Xander and Alex Boycott The White House

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NBC: Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions.Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision. “The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long … Read More

Tough Start For The 2018 Champs

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This 11 game, no break, West Coast opening for the Red Sox is grueling. The Boston Red Sox were outscored 34-24 in their four-game series against the Mariners, dropping three of four in the process. The starting rotation currently has an MLB-worst 13.20 ERA, while the bullpen that everyone pointed to as a glaring weakness has a 2.50 ERA and … Read More

I Never Doubted The Red Sox Would Win The World Series

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The Boston Red Sox have done it again. The franchise once synonymous with a curse now casts spells on everybody else. Four World Series titles in 15 seasons? Behold. Boston is strong. Boston is stronger and strongest. No other franchise, not even the San Francisco Giants, has won four championships this century. Chris Sale blasted an 84 mph ninth-inning slider past … Read More

The Best Red Sox Team Of This Century?

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Last night, the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros on Texas turf, ending the series 4-to-1, and becaming the winners of the AL Pennant for the fourth time this century.  The Astros and the Red Sox were arguably the toughest teams in both leagues, so even though the World Series starts next week (against either the LA Dodgers or the … Read More

Trump Disinvites Eagles To White House

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It is a sports tradition. The champion football/baseball/basketball/hockey team visits the White House. Not so, the Philadelphia Eagles.  Largely, because of Trump’s stance on NFL football players kneeling, fewer than ten of the Eagles have RSVPed that they would attend the Eagles celebration ceremony at the White House. So Trump dis-invited them to avoid the embarrassment, although of course, it … Read More

NFL Blows It

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New NFL policy advanced today: The NFL Players Association responds: I suspect the NFL brass thought their policy was a good compromise in that it allows players to remain off the field. But this of course only means that players cannot protest. My view?  The players should stand and raise a “black power” salute. It will confuse everyone.

The 2018 Red Sox Are Amazing

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The 2016 Red Sox are 16-2, just the seventh team since 1900 to win 16 of their first 18 games. The last two teams to start 16-2 — the 1984 Detroit Tigers and 1955 Los Angeles Dodgers — both won the World Series. Alex Cora is the only manager to go 16-2 in his first 18 games with a new team. Last … Read More

Why Is Trump Tweeting About The NFL?

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Thursday night in Alabama, at a rally, Trump went off on a tangent about the NFL and its bad ratings and how players who refused to stand for the national anthem (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) should be fired by the owners.  This got cheers from the Alabamians, because they are Alabamians.  And it made headlines on Friday (since he never says … Read More

Red Sox Opener 2017

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I feel good about this team.  David Ortiz is gone, but Leon, Bogaerts and most of the old gang back.  Better still, we have an ace pitcher in Chris Sale, and a hot rookie Benentendi in left field.  Pennant is a definite possibility, as is the World Series.

40 Years Ago Today — Game 6: Red Sox v Reds

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It’s arguably the best major league baseball game ever played, and it was played 40 years ago today.  The Reds-Red Sox rivalry revived national interest in the national pasttime.  And when you look back at all the hall-of-famers playing — Johnny Bench, Pete Rose (okay, not a hall of famer, but….), Carl Yastremski, Fred Lynn,. Luis Tiante, Carlton Fisk…. Boston’s Carlton … Read More

The Brady Decision and Deflategate

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The decision says that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could not act as an impartial arbitrator.  You THINK?!?  He also says no NFL policy says players can be disciplined and suspended for awareness of others’ misconduct. Footnote: On Twitter, the hashtag #DoYourJob relates to Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk who refuses to license same-sex marriages.  But with the Brady news, … Read More

Crazy Women’s Soccer Finals As US Scores 4 Goals In The First 20 Minutes

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Ultimately, the US won 5-2 against Japan in a lop-sided game.  Highlights here. One would hope this would generate an interest in women’s team sports, but I highly doubt it.  But The US Women’s World Cup match on Sunday was the most-watched soccer game in the history of the United States. According to the NYT article linked above, more Americans watched … Read More

Laura Bassett Pulls A Bill Buckner

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There’s not good video of this because of copyright blah blah blah; this Vine will have to do. England’s Women’s World Cup dream concluded in the cruellest fashion with England defender Laura Bassett’s stoppage time own goal.  Bassett was in tears after slicing an intended clearance into her own net.  England had been holding their own against a very strong and … Read More