The X Factor for Patriots to Defeat the Falcons, Melo, Isaiah, Rusney Castillo, and Much Much More!!!
Aside from Brady, the X Factor for the Patriots Super Bowl matchup against the Falcons is Dion Lewis. Playing in a dome, Josh McDaniels and company will rely on Lewis’s speed and pass catching ability against the Atlanta defense. If we can see even half of what Lewis did against the Texans, the Patriots will be riding the Duck Boats through downtown Boston.
It’s easy to get impatient and bite at a Carmelo Anthony trade that seemingly makes you a better team, however, patience perseveres, and I think there is a better deal to be made down the road. Orlando’s double/double machine of Nikola Vucevic isn’t as flashy of a move, but helps the Celtics in an area where they lack, protecting the rim and rebounding.
Speaking of Melo, how would the Raptors look with a big 3 of Melo, Kyle Lowry, and DeMar DeRozan? As a life-long Celtics fan, that is not a team I’d want to play in a 7-game series.
Quiz of the week. Which college program has produced the most Super Bowl winning QB’s? Answer near the bottom of the column (Hint: each victory by a QB counts towards the school’s total).
Don’t look now, but Isaiah Thomas is currently second in the NBA in points per game at 29.1 . The only player with a higher average? Russell Westbrook.
If the Avalanche are shopping Center Matt Duchene, I’m at least inquiring on the cost if I’m Don Sweeney. For the record, Duchene’s 29 points would rank 5th among current Bruins behind only Marchand, Pastrnak, Krejci, and Torey Krug.
Rumor has it that Chip Kelly is leaning toward joining the Houston Texans as an Offensive Coordinator under Bill O’Brien.
A lesson to the College Athletic Directors who get a little too trigger happy with firing coaches after they aren’t immediately successful. Baylor’s Scott Drew did not win more than 4 games in his first 4 seasons with the Bears. Since then, he has made 6 NCAA Tournaments in 9 years including 1 Sweet Sixteen and 2 Elite Eights and currently has the #2 team in the country whose only loss was on road to current #7 West Virginia.
Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since Nomar played his first full season for the Red Sox and won the AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .306 with 30 HR and 90 RBI’s. I still have his poster hanging on my childhood bedroom wall.
Quiz Answer – Notre Dame – 5; Joe Montana won 4 and Joe Theismann won 1.
Happy retirement to Brent Musburger, one of the last iconic voices left in sports media.
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