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Bad Weekend in Sports

You would think that because the Red Sox season is over, I would be done attempting to defenestrate myself for the next six months. After this weekend, this is not the case. We’ll discuss the horrors team by team here, since, you know, it’s no fun only rooting for one team or one sport.

BU Hockey
Oh the hangovers from national championships! BU hockey has been, well, fallible this year. Most games they’ve been playing just short of wins. They’re really into doing this thing where they shoot the puck a billion times into the goalie’s chest, which obviously does not really lead to too many goals. BU also is a big fan of not playing defense, and not playing in the second period. Because of this, the team is now 3-6. They are in 9th place (out of 10) in Hockey East and completely tumbled out of all national rankings.
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Despite this, I made the decision to travel up to Merrimack on Friday to watch the Terriers take on the Warriors. 2007-2008 was Merrimack’s only double-digit win season since 2003-2004. Needless to say, they’re a powerhouse.

BU struggled mightily with the Warriors. Or, well, BU actually didn’t struggle, as they did not show up for the game after the first period. In the words of BU coach Jack Parker, “We stopped competing.” Great, right? The score is deceiving. Merrimack won 6-3, but the final score may have well been 9-0. Additionally, my least favorite player on the team, Colby Cohen, fought two guys. Fighting is illegal in college hockey. He was ejected. This was great, because Colby is a defenseman and at one point, BU had 4 defensemen in the penalty box at once.

BU had six minutes of a 5-on-3 advantage. They didn’t score. Nobody fails to score with six minutes of a two man advantage. Defending national champions do not play the way BU did on Friday night. There was no effort, no spark, no leadership. It was disgusting. I was actually nauseated. After the “game,” the three other people I traveled up there with and myself went to Friendly’s for some comfort food. It was that bad.

Saturday night, BU took a 4-0 advantage in the first period. After that, BU felt that the game was over and it was time for them to partake in Saturday evening festivities. They ended up winning 6-4, but it was more of a “they didn’t lose” than a “they won the game” situation. The good news from Saturday is that two of our injured players returned, including the star and assistant captain, Nick Bonino. Also, BU scored six goals, so perhaps they finally figured out that you need to score goals in order to win games. We’ll see how they rebound this weekend against UNH.

The Bruins
Last week, I went to the Bruins game against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden in Boston. The Bs played terrific, shutting out Sidney Crosby and friends 3-0. On Saturday night, the Bruins traveled to Pittsburgh for a rematch. This one didn’t go so well.

The game was hard fought, and the Bruins never gave up. They came back from multiple deficits, most remarkably in the third period when they were trailing Pittsburgh 4-3. With 5:47 left in regulation and the Bruins holding a two man advantage (listen to this one, BU), David Krejci swept in on a Zdeno Chara shot and roofed the rebound towards the goal, where Marco Sturm tipped the puck in to tie the game, 4-4. Three minutes later, with 2:29 left in regulation, Zdeno Chara showed off his hardest shot skills, firing a slapshot from just above the left circle past Pittsburgh back-up netminder Brent Johnson. The Bruins were on their way to another victory.
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Not so fast. With 4/10 of a second remaining, ex-Bruin Bill Guerin slipped a wristshot from the top of the right faceoff circle past Tim Thomas to send the game to overtime. The Bruins were exhausted, and a little over a minute into overtime, Pascal Dupuis netted the game-winner for the Pens.

After a good, hard effort like Saturday’s, you would think the Bruins would come out confident and strong against the Islanders last night.

Nope.

Six minutes into the game, Matt Moulson capitalized on a turnover in the Bruins offensive zone and some poor defense at the hands of Dennis Widemann and Patrice Bergeron to give the Islanders an early 1-0 lead. The Bruins had a chance towards the end of the first to tie the game with a 5-on-3, but like BU, the Bs did not feel the need to take advantage of their opportunity and squandered the chance. Moulson ended up just shy of a hat trick, scoring two goals and briefly getting credit for a John Tavares goal to start the third. The Bruins lost 4-1, and Patrice Bergeron, who has been one of the best players on the ice this season for the Bs, finished the game with a -4 rating.

Claude Julien admitted after the game that the Islanders “wanted it more than we did.” Is there anything more frustrating in sports than when your team does not put forth their best effort? Come on.

