Heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Houston Texans, the Patriots have 9 players listed on the injury report with an illness designation. Although not much has been made of how so many Patriots came down with what’s being reported as the flu, there’s an easy conclusion to come to when looking back to last week’s game against the Cowboys.
While New England fans sat down to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families, Patriots kicker Nick Folk probably wasn’t having the best time. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that Folk recently underwent an appendectomy and will miss Sunday’s game as a result. Rapoport added that Folk is unlikely to miss anymore time beyond that, but didn’t completely rule it out. While it’s not really the Patriots fault that Folk needed his appendix removed, it’s just another example of the kicker position failing the team this season.
The Bruins have reached agreements with Chris Wagner and Charlie Coyle on long-term extensions. Both of their contracts were set to expire at the end of the 2019-2020 season.
It’s not what New England fans were hoping to hear about their first round receiver just a few weeks after he was removed from injured reserve, but N’Keal Harry doesn’t appear to be close to making a big impact in Josh McDaniels’ offense. To put it in the kindest possible terms, the former Arizona State wideout is going to take some time to develop into a star for the Patriots.
Jayson Tatum’s breakout season is finally here! It feels somewhat awkward to be using the word “finally” in the context of talking about a third year-player, but for Tatum it seems somewhat justified. A disappointing year two for the Celtics young forward took the shine off of Tatum a bit and led many to question the legitimacy of Tatum’s “future star” status. It felt like Tatum was destined to breakout in his second NBA season, but fans had to sit through a sophomore slump before seeing Tatum blossom into the player he’s become in year three.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you’re ready for some good food, bad football and winning gambling picks.
It's officially Rivalry Week in College Football and we have a great set of games ahead of us over the next few days. A 3-2 week has put my record back over .500 to 12-11. Let's try and keep things rolling and take a peak of what we have to look forward to.
After taking losses in three of their last five games, Celtics fans can no longer tease the rest of the NBA community over things like being atop the league standings, or being the lone remaining one-loss team in the league. Currently, they sit at 12-4 -- tied with Miami and Toronto, and 1.5 games back of the 14-3 Milwaukee Bucks for the East lead. The struggling Sixers are right on their tail at 11-6, and are bound to figure things out themselves sooner rather than later. A 2-3 record on the Celtics' West Coast road trip has effectively served as a reminder that things can change quickly in the NBA, and while some of these early season games may not feel important at times, every one counts.
The opening month of the 2019-20 NBA season has given us some great basketball thus far. We’ve seen teams like the Suns, Mavericks, and Heat jump out to fast starts and surprise everyone, while other teams that were projected to be serious playoff contenders have struggled mightily out of the gate, like the Trail Blazers and Spurs. Outside of just team success (and failure) though, we’ve also witnessed some outstanding individual efforts from dozens of different players so far, culminating in an intriguing MVP race through one month.
Jayson Tatum has been hyped up incredibly since he has entered the league. There is no arguing that. Obviously, the majority of that hype coming via Celtics fans, but we all know plenty of the league is already sold on the idea that this kid is going to be a superstar. So again, there is no denying the hype. However, it’s one thing to acknowledge the hype and another thing to straight up deny the hype.