:: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 ::
BREAKING NEWS: The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Bruins Captain Joe Thornton.
:: posted by Al on 11/30/2005 10:29:00 PM ::
:: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 ::
Today I saw several stations north of Boston selling gas at $1.99 a gallon.
I think the highest I paid for gas was $3.15 while prices were at their post-Katrina peak in early September.
I didn't need to fill up this morning but I felt a strong urge to stop and fill up something, anything, with gas when I saw it was less than 2 bucks a gallon.
:: posted by Al on 11/23/2005 03:47:00 PM ::
:: Monday, November 21, 2005 ::
Oh please oh please let this trade go through...
Red Sox on Verge of Reeling in Beckett, Lowell
Major league baseball sources told The Boston Globe that pending physicals, the Red Sox have agreed to a trade that would bring Marlins ace Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell to Boston for prospects Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, and a minor league pitcher (to be named later) is in place.
Unidentified sources outside the Red Sox told ESPN's Peter Gammons that the deal is contingent on the finalization of paperwork and all players passing physicals.
According to Gammons, an announcement isn’t expected for another day or two, which opens up the possibility it could still fall apart.
:: posted by Al on 11/21/2005 10:25:00 PM ::
I know New England won 24-17, but I just have a couple things to say:
Patriots CB Hank Poteat should be renamed Hank Po-coverage because he is just terrible against super-fast WRs. When he got burned by Donte Stallworth for a TD with 5 minutes left in the game to make it 24-14 I got a little worried for the Pats D. But they held.
And how about that play in the 4th that Belichick successfully challenged? After reviewing the play, the refs explanation for reversing the call was something like, "the runner's buttocks hit the ground before the ball came loose." And he said "but-tocks" like he was Forrest Gump. How embarassing.
Oh and Saints DE Will Smith is a punk. He got jiggy wit three penalties on the same play -- kneeing Pats TE Christian Fauria while he was on the ground, throwing his helmet, and unsportsmanlike conduct. Nice.
:: posted by Al on 11/21/2005 10:23:00 AM ::
Belichick's father dies of heart failure
AP, Nov 20, 2005
Steve Belichick, the father of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, died Saturday night of heart failure. He was 86. "I coached this game with a heavy heart," Bill Belichick said after Sunday's 24-17 win over the New Orleans Saints. "My dad passed away. I found out about it the middle of last night."
:: posted by Al on 11/21/2005 10:20:00 AM ::
Reassuring Boston sports quote of the weekend:
"It's just so frustrating. There's nothing I can do. I'm just searching. I just can't seem to find the puck."
-- Boston Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft
Gee? Can't find the puck? Really? Did you look behind you?
I'm really starting to lose my patience with this team.
:: posted by Al on 11/21/2005 10:15:00 AM ::
:: Monday, November 14, 2005 ::
Big Papi got screwed.
I want the names of the sportswriters who voted for A-Hole over Ortiz!
This is an outrage!
2005 A.L. Most Valuable Player Award Voting
|1. Alex Rodriguez ||New York || || || || || || || || || ||331 |
|2. David Ortiz ||Boston || || || || || || || || || ||307 |
|3. Vladimir Guerrero ||LA Angels || || || || || || || || || ||196 |
|4. Manny Ramirez ||Boston || || || || || || || || || ||156|
:: posted by Al on 11/14/2005 02:42:00 PM ::
:: Thursday, November 10, 2005 ::
I just read that today is the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
You know what that means.
Get ready to have a song stuck in your head for the rest of the day:
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
of the big lake they called Gitchigumi.
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.
:: posted by Al on 11/10/2005 01:31:00 PM ::
:: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 ::
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies (and former Red Sox) pitcher Ugueth Urbina was arrested and held Tuesday pending a formal charge of attempted murder.
Last month, UUU and a group of men allegedly attacked five workers with machetes and then poured gasoline on them in an attempt to set them on fire.
Like I heard someone say yesterday, "This should be no surprise, Ugie always sets guys up with the Cutter and then finishes them off with the Gas".
:: posted by Al on 11/09/2005 08:44:00 AM ::
The Bruins are KILLING me.
HOW can you be up 3-1 with 4 minutes left IN THE GAME and end up losing 4-3 in OT?
It's called BRUINS.
:: posted by Al on 11/09/2005 08:42:00 AM ::
:: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 ::
Peyton Manning (28 for 37 for 321 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) finally gets a win in Foxboro, 40-21. Yipee.
