Quote of the week comes from Patrice Bergeron on playing under new interim coach Bruce Cassidy during his interview earlier last week on Toucher & Rich “the biggest change is he wants us to play with more tempo, more speed, and to go to the ice in a hurry”. From fans across New England, “thank you Bruce Cassidy”, it’s about time!
While David Price not needing surgery immediately is a blessing, I’m still betting his elbow causes at least a few visits to the DL before the season is through. Speaking of the Red Sox, after a 13-6 season where he pitched 156 innings (3rd on the team) Steven Wright has earned the right to be the Sox 4th starter entering the season. Wright also ended 2016 3rd in ERA among starters and 3rd in strikeouts.
With the recent Patriots chatter on Bradin Cooks, Kenny Stills, keep in mind that Bill Belichick has never drafted a receiver in the first round. The highest he’s ever picked one? Chad Jackson in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Al Horford, the Celtics top rebounder, is currently ranked 46th in the NBA at 6.6 boards per game. Just as a comparison, Cleveland currently has 3 players ranked higher with Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and LeBron. Toronto and Washington also each have players ranked higher with Valanciunas, Gortat, Markieff Morris, and now Serge Ibaka. The Wizards Otto Porter is on Horford’s heels as well, also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game.
Don’t look now, but the Chicago Blackhawks are 15-5 in their last 20 games.
0: The number of playoff series the Charlotte Hornets (KFA Bobcats) have won with the GOAT as their owner.
Quiz Answer: Michael Bishop, Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, Ryan Mallett, and Jimmy Garoppolo.
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