The Patriots
Speaking of best efforts . . . I’m not sure if I should title this section The Patriots or Bill Belichick. By now, most people know the story. The Pats were leading the undefeated Colts by a solid 13 point margin coming into the fourth quarter. With a little more than two minutes left, the lead was whittled down to 6. A touchdown could win the game.

On 4th and 2 with 2:08 left in the game, Bill Belichick inexplicably decided to send his offense back out and go for it. Belichick had no challenges left in case he would need them (which he did). Brady threw a short pass to Kevin Faulk who was standing right on the 30-yard line, which is where the Pats needed to get to for the first down. The Patriots got a poor spot, as the referees decided the Patriots were about a yard short of a first down. This gave Peyton Manning two minutes to go 29 yards for the game-winning touchdown. That’s a series he will execute every time.

People are saying that the move says Belichick did not have the confidence in his defense to keep the Colts from covering 70-yards in 2 minutes. However, I believe Belichick has to have enough confidence in his defense to be able to hold the Colts from 29-yards out if the Pats do not convert on fourth down. Belichick is a defensive-minded coach. He most likely has faith every game in his defense, because ultimately, it is the defense Belichick himself creates. Any failure on the defense’s part is a reflection of Belichick himself.
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Additionally, why were the Patriots throwing the ball so short? Why are they throwing for exactly two yards? Why not give themselves the insurance of a few more yards and throw a five-yard pass? Converting there is crucial, and they never should have given the referees the opportunity to decide whether or not the play was long enough for a first down. It’s the offense’s job to earn the first down, not the referees job to give it to them.

And why
did Belichick waste a timeout at the beginning of a drive? He ended up needing that timeout if he had wanted to challenge the spot of the ball, because when the Patriots did not convert on third down, confusion about whether to punt or not forced the Patriots to use their final timeout to prevent a delay of game penalty.  

The bottom line here, though, is that Bill Belichick made the completely wrong decision. With Peyton Manning leading an offense, you must punt the ball on 4th and 2 with 2:08 when holding onto a six point lead. Had it even been a seven point lead, this may have been slightly more understandable because the Colts would have to decide between a two point conversion to win or kicking the extra point to head into overtime. Going for it in this situation, however, gift-wrapped the game for the Colts, a game the Patriots players worked hard to win. A game that was negated because of poor coaching from one of the best coaches in NFL history.

Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi, both former players, criticized their coach. For them to say things like “this was the worst coaching decision I have ever seen Belichick make” (Harrison) and “the decision to go for it would be enough to make my blood boil” (Bruschi) means that they had to 150% believe both in what they were saying and in Belichick’s complete and total error.

In my mind, Bill Belichick is still one of the best coaches in football history, but this gaffe definitely mars his reputation. Before Sunday night’s game, Belichick was infallible. He was inhuman. He may have lost important games, big games, playoff games, but never because of such a momentous decision on his part. You cannot let one decision decide a career, yet at the same time, you cannot overlook this one decision in judgement of Belichick, because this one decision takes him down that notch from infallibility to simply extraordinary.

It will be hard to get over this game because it most likely cost the Pats home field advantage in the playoffs, but at the same time, the season goes on. This is not Grady Little. This is not going to cost Belichick his job. This is the regular season. Yet at the same time, it is November, the Colts did, by virtue of their win, tie the Patriots for second in consecutive wins (18), the Colts are a rival. This is a game that I will never forget.

Quotes and Patriots picture from boston.com. The other two pictures are mine.

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Three’s company

I’m starting to run out of clever things to say about three Boston teams winning in one night (for the third time in recent history, might I add).

Boston, Carolina and California all personally saw Boston victories last night. The C’s took the magic into their own hands at the Garden in Boston, winning in the last four minutes to take a 92-88 victory out of Orlando’s grasp. The Bruins took Raleigh by storm, winning handily 4-2. Finally, the Sox rallied in Anaheim to win 4-3.

It goes without saying that it still rocks to live in Boston right now. Sportscenter could have 30 minutes worth of fresh material just by showing what is going on right here.
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The time schedule last night worked out perfectly. I turned on the Bruins game right after dinner, watched them sure-handedly force game 7, switched to the Celtics during commercials and then exclusively watched TNT once the Bruins won, witnessing their come-from-behind antics back in action, and finally switched to NESN to see the Red Sox crush the Angels’ bullpen. From 7 PM until 1:30 AM, I watched three different Boston sports teams win three different games in a span of 6 1/2 hours. My TV needed a bit of a break afterwards.

