Fred Taylor Set For Surgery

Patriots Leading Rusher Requires Ankle Surgery

Fred Taylor wont be carrying the ball anytime soon for the New England Patriots as the 11-year-pro has elected to have surgery on his injured right ankle.  

Taylor injured his right ankle in his last carry of New England’s 27-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens and was held out of practice the past two days.  The timetable for Taylor’s return is uncertain but the 33-year-old is expected to be back with the Patriots at some point this season.  

Taylor is the only New England running back to register an 100-yard game and the injury to Taylor will require the likes of Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk, to step up in his absence.  Don’t be shocked if you see more of BenJarvus Green-Ellis who has impressed in his short time in Foxborough and could displace the ineffective and oft dancing Maroney in the backfield.

Are You An Alex Gonzalez Fan?

Take A Look At Gonzo’s Life Beyond Baseball

Yes, the Boston Red Sox are in Anaheim, preparing to take on the Los Angeles Angels in the first round of the ALDS.  Even with the importance of playoff baseball in these parts, one needs to remember that there are more important things in life than playoff baseball or sports in general.

This is true for Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who holds a heavy heart daily as he has an ailing 3-year-old son in a coma, stricken to a hospital bed in Miami.  I just read a great piece about Gonzo from Amy Nelson.  Read it here.  And remember, although we may all be caught bent out of shape in the next couple of weeks, anxiously cheering and hoping through these grueling baseball games, there are more important things to life than baseball.  With that being said, Go Red Sox.

B’s Lock Up Lucic With New Deal

Bruins Award Punisher Lucic With A Contract Extension



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Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wanted to lock up forward Milan Lucic for the long-term.  And that’s exactly what Chiarelli did by signing Lucic to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the hard-hitting forward in Boston through the 2012-2013 season.  

If Chiarelli hadn’t signed Lucic to an extension, he would have become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.  Lucic had a career high in goals, 17, and assists, 25, last season and lead the team wit a plus-12 rating in last year’s playoffs.

The 21-year-old Lucic signed a deal believed to be worth $12.25 million in which the left winger will make $4 million in the first two years of the contract with the final year netting him $4.25 million.  

Sox Fans Await The News Of Rocco

Baldelli Had An MRI On Monday

With the Los Angeles Angels throwing two lefty starters at the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS series (assuming that the series goes four games), the health and availability of Rocco Baldelli could be crucial to the Sox success against the dynamic lefties and Angels.

Scott Kazmir is dealing for the Halos and Joe Saunders is always Mr. Consistent.  Rocco Baldelli has feasted on left-handed pitching this year batting .290 against southpaws with 15 RBI’s and 4 HR’s, compared to a .193 average against righties, with only 3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Although Baldelli may not be a substitute for J.D. Drew as a starter, his value is still high from off the bench for a pinch hit against the two starters, or reliever Darren Oliver, or closer Brian Fuentes.

Baldelli strained his left hip flexor on Friday and received an MRI Monday before the Sox boarded a plan to California.  So with the injury and Baldelli’s rare health condition, his status for the ALDS is up in the air which could place Josh Reddick or Brian Anderson on the roster as the team’s fourth outfielder. 

 

Welcome Back Junior

Patriots Expected To Sign Junior Seau This Week

After losing Tedy Bruschi to retirement, Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jerod Mayo to the injury bug, the New England Patriots thought it was about time to give Junior Seau a call.  

Well, Seau has been spotted at Foxborough, taking a physical and laying the groundwork for a deal that would bring the veteran linebacker for his 20th NFL season. Seau hinted at a comeback earlier this season but cautioned that it would be later in the season.  Well, with the Patriots in need of more depth at the linebacking position, Bill Belichick and company obviously are willing to welcome the return of the Tasmanian Devil.

A return in the midst of season isn’t anything new to Seau, as he returned to the Patriots in December last year.  The 40-year-old may need a couple of weeks to re-acquaint himself with the playbook and get into football shape but we should be seeing Seau sooner rather than later.

Amsey5- Pats and 1/4 way thoughts

Something a little different this week- Why just limit my loyal readers to just five thoughts…

