Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins for the Celtics.
Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis for the Red Sox.
Phil Kessel and Milian Lucic for the Bruins.
Jerod Mayo for the Patriots.
Either Boston is extremely lucky, or full og extremely good scouts. Boston sports stars so young, yet extremely talented.
Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins? Oh boy, what is there to say? With all the attention around the "Big Three" last year, teams left Rondo and Perkins open to do their thing.
Rondo led the team in assists and Perkins the team in rebounds last year. Tied with KG this year, Perkins he has been a force and tank in the middle. Rondo has quickly became a star guard and has A-plus potential with his silky smooth drive to the hoop, clean and crisp pass to the wings, and his rare, but pure, outside shot.
With the youth in Pedroia and Youkilis and the leadership in Ortiz and Bay, the Red Sox are looking pretty good for next year. But that's not what I am here to say.
The youth is coming for the Red Sox. Don't believe me? Look at the lineup and pitching rotation. The top three averages on the Red Sox were all in the .300s, and the players all under 28.
Pedroia led with .326 and he is only 25, second was Youkilis with .312 and he is only 27, third was Ellsbury, who after starting off slow brought his average to .300 exactly. He is only 24.
Pedroia won AL MVP at 25, and is only the third second baseman to every win that award.
That's only three of the many players on the Red Sox under 29. The rest include names like Jed Lowrie, a rising star at shortstop, and young catcher Kevin Cash, who can fill the shoes of Vartitek with his bat and defense.
Phil Kessel, 17 goals, and 10 assists. Milan Lucic, seven goals, 10 assists and leads the NHL in hits with 108.
The experience between the pipes with Tim Thomas, 34, is reportedly a big factor for the sudden surge of wins for the B's, who are second in the league at 19-4-4. Thomas has become a leader off the ice and on. Off the ice he gives a pep talk before every game he starts in net, and after getting a win congratulates his players for their stunning defensive performance.
The Bruins have 11 players under the age of 25, six of them with more than five goals, For the young defensemen, three of them have started a game.
Jerod Mayo, the future of the New England Patriots—the player they hope to build a younger team around. They have the veterans in Brady, Moss, and Matt Light on offense.
On defense they have one of the youngest front three in the NFL—Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, and Richard Seymour. Seymour is the only one above 27, and he's still only 29.
Mayo is seventh in the league this year in tackles with 103, had a season-high 20 vs the Jets on Thursday night, and he is only a rookie. The only thing he lacks in is his pass man-to-man coverage. He has let in four touchdowns on passes in the red zone this year by himself—and one big one that got the Jets into field goal-range on Thursday night.
Positive and negative points can be made, but overall these young teams have plenty of talent.
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