I went to bed at Halftime. I had seen enough of our sad, tired defense by that point.
Indy's time of possesion was 36 minutes versus New England's 23 minutes. That's a lot of time for Peyton to put points on the board. But Brady did well with his 23 minutes, 22 for 33 for 265 yards and 3 TDs. Just think what he could have done with 36 minutes on offense.
Let's hope the 2nd half of the NFL season brings better news for the Patriots.
:: posted by Al on 11/08/2005 11:23:00 AM ::
Congratulations to #8, Cam Neely, who was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame yesterday.
:: posted by Al on 11/08/2005 08:52:00 AM ::
:: Friday, November 04, 2005 ::
RAY OF HOPE FOR BRUINS
Bruins Name Ray Bourque as Consultant to the Coaching Staff
Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins have named Ray Bourque as a consultant to the coaching staff, it was announced today by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. Bourque will join the team in practice on Friday, November 4th at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA at 11:00 a.m. He will be available to talk to the media tonight during the second intermission in the press box.
"Ray was a great player and a great Bruin and coach Mike Sullivan feels that he can add a lot to his staff," said O'Connell. "This was first brought up with Ray a couple of years ago right after he retired but Ray did not feel then that the time was right. Mike [Sullivan] and Ray have talked since that time and it is something they both feel will benefit our team. Ray will work with the team in practice in Boston two to four times a week and Mike Sullivan will decide how his role will evolve."
"Ray and I will talk about specifics as we go, but we certainly feel he can help us," said Sullivan. "He'll work with special teams and our defense. His presence can only bring positives to our team."
Due to Brian Leetch's and Ian Moran's bad knees which will keep them both out for a month, that last sentence should read "He'll PLAY with special teams and BE our defense. His presence can only bring STANLEY CUPS to our team."
:: posted by Al on 11/04/2005 08:49:00 AM ::
:: Thursday, November 03, 2005 ::
So where was Larry Lucchino during yesterday's Red Sox press conference?
He had something better to do?
Maybe he was on the phones scrambling for a new GM.
If you sift through all that was said by former Red Sox GM (ouch) Theo Epstein during yesterday's press conference, there was one 10-second part that summed it all up:
"You know, whenever you have a negotiation, an internal negotiation, management negotiating with one of its employees, there’s the possibility for it to get contentious. There’s the possibility for it to become public. And we took steps throughout the process to protect against that, and it worked for a long time. There were some breakdowns in the end, and that was unfortunate."
There it is, right there at the end, the reason why Theo said goodbye:
Unfortunate breakdowns at the end leading to public disclosures of contentious internal negotiations.
Which means: Larry's ham-handed attempts in the Boston Globe to sway public opinion in his favor lead to a breach of trust that was just too wide to bridge.
And Theo ain't havin' NONE of that.
The creepiest part was when Red Sox principal owner, John Henry, started taking questions:
Q: Why did it come to this point. Why didn’t you take care of something say right after the World Series a year ago when you knew this was going to be an issue sometime. Why did you wait until Halloween?
Henry: Because never in my wildest dreams did I think this would ever happen. I had this romantic notion Theo’s gonna be our general manager for the rest of my life and we had the best relationship imaginable. We still have the best relationship. I can’t imagine having a better relationship with a human being than I have with Theo.
Sounds like that "I'll die if you leave me!" High School breakup crap you see on After-School specials.
C'mon, act like the billionaire Team Owner that you are, dude.
:: posted by Al on 11/03/2005 08:48:00 AM ::
:: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 ::
Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino is such a dope.
This whole Theo Epstein mess is entirely his fault.
Theo's anger at the recent Boston Globe articles written by Dan Shaughnessy is totally justified. These columns were clearly crafted by Sox upper management in an attempt to sway public opinion against Theo.
Couldn't Dan Shaughnessy see what was going on?? That he was being used as Larry's mouthpiece?? How much more obvious could it have been??
Oh yeah, by the way:
The New York Times Co., which OWNS the Boston Globe, holds a 17% share of New England Sports Ventures, the partnership that OWNS the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, and 80% of the New England Sports Network (NESN), the cable channel that broadcasts most Red Sox games.
Can you say conflict of interest?
This isn't breaking news, this stuff has been known for some time now but I have never seen it so blatantly misused.
Just another credibility hit in a long line of credibility hits that Boston Globe readers don't seem to mind for some reason.
:: posted by Al on 11/02/2005 10:31:00 AM ::