There will never be another Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. in our lifetime or anyone's lifetime if we are being honest. 20 years ago, Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots and in his words “I'm the best decision this organization has ever made.” and boy was he correct. Now, 20 years and 6 Super Bowl rings later, is this fairy tale ride about to end? It just might be…
By all accounts, the Celtics are rolling right now. Despite only having their top 5 players healthy at the same time for 4 full games this season, they sit at 20-7 -- the 3rd best record in the league -- and boast some wildly impressive advanced metrics. Among those metrics are their 6th ranked offensive rating, their 4th ranked defensive rating and the 3rd best net rating in the league. Yet amidst all of their early-season success, one burning question has risen to the top of Celtics fan's minds: what is going on with Gordon Hayward. Today, I reached out to several sports medicine doctors seeking answers and was able to gain a little more clarity on the situation.
With just days left before Christmas, the Revolution have been hard at work filling out their roster for the upcoming 2020 MLS season. With a striker and a left-back already being brought in from leagues outside America, the last piece of the puzzle was yet to be found until earlier Monday morning. The need for a stonewalled experienced centerback has been a key point in transfer windows ever since the departure of Jose Goncalves following the 2016 season that saw the team miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. With that in mind, the team announced Monday morning that they had signed 27-year-old French centerback Samba Camara from Ligue 2 side Le Havre, his hometown club. Camara’s playstyle is eerily similar to that of Goncalves, but with much more time to play in his career and MUCH more experience.
Da Bruce has done it yet again, with the announcement yesterday morning that the club had come to terms with Adam Buksa, a 23-year old Polish striker. Buksa, who had been playing with Pogon Szczecin in Ekstraklasa, the Polish top-flight league, brings the team an international quality scoring touch that the team had been lacking in recent years. Buksa’s 6’3 frame is a sight for sore eyes as well, with the ability to win aerial balls in the box now becoming a much easier task as Buksa has an extra inch on teammate Teal Bunbury, who sits at 6’2.
Earlier this week, the faltering New Jersey Devils made the decision to deal former Hart Trophy winner, left winger Taylor Hall, to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a 2020 first round pick, a 2021 third round pick, forwards Nate Schnarr and Nick Merkley, and defenseman Kevin Bahl. It was reported that the Bruins were having initial discussions with the Devils to acquire Hall, but those talks ultimately never led to anything concrete regarding Hall. Other Devils players make more sense for the Bruins to acquire, but the price tag for the former MVP was too high for the Bruins to pay.
For the first time in what feels like forever, the Patriots are set to play what seems like a meaningful division game in December. The Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past two decades, winning 10 straight division titles and 15 of the last 16 with the only exception being the year in which Tom Brady was injured.
Despite an 11-3 record and current hold of the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Patriots don’t have the Pro Bowl selections to match. Only 3 Patriots players were named to the NFL Pro Bowl roster released earlier this week. Stephon Gilmore (3rd selection), Dont’a Hightower (2nd selection) and Matthew Slater (7th selection) received the honor.
Yesterday the club announced that Sporting Kansas City left-back and former Revolution draft pick Seth Sinovic will be returning to the team for the upcoming season. Sinovic had not had his option picked up at the end of the 2019 MLS season and therefore became a free agent before Sporting Director Bruce Arena came in to snag the veteran. At 32-years-old this very well may be Seth’s last rodeo, but his added depth at left-back behind Alexander Büttner is a welcome sight after years of trying to recover from the loss of Captain and veteran left-back Chris Tierney after an ACL injury early on in the 2018 season forced him into retirement.
With more opportunity comes more scrutiny, and Jayson Tatum is certainly figuring that out so far this year. In his third season, Tatum has finally been given the green light that Celtics fans have been waiting for him to receive since watching him go scorched earth shooting the ball in his rookie season. In his first year, he shot 47.5% from the field and 43.4% from three -- what was then the 8th best 3-pt percentage in the league. As his number of shot attempts has taken a leap each of the past two seasons, his shooting percentages have gone the opposite direction and now sit at career lows of 40.6% from the field and 36.4% from three. In a league where offense is at a premium and scorers get the most attention from fans, this downward trend for Tatum hasn't gone unnoticed. However, while everyone pays attention to Tatum's shooting woes, they seem to have lost sight of everything else he's been doing on the floor night in and night out.