NHL Weekly Things to Think About

Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.

Anaheim Ducks – Hanging on to a wildcard spot currently the Randy Carlyle effect has started to take hold as the Ducks have cooled off. John Gibson is doing everything he can to drag this team into the playoffs on his back but they are currently the only team with a ticket right now who have a – goal differential (-18). 

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Arizona Coyotes – Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen addressed several rumors surrounding the team and thanked fans for their support in a letter to season-ticket holders. “Arizona is our home. We love it here. And we love playing for you, the very best fans in the NHL.” New Year, Same me for the Yotes, still trying to find a long term solution and stable ownership. It’s beyond time this team moved to another market with a supportive and capable ownership group.

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Boston Bruins – Bergeron is back and the B’s get a big win at the Winter Classic in South Bend.

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Good news for the league too in showing the Winter Classic still has huge appeal.

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The B’s currently sit 3rd in the Atlantic. Tough to see them overtaking the Leafs unless they go into a big time slump and they’re battling with Buffalo for final divisional spot vs a wild card. Either way this is a playoff team but this division has become a powerhouse.

Buffalo Sabres – Jack Eichel got hurt in their game on Monday, seems like it’s day to day and he shouldn’t miss too much time. Goes without saying but Buffalo can’t afford to have Captain Jack miss much time this year, his line is basically their entire offense. Also his game day routine is insane and he hates “shitty apples.” Don’t we all.

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Calgary Flames – The Flames are making people believers and are rewarded with an outdoor Heritage Classic game against the Jets next year in October. Despite the success it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as Michael Frolik is fighting for playing time and his agent sounded off claiming the Flames are trying to run him out of town. He aint what he once was, but Fro would be a solid depth addition to any team looking to make a run.

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Carolina Hurricanes – What?

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Chicago Blackhawks – Though they lost at the Winter Classic they take advantage of a floundering Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton and sent Brandon Manning up north.

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Manning has a history with Edmonton captain Connor McDavid, too. Two years ago, Manning broke McDavid’s collarbone with a hit and later admitted intent in causing the injury, prompting McDavid to call Manning “classless.” Good work Peter. The Hawks get Drake Caggiula to help out on the wing in return and vet D man Jason Garrison for depth on the blue line.

Colorado Avalanche – You get an outdoor game! You get an outdoor game! You want one? You too! Colorado will host a stadium series game at the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs in 2020. No opponent named in that game yet. The Av’s are looking a little vulnerable lately but can’t afford to let up, they only a small lead over the Stars in the standings. The offense has dried up a bit as they have 2 goals or less in 6 of their last 7. Rantanen finally relinquished the overall points lead to Kucherov (65), but still sits 2nd (62) with MacKinnon in 3rd (59). I’ve been saying these guys are going to top 100 points and now it looks like they might have some company at the end of the year.

Columbus Blue Jackets – With Pittsburgh right on their heels in the division CBJ have stayed hot going 7-2-1 in their last 10. For years the Jackets have been struggling to find that true #1 center to match up with the talent in their division and Pierre-Luc Dubois is drawing some favorable comparisons to show he can be that guy.

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Dallas Stars – Interesting few days for Dallas. Currently in a wild card spot their two best forwards Benn and Seguin get ripped by the team owner. “They are fucking horseshit, I don’t know how else to put it,” Lites said to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro. “We are a stars-driven league, and our stars aren’t getting it done,” he said. “It’s embarrassing, and no one writes it. Write it!”

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“(Benn is) the leader of the team, he stirs the drink, but he’s not doing it. He’s got to get it done,” Lites told The Athletic before turning his attention to Seguin. “He’s hitting posts, ‘wah-wah.’ That’s what I say about hitting posts. Get a little bit closer to the action, actually go to the spot where you score goals. He doesn’t do that, he never does that anymore. He used to be a pest to play against, people hated playing against Tyler Seguin, they don’t anymore.”

Thing is they’re not actually playing as bad as Lites’ tirade makes it sound. If you’re into numbers you can see those here.

I would argue the Stars bigger problem is lack of quality depth and a sub par blue line. 

