Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ortiz Wants a Multi Year Deal from the Redsox or he May Leave

Boston Globe- Red Sox DH/warrior-poet David Ortiz is the final year of a two-year, $30 million contract, and as such he’s angling for a new pact. The rub is that Ortiz, even at age 38, wants a multiyear deal. Will the Sox oblige? That of course remains to be seen, but Big Papi is raising the stakes by suggesting that, yes, if not given the security he seeks, then he would be willing to play elsewhere.

I feel like Big Papi is just blowing smoke in the air. No way he will leave the Red Sox for a new team, and there is no way the Sox should sign him to a multi year deal. Don’t get me wrong, what Papi has done for this organization is nothing short of remarkable and he will go down as one of the best Red Sox players of all time. But he is 38 years old. You do not want to sign a guy to a 3 year deal when by the time it is over he is 41. What the Red Sox should do is either offer him a one year extension on his current contract or just keep offering him 1 year deals after his contract expires. No way Papi switches sides this late in his career.

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KG and Pierce’s Tribute Videos at the Garden Last Night

Man it’s dusty in here. KG and Pierce returned to the Garden last night and it was emotional as you would think it would be. It was hard seeing those guys in a color other than green. Both of them will always be Celtics and the Celtics revealed they have two places to retire their numbers after both their illustrious careers come to an end.

But last night got me thinking, why in the world did we trade these guys? I know we were looking into the future and what is best for the team but I think we got it all wrong. I would rather have 2 more years with Pierce and KG and have to rebuild for 10 years after than the way we did it by shipping them to the Brooklyn Nets. It is almost a no brainer to me after last night. We will never be able to replace Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett. What they brought to this organization was special. They had heart and they truly loved this team, something that is so rare now of days with players who jump around from team to team. No first round picks will ever bring what Pierce and KG brought to this team. If you don’t agree with me after last night than I don’t know what is wrong with you. Pierce and KG should still be in green right now and they should of been given the opportunity to retire with this team after all they did for this city.

And I mean this especially for Paul Pierce. There are few Boston athletes that are beloved as Paul Pierce. Pierce will go down as one of the best Celtics of all time and their is no question about this. I’m sorry Ainge, but you got it wrong sending these guys away.

KG and Pierce Return to the Garden Tonight

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are returning to the Garden for the first time during the regular season. This will no doubt be an emotional event for Boston Sports Fans everywhere. Will people cry? They shouldn’t. “Crying is only acceptable at funerals and at the Grand Canyon”-Ron Swanson. But it will no doubt be a spectacular regular season NBA game (something that is very rare) as I expect both teams to leave it all out on the court. The city of Boston and true Celtics fans have nothing but respect for Pierce and KG and I expect a very warm welcome tonight. The game tips off at 6:30.

Cease-Fire in Kiev; More Violence Looms

KIEV, Ukraine — After another night of clashes, protesters battling the police in the Ukrainian capital agreed to a temporary cease-fire on Thursday as opposition leaders planned to attend a second round of negotiations with President Viktor F. Yanukovich.

More than three hours of face-to-face talks on Wednesday afternoon yielded no progress and the opposition leaders have threatened an escalation of violence if Mr. Yanukovich does not agree to early presidential elections or make another major concession.

Earlier in the week, the three main opposition leaders — Vitali Klitschko of the Udar Party, Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party, and Oleg Tyagnibok of the nationalist Svoboda Party — had spoken out against the violence, and urged continued peaceful protest focused on presidential elections scheduled for February 2015.

At least two people have died in the fighting between the riot police units, called by their Ukrainian name the Berkut, and protesters.

On Wednesday, however, after the fruitless initial round of talks with Mr. Yanukovich and other senior officials, the leaders said they were prepared to embrace the violent uprising. They issued an ultimatum, demanding a concession from Mr. Yanukovich within 24 hours. (New York Times)

For those of you interested in reading the full story written by the New York Times you can read it here.

