Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday musings...

Back with some more things I think are true for the weekend of December 15th:

- The Mitchell Report would've been much more credible had Bud Selig, Donald Fehr and Sen. George Mitchell sat down and put together a comprehensive agenda with the sole purpose of trying to rid the game of performance enhancing drugs. No names, no witchhunts and no punishment for previous transgressions. Give the investigators full subpoena power and have full cooperation from the players association, every team's front office and owners. If you truly want to look forward and return to a day where your stars are role models like you say you want to, then a sham and completely unbalanced 400 report just doesn't cut it.

- Am I the only one who thinks the Jets can actually give the Pats a game for at least a half Sunday in Foxboro. The biggest factor won't be the snow, sleet or rain, it'll be the wind that will gust up to 70 MPH.

- It's amazing how easy NBA basketball looks when Kevin Garnett has talent around him, doesn't it!

- Vanessa Marcil is flat out the definition of sexy. Just check her out....

- I didn't think it was possible, but the Diamondbacks and A's actually got a pretty even shake on the Dan Haren deal. The A's got six solid prospects in which three where the D-backs top 10 kids. Carlos Gonzalez is just 22 and ready to blossom in the outfield while Bret Anderson could be another lefty stud by the Bay in the Oakland rotation. On the other hand, the D-Backs now have a bonafide top 2 in Brandon Webb and Haren.

- I wish Pats/Jets weren't on at 1pm because I would love to sit back and enjoy the Browns/Bills matchup from Cleveland. It's a play-off like atmosphere with wintry weather, two young stud qb's and an AFC wild card possibly left hanging in the balance.

- Thank you NFL Network for adding Tom Hammond to the booth Thursday night with Cris Collinsworth. It was a pure delight to listen to and a 1,000 percent upgrade on anything Bryant Gumbel's done as a play by play guy in the booth.

- In five years, there will be a college football playoff format.

- The URI Rams continue to impress. Now 10-1 and fresh off an upset of Syracuse, 91-89 in which the Rams were down several times in the final minutes with top scorer Wil Daniels in foul trouble. Hats off to Jim Baron, who clearly is the top coach in the state right now.

- It was great to see the Raw 15th Anniversary Show last Monday. Bringing Lita, Trish Stratus, the Million Dollar Man and yes, even Bastion Booger back brings a smile to any WWE fan's face.

- The NHL Network's commercials for HD games are hilarious! Joe Thornton checking out his own butt is laugh out loud funny.

- Wouldn't the new Imus in the Morning Show be better off with just Charles, Tony, Bernie and Lou as sidekick* s? Just a thought.

- LSU all over Ohio State on January 7th.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Why I want Barry Bonds to be innocent

"I want to thank my family, friends and fans for their unwavering support. It means everything to me. Despite the charges that have been filed against me, I still have confidence in the judicial system and especially in the judgment of the citizens who will decide this case. And I know that when all of this is over, I will be vindicated because I am innocent."

This is the statement from Barry Bonds website on Friday after pleading not guilty to perjury charges in Federal Court. I read it and say to myself: self, am I crazy to want to believe him?

Am I nuts to want to like this guy because he's on the other end of a witchhunt that's go on for years?

And to answer myself sometimes, I tend to think why is Barry Bonds the only one being hunted by everyone in America. Yes, I know he's a jerk to us, and yes I'm one of them, in the media. I get that. But he's always been a jerk since the day he started playing baseball. That's never changed. There are tons of jerks in sports, but we don't take millions of government money to get them for not uttering the word "knowingly." And that's what we have here. Barry Bonds is not in trouble and risking going to prison because he took steroids. That's never been in dispute. It's because he won't admit to "knowingly" taking them. That's what rubs America the wrong way.

Yet, my question back to America is this: if Barry Bonds came out today and said he knowingly took steroids, would everything be ok? Would we then just lump him in with everyone else in the steroid era? Would he be just like Guillermo Mota, who got a rousing ovation at Shea Stadium when he came back from his steroid suspension with the Mets?
Let's be honest here. America just doesn't like Barry Bonds because he's an arrogant jerk who cheated like everyone else, but just won't put it on our terms. So, it's just easier to hate him.

To me, that's just pure hypocrisy and that's why, when push comes to shove, I would have no problem if Barry Bonds is found not guilty. If that happens, then what's America to do?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Some things I think are true...

The Red Sox would be crazy to give up both Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury for Johan Santana.