I don’t know what I’ll do if either the Bruins or Celtics lose their series (or both! what a horror show that would be!). Tonight is boring because there’s only one sport on. I resorted to watching the Penguins/Capitals game which wasn’t even that interesting. The Penguins took the Capitals confidence and then whipped their butts.

I can’t wait until tomorrow. The time schedule is a little bit more complicated, as the Red Sox will start the action at 3:30 in Anaheim, the Celtics play at 7 on ESPN and then the Bruins start at 8 on NESN. This means that I’ll probably have to either miss part of the Bruins game to watch the end of the Celtics game (unlikely) or only watch the beginning of the Celtics game, which means I won’t see any of the real action. Additionally, my mother wants me to attend my oldest brother’s graduation ceremony. He got his masters in December and they finally are holding a ceremony tomorrow. A masters degree, though? I don’t think it’s good enough to take the Red Sox’s place.

This is quite a predicament, but it’s one I’m really glad to be in.

picture from bostonsportsmedia.com
 

Three for three on Mother’s Day: Boston owns Sportscenter

Seasons have certainly collided here in Boston once more. Tonight we had the Bruins starting things off at 7:30 PM on Versus, the Celtics tipping off at 8 PM on TNT and the Sox finished off their series against the Rays at 8:20 on ESPN. I’m not sure where the Patriots are – they seem to think that their season doesn’t start until Fall, but we here in Boston would really appreciate having the four major teams in action at the same time. I don’t think I have enough carpal tunnel yet from channel switching.

So, I’m going to do my best to sum up all the action here. I’m not the biggest basketball fan, so you can skip that part if you run out of time.

Red Sox
My boys in red always come first. Beckett had a rough first inning, but he recovered pretty well, keeping the Rays hitless for a while and holding the Rays to a 3-3 tie before he left. Okajima came in and was 2007-like lights out. Interestingly enough, according to Joe Morgan and Harold Reynolds, the Rays are winless when they score 3 runs or less. Luckily, the Sox staff was able to keep them to 3 runs.

David Ortiz, who the whole world seems to be having a heart attack over, delivered tonight. He led off the bottom of the eighth with a nice double off the monster, then advanced to third on a wild pitch/passed ball (haven’t checked to see what they ruled it yet). Harold Reynolds then lamented for a few hours about how the Red Sox should bring in a pinch runner for Papi
globephoto__1242013822_2936.jpg because, well, Ortiz runs as well as a broken-down Hummer. Pinch runners are a great idea when you have a deep enough bench to bring one in, but the Red Sox were without Youkilis, Pedey was injured (groin) in the fourth and so both Lugo and Green were already in the game, the Sox can’t overuse Baldelli because of the mitochondrial disease and so options were pretty low.

Jason Bay (aka Jay Bay the RBI machine) came in and made a non-issue of it. He joined Papi in doubling off the monster, and Papi could run as quickly as possible (re: jog) and score the go-ahead run.

Pap decided to make things interesting in the ninth because both the Celtics and Bruins were over, so all eyes were finally on the Red Sox. After walking one and giving up a hit, then making an errant throw to first creating a runners on first and second situation, Pap proceeded to strike out the side. He finished his night off by embarassing Carl Crawford with 97 mph heat. That was a great ending to a lovely Sunday.

Bruins
The night started with the Bruins at 7:30. Milan Lucic apparently was confused by which sport he’d be playing tonight, as he tried to start a fight with Gleason only a minute into the game. Unfortunately, Gleason declined the chance to spar with Lucic, and our favorite basher finally figured out he was supposed to be playing hockey, not MMA.
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14:48 into the game, Zdeno Chara started the scoring with a knuckler towards the net that Recchi tipped in to give the Bs a 1-0 advantage. Four minutes later, Phil Kessel added to the score, making it 2-0 Bruins after the first period.

In the second, the Bruins started shutting the door. Kessel got his second goal of the night to make it 3-0, and Chara ensured that the Whalers (er, Canes) knew who was in charge by leveling top-scorer Eric Staal twice in one shift. Late in the second, Jussi Jokinen showed what a great guy he is by karate-chopping Chara’s ankle with his stick. Chara writhed in pain on the ice for what seemed like forever, apparently unable to stand up. Finally, he skated/used his superhuman abilities to get himself off of the ice and into the locker room where he recovered from the cheap shot in between periods.