Now this is not usually my place so I am not going to my opinion on the actual riots taking place in Kiev. The reason I posted this is while most of America has their heads up their ass looking to see what is next in the “Justin Bieber Scandal”, informed Americans should have their eyes on this. This is not just a riot anymore, it is a revolution.

Should the Celtics Trade Jeff Green?

The Celtics fell to an abysmal 14-29 last night after losing to a D-Wadeless Miami Heat. To make matters worse, Avery Bradley was hurt in the process. Now if you have been reading my articles at all for the past 2 months you would know that I am the farthest thing away from a “tanker”. No team should ever tank under any circumstances, it is Un-American. That being said, the Celtics don’t need to tank to end up with one of the worst records in the NBA, because they are simply not that good, and the loss of Avery Bradley should end any playoff chances the Celtics had. Now with the Celtics most likely end up in the bottom 5 in the league, and could very likely end up with Jeremy Wiggins who is a Small Forward. And if that happens it raises the question, what do the Celtics do with Jeff Green?

Here me out here. You bring a guy in like Andrew Wiggins (18 years old) to be the future of your team. An athletic freak of nature like Wiggins can be a super star in the NBA once he gets a little playing experience under his belt. This means Wiggins needs to start, which means you need to trade Jeff Green.

The Rockets have already expressed interest in Green. Rumor has it the Celtics will send Green to Houston for a 1st round pick and Omir Asik. Normally I would hate this, but I have seen enough of the Boston Celtics to know they are not winning dirt this season. Ainge has basically already given up on this season with the moves he has made. Even a blind man could see this. So why not build for next season? Another 1st round pick cannot hurt the Celtics, it can only help them. This move would give the Celtics 3 first round picks this year. Not to mention Asik is one of the best defensive centers in the league, something the Celtics desperately need.

As much as it would hurt me to see Uncle Jeff depart, it may be the right move for the Celtics at this time.

Roger Goodell Wants to Eliminate the Extra Point

The most automatic play in football might be coming to an end. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday that the league is considering a proposal to eliminate extra points.

“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said, via NFL.com. “I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play.”

Goodell’s right about the missed extra points. There were only five missed all season and four of those were blocked. But that begs the question, what would the NFL do to replace extra points?

“There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about,” Goodell said. “It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”

Basically, under this proposal, you’d get seven points for a touchdown unless you decide you want an eighth point. If you go for the eighth point and fail, you’d only get six points for the score. (CBSSPORTS.COM)

Rodger Goodell have you ever heard the expression “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.” Well that applies here. Football is absolutely fine the way it is. We do not need an extra team in the playoffs and we do not need to eliminate the extra point to speed up the game. Everything about football is perfect, that is why it is the most popular sport in America.

And Goodell, extra points are not automatic. Remember Romo vs. the Seahawks?

Play starts at 50 seconds

I know this was not an extra point but it was the same distance as one. This loss eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs.

That not enough Goodell? How about the game when the Saints scored a 80 yard touchdown against the Jaguars in the final seconds of the game and then then missed the extra point?

The bottom line is this: extra points should not be eliminated from football because they are not a guaranteed point. Sure maybe the kicker kicks it through the upright 99.9% of the time. But that means they miss it .1 percent of the time, and those are some of the plays we remember. They are unexpected, heartbreaking and exciting. And those three things are what makes football, football.

Bill Belichick Rips Wes Welker

Bill Belichick is calling this “one of the worst plays I have ever seen” and a “deliberate hit on Aqib to take him out of the game”.

I want to start this off by asking this. How was that play not flagged? Deliberate hit to hurt Talib or not he clearly picked Talib and took him out of the play. The Patriots got called for that yesterday, why didn’t Welker and the Broncos?

Now onto Belichicks statement. Look, I love Belichick and I believe he is the best coach in NFL history. But he is wrong here. This was not a deliberate hit to take out Talib. If it was why would you send your 5’8 receiver who is concussion prone? If they wanted to hurt Talib they would of send a big guy like Julius Thomas to do their dirty work, not Wes Welker. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Talib was the one injury they could not overcome on defense and this injury may of cost them the game.