The Yankees would be equally crazy to give up Melky Cabrera and Jaba Chamberlain for Santana, too!

The Celtics have already acquired that killer instinct to win games with the new Big 3. They have a trait from the 1986 Championship Team that let teams think they were hanging around before throwing a thunderous 20-2 run down their throats to cinch the victory.

The Philadelphia Flyers should forget about recreating the Broad Street Bullies persona again before everyone gets suspended or they take out the entire Boston Bruins team.

The NFL should adopt a flex schedule for Monday Night Football.

Missouri vs. West Virginia, please raise your hand if you had that back in week 1. And no, that matchup for the Papa John's Bowl doesn't count.

The WWE is a better place with Chris Jericho back in it.

Madison Square Garden is still the Mecca for sports and entertainment in America.

For the first time in a long time, I don't think Hillary Clinton will get the Democratic nomination.

Who is Michael Huckabee again? Can't be all bad if the Nature Boy Ric Flair endorses you.

Why is it that everytime "That Thing You Do" is on, I have to stop and watch it?

High Fidelity is an unknown classic with John Cusak.

College basketball in Rhode Island should be fun this season with 3 legit NCAA Tournament contenders in URI, Brown and PC.

20 years from now, we may be talking about Dustin Pedroia as a legit Hall of Famer.

Jim Rice out to be in the Hall of Fame.

"How I Met Your Mother" should be on your TIVO list every week.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hockey Hump Day on the Score!

Yes, today marks the first of our weekly segments with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. He'll join Scott and Bryan every Wednesday at 5:03pm to talk NHL Hockey. So, in honor to Tim and yes, to put a smile on Tony Cornetta's face, here's the best of Tim Thomas as well as the past week in the NHL...



Friday, November 09, 2007

Why do you love your favorite team?

It seems like a rather straight forward question, doesn't it. Why do you love your favorite team? But look beyond the obvious and consider the options. Is it just the results that a team gives you that makes them true to you? Is it the character of the players on your team that make you feel good? Or could it be the guy leading the way, the coach that brings the fanatic out of you?
I think this is where it starts. We all want our teams to do well. No one wants their team to lose all the time. So, yes results do factor big-time in all this. Yet, I do think that it's not the only attribute.


I'll be honest, I've been a life-long Red Sox fan. It surely can't be because they always win. I was 10 years old when they broke my heart, losing a 14.5 game lead to the dreaded Yankees, including a gut-wrenching one-game playoff loss that cost my entire school bus a piece of gum to our bus-driving Yankee fan. It's only until the last four years, twice I might add, that Red Sox Nation has felt the glory of a World Championship.


Part of the fun was the guys on the team. I idolized Jerry Remy and Jim Rice, wearing both their numbers in different seasons in Little League. The Rooster, Rick Burleson was as gritty as it gut. Add in the fact that I used to try and emulate Fred Lynn's dynamic catches in my backyard and you can start to understand what I liked about this team.


Still to this day, I'm an undying Red Sox supporter. The same can't be said of the New England Patriots. I did, at one time, call them my favorite NFL team. That was until the Bob Kraft-Bill Parcells rift. How could Bob Kraft not let the Tuna shop for the groceries? After all, he had won two Super Bowl Titles with the NY Giants and had turned football in New England around by bringing the Pats to the Super Bowl against the Packers. It was at this time, I chose the Parcells side of the argument and went to the Jets with him.
Have the Pats suffered, absolutely not. They are the best team in football, bar none. Bill Belichick is a Hall of Fame head coach. That can not be argued. But, would I love this team. Absolutely not.


They've turned into a bunch of guys who wait for someone to diss them and turn it around to use it as motivation. The "us against the world" approach is tired. The lovable 2001 Team Patriots have now been turned into a club that is bitter and at times disrepectful. From spygate to Rodney Harrison's HGH use to Rosie Colvin spiking on the Colts logo, to Belichick frowns on anyone who's ever uttered an ill word about him, it's all become too much for me.


It's not that I root against them, it's just that I now lack any feeling for them.


So, now I want to know how you feel about your teams and how you got to the place you are now. It's your turn...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Here we are at the beginning of November and we have our first game of the century for the 2007 season. It's the 7-0 Colts hosting the 8-0 Patriots. It's the first time that two teams at least 7-0 meet in NFL history. It's also a rematch of last year's dramatic comeback in the AFC Championship by the Colts, 38-34, after being down 21-3 in the 1st half.