On the bright side they also get an outdoor game as they host the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl, opponent tbd… My vote? the Vegas Golden Knights ORRRR hear me out… The Houston Coyotes…

Detroit Red Wings – Dylan Larkin has 7 goals and 10 assists for a 14 game point streak. Detroit started out this year terribly, then rebounded stringing a bunch of wins together. Water has found it’s level as they’ve settled into mediocrity now but that’s ok! They’re in an incredibly tough division right now and a major roster overhaul. They need to stay the course, keep collecting draft picks and prospects, and hang tight til Stevie Y is running the show next season.

Edmonton Oilers – Interesting thought here from Justin Bourne

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and with injuries to Klefbom and Russell now the pressure multiplies. Bringing in Brandon Manning and Petrovic from Florida is a stop gap move and Edmonton is LONG overdue for a #1 D man. I understand they don’t grow on trees but its very apparent Adam Larsson isn’t the guy they hoped they were getting when they shipped Taylor Hall out.  

Florida Panthers – Florida finds itself 7 points back of the Habs for the final wildcard position in the East with 44 games left. I’m calling it, they’re dead. Bold move I know, but they just don’t have the horses to get it done. They have a solid group but without a superstar this team seems like it’s destined to just be perennial middle of the road fodder.

Los Angeles Kings – Still waiting for them to blow it up. I love ‘em, but the Kings stink so here’s a list of every player’s choice for an individual goal song.

Minnesota Wild – I’ve been saying for weeks now the Wild need more from their guys up front and only having 1 guy in the top 50 scorers in the league wasn’t going to cut it. Well it gets worse now with Matt Dumba out for 3 months after surgery. Dumba was having a killer year with 12 goals from the blue line.

Montreal Canadiens – Tomas Tatar has been the just the rebound the Habs needed to get over Max Pacioretty the break up. He’s been outperforming Max this year and is on pace for a career high in points.

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Nashville Predators – The Preds were slumping and limping out of 2018 with a 6 game losing streak (losing their last 10 road games!) but 2019 is already looking up. Sometimes you just need to come across someone else is a little more down on their luck than you to appreciate what you really have and that’s just what the Preds did shutting out the Flyers 4-0. Once this team heals up they’ll be fine.

New Jersey Devils – The Devils have won 3 straight and managed to climb out of the gutter without Taylor Hall on the heels of back to back shutouts by Mackenzie Blackwood. Though I think it’s a bit early for headlines like “Devils may have found their franchise goalie” after those shutouts came against Vancouver and Carolina.

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New York Islanders – History has not been kind to the Isles recently so let’s take a look back at something fond for the fans to remember.

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Also a fun fact for you RIP Mean Gene:

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New York Rangers – Jimmy Vesey is the 4th leading scorer on the team with 10 goals, 10 assists. Jimmy Vesey is a healthy scratch tonight against Pittsburgh. Go ahead and figure that one out if you can. Not sure how much longer until the Rangers are open for business but I would expect Vesey, Shattenkirk, and Zuccarello to all be wearing new uni’s in February.

Ottawa Senators – Congrats Ottawa! After a somewhat surprising start and a sudden 5 game L streak the Sens are now bottom of the bucket in the East. Honestly not terrible at home but absolutely abysmal on the road going 4-14-1. Mark Stone apparently called the team out in practice for how bad they’ve been which is interesting considering he’s in the midst of contract talks and may not even be there after the deadline.

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Philadelphia Flyers – Not a lot of bright spots for the Flyers this year outside of the promising start of young Carter Hart’s career. Things are about to get even tougher.

The Flyers play 13 games, 6 away and 7 at home, in the first month of the new year. Three of those games take place against opponents who are leading their respective divisions. Two of those games take place in the first 8 days of the month, and are only three days apart.

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Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins have finally woken up. 8-2 in their last 10 on a 6 game win streak and just 3 points behind Washington for the division lead. There are still questions about the blue line but the goaltending seems to have solidified… for now. Murray now has a .959 save percentage in his first five games since returning to the lineup. Those are outstanding numbers. So outstanding that it is the highest save percentage he has had over any five-game stretch at any point in his career.

San Jose Sharks – The Sharks were none too happy with this hit from Sam Bennett on Simek with 25 seconds left in the game against Calgary. Pavelski called it “gutless” but there is no further discipline coming from the league.

