The Celtics have a very storied history. They are the most decorated franchise in the history of the NBA and one of the most decorated in all of sports. With that comes a number of amazing players over the years. From Bill Russell to Larry Bird to Paul Pierce the Celtics have great players lead them to a total of 17 championships. Celtics greats have raised so many banners to the rafters, but who is the best player to ever play for the Celtics and not win a championship?
The Red Sox bullpen is not good, but that's nothing new. They've made trade after trade over the past few seasons trying to solidify their pitching in the late innings, but nothing seems to work. From Carson Smith to Tyler Thornburg, whenever the Red Sox try to trade for a reliever to set up closer Craig Kimbrel it always comes back to bite them. Now, it seems like they might be about to do it again.
"Something is wrong with this team right now. There, I said it, and if you're a fan who watches the games with an objective eye then you know that I'm right. Ever since they went on that tear in July and early August the Red Sox have been slumping and playing incredibly uneven baseball." That was how I formulated the introduction to this recap in my head as I watched the first few innings of the game, but as they've done so many times this season the Red Sox completely flipped the script as the it went on and I had to revise what I was going to write. As you'll see, it was a tale of early innings, late innings, and the contrasting extremes between them.
The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have agreed to terms on a reworked contract for the 2018 season. The Patriots and Gronkowski have been in talks on reworking his contract all offseason and finally came to terms ahead of the Patriots last preseason game.
I don't know about anyone else, but I still wasn't feeling too good about the Red Sox win against Miami in the first game of this series. They seemed to win more because of the Marlins' numerous mistakes than anything else. Still, a win is a win and style points aren't awarded...they all count the same in the standings. It seemed as though the Sox were set up better to win the series finale with David Price on the mound, but given how things have been going for this team lately nothing could ever be as straightforward as it appears.
According to the gambling website mybookie.ag, the Patriots have the 2nd best odds to sign Dez Bryant at +400. They are just behind the Jaguars at +200 and tied with the Browns.
Hot on the heels of getting swept in Tampa, it would seem on its surface that a home series against the AAAA Marlins should be just what the Red Sox need to snap out of their funk. Combined with their excellent home record, the two game series seemed like it would be the perfect way to pick up a couple of easy wins before heading to Chicago to take on an equally dismal team in the White Sox. Of course, there's a reason why games are played on the field and not in the minds of fans and if anyone still feels good about this Red Sox team after the first game against Miami, then they weren't paying attention.
When the Patriots drafted Sony Michel, it was a bit of a head scratcher. Sure, Sony Michel is a talented player, but after years of fans begging the Patriots to draft running backs and wide receivers in the early rounds of the NFL Draft from Mark Ingram to Cordarrelle Patterson to even Christian McCaffrey as recently as the 2017 NFL Draft, why have they finally decided to select one? McCaffrey of course went well before the Patriots had a chance to take him, but the Patriots chose to pass on Patterson, Ingram, and a host of other skill position players over the years. The Patriots of years past have valued early round skill position players so lowly, that Bill Belichick once reportedly told the Falcons GM that he shouldn’t draft Julio Jones and instead should trade down and draft Jonathan Baldwin because he thought Baldwin was “just as good, if not better”. Before this past offseason, the Patriots hadn’t drafted a running back or wide receiver in the first round since 2006 and they hadn’t drafted either position in the second round since 2013. When looking at those selections, it’s not hard to understand why the Patriots don’t usually spend high draft capital at those positions.
So, the story of the offseason and now preseason is that the Patriots receiving core is nothing to write home about. With Julian Edelman suspended for the first for games, and Danny Amendola as well as Brandin Cooks no longer on the team, Tom Brady will have Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson on the outside and that is about it (I believe Patterson will surpass Dorsett as the No. 2). Now this is nothing against either of those guys, but let’s not act like we’re comfortable with Hogan and Patterson leading your team in the receiving game.