Now, so much has changed for the Pats. Offensively, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth have augmented Benjamin Watson and Jabar Gaffney to give Tom Brady an aerial assault without compare in his 3 Super Bowl Championship run in Foxboro. The only downside for the Pats is that Sammy Morris is out for the season after being put on injured reserve on Friday due to his neck/shoulder injury.

On the Indy side, Marvin Harrison has been medically cleared to play, but how much he'll play is still in question. The only certainty is that he won't play every play offensively. Look for him to go no more than 30 plays, if that with that damaged knee.
IMHO, I believe it comes down to who's more disciplined offensively. Who will be the team that will grind it out instead of resisting the urge for the quick strike. Both teams can run the ball or use the short passing game as a running game, so it a valid option. But with weapons like Moss and Wayne, the temptation is there.

Bob Sanders and Asante Samuel are your big-time playmakers in the secondary that could turn a quick mistake into a fatal seven points the other way. Unsung heroes, if you're looking that way, could be Randall Gay and Marlon Jackson.

My prediction: Pats 42 Colts 38

As for the rest of the NFL Week 9...

It's a rare time when I actually like my Jets chances, but this week I love them. Up against a banged up and crying Washington defense, new Jets QB Kellen Clemens will throw for 300 yards and 3 TD's. Alright, I'm up from the dream now that Laverneus Colts won't play due to that nasty concussion suffered against the Bills. It won't be quite that good for Clemens, but the Jets will eek out a victory behind Thomas Jones.

Jon Kitna does in Denver. Broncos travel to the Motor City and can't stop the vaunted Mike Martz offense as the Lions follow-up a quality road win at Chicago with this one over Jay Cutler and the boys.

New Orleans over Jacksonville. Back to back road games are death in the NFL. Jags squeeked one out at Tampa Bay last Sunday, but against a Saints offense that's back on track, the Jags will struggle to keep up.

And speaking of the daunting back to back road games, Green Bay is in that same position after Brett Favre's overtime dramatics last Monday night in Denver. That does them in this Sunday in Kansas City, a place that Favre has never won and a Chiefs team coming off the bye.

In the battle of who cares, Oakland over Houston.

And now for your viewing enjoyment...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Patriots 2007: To runneth or not runneth uppeth thy score

So, Super Bowl 41.5 is set for Sunday at the RCA Dome between the undefeated Patriots and Colts. Clearly, the 8-0 Pats and the 7-0 Colts are in the NFL's hierarchy at the moment. Everyone else is just playing second fiddle when it comes to these two. After all, the Colts are the defending Super Bowl Champions, having won 12 in a row. As for the folks from Foxboro, New England is fresh off completing a record-setting eight game stretch, outscoring opponents by double-digits in every outing thus far this season. And let's be honest, it hasn't even been that close.

Yet, with this epic match-up this Sunday, what are we talking about? That's right, we're talking about running up the score. Did the Pats run it up the last three weeks on the Cowboys, Dolphins and Redskins? In all honesty, I say no. I don't believe in running up the score when you play pro sports. If you don't like what your foe is doing, do something about it.

What I do believe in is class however. I don't think you should be throwing the ball on fourth and two when you're up by 45 points (45-0 to be exact) and less than eight minutes left in the game as the Pats did against the Redskins. You can just as easily hand the ball off and show some dignity and respect for the game.

I'm not saying the Pats should've just laid down gauntlet and given the ball to the Redskins. But you can act like you've won a game before. Have some class and not strive for a 33rd first down that leads to a Matt Cassel touchdown scramble. Heck, at that point, just put Tom Brady back in the game. No wait, that happened in the Miami game when Cassel threw a pick for a touchdown to draw the Dolphins to within 14 points until Brady led the boys on another td romp upon his return to the game. At least in that instance, you could make a case for the modicum belief that Miami might actually make a game of it and after all, every head coach including the Messiah, Bill Belichick is always paranoid.

Remember, this stuff goes in cycles and yes, even the mighty Patriots will soon be on the other end of some of these scores. So, with that in mind, I leave it very clear on how I stand on running up the score.

You want to leave your qb in the game well into the fourth quarter. Feel free, but just remember, the risk reward scales fail to come up in your favor should you lose Mr. Brady with a 30 point lead.