The third period wasn’t overly eventful in terms of hockey. Milan Lucic got in on the scoring action with the fourth Bruin’s goal 12 minutes in, and Tim Conboy was beat up by two different Bruins about ten minutes apart. The Whalers (er, Canes) continued to show what upstanding gentlemen they are by allowing Scott Walker to drop Aaron Ward when Ward still had his gloves on. Even Lucic knows that’s a d-bag move, and Tim Thomas called it one of the most blatant cheap shots he’s ever seen.

Anyways, the Bruins will live to see another day . . . two actually, before they head back down to Carolina for Game 6 on Tuesday.

Celtics
Basketball is a sport where you really only need to watch the last three or four minutes to get the essence of the game. The Celtics decided to add as much drama without going into OT as possible, so they basically blew every opportunity they had for the last two minutes of the game. Whether it was missing shots, neglecting to aggresively fight for rebounds or taking ridiculous fouls, the Celtics seemed to want to lose that game.
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With 11.4 seconds left, the Celtics got the ball down 94-93. Everybody, even the casual basketball fan, knew that the Cs would try to get the ball to either Pierce or Rondo who were sure-shots. Neither had a good shot, so Big Baby Glen Davis got the ball and with 0.7 seconds left drained a two-pointer to give the Celtics a 95-94 win and a tied series.

Typically, sportswriters are supposed to say things like “the Bruins earned the top spot in the Eastern conference” or “Papelbon earned the save,” but I really feel like a liar saying the Celtics “earned” that win. Nevertheless, I’ll take it and we’ll have more carpal tunnel-inducing fun on Tuesday.

 The Green Line
For those who don’t live in Boston or have never gotten the pleasure of riding the oh-so-efficient Green Line (it’s part of the T), you will probably be surprised to learn how almost comical I think this whole Green Line crash is.

Obviously, I don’t think it’s hilarious that 49 people were injured. That is extremely unfortunate, and the MBTA better be generously covering their medical bills. I hope everyone recovers quickly and fully.

However, this was a long time coming. At school, I’m on the B-line of the Green Line (it’s not as confusing as it sounds). The B-line is anything but efficient and safe. BU students are warned about getting hit by two things when crossing the traffic-filled Comm Ave: bikers and the T. Drivers are often incompetent and the trains themselves squeak and creak and sway beyond belief. There are Facebook groups called “I have been screwed over by the T” and “The Green Line has ruined my life.” It’s a bad situation that the MBTA should really look into.

Apparently, before the Sox game on Friday night, a Green Line driver was too busy texting to watch what was in front of him and he slammed into a different train. Many of the people who were on the train were en route to the Sox game, so the T was packed at the time. In addition to the 49 people who were actually ta
ken care of, there are reports of people who had no visible injuries and were thus turned away.

The MBTA has now started a “no phones on the job” policy, but there is a ton of work and inspections that need to be done. The Green Line is a horribly inefficient and dangerous way of travel, bottom-line, and simply taking phones away from drivers won’t help matters greatly.

“Oh he’ll never return,
no he’ll never return
and his fate is still unlearned
– poor Charlie! –
he may ride forever
‘neath the streets of Boston
he’s the man who’ll never return!”
– Charlie and the MBTA, written circa 1920. Nothing has changed.

Anyways, I should get some rest so I can do this again on Tuesday. Until then, be safe, don’t ride the T!

all pictures from boston.com

Sweepin’ up the garbage

On Monday, everything in Boston was a win. Today, everything was a sweep.

On Terry Francona’s 50th birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TITO), the Red Sox swept a doubleheader, taking the first game 10-1 in 7 innings (It’s April. It’s raining) and finishing off the Twins tonight with a 7-3 victory.

Ever since Penny decided last week to give up 7 unanswered runs, I have been unable to trust him. I was surprised that he pitched mediocre-ly today. He really gave Jacoby a lot of 8__1237315106_3551.jpgwork in the outfield, though. I’m still not a fan of Penny (go Masterson and Buchholz!) but I’ll root for him as long as he wears a Sox jersey.

And hello, offense! A big concern facing this club after Manny quit centered on the offense, but the Sox run production through this 7 game win streak has been great. Papi almost went yard today, Lowell is on fire (had a single, double and homerun in the first game), Jason Bay is quietly finding his way on base and into the RBI column, both Youk and Dustin rock, and Jason Varitek is even getting into the action. Obviously. the runs won’t be this easy to come by every game of the season, but it’s nice to see that the boys are capable of wearing out the ball.