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St. Louis Blues – The Blues have taken over the distinction of worst team in the west but they did get awarded the 2020 NHL All Star game…. So that’s cool right?

Tampa Bay Lightning – The Lightning led the League in wins (57), points (119) and goals for (313) in regular-season games in the 2018 calendar year.  Over the past 25 years only two teams (the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins and 2005-06 Ottawa Senators) have scored more goals than Tampa Bay’s 154 through 37 games. Not sure if they even lost a game in the month of December. Pencil them in for another trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Mitch Marner is currently on pace for 100+ points with 53 in 39 games. He gets more expensive every game as the Leafs will have to find enough money to go around to make everyone happy.

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Vancouver Canucks – Elias Pettersson (39pts in 36 GP) is the only rookie to lead his team in points, while 11 players age 23 or younger are their team’s leading scorer in 2018-19. Sixteen of the League’s top 30 point-getters this season are age 25 or younger.

Vegas Golden Knights – MAF led all goaltenders with 44 regular-season wins since Jan. 1 (44-22-7 in 73 GP), marking the third calendar year in which he has recorded 40 or more victories (also 46 in 2009 and 45 in 2013). He also recorded his league leading 6th shutout.

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Washington Capitals – Ovechkin has already came out and said he’s skipping the ASG to rest and recover. After the offseason he had I don’t think anyone can blame him.

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Tough for the league to stomach as Ovi is a personality you want on a stage like that but it does give a chance for some of the young guys to shine. Alex is committed to going back to back. 

Winnipeg Jets – Byfuglien is out with a leg/ankle injury until around the ASG and this is the type of adversity that can galvanize a team. If they can rally around losing the big guy and keep stringing wings together it’s going to make them a much tougher out come playoff time. Also just thought this is weird, Blake Wheeler is 10th in points in the NHL with only 6 goals, but he has 44 assists. Shoot the puck Blake!

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Massachusetts Dispensaries Opened Today And The Wait Is A Mile Long

Boston.com – The wait time in Northampton is reportedly more than two hours, while in Leicester police are telling hopeful customers they have a three-hour wait ahead of them. (11:01 a.m.)

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This is a very tough day for me. In 2016, the legalization of marijuana was the best thing to happen since getting a gamecube in the second grade. I’m not disappointed but the fomo I now feel is similar to having to wait for the next roller coaster while all your friends ride together. Top to bottom are three people I would have loved to share a thought with while waiting in this three hour line. Mayor Narkewicz, the first person to purchase weed legally in Massachusetts has the perfect last name for it. “Nark” being the beginning of this guys name is hysterical. Hot start for the marijuana buyers of this great state and also no chance this guys smoking the weed he just bought.But not this woman, she’s an absolute super hero and probably should of been the first to purchase the marijuanas, not the nark.

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Sandra Bylaska being 62 years young while being an unemployed mortgage processor is incredible. This lady might have been smoking pot in her kitchen for the past 20 years without moving. I bet this lady was arrested in the 80s for smoking weed so she really must be chomping at the bit for that joint photo with a cop (joint works in both scenarios here). I would probably do the same thing but with my mother. She would hate every second of it but I think she would respect governments laws and take the damn photo. She should of been exempt from having to wait in line but knowing she is high as ever without a worry of getting in trouble is getting me through the day. I’m glad Sandra was here to represent but whether she will be able to tell the next generation “I remember when,” is still up in the air. 

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This kid gets the marijuana award from me for the opening day in Massachusetts. Dude gets there 30 minutes into the new day with a 7 and a half hour wait till the store opens. Rain, sleet, snow, it didn’t matter. Nothing was going to stop this kid from getting legal marijuana into his lungs before his 9 am class at Amherst later that day. Feel like this means any school in Massachusetts shouldn’t have a problem with the old wake and bake; as long as said student being high not listening is of age, of course. Very excited to get back to Massachusetts and hit the dispensary we so patiently waited for.

@BostonConnr

New NHL Jerseys Dropping… WHAT ARE THOSE!?!?

More new sweaters for a few teams around the league dropped and this time they’ll actually be worn on the ice, not just a video game (Digital 6 Jersey Release).

Thanks to IceThetics we got a good look at the Bruin’s Winter Classic sweaters they’ll rock at South Bend. 