You want to continue to run your offense, feel free. Just don't throw the ball on fourth down with a 30 or 40 point edge.

And if you want to snub your nose at the rest of the NFL after "videogate" earlier this year, feel free. Just beware of the big 'ol bullseye on your chest, because it just got a heck of a lot bigger now.

Now, can we just talk about the game now......

Monday, October 29, 2007

Why I don't want Alex Rodriguez on my team

Ok, here it is in black and white. I don't want Alex Rodriguez on my team. Period. And here's why...point by point:

1)What has he won? Now heading towards his fourth team, the Mariners and Rangers were all better when he left them. As for the Yankees, you can make the case that if they use their money wisely in some pitching, they will be a more productive squad too. Can you really say that he'll make the World Champion Red Sox more improved? I say not.

2)Can you justify $30 million dollars coming to Boston? In the business model the Sox look at in addition to baseball ops, A-Rod will not put one more fanny in the Fenway seats. It will not draw one more viewer to NESN than say, Clay Buchholz, who will cost you roughly $29.5 million less.

3)Is A-Rod more clutch than Mike Lowell? Needless to say, I tend to believe that when you need a run in say, game 4 of a big series, Lowell gets it in, like he did in games two and four of the World Series. The same can not be said of Mr. Rodriguez, who as we all remember, failed to drive home a run from third base in game 4 of the ALCS vs. the Sox that would've sealed their fate and created no such comeback for the Idiots.

4)Respect. First off, why was A-Rod not in Denver Sunday night to collect his award from Hank Aaron? Prince Fielder was there. It was because Alex knew his agent would leak the news that A-Rod was opting out of his Yankee deal later that night and he didn't want to face the music in person. There's no respect for his fellow teammates, fellow teams or the game itself.

5)Me, me, me, me, me! It's always been just about A-Rod and never about the team.

6)Would you rather have Mike Lowell and a quality pitcher for $30 million or would you rather have A-Rod? Pitching and clutch hitting wins championships. Two in the last four years for Boston if you're couting at home.

In all, A-Rod just rubs me the wrong way. He might have the records and be the best regular season player on the planet. But as for me, I'd rather enjoy the ride to another title without him.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sox on verge of a sweep

Count me as one of the ones that was truly surprised that the Rockies did not take game 3 last night. Now, it's not that I don't have faith in my Red Sox, I just figured that game 3 was their best chance for a win in the series since I picked Boston in 5. But, the fact that Josh Fogg couldn't get anyone out in the 3rd did them in as well as not capitalizing on Matt Holliday's 3-run hr to bring them to 6-5. The Rockies just handed back three runs and the game.

So, now it's onto tonight's game four and the great unknown. Jon Lester hasn't started a postseason game ever. Aaron Cook hasn't pitched since August 10th. If you're writing the Hollywood script, it's a no-brainer. The Comeback Kid from the Pacific Northwest pitches the game of his life and completes the remarkable season, coming back from cancer and gives the Sox their second championship (and second sweep) in four years.

As for MVP, where do you go? Lots of choices here. Josh Beckett for being dominant in game one and would be a lock if the series goes five and he pitches the clincher. Jonathan Papelbon for closing the door so far in games three and four. Dustin Pedroia, who's gone 5 for 14 and a .357 clip while playing solid defense at 2B is a good candidate. Jacoby Ellsbury is a longshot despite now hitting .417 in the series. And how about the unlikely choice of JD Drew who's hit .455 (5 for 11) in the series and has been red hot since game 6's grand slam in the ALCS.

Of course, I'm getting ahead of myself, but that's what we do. We tend to look ahead.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

World Series Game 3 Random Thoughts

A few things to think about going into tonight's Game 3 of the World Series between the Red Sox and Rockies...

* - Isn't it about time the leagues get on the same page when it comes to the rules? Why penalize the Red Sox for a style of play that they've used all season long, including two rounds of the playoffs. It's a distinct, competitive advantage for the Rockies that the Sox have to sit Kevin Youkilis, arguably one of the hottest hitters right now. Tonight, at least to start, he's relagated to bench duty as David Ortiz plays 1st and Mike Lowell's at 3B with no DH at Coors Field.

* - 8:40pm first pitch? What 11:05pm wasn't available?