  • Jamarcus Russel, not Tom Cable is the one who should be arrested; For Fraud.  I touched on this during week 1 but this guy is worse then Akili Smith, Ryan Leaf, Joey Harrington, and Tim Couch combined.  Limitless athleticism does not outweigh a brain and decision making skills. The Raiders have a serviceable defense and a strong running game. The problem is that when you have 9 in the box, you’re forced to pass. When your receivers are 2 rookies (1 grossly overpaid sprinter, Heyw0od-Suck-Bey) it’s predictable what the results are going to be. Yes, Jeff Garcia would be a terrible option right now. Of course when the keys to the ’71 Chevrolet Chevelle are dangling by the hands of the least qualified owner in the league bad things are going to happen. Wouldn’t it be cool if the NFL was like the British soccer premier league where the top 4 teams of the lower division moved up for the next year, and the bottom 4 moved down? We’d never see the Browns, Raiders, Chiefs, or Rams again.
  • Get your own fashion statement, Josh McDaniel. The raggedy sleeve removed monk look belongs to Billy B.
  • Why does Wade Phillips always look so shocked? He seriously looks as if there is consistently a ghost appearing in front of his snow white hair all the time.  Maybe that’s the fear of the unemployment line he is  seeing.
  • Phil Simms is the biggest idiot announcer in the league, and we get him for the Super Bowl this year! ” You can’t do enough to protect the quarterback’ says the former quarterback.  No. These roughing the passer, errrr brushing the passer calls are truly killing the game. I wrote about this three weeks ago after the debacle against the Bills, but week after week, game after game this pussyfooting rule is awful. Philly Boy’s statement about how players can adjust to the rules is primarily true but what is a D lineman supposed to do when he reaches up to bat down a pass and his hand grazes the helmet of the passer. 15 yards.  Read Mike Wright’s quote this morning about his 2nd sack, where instead of dragging Flaccoto the ground, he holds him up.  I seem to remember another certain sack in the Super Bowl a few years ago where Eli Manning broke free to send the miracle pass to David Tyree.  If the current rule structure was in place, I guess in theory Manning would have been sacked since they tagged his jersey.  Also, why do these rules only apply to the quarterback? Please don’t feed me the ‘marketable position’ or gamebreaker nonsense. All the players should abide by the same rules. Running backs are vulnerable but players often hit them in the helmet.  This rule is literally sucking the life out of the game, at least for me.
  • How fast is Brandon Meriweather?
  • Lawrence Maroney cannot pick up a blitz. He’s not strong enough.   How is this hole-dancer getting reps ahead of Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, and Kevin Faulk? I’m not sure. 
  • When Brady ran to the locker room, Sugar plum dreams of watching undrafted Brian Hoyer playing quarterback was not overly encouraging. Is Jeff Garcia that bad that he doesn’t warrant a roster spot? 
  • The Broncos are not for real and will finish 9-7. They’ll win the division but lose in the first round of the playoffs. (Unless it’s snowing and the wild card team is a warm weather team coming to Denver)
  • What’s wrong with the Titans? No, Vince Young is not the answer.  No, Albert Haynesworth doesn’t make THAT much of a difference. 
  • 8-8 finish for the Jets.
  • 3-13 finish for the Bills and Dolphins. (Wishful thinking!!)
  • Not a single heavy favorite lost this week and only 1 person dropped from my suicide pool.
  • Pats 34, Broncos 26 prediction next week

Starters Announced

Francona Shows His Hand With Rotation

The cards are out on the table, it’s now time to play some ball.  Terry Francona announced his starting rotation for Boston’s ALDS series with the Los Angeles Angels. Jon Lester will start the opener against the Angels in Los Angeles with Josh Beckett going next, followed by Clay Buchholz.

The move wasn’t much of a surprise due to the emergence of Lester and the recent inconsistency of Beckett.  Whichever way you put it, the two young Red Sox hurlers form one of the best 1-2 punches in all of baseball and the addition of Buchholz gives Boston a scary front three. 

Francona said Tim Wakefield will not make the roster for the first round and both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Paul Byrd will not be used as starters in the ALDS.  This means that if the series goes to a Game 4 or 5, Lester and Beckett would be lined up to throw again, with Lester on short-rest and Beckett on regular rest.  

New England Survives Ravens Test

Patriots Hold On Against The Upstart Ravens

The New England Patriots knew that a matchup with the Baltimore Ravens would be a good barometer for where this 2009 squad stands. By the end of a four-quarter struggle, the Patriots were worn but still standing with a 27-21 victory over the Ravens on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.  

Tom Brady and Randy Moss finally hooked up for their first touchdown of the season, their first connection since Super Bowl XLII.  Brady went 21-for-32 for 258 yards with a passing and rushing TD.  Moss finished with three receptions for 50 yards.  

New England had to stave off a late Baltimore rally as a Willis McGahee touchdown in the fourth quarter narrowed the Pats lead to three-points.  However, a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with a little over seven minutes left, made it 27-21 and a dropped fourth-down pass from Michael Clayton with under a minute inside the New England red zone gave the Patriots the victory.

New England (3-1) won for the 18th straight time that Brady has started a game at Gillette Stadium.  The Patriots travel to Denver to take on the 4-0 Broncos, who are led by former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

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Boston College Survives Seminole Attack

Eagles Hold On In Victory Over Florida State

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After relinquishing an 18-point lead in the second half, Montel Harris and the Boston College Eagles but on the after burners and defeated the Florida State Seminoles 28-21 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.  

Harris had a career-high 179 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns.  The Eagles (4-1,2-1) honored linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is receiving treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, on Saturday afternoon.  Dave Shinskie continued his impressive streak of performances, completing 12 out of 21 passes for 203 yards and 2 TD’s.  The 25-year-old freshmen, who was pitching with the Toronto Double-A affiliation, the New Hampshire Fisher-Cats, earlier this year, has looked great ever since being named the number one starter at quarterback.

The Eagles will look to keep a two-game winning streak going as they soar into Virginia Tech next weekend as the Eagles take on the Hokies.   

 

Its The End Of The World As We Know It…

Bruins Falter In Season Opener Against Capitals

Cue the R.E.M. song.  The Boston Bruins lost last night in the first game of the 2009 NHL season and its time to start panicking.  Alright, I may be overeacting just a little bit here but the Bruins did produce a clunker in last nights 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Unfortunately for B’s fans, there’s no cash for clunkers program that allows us to trade in a bad performance for a better result (or cash). Heading into this 2009-2010 season, the Bruins have lofty goals and expectation and on Thursday night they disappointed.  

Two-time defending NHL Most Valuable Player Alexander Ovechikin dazzled in his season debut with two goals and an assist as opposing net-minder Jose Theodore stopped a meager 19 shots from Boston in route to the easy victory.  Patrice Bergeron added the lone goal for the B’s in the third period on a nifty break-away move.  Defending Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, made 30 saves while giving up four goals.  

The Black N’ Gold host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in the second game of their five-game home stand.

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