Despite the state of the Red Sox and no Bruins hockey to look forward to, Boston fans still have much to be thankful for. So in the spirit of the holiday season and in no particular order, here are the top ten things to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!
1. A Patriots run game – With Gronk likely out the rest of the regular season, the Pats will have to rely more on their 5th ranked rushing attack headed by Stevan Ridley.
2. John Farrell – The absolute correct choice to be the new manager of the Red Sox.
3.Rajon Rondo’s passing ability – He leads the league with 12.3 assists per game and currently has a 33-game streak of double-digit assists.
4. Tom Brady – No explanation needed.
5. Patriots @ Jets – It’s always better when your team plays on Thanksgiving day.
6. Big Papi’s two-year deal – The face of the franchise will be back in Boston for two more seasons. No matter what people say, he is and will continue to be a much-needed leader in the clubhouse.
7. Jared Sullinger – He turned in the best two games of his rookie season against Toronto and Detroit and put up his first double-double. What better a situation for the young rookie to be in, learning from Kevin Garnett, one of the best power forwards ever.
8. The Boston Bruins – They will play at some point in time, and the core of the Cup-winning team will still be in place when they do.
9. A first place Pats team – As ugly as some of their wins have been this season, the Pats still sit comfortably atop the AFC East.
10. The last decade – If you don’t know what I’m talking about or need to think about it, and you consider yourself a Boston sports fan, you probably aren’t one.
I’m going to try something new and do a series of posts that touch on all four major Boston sports teams. Personally, I always need to know what’s going on with the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics. These posts will include news but also a lot of my own opinion on the individual teams. I hope you enjoy!
Boston Red Sox
Where do I even begin? It truly saddens me to see what has become of this organization. To think that it could fall from grace so quickly after to World Series titles seems unimaginable. I didn’t think the situation could actually get worse after the historic collapse last September, but it has. Let’s look at the facts.
The Red Sox are currently tied for dead last in the AL East with a record of 68-81. Last night their lineup consisted players like: Pedro Ciriaco, James Loney, Ryan Lavarnway, Scott Podsednik, and Jose Iglesias. The average baseball fan might be asking; who are these guys? Iglesias is hitting .061 (2-33) in 14 Major League games this season. Lavarnway hasn’t been much better, hitting .170 (18-106) in 33 games this season. Is this really the future that the great Theo Epstein left us with? This is a team that started the season with a $173 million payroll and is one game away from having its first losing season in 15 years.
The only good news with the Red Sox is that it can’t get any worse than this right? Only time shall tell.
New England Patriots
I’d like to move on from last weekend’s debacle against the Arizona Cardinals and focus on the positives here. Let’s start with the defense.
I cannot remember the last time I actually enjoyed watching the Patriots defense more than its offense. Rookies like Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower, and Tavon Wilson are an absolute thrill to watch. Jones especially has caught my attention even though he’s only played two games. Last weekend he had a series where he absolutely destroyed Cardinals tackle D’Anthony Batiste. He got by him three times on one set of downs in the second quarter to stop a run, cause a holding penalty and force Kevin Kolb to throw it away. He is a force and gives Patriots fans hope that this rejuvenated defense is for real.
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the reasons why not to be too concerned about the Patriots loss to the Cardinals. The combination of the two almost never seem to fail in having a strong game after a loss. I see no reason to doubt them now with the talent they have on the field this season. Furthermore, there are 20 teams in the NFL with a 1-1 record, including the entire AFC East. So Pats fans, keep calm and look forward to what should be an exciting Sunday night game against Ray Lewis and the Ravens.
The NHL lockout is killing the hopes of Bruins fans right now. I would be devastated if there is no season this year because I consider myself a newcomer to the sport of hockey. Going to Boston University almost forced me to get into hockey, but I fell in love with it immediately. I attended numerous Bruins games my first three years at BU, including this game I will never forget.
In real news though, Forward Milan Lucic is the latest Bruin to sign a contract extension, unfortunately just before the lockout began. The Bruins also locked up Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand to new contracts in the offseason. Here’s to hoping the Bruins have a season this year.
Although the Celtics are not my number one priority, I am excited for what the upcoming NBA season brings. The reason why I like the Celtics so much right now is because they are the anti-Red Sox. Despite losing to the Heat in the Conference Finals last season, I could not have been more proud of that team. They played with so much grit and so much heart just to make it that far, and KG is a true warrior. He in a sense is the anti-Beckett. Despite being in his 17th NBA season last year, I could still find no athlete in sports that has more will to win than Garnett. He is the most true professional athlete that I have seen compete in my lifetime.
That being said, get ready for this Celtics season, and let’s hope they can once again prove the haters and doubters wrong. At the very least, it will be interesting to see what the Big Ticket and The Truth have left in the tank.