This is as vintage a look as you can get. They’re styled like the B’s jerseys in the 50’s and went with the big block B logo and ditched any Bear reference. Big fan of these as a special occasion once a year wear. 

The Blackhawks haven’t officially released their look for the game other than their logo. IceThetics are big on designs and projections though so here is a mock they think it could look like based on the logo. 

BOOOOO!

Woof, let’s hope not. Chicago’s got it bad enough with the fans ready to riot over Coach Q getting the axe. 

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

The Kings, Lightning, and Leafs, new thirds leaked yesterday. 

Kings: This is what we’ve come to expect from a Kings jersey. Solid, not spectacular. They seemed to have learned their lesson since the ‘Burger King’ days and keep things simple. Crest, Crown, Black/Silver… Print ’em

Wayne didn’t deserve this

Bolts: WTF… That’s it? It’s just… Black? I imagine the folks designing this one forgot about the due date, we’re out at a happy hour boozing their worries away, one of them got an e-mail that the new thread design was due and he opened up MS Paint and went to town. “Just going to drop that clip art logo here… oooh look I can do the gradient thing on the sleeves too! Perfect! Attach file… Sent!!” Roller hockey rec league teams wouldn’t even wear these. Tampa does have a history with getting a little eccentric with their uni’s. I’d be surprised if they don’t modify these by the time they hit the ice.

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Leafs: Before they were the Maple Leafs, they were the Toronto Arenas. The Arena Company owned the team when it went bankrupt and the rights were given to a new group who renamed the team the Toronto “St. Patricks” who would eventually become the Leafs. This look is essentially the same as they wore last year for a game against Chicago. It’s about as generic as it gets for a throwback, not a whole lot to love or hate about it. 

What do you think? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Let me know

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Adidas and ‘Original 6’ NHL Teams Drop New Jerseys from the Clouds

Out of nowhere today the Original 6 NHL teams just stunned everyone by debuting brand new sweaters! WHAT!? ARE THEY GOOD!? ARE THEY SHIT!? EVERYONE FREAK OUT!? CHANGE IS WEIRD! … relax, the jerseys are only for EA Sports NHL 19. That’s right the real teams will not be actually wearing these jerseys on the ice… yet. 

The collaboration of Adidas, EA Sports and the Original Six teams are being labeled The Digital Six. The 6 jerseys will be first available in Hockey Ultimate Team mode on Nov. 5 and additional game modes on Nov. 19. 

The thing with hockey and it’s fan is they love tradition, they love old school, they don’t handle change well. They take a longgggg time to adjust to anything new. This is especially true in the sense of the storied Original 6 teams that started the league. Of course they’ve all tried different looks with little tweaks and some aggressive third jersey choices throughout the years with varying degrees of hits (the Rangers Lady Liberty sweaters) and misses (the Bruins mustard bear).

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Bad

Here we have a similar approach with these new digital jerseys (Sorrey… Sweaters) , some are traditional approach and some are… well… awful.

The Good: 

Detroit – The Red Wings jerseys here are almost perfect. The candy stripe socks and single red accent line on the sweater itself make ’em pop. It’s an homage to the Wings sweaters of old with the striping. Straight, simple, sexy.

Montreal – Les Habitants de Montreal took a safe route here. Even if you’re the embodiment of Canada you put Red, White, and Blue (bleu, blanc et rouge… Sorrey) and it’s going to look smooth. They ditch the logo on the chest for the MTL abbrev and it’s got a beautiful old school feel. 

The Bad: 

New York – Like I said you take the Red, White, and Blue and throw it on anything and it will…. Welp I was wrong. These look like some K-Mart clearance specials. These shouldn’t even be practice jerseys, these are dish rags. The only saving grace here are white gloves. White gloves fuck. 

Chicago – The Blackhawks have iconic (potentially racist depending on how you feel about ’em) jerseys. When they rock the all red and all blacks they are tops in the league. They know this and so they really only made a small tweak. They added a couple stripes and made some of them a prominent green. Boy oh boy does it look like shit. I assume the green is because of the green feather in the hawk logo and I assume it has some type of significance I’m blissfully unaware of but this looks like when all the white guys in the 90’s tried to be Rastafarian and listened to reggae all the time. Get some albino dreads out of the back of the helmet and smoke em if ya got em. Maybe…. MAYBE, this works on a white sweater but on the black it looks like junk.