 The only loss for the Sox today were their uniforms. I like the green St. Patty’s ones they used to wear where the top was green with white lettering outlined in red. This white top with green lettering looks atrocious. The “Earth Day” hats are almost as much of a travesty as the Red Sox’s road jerseys this year. Talk about ugly.

North of the border, the Bruins completed their 4 game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens. I hate the Canadiens (especially Koivu) and am very glad to see them swiftly out of the running for the cup.

Michael Ryder, former Canadien, had two goals tonight against his old team.bc226f7f00_lucic_1114.jpg

Milan Lucic was back in action and fighting. He took on Komisarek and won in the second, and then Komisarek retaliated, drawing blood in the third. Komisarek got a five minute major for that one, and he still can’t beat Lucic in a fight.

Phil Kessel had a great goal even though he should have been called offsides. Ever aware, Kessel took a pass right out of the penalty box that put him on a one-on-one with Carey Price. Kessel won that battle easily.

Krejci also scored, taking advantage of the fake Chris Higgins to send a pass to red-hot Ryder, who dished the puck back to Krejci and overwhelmed Price for the B’s first goal of the night. It’s always sweet to see fake Chris Higgins get served.

So, the Canadiens are done, the Sox are killing all opposition, my writing paper that was due today remains not turned in and my room looks like something died and vomitted dirty clothes all over the place. It’s all good! 

Pictures from boston.com, bostonherald.com

Livin’ in the Hub

I’m not sure there’s enough going on in Boston right now. What a great time to live here!
Yesterday we had a slew of winners: the Red Sox (12-1), Bruins (4-2), Celtics (118-115), Americans in the marathon (3rd place!) and the Craig’s List killer (he was educated at a fine institution).

I’ll be extremely bored tonight. It’s misting out, but not raining hard enough at the moment to cancel the Red Sox game, so hopefully they’ll be able to get that in. If the game is canceled tonight, I may have to work on my final papers for school. I also have an intramural broomball game tonight at 11 PM, but I’m sick with pneumonia so barring a miraculous recovery, I doubt I’ll be able to play significantly in that.

Back to sports.

How ’bout Jason Varitek?! He has more home runs so far this season than he had hits last year. Thank G-d Theo finally decided that we did indeed need a catcher.

Yesterday showed a pretty poor pitching decision on the part of the Orioles. In the 7th inning, they brought in Rodhames Liz to pitch when down 6-1. Liz has an ERA now of 67.50, and coming into the game yesterday, it was 36.00. (NOT 3.60 or 0.36). At the time, the Orioles were down, 6-1, but that does not mean the game is out of reach. They had two chances after that where they could have made a game out of it. Liz, however, ran the game completely out of control, giving up six runs in 1/3 of an inning.
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I can understand bringing in your supplementary relievers when losing, the ones that are on the team for games such as yesterday, but the Orioles also had Matt Albers waiting in the wings. Albers came in for Liz once Liz made it quite obvious that the Orioles might find themselves on a a lopsided, Yankees-Cleveland type score. His ERA is a relatively stellar 5.87.

I don’t understand bringing in Liz before Albers. That’s bad coaching right there. The Sox had their way with the Orioles this weekend, but yesterday’s game was not completely out of control. It wasn’t the bottom of the eighth. The Os were only 5 runs down. If they had just brought in Albers to begin with, there could have been a whole different story. The Sox bullpen was a bit worn down since Masterson only went 5 innings, so it’s plausible that the Os could have come back. Once you give up 6 runs in one inning late in the game, however, the rest of the team basically gives up and gets out of there as quickly as possible, especially on a get-away day. The Orioles effectively threw in the towel as soon as Liz trotted in from the bullpen.

It’s April and I’ll take the win. While I’m thrilled that the Sox are showing signs of good, consistent baseball, this is all still against the Orioles. The boys play the Twins tonight (if the rain does not get worse), so hopefully they can keep this recent win streak going.

In basketball, Ray Allen decided to have the second half of his life last night, propelling the Celtics to a 118-115 win over Chicago that ties their series up at 1 game apiece. I was watching the Bruins last night, so I only saw the very end of the Cs game. I hope Danny Ainge wasn’t watching either, what with his recent heart attack and all.

