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Bruins should let David Pastrnak play the Seguin role

DJ Bean  |  11/26/2014 - 8:57pm EST

WILMINGTON — It’s admirable that David Pastrnak wants to be a responsible player, but he should worry about doing that later. The Bruins apparently liked enough of what they saw in the 2014 first-round pick’s four shifts with Patrice Bergeron against he Penguins to give him a longer top-six look. Wednesday’s practice saw Pastrnak skate on the right wing of Bergeron’s line with Brad Marchand. Pastrnak is an extremely gifted skater and scorer. He wants to one day be a two-way guy like his idol, David Krejci, but such development can take years and Pastrnak is the youngest player in the NHL. As such, the Bruins shouldn’t discourage him from being one-dimensional as he gets is feet wet in Boston. If he is solely ...

Super Bowl or not, Patriots 'all in' in 2014

Chris Villani  |  11/26/2014 - 12:09pm EST

Early in the first quarter of Sunday's 34-9 blowout of the Lions, Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner scampered to his right in pursuit of running back Joique Bell. Browner made contact to slow down Bell in the backfield and then pushed him out of bounds after a 3-yard pickup. On the next play, Akeem Ayers slipped inside and straight ahead to Matthew Stafford, sacking him to force a punt. During a second-quarter sequence, Jonathan Casillas stepped up to fill a hole and limit Bell to a 2-yard gain on first down. Stafford then tossed a pair of wayward passes toward Golden Tate, who found himself shadowed by Darrelle Revis. This would become something of a theme of the afternoon, as Revis and Browner turned Tate and Calvin Johnson into ...

Just win, baby: Beyond questions of Red Sox philosophy

Alex Speier  |  11/26/2014 - 7:41am EST

The only completely consistent people are the dead. -- Aldous Huxley The logical tension is obvious. In the offseason following the 2010 season, the Red Sox committed to spending about $300 million to obtain the services of Adrian Gonzalez (8 years) and Carl Crawford (7 years). Less than 24 months later, the team took a wrecking ball to those dramatic signings (along with a four-year, $68 million commitment to Josh Beckett), gasping for air as it arrived at the surface while clinging to the financial life preserver offered by the Dodgers. In the aftermath of that reprieve, the team spoke of discipline in its commitments, of avoiding the sort of dangerous, long-term entanglements that choked the payroll in 2012. That articulation of principles ...

Don’t believe the hype: When measuring playoff chances, late-season momentum ...

Christopher Price  |  11/25/2014 - 10:47pm EST

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the stretch drive to the playoffs looming, expect to hear a lot of talk about how late-season momentum leads to playoff glory. But recent history has shown that trying to gauge a team’s postseason chances by measuring it's play down the stretch is a bad idea. Overall, the last six Super Bowl champions have posted a cumulative record of 9-9 over their last three games of the regular season. The 2005 Steelers had a three-game December losing streak, and the 2007 Giants were a .500 team down the stretch. The 2009 Saints lost their final three games, the 2010 Packers lost three of their last four. Meanwhile, the 2011 Giants suffered a four-game losing streak in late November and into early ...

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11/24/2014 - 2:56am

"We do keep open the prospect of signing a long-term deal with a free agent, paying a sizable amount of money to attract a star in his prime. We haven't ruled that out. There's just a rebuttable presumption against doing that. But you can rebut it. The circumstances can allow to go ahead and do it." -- Red Sox president Larry Lucchino on ... more »

11/26/2014 - 7:41am

The only completely consistent people are the dead. -- Aldous Huxley The logical tension is obvious. In the offseason following the 2010 season, the Red Sox committed to spending about $300 million to obtain the services of Adrian Gonzalez (8 years) and Carl Crawford (7 years). Less than 24 months later, the team took a wrecking ball to those dramatic ... more »

11/25/2014 - 10:47pm

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the stretch drive to the playoffs looming, expect to hear a lot of talk about how late-season momentum leads to playoff glory. But recent history has shown that trying to gauge a team’s postseason chances by measuring it's play down the stretch is a bad idea. Overall, the last six Super Bowl champions ... more »

11/26/2014 - 8:57pm

WILMINGTON — It’s admirable that David Pastrnak wants to be a responsible player, but he should worry about doing that later. The Bruins apparently liked enough of what they saw in the 2014 first-round pick’s four shifts with Patrice Bergeron against he Penguins to give him a longer top-six look. Wednesday’s practice saw ... more »

10/02/2014 - 10:29pm

This is how it ends. Unless you're John Elway, the final page or two of Act III for a great quarterback is ugly. Ask Joe Montana, or Dan Marino, or Brett Favre, or Johnny Unitas, or Terry Bradshaw, or Y.A. Tittle, or Dan Fouts. Look it up. And that makes sense. It's how it works: when you get older, you aren't as good as you were in your prime. I think ... more »

11/23/2014 - 8:14pm

FOXBORO -- No one goes for the jugular like the New England Patriots. It's truly remarkable to watch winning team after winning team come into Gillette Stadium and make a mess of themselves and turn into a group of men with no coping skills. Or worse, gutless cowards. That's precisely what the Patriots turned the Lions into Sunday after systematically ... more »

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