The Ugly:

Toronto – What? No seriously this is it? This looks like they tried to play off the 72 Summit Series sweaters and ended up with what you would expect in a game that couldn’t get the actual team licensing and property. Can’t wait to play with the Toronto Blue Leaves! John Tavares didn’t sign for this…

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Boston – From the look of it the Bruins just said fuck it do whatever you want Adidas. Murder out the logo and throw some stripes on it! 3 Stripes?? NO MORE! MORE STRIPES! YESSS! Never go half stripe, either stripe the whole thing or keep the stripe guy in check. 

Ultimately does any of this matter? No. These are made up jerseys for a video game. 97.9% chance these are just for the game itself and will never be worn on the ice. HOWEVA, if I was making moves in Detroit I would highly consider mass producing those bad boys and getting them on the ice and scrape up every penny you can. 

What do you think? Like em? Love em? Hate em? Who cares? Leave some comments and let me know.

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Whitey Bulger’s Dead And I Never Got To Thank Him

Infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed just a week after his transfer to a federal prison in West Virginia, at the age of 89.

Killed might be an understatement.  Inmates, most likely hired by the mafia, put padlocks in pillow cases and turned his head inside out.  They also gouged out his eyeballs and nearly cut out his tongue.  Graphic right?  Yeah, because he deserved it!  I’m not pulling punches in this blog because, for scumbags like Whitey Bulger, there’s no sweeter justice than prison justice.  Even at 89, no one feels sorry for this dude.  You reap what you sew.

Not only did he run one of the most violent criminal organizations in our nation’s history; poisoning the streets where he grew up with drugs, robbing the hard-working people that lived there and littering the historic landscape of South Boston with the bodies of those who got in his way…he’s also to blame for the shittiest mob movie ever made.

Bulger’s life story was the basis for the movie Black Mass.  A real snooze-fest that starred Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger.  I’m not sure if the movie was as bad as I remember or if I was just so distracted by Depp’s creepy bald-cap and colored contact lenses, that I couldn’t focus on what was happening.  Is he a vampire or a gangster?!  Make up your mind because it’s freaking me out!

Bulger wasn’t just a ruthless psychopath who birthed a movie turd, he was also a rat!  Yup.  While doing everything I mentioned above, he ran with impunity for 17 years because he was an informant for a dirty FBI agent who kept Bulger off the law enforcement radar so he could feed the FBI information on rival drug dealers and mafia figures.  This dude had the moral compass of tiger shark.

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Whitey Bulger was one of the worst, most evil human beings to ever walk our planet and now he’s dead and I never got the chance to thank him.  If I could meet him in person, I would look him straight in his soul-less eyes and say, “Thank you.  Thank you for being who you were.”

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It’s true, but let me explain.  I’m one of the biggest UFC fans in the world and Whitey Bulger is a big reason why the UFC is where it’s at today.

This is where UFC fans say, “Fuck you!  Dana White made the UFC what it is today!”  Yes, this is true.  Dana White convinced the Fertitta brothers to buy the UFC in 2001 and then, as president and equity partner, used his genius to re-invent the dying organization and turn it into the $4 billion dollar company it is today.  This only happened because Dana White got involved with the UFC and the Fertitta brothers while living and working in Las Vegas.  And he was only in Las Vegas because he had to flee South Boston because Whitey Bulger was going to have him whacked.

Sounds fucking crazy, right?!  Dana White has gone on record with the fact that he was making his living by running a boxing gym for at-risk youth in South Boston during Bulger’s reign.  At that time, if you wanted to run a business in that neighborhood, you had to pay tax to Whitey Bulger.  So eventually, Bulger sent his right-hand man and enforcer, Kevin Weeks, to White’s gym to collect.

Weeks informed White that he owed them $2500.  White informed him he didn’t have it.  Weeks informed him that he better get it.  This went on for a few weeks until finally, White received a phone call from Weeks who stated that he had until noon the next day to pay up.  So, White immediately packed up his shit, moved to Las Vegas and never looked back.

