1. Bobby Valentine Was Set Up to Fail

    If you told me I'd actually feel bad for Bobby V by the end of the year, I would've laughed at you and said you were insane. First off, I think it's hard for 99.9 percent of people to feel any sympathy for Bobby V...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 2 years ago 331 reads 0 comments

  2. Boston Red Sox: Is There Anything Good on the Red Sox Horizon? YES!

    We're halfway through the 2012 season and naturally, we're wondering how the Red Sox will fare for the rest of the year...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 333 reads 3 comments

  3. David Ortiz: Big Papi Is Right About the Media

    According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com , Buster Olney discussed in his blog on the alleged "unhappiness" in the Red Sox clubhouse. Big Papi was in no mood to hear that and said there is too much media-induced drama surrounding the team...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 1,655 reads 16 comments

  4. We Need to Accept Josh Beckett for Who He Is

    This column is painful to write, but I need to vent about this so I don't go insane watching the Red Sox this year. Josh Beckett probably isn't going anywhere, so we should accept him for who he is...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 260 reads 2 comments

  5. New England Patriots 2012 Draft: No Trading Down This Time

    It's a beautiful day in Patriots Nation! You know why? It's because Bill Belichick correctly realized he needed to suspend his usual modus operandi for this year. The "trade down for value" system does not really apply to the 2012 Patriots...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 2,445 reads 2 comments

  6. Boston Red Sox: Loss of Andrew Bailey Creates Question Mark at Closer

    Once the news of Boston Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey 's thumb injury came out, I fought off the urge to throw my remote against a wall...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 267 reads 0 comments

  7. The Way We Should Classify NFL Draft Picks....Edition 2.0

    Last year, my first column for the Bleacher Report was about the NFL draft. The media coverage about which players turn out great and which bomb is too black and white...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 1,432 reads 7 comments

  8. Boston Red Sox: Is There a Method to Bobby Valentine's Madness?

    Bobby Valentine has a well-deserved bad rap. His ego is big and at times he can blunt and brash. Naturally, once he was hired, reporters focused on his persona. All of his prior jobs were rehashed...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 168 reads 0 comments

  9. Patriots: For the Love of God, Run the Ball More!

    As a Patriots fan I've reached a unique point. I have nothing to complain about. How could anyone complain about a team that's given you five conference championships, three titles, ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 861 reads 26 comments

  10. Super Bowl 2012: Dear Mr. Belichick...I'm Sorry I Ever Doubted You

    Wow. Only a few days have passed since the Patriots-Ravens AFC Championship Game and I'm still in awe of what happened. Sometimes, when your team wins, you get a rush of confidence that spills over to the championship game...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about over 2 years ago 212 reads 7 comments

  11. Year No. 2 of the Tim Tebow Era....Flames out

    Tebowmania is over for now and it was one hell of a ride. Let's forget about his religious faith for a second. No matter what team you root for, you have to admit it was fun to watch him lead the Broncos to numerous fourth quarter comebacks...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about almost 3 years ago 414 reads 7 comments

  12. Andrew Bailey's Arrival with the Boston Red Sox Is a Relief

    Andrew Bailey is now with the Boston Red Sox and I couldn't be happier. Slowly, but surely, Ben Cherington is starting to win me over. The circumstances weren't exactly on his side when be became general manager...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about almost 3 years ago 349 reads 4 comments

  13. Tim Tebow Has Vindicated Josh McDaniels

    If you had to summarize Josh McDaniels as a coach, what would you say? His strengths were his play-calling skills and ability to coordinate an offense. On the downside, his personnel decisions weren't very good and he was terrible as a head coach...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about almost 3 years ago 632 reads 2 comments

  14. New England Patriots: Taylor Price Is Released as Another One Bites the Dust

    This weekend, the New England Patriots released wide receiver Taylor Price. His release isn't exactly a surprise, but it's still frustrating to see another high draft pick bite the dust...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about almost 3 years ago 715 reads 0 comments

  15. No Dale Sveum? No Problem!

    Not much has gone the Red Sox way lately. The September implosion and smear campaign against Terry Francona left a horrible taste in our mouths. Jonathan Papelbon's departure stings, even though you can see why he's gone...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about almost 3 years ago 225 reads 0 comments

  16. Why Theo Epstein's Departure Is Good for the Boston Red Sox

    Right now the future doesn't look too bright for the Red Sox . At first, it feels as if the S.S. Red Sox is sinking. People are scurrying to cover their asses after two bad years...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 199 reads 2 comments

  17. Boston Red Sox: Rethinking the Carl Crawford Deal

    As we look through the wreckage that was the Red Sox season, the one thing that sticks out the most is Carl Demonte Crawford. In 2010, he had an excellent season in Tampa so naturally it felt like he'd be fun to watch at Fenway...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 804 reads 4 comments

  18. Should Terry Francona Get Canned? Absolutely Not!

    Peter Gammons recently went on national radio and spoke of a disconnect between Red Sox manager Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein. The team has been atrocious in the month of September, so naturally people go into C...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 459 reads 0 comments

  19. Have the New England Patriots Lost Their Ability To Draft?

    As the 2011 season begins, the anti-Bill Belichick media has repeatedly said the release of Brandon Meriweather shines a light on how the Patriots haven't got much from their 2006, 2007 and 2008 draft classes...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 1,065 reads 10 comments

  20. RIP to Brandon Meriweather's New England Patriots Career

    Four years ago it felt like Brandon Meriweather was going to be the next great safety in Patriots' history...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 601 reads 2 comments

  21. If Theo Epstein Wants Out, Let Him Walk...

    According to ESPN , Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein is reportedly in the running to replace Jim Hendry as the Chicago Cubs ' general manager. The thought of him leaving doesn't totally faze me...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 500 reads 4 comments

  22. 2011 NFL Predictions: Can New Pieces Take New England Patriots to Title? Part 2

    On paper and in theory, New England Patriots fans should feel very optimistic how the team reloaded on both sides of the ball...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 345 reads 0 comments

  23. 2011 NFL Predictions: Can New Pieces Take New England Patriots to Title?

    On paper and in theory, you have to like the way Patriots reloaded on both sides of the ball this offseason. Let's look at the offense, which was superb in 2010 but some minor tweaking was needed...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 130 reads 0 comments

  24. Boston Red Sox: Is Erik Bedard a Better Option Than Rich Harden?

    Why would the Red Sox back out of deal for injury prone pitcher Rich Harden only to trade for Erik Bedard? It doesn't make sense...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 47 reads 0 comments

  25. NFL Free Agent Signings 2011: Chad Ochocinco Becomes a New England Patriot

    As the great Homer Simpson says whenever he's happy, "Woohoo!" The New England Patriots added another fabulous pass catcher to their roster! From a strictly depth standpoint, you have to love this move...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Erik Manzelli about 3 years ago 576 reads 0 comments