1. Diamond Deliberations: Some 2009 'What Ifs' for the Average Fan

    It's almost July. That means we have almost three months of MLB highlights, wins, losses, and data at our disposal. From this we can draw conclusions, project outcomes, and try to figure out the Rubik's Cube that is the 2009 baseball season...

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  2. New England Formation Fluctuations: Pats' Alter Looks in '09

    Becoming familiar with Bill Belichick’s playbook tendencies is one of the most difficult things to do in football due to the amount the "Hooded One" alters his schemes, realigns his looks, and constantly tries to keep teams off balance...

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  3. Positional Battles to Watch In Foxborough: 'Backers and D'Backs

    On a proven, veteran team such as the 2009 New England Patriots, positional battles and depth chart struggles are more than likely to occur along the periphery...

    Will Norton Written by Will Norton about 5 years ago 34 reads 2 comments

  4. Laurence Maroney: Linchpin Or Fringe Player? His Take

    It is the opinion of this writer that the health and productivity of Laurence Maroney will greatly dictate the success, or relative failure, of the 2009-10 New England Patriots...

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  5. Brady, Buffalo, and The Wildcat: Breaking Down The AFC East

    Forecasting the AFC East: Balanced Division Will Depend on Brady’s Return In a division that has shifted from a one horse race to a balanced field in just a year, the battle for AFC East ...

    Will Norton Written by Will Norton about 5 years ago 246 reads 2 comments

  6. Man Oh Manny: Ramirez' gaffe further complicates baseball's numbers game

    Grow up and deal, baseball. The problem, as I see it, with major league baseball’s lost sense of self in the “PED age” is that there is a preponderance of historians, ...

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  7. Glue Guys: Ten Middle Relievers Who Are Successfully Bridging The Gap

    Often times, the difference between a playoff team and a .500 team is how many games each wins and loses in the middle innings...

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  8. Wandy, Gamel, and the Bay Side Boys: Five 2009 Breakouts

    Five under-the-radar teams/performers that should enjoy breakout levels of success in ’09. 1. Wandy Rodriguez- A guy known for his disastrous road performances despite pitching ...

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  9. Kansas City Steamers: Royals May Rise in 2009

    As the 2009 Major League Baseball season rapidly approaches and the second edition of the WBC fades into the rear-view mirror, it’s hard not to look across the league as a whole ...

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  10. Musings from Around the Association

    1. While this has been another disappointing season in Charlotte, the optimist in me has to look at several players who have flourished under Larry Brown...

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  11. How Danny Ainge's Draft Success Fueled the Resurgence of Celtic Basketball

    While many will point solely to the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen as the reason Boston has surged back into the NBA's elite group, I like to look at it from a different angle...

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  12. Econ-O-Ball: How America's Money Crisis May Affect Major League Baseball

    We’re talking about money, here. Dollars and cents. With America's economy floundering and many cornerstones of our capitalist foundation in flux, this offseason should be an interesting one for baseball's free agent crop...

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  13. Shhhh: Matt Cassel Silences Joey Porter, Dolphins

    These are not the New England Patriots of old. Not this year at least. Watch New England circa 2008 and you won't see stifling pressure on the quarterback, opportunistic interceptions, big plays ...

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  14. Turkey Time: A Hodge-Podge of Sports Fodder for the Hungry Sports Fan

    Sometimes there’s so much going on in the world of sports, you just can’t write about one game, one team, or even one sport. You have to attack it all, with a whimsical, dart throwing philosophy...

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  15. 24 Wins Later: Post-2003 Red Sox Making It Look Easy

    24 wins, 9 losses. That is the Boston Red Sox post-season record since Aaron Boone crushed a Tim Wakefield knuckler- and every heart in Boston- deep into the night back in 2003...

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  16. Five Major Disappointments in Major League Baseball

    Disappointment in sports is a funny thing. It's a term that is dictated by so many tangential factors: expectations, salaries, past performance, historical success, and potential...

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  17. Green and White Style Shines In Game 1

    The Boston Celtics are unquestionably the most decorated, accomplished franchise in NBA history, and arguably in all of sports. But not in my lifetime. Not in my brain bank...

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  18. James Posey, Paul Pierce, All Celtics Return to '08 Season Form; Dominate Game 3

    With the proverbial monkey off their backs (in the case of the Celtics playoff road woes, it was probably a 250 lb. Silverback Gorilla), the Boston Celtics can smell blood...

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  19. Red Sox Review: Champs Are Starting to Take Form

    For the Boston Red Sox these last few weeks, it’s been business as usual. The formula which the Red Sox have utilized each of the last two years—solid starting pitching and timely hitting—is taking shape yet again in 2008...

    Will Norton Written by Will Norton about 6 years ago 625 reads 1 comments

  20. "Rooter" Analysis: A Breakdown of the 2008 New England Patriot Draft Class

    I can remember when Drew Bledsoe and Terry Glenn were fresh looking rookies, ready to make their mark on the NFL. I remember when Ben Coates was virtually unstoppable and Bruce Armstrong was a brick wall along an otherwise porous offensive line...

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  21. One Month Down, Five to Go: 10 April Surprises from Around Major League Baseball

    Well, we’re into May and the Major League Baseball season is a little over 1 month old. In the 6 month, 162 game marathon that is the MLB season, nothing we know up to this point can be taken as gospel...

    Will Norton Written by Will Norton about 6 years ago 321 reads 1 comments

  22. Boston Bruins on the Brink: Game 4, and Likely the Season, Slips Away

    Well, here we are: Game 5 in Montreal with the season on the line. While this is certainly a position no Bruins player, fan, or coach wants to be in, it's a situation many knew ...

    Will Norton Written by Will Norton about 6 years ago 590 reads 5 comments

  23. Bruins-Maple Leafs: Boston Gains Two Points in Toronto, Gears Up for Playoff Push

    Injured, offensively inept, and in danger of losing hold on a playoff spot they have coveted all season, the Boston Bruins traveled to Toronto Tuesday night with one objective: get some points...

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  24. Tommy John Kids: Baseball's Development Problem and a Few Sleepers for '08

    The medical procedure known as “Tommy John” surgery has become just another common feature of the jargon surrounding today’s brand of professional baseball...

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  25. Where We've Been and Where We're Going: A Look at Past and Future Red Sox Business

    A collection of family holiday cards hanging in the bathroom of a Belmont, MA house tell the story perfectly…...

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