So Whitey, if you can hear me down there, thank you.  Thank you for making Dana White flee, in fear for his life, to Las Vegas where fate awaited his brilliance, so he could save the UFC and build it into the juggernaut of an organization it is today.  You inadvertently helped rescue the sport of MMA from obscurity and bring it to the mainstream all because you were willing to kill a dude, that was just trying to keep troubled kids off the street, for a lousy $2500.  I hope you enjoy burning in hell half as much as I enjoy watching the UFC.

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The Boston Red Sox Held A Parade Yesterday And I Wasn’t There

23 years strong I went without missing a Boston Sports Championship Parade and yesterday was the first one I have ever missed. 

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Me watching through twitter yesterday 
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I slammed my laptop closed the first time I went to write this because I was at an all time hump day low. However, I have gathered myself just enough to piece together the Parade post that I know so many of you Red Sox fans want to read. I took the liberty of pulling just a few of my favorite scenes from yesterday’s glorious occasion, nearly a holiday, as the Red Sox duck boated around the city of Boston. First, the train ride into the city for the championship parade was one of my favorite parts about being apart of Titletown USA. All bets are off when that train comes and you gotta elbow your way towards the old commuter rail. You’d think it would be a push pull situation, but if theres any room, you better believe you’re getting pulled up by some champion of men to get you to the city. No pushing when it comes to helping people get up on the train. For a city known as being full of a bunch of mean pricks (not wrong), we know when to turn it off and just enjoy being part of the greatest sports city in the world.

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Not knowing Steve Pearce grew up a Sox and Pats fan made this video a little tougher to watch, again, utterly distraught that I wasn’t there. But this fucking guy is such an animal I bet he drank thirty beers on that Duck Boat. Sounds like he already had a few Jack and Cokes before he went on the stage, but he could’ve shit into the mic and walked off, he’s immortalized either way. 

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The last championship parade the Red Sox had, David Ortiz was also carrying the MVP trophy in his duck boat. Now, he slams tequila and talks shit with Pedro Martinez which raises the huge question, will we ever have a Red Sox parade without Oritz? Answer: Absolutely, positively, 1,000%, no. David Ortiz is Red Sox royalty and he can hoist the trophies he helped win anytime, any place. Also, if David Ortiz wants to come to your party, you’re not going to say no. The guy is a walking light bulb he’s so electric as a human being. 

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This is what makes the parade so incredible. It’s not just the degenerate college kids and die hard fans that come out to get belligerent and party in the streets. EVERYONE in Boston stops what they’re doing to pay their respects to the team that made the great journey known as the MLB season. You know its legit when Construction guys are taking some time to do arts and crafts and draw up a few World Championship signs. This will always be the best Red Sox team in Sox history and I can’t wait to see how many Mookie ends his career with. Parades don’t get old, same way championships don’t. Maybe I’ll make it out there for the one in February.

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The Red Sox Are Just The Beginning Of The End For The Sports World

The Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series. What a glorious moment to be able to copy and paste that first sentence from when I originally began this article on October 25th. 

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Nothing says World Series Champions like four double whiskey’s in the Los Angeles airport fresh off a flight (LAX no big deal.) Walked off that flight with my hands in the sky, shocked, not surprised, that we made such quick and swift work of the Dodgers. You would think a team that just lost a World Series would have a little more fight once we went up 3-1 in the series but I should of known earlier in the day when I yelled at a guy with a Dodgers hat and he said he wasn’t really a fan. There was no chance the Dodgers, or any team in the National League, had a chance against this goliath of a team. Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley (Ortiz) Jr., and the American League MVP, Mookie Betts, cover more ground than most teams would with four guys out there. Mookie struggled for a bit, but nothing like hitting a homer off Clayton Kershaw to break the drought and bust open the World Series clincher. 

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The bullpen was a huge story along with 2 out runs in this series. Almost every time we got down to two outs the chances of us scoring doubled. Especially if Steve Pearce, soon to be the name of my first born, was walking up to the plate. The guy has been locked in and it’s awesome to see someone who nobody even knew would be on the team come out and win the World Series MVP. Runner up was the man who really rewrote his own legacy this postseason. David Price was chucking it in this series and if Pearce wasn’t clubbing baseballs out of the park, Price would have been the MVP for sure. This was the best we’ve seen Price and it couldn’t have come at a better time. He was a monster this postseason and I wish he was getting some sort of an award. A World Series ring will have to do.