As for the Bs – man, I love hockey. Last night was a must-win for the Habs, and they couldn’t pull out a W. I doubt they’ll be able to win this series, but after the Sox in ’04, anything is possible.
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The Bruins did fine without Lucic breaking sticks over players’ heads last night. The Habs took a lead in the first on a goal from the fake Chris Higgins (this is the real one), but the Bruins were able to pull out goals from Kessel, Ryder and Thornton as well as an empty-netter to push the Habs to the edge of the cliff of elimination. Game 4 is on Wednesday and NESN is being kind enough to allow the Bruins to play on regular NESN while pushing the Sox to NESN plus.

Ethiopian Deriba Merga won the Boston Marathon with an amazing time of 2:08, and Salina Kosgei from Kenya took the women’s title with a 2:32:16 finish, one second ahead of second place’s Dire Tune. I can’t remember the last time I saw a finish so close. My best friend’s mother finished at 4:27, a fantastic time considering that she stopped multiple times to chat with people alongside the course. Go Amy – congrats! Hopefully Mark will run it next year.

In other news, the Americans defeated those Redcoat Brits for the 234th time yesterday at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. You’re welcome, rest of the country. No taxation without representation!
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Today is another holiday here in Boston – FREE ICED COFFEE DAY! This year, the coffee is actually 50 cents, but I’ll shell out the change to help Dunkin Donuts in a recession. It’s a dollar cheaper than usual!

So I’ve been in journalism class for almost an hour now. I guess I should start taking notes. We’re talking about CREEP today which is featured in one of my favorite movies, All the President’s Men.

Follow the money, everyone.     

Odds and Ends before Marathon Monday

Tomorrow here in Boston is a holiday called Patriots Day. It is technically a commemoration of the Battle of Lexington and Concord (Country, say thank you to Boston for starting the Revolutionary War. You’re welcome) but we here in Boston know it more as Marathon Monday. The famous Boston Marathon occurs annually Patriot’s Day. The Sox (because you can’t have a Boston holiday without the Red Sox) play at 11 AM and finish up just in time for fans to go down to the finish line of the marathon. It’s a great way to remember the Revolutionary War. Hopefully, Mark, our resident marathoner, will be running it next year.

Anyways, I spotted a few gems in the news today that are great reads:
Recession-proofed by the Red Sox

This article makes a lot of sense, actually. It discusses how the Red Sox have already killed our hearts many times over, so Sox Nation is pretty much recession-proof.

Yankees’ statistical chances of winning on Saturday

 This features a great graph showing the Yankees’ statistical chances of winning on Saturday. I think the slope of the line circa 2nd inning is great. Seriously, the Red Sox could lose for the rest of the week and I could care less because the Yankees stunk so badly yesterday. Epic fail.

Jon Lester had a great game today. He finally looked like the Jon Lester of last season again. He struck out 9 over 7 shutout innings with a velocity topping off at 96 mph. Last week, Lester was barely reaching 90. Way to go, Les!

Nick Green continued to play great. He had a nice double off of the wall, showing some good speed on the basepaths. Pedey drove him in for the winning run of the game. Saito gets the save, which was nice considering Saito has done little to impress me so far this season. Mikey Lowell got an RBI, which is always nice to see, and Mike Timlin threw out the first pitch. His wife, Dawn, will be running the Boston Marathon tomorrow as she does every year.. 

For the best news of all (well, second to the Yankees stink-fest at their new stadium), the Red Sox have now won four straight. Yay for .500 baseball!

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In other sports news, we have two playoff teams right now in Boston. The Celtics lost a heartbreaker against Chicago yesterday afternoon, which isn’t totallly unexpected considering the team is starting to look like the walking wounded.

The real controversy came from the Bruins’ rout against the Canadiens last night (5-1 win . . . GO Bs!)

In the waning minutes of the third period, Milan Lucic, recognizing the Bs were up 5-1, decided it would be a great time to conduct a science experiment against the Habs’s Maxim Lapierre. The hypothesis was: “If I take my stick and smash it against this hoser’s head, will my stick break?” It turns out that Lucic’s hypothesis was correct, the stick broke, and Lucic celebrated by promptly punching Lapierre in the face.

Now, the league thinks this was a bit over-the-top, calling it “a reckless and forceful blow to the head.” While this is somewhat true, can’t we just categorize this hit as something in the name of science? I mean, it’s kind of common knowledge that hockey players aren’t always the best students, so I feel we should reward them for any type of academic activity, not suspend them for a game.

Nevertheless, the Bruins head up to Montreal with a 2-0 lead over the Canadiens. I’m saying Bruins take this series in 5.

photo from boston.com