By: Shawn Palmer
The Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and of course the New England Patriots. Very few bad things can be said about these teams, unless you're not a fan that is.
New England teams spoil us down to our core. We expect the best out of our teams and the best is what we get. (Usually). With the Celtics, anything is possible. With the Boston Red Sox, 86 years wasn't enough to scare Red Sox nation away. The Boston Bruins not quite getting there year after year finally held the cup in the air. Playoff hockey Is a thing of beauty, attracting people who usually don't even watch hockey because the atmosphere is so addicting, leaving you wanting more. The New England Patriots have been stepping on the leagues neck for years, with little punch back, besides the New York Giants of course, but we don't like to talk about that. Tom Brady may dress like a diva and act like one off the field, the guy is a warrior on the field. As you saw in this years super bowl.
Before this years playoffs begun for the Boston Celtics and Bruins I was going to claim that every major sports team in New England was going to win the championship in their respective leagues. Well, I never got to it, and now the Boston Bruins are heading home after being eliminated from the playoffs from the senators. The Celtics were being bullied by the Bulls, but ultimately ended up tying the series at 2-2 after both teams failed to win on their home courts. After the way they played in the first two games, and in certain stretches during these last two, I am left wondering if they can make a deep playoff run if they can get past the eighth seed bulls. BUT, with that being said. Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Gerald Green, and Marcus Smart really stepped up in big spots in game 4. Now let's just sit back and try to breathe as the Celtics try to win #4Her.
The Boston Red Sox have already made me lose sleep. For no apparent reason, I tend to over stress over the smallest of things at the beginning of the season. First it was the flu, then it was the pitching. (Except for Chris Sale). Now, except for today's 6-2 victory over the Orioles, the offense had been absolutely absolute. They showed signs of waking up against the Rays but then shut down against the Jays, still taking 2 out of 3. If the bats wake up and Sale continues to dominate, they will be okay. Just okay, because Chris Sale can't win this thing on his own. Even though it look like he can, he can't. Sale needs help via run support and help from his fellow pitching mates. Wright doesn't look right, Price is making his price look more painful by the day, and well the other guys, they are simply existing. I propose they trade Blake Swihart and a prospect or two for Todd Frazier to make this lineup a little more scary. Pablo shows little resistance and I'm not sure he will survive in Boston all year. He lost weight, but he also lost my trust. Which at the end of the day is most important. Let's go New England, let's hopefully win a few more rings this year...
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