As we hit another Monday, this one a holiday for some folks, we take another look at the past week in sports. As we usually do in the football season we’ll start off with the New England Patriots and their 38-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night in Foxborough.
It was the return of Julian Edelman from ACL surgery and a four game suspension for testing for an undisclosed PED that may have sparked the offense. Edelman finished the game with seven catches for 51 yards. Sony Michel also had a good game, rushing for 98 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
Josh Gordon’s 34 yard touchdown catch was the 500th TD pass for Tom Brady, and set an NFL record by being the 71st different receiver to catch a touchdown pass from Brady. James White and Cordarrelle Patterson also had TD grabs, and Brady added a rushing touchdown.
Now that win is all and good, but next Sunday the Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs, and they’re playing the best football in the NFL right now. It’s going to be a long Sunday night of the Patriots defense can’t find a way to stop that offensive juggernaut.
Bill Belichick usually has his way with rookie quarterbacks, but I’m not ready to buy that New England is talented enough to stop Patrick Mahomes when he’s got all those weapons to look to.
The Boston Red Sox are in the midst of the American League Divisional Series against the New York Yankees, tied 1-1 after the first two at Fenway. The things fans thought would be an issue in the playoffs are indeed an issue, with the bullpen having problems getting anyone out and starter David Price continuing his trend of both not pitching well against the Yankees and being unable to win in the playoffs.
Price is supposed to be one of the best pitchers in baseball, but it seems like he’s great against bad teams and against good ones he’s mediocre at best. He’s certainly not worth the money he gets, so I’m hoping he opts out of his deal at the end of the season and moves on.
Although as a betting man I don’t think there’s much chance he’ll do that.
Wednesday was opening night for the Boston Bruins, but apparently no one told them they were supposed to play that night as they were trounced 7-0 by the Washington Capitals. Lots of fans pointing the finger at Tuukka Rask for the loss, apparently not noticing that the Bruins failed to score at all. It doesn’t matter how many goals your goaltender gives up if you don’t score any.
On Thursday the Bruins went to Buffalo and behind a 32 save shutout by Jaroslav Halak beat the Sabres 4-0. Brad Marchand assisted on all four Bruins goals. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist, and Zdeno Chara, Ryan Donato, and David Pastrnak all had a goal a piece.
So which of those two games showed what the Bruins will look like this season? My guess is neither of them. Boston is going to win a lot more than they lose, but getting killed by a great team and pounding a bad one tells you nothing about any team this early in the season.
The Boston Celtics have ended their training camp and will begin their regular season on October 16th against the Philadelphia 76ers. I’m not really a basketball guy and really have no idea what’s going on with that team, so I probably should find someone else to write this section.
I do know that on Saturday Marcus Smart got ejected after a shoving match with Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith. I have no idea what started it, but it seems smart was standing up for a teammate. I’m a hockey guy, and I know that’s what you do in hockey so I’m all for Smart doing it in a basketball exhibition game.
I saw a video of Smith waving good-bye as Smart left the court. In the NHL that would have absolutely earned you a pounding.
In local pro hockey news the Worcester Railers are marching toward Saturday’s season opener in Reading where they’ll take on the Royals. We’ve got some coverage on 210Sports from last week about training camp and their intra-squad scrimmage and their 5-0 win over Maine in preseason play.
The ECHL roster deadline is Wednesday at 3pm, and Sunday morning the Railers released Tyler Palmer, Pat Condon, Charlie Millen, and Ryan Hubbard from their tryout contracts. They then signed Austin Block to a try-out deal, putting the team at 23 players.
The Railers need to be down to 21 players on their active roster by the deadline, and they can place an additional two on their reserve list, so right now everyone currently on the roster is safe. Players added to the 21-day injured reserve list, which requires a bona fide injury, also don’t count against the active roster maximum.
