that Bryce Harper will be wearing pinstripes for the next 13 years..red pinstripes that is, for the Phillies. The 26-year-old former MVP agreed to a record breaking $330-million, 13-year contract, with a full no-trade clause. He will be in Philly until he is 38-years old. The Phillies did well because the luxury-tax number will be just over an AAV of $25 million, giving the Phillies flexibility to sign other big name free agents for the coming years.
After last night's loss to the Blazers, it was almost like the Celtics knew that I would be writing about seeding this week because it became one of the main topics in the postgame media scrum. About a month and a half ago, Kyrie Irving stated that he wasn't content with being the 5th seed and that he wanted the team to fight for better seeding. Recently, however, Kyrie's tune has changed a bit. He's started to come out with quotes such as "nobody can beat us in a 7 game series if we play how we're supposed to" and other statements that indicate that he isn't worried about where the Celtics are seeded or who they play. Last night, Al Horford reinforced the idea that seeding doesn't matter as much as quality play does to the Celtics right now by stating "There's nothing if we end up playing like this and we're the 3rd seed. I'd rather be playing really good basketball." After a four game losing streak and losses in six of their last eight, I think many of us fans would agree that stringing together a few good games and finding a groove is more important to the Celtics right now than where they end up in the playoff seeding. With that being said, however, where should we want the Celtics to end up? Is the 3rd seed really all that different than the 4th? Is the 5th seed a nightmare scenario? It's really a matter of opinion, and I lay out mine here:
Celtics Remain Winless Since All-Star Break; Smart Lifts Team Late But Comes Up Short Due to a "Dumb Ass Shot"
The Boston Celtics lose yet again, now 0-4 since the All-Star Break, despite a late game comeback run led by Marcus Smart.
Celtics nation is confused, speechless, and it’s difficult to pinpoint the reason of this inconsistent play. I have never been more confused by a professional sports team than I am by the 2018-2019 Boston Celtics. I remember seeing Marcus Morris a few years back, in LA Fitness, when I lived in Philadelphia. He wasn’t even working out and was just hanging with his Brother Markieff, drinking a smoothie. I attempted to say hello to Marcus and he immediately looked away and didn’t even acknowledge me. This team has a bunch of similar personalities this year and I can only come up with one thing about this team. They practice the act of being Selfish: (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure.
Similar to last year, the Bruins were extremely active at the trade deadline, acquiring multiple players to help cement their status as Stanley Cup contenders. Last year, the Bruins were in the running for multiple players (Ryan McDonagh) and acquired 3 others (Rick Nash, Tommy Wingels, Nick Holden). This year, the Bruins were in the running for even more players (Wayne Simmonds, Mark Stone), but only ended up acquiring two, due to a team with substantially less holes on defense and in the bottom 6. Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson, the players the Bruins acquired, are both extremely versatile forwards and are both great pieces to add to a Boston team that hopes to make a run.
Blake Swihart’s adopted brother Romell Jordan, a former college football player at the University of New Mexico, has passed away tragically at the age of 23. No details are available at this time regarding cause of death. Earlier this morning, the Red Sox held an emergency meeting in their clubhouse to address yet another tragedy that has rocked their clubhouse (well respected Boston Globe beat writer Nick Cafardo passed away suddenly a few days earlier).
The Boston Celtics have now lost three-straight games after a brutal 118-95 dismantling by the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
After five games on the road that began in southern California and ended in St. Louis, the Boston Bruins returned home Tuesday to face the San Jose Sharks for the second time in just over a week. The return to TD Garden marked the first home game for newly-acquired home town boy Charlie Coyle and first career game as a Bruin for Marcus Johansson who became a member of the Black and Gold at the trade deadline on Monday coming from New Jersey.