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Nothing like being third to a group hug

 Our bullpen, with a stiff combination of Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, Ryan Brasier, and Craig Kimbrel, outmatched what the Dodgers brought to the plate. I don’t know if Joe Kelly is ever going to give up another hit again. He was ROLLING last night and had a perfect 0.00 ERA after pitching in all 5 games this series. Game 3’s Eovaldi performance was one for the ages. I want to hold on to him this offseason just because his grit rating is through the roof. To be able to do what he did in Game 3, then dub yourself good to go for Game 4 is psycho shit. 

Alex Cora Winning a title in his first season doesn’t surprise me because we did it with John Farrell in 2013. What was surprising was the dominance of every team we faced in the playoffs this year. 11-3 is a pretty damn good postseason record and the moves he made pitching wise were phenomenal. You forget that if Cora doesn’t put our starters in the bullpen from the ALDS on that maybe by the World Series everyone’s arms are tired. Thank god it’s just Eovaldi’s and not Sale’s. Speaking of, having Chris Sale close out a 5-1 game should be a move warranted with a white flag. The Dodgers knew once they saw Sale that they just lost back to back world Series. Two more and LA is the new Buffalo. 

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The best part of this is what the Red Sox just set in motion for Boston as a city. The Celtics and Bruins are both just starting their seasons, but already we look like contenders in each sport. The Patriots seem to be on a collision course with the Chiefs so it’ll be interesting to see if we make a move before the trade deadline. However, the chances are very real that we can make the elusive 4 sport city sweep. Thank god the Red Sox won, really would of felt like I cursed us for saying such a thing but now the wheel is spinning and Brady’s coming for every QB record. Let’s get to Atlanta.

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Red Sox Home Stand Recap

The Boston Red Sox are currently looking for their first World Series since 2013 as the joust with the Dodgers rolls on Friday. Tuesday, the Red Sox showed why they have the best team in baseball: we dominate scoring in the first inning. The fact every team passed on J.D. Martinez absolutely blows my mind. The guy was signed in late February, thought to have been asking for too much money, and yet here he is on his way to a World Series MVP. But that’s the last part of the Mookie Benny JD 1-3 (sometimes 4) rotation. Mookie gets a hit, steals second, Benintendi gets on, and JD hits them both home. Not only is that a consistent spinning wheel, but we did it against the best pitcher in Baseball and childhood center to Matt Stafford, Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers are stacked all across the board, a reason I think the bullpens win or lose this October Classic. You don’t go to back to back World Series’ without having a next level lineup and both these teams do.

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Managing and match ups are going to continue to be a huge story of this Postseason. Alex Cora had Devers batting, Dodgers make a pitching change, Cora puts in Nunez to pinch hit for Devers, and all of a sudden Game 1 is over with a Nunez three run homer. The chess match between Roberts and Cora is just another great story on top of the big bats in this Boston vs LA series. Game 2 is a big game for the Dodgers but the Red Sox are ROLLING right now.

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And the bullpen of the Dodgers in Game 2 is the story once again. I wrote the game 1 review and synopsis above before game 2 and the omen was the opposite of ominous. Ryu loaded up the bases which is why the bullpen ERA isn’t as high as it should be through two games (still sits at 3.68 with the Sox at 1.19) Madson comes in with the bases juiced, walks a guy home then gives up a two run single to JD. In the words of Ty Schmit, “thats the difference between a world series team, and a loser.” 

Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel all went 1,2,3 in the 7th 8th and 9th. It was a pitching duel for sure, no runs being scored after the fifth inning, but god it was something to see Joe Kelly throw the rock that way. He is LOCKED in right now and watching him pitch has been an absolute honor thus far. When the stakes are highest, Joe Kelly brings his hard hat and lunch pail to that mound. Price was the guy in game 2 with a strong 6 innings only giving up 2 runs. He, and most of the team, are in a zone that will carry us to the finish line. Count on price with a big relief inning going forward as we look to tie the bow on this present of a series. Sox up 2-0, 2 more and the trophy is ours. We steal one away and finish it in 6, anything else would be fine too.

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