It will be interesting to see who gets released when Bridgeport assigns player to Worcester as it needs to be a one-for-one transaction to fit players under the limit. The Sound Tigers have a couple extra players with their team, so they could assign players at any time
There’s some other Railers news in my “parting Shots” section below.
Worcester’s CWHL entry, the Blades, begin their season Saturday in Markham, Ontario against the defending Clarkson Cup champion Thunder.
This week the Blades announced their roster, which includes forwards Nicole Anderson, Lizzie Aveson, Rebecca Fleming, Nicole Giannino, Chelsey Goldberg, Meghan Grieves, Shannon Hickey, Jennifer MacAskill, Megan Myers, Kaitlin Spurling, Casey Stathopoulos, Courtney Turner, Megan Turner, and Morgan Turner. The defensemen are Carrie Atkinson, Kristina Brown, Erin Hall, Taryn Harris, Erin Kickham, Alexis Miller, Meaghan Spurling, and Lauren Williams. Jessica Convery, Lauren Dahm, and Mariah Fujimagari and the goaltenders.
I also want to point out that the Blades are looking for a Marketing Manager, and are in need of some interns and volunteers. If you have any interest in helping out to make Worcester’s CWHL franchise a success head on over to “Work with us” to let them know.
I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.
This is an odd time of year to have some Worcester Bravehearts news, but the city’s Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s entry named Alex Dion as the fourth manager in the team’s history recently. Dion was the team’s hitting coach under J.P. Pyne last season. Pyne left the Bravehearts in August to become the Head Coach of the Amherst College baseball program. Dion is currently the varsity baseball coach at Milford High School.
The team also announced that Pitching Coach Casey Cummins will not return in 2019. Cummins was with the club from halfway through the 2014 season when he replaced Justin Edwards, who was elevated to manager upon the departure of Alex Trezza to coach LIU-Brooklyn.
It looks like Dion and the Bravehearts might not have to make any trips to Martha’s Vineyard next season as the Sharks are no longer listed on the FCBL website and their twitter page is now set to “private”. An email sent to the FCBL has so far gone unanswered, as have inquiries made to other related parties. If that’s the case the FCBL will be down to six teams for 2019.
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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Bruins vs Ottawa, NESN, 1pm
Red Sox at NY Yankees, TBS, 7:30pm (ALDS game 3)
Red Sox at NY Yankees, TBS, 8pm (ALDS game 4)
Bruins vs Edmonton, NESN, 7pm
Red Sox vs NY Yankees, TBS, 7:30pm (ALDS game 5, if necessary)
Bruins vs Detroit, NESN, 7pm
Railers at Reading, 98.9FM, 7pm
Blades at Markham, no TV/radio, 7:30pm
Revolution vs Orlando City SC, NBCSB, 7:30pm
Blades at Markham, no TV/radio, 12:30pm
Railers at Reading, 98.9FM, 5pm
Patriots vs Kansas City, NBC, 8pm
This week the ECHL announced they were testing video replay in four arenas, the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, and DCU Center in Worcester.
According to the press release, “At the referee’s discretion, the following circumstances are eligible for instant replay utilizing overhead cameras on each of the goal nets:
* Puck crossing the goal line
* Puck entering the net using a distinct kicking motion
* Puck directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player
* Puck entering the net before the goal frame is dislodged from moorings”
Looking at that list it means that the ECHL is making the same error the AHL does and only allowing a single camera, hanging high above the net and pointing toward the goal line, to determine if the puck legally entered the net. They are not allowed to use the center ice video feed, nor any other video feed from the building, to determine if it’s a good goal or not.
So in effect the ECHL is testing a system that’s already in place in the AHL and doesn’t work as well as it should, and a system that should have been in place in the league years ago to begin with.
It’s a farce that it’s taken this long for video replay to be a thing in the ECHL–and I wonder if it still wouldn’t be had the Railers not been one of the driving forces behind it’s use–and it’s doubly silly that the referee can’t use every camera angle available.
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