* - I do think the Rockies get the lift tonight from being back in familiar surroundings. If there's one game I give them the edge in, it's this one. Manager Clint Hurdle is promising line-up changes as his offense has struggled to the tune of just one run in each of the team's first two losses. Dice-K Matsuzaka is in another "show-me" start, which means better than his 5.65 ERA in the postseason. Josh Fogg fave up just 2 runs in his win over the Sox earlier this season.

* - When is our first Alyssa Milano sighting at the Series? Can't wait.

* - If you're Josh Beckett, which "ex" do you party with after winning the Series and possibly, a second MVP? Danielle Peck, Leann Tweeden or Alyssa Milano. Can anyone say foursome?

* - Thank you Jacoby Ellsbury for the free taco.

* - Curt Schilling is on a mission: it's called Cooperstown.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

World Series Game 2: Deja Vu all over again...

Hey, haven't we been here before? That's the case of the Boston Red Sox this Thursday heading into game 2 of the World Series against the Rockies. The ace, Josh Beckett has just handed them a 1-0 series edge with yet another dominating performance (7IP, 1R, 9K's) and now it's Curt Schilling heading to the hill for game 2 and a matchup with an very heralded up and comer. Against the Indians, it was Fausto Caromona. This time versus the Rox, it's Ubaldo Jimenez, he off the 100mph fastball and 70mph off-speed stuff that keeps hitters with weakening knees.

The question again for Sox nation is what Schilling we'll get. Will it be the guy who was on shaky ground for the first three innings against the Indians in game 6 and for 4 and 2/3 in game 2 or will it be the guy who settled down with a 9-1 lead to hold the Indians at bay forcing a game 7 of the ALCS.

My bet is that in what will more than likely be Curt in the car's last Fenway start for the Sox, Schilling will shine. This one's been going around in his mind for days now. He knows the urgency of the situation, the history of the event and yes, the monetary conatations it might hold for him next season as a free agent.

The Rox are still stunned from last night's 13-1 rout fueled by Beckett and the Sox offense, a World Series record for runs in game one. The look of disbelief on their faces abounds.

Can they rebound? I'm sure they can and put forth the good effort tonight. Yet, when all is said and done, another chapter in Schilling's epic Red Sox story will be written and Coors Field will await with a 2-0 series advantage.

Here's one for you Rockies fans!

In the wake of Boston's 13-1 thrashing of the Rockies in Game 1 of the World Series last night at Fenway Park, I give you Blake Shelton...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sox vs. Rox - the prediction

Yes, Colorado, there actually is a World Series. After eight days off, the Rockies will finally set foot on the beloved grass at Fenway Park to start World Series 2007 against the Boston Red Sox. Let the questions begin...

Will the lay-off hurt the Rockies? Yes, it will. Not so much because of the momentum of it all. Winning 21 of 22 is quite a feat, don't get me wrong, but momentum in baseball goes as far as the next day's starting pitcher. Unfortunately for the Rox, the Red Sox start Josh Beckett, the most dominating pitcher in the game right now, in game one. That kills any momentum the Rox have going in. And yes, I don't really care about the six runs that Beckett gave up back in June in the Rockies win at the Fens. I don't really care that Beckett is 4-1 against Colorado in his career. It's about the here and now and right here and now, Beckett trumps Jeff Francis in game one.

Will the Red sox miss Tim Wakefield? Not really. I say this because in my opinion this will be, at best, a five game series and that means Beckett pitches two wins and closes it out in game 5. Jon Lester and the bullpen will be fine in game four given the fact that you didn't know what you would get from Wakefield in the first place.

Biggest obstacle for the Red Sox: How do fit three pegs in two spots. When the series shifts to Colorado starting with game 3, the Sox have to figure what to do with David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis and Mike Lowell. Ortiz is your co-stud, along with Manny Ramirez, so even with that ailing knee, he's going to play at least two games at first. That means Terry Francona has to manage his way through Youkilis and Lowell at third and trying to keep their hot, clutch bats in the series while away from Fenway. My guess is that along the three games in Coors Field, each guy sits one game.

Biggest obstacle for the Rox: The beginning and end. Facing Beckett twice is a task and right now the end of the Boston bullpen is untouchable with Hideki Okajma and Jonathan Papelbon closing the door.

Line-ups: both are potent with the Rox having a slight edge up and down the order with 5 guys driving in at least 90 runs this season. If the Sox lower part of the line-up (Jason Veritek, Jacoby Ellsbury, Julio Lugo) continues to get on as they did in games 6 and 7 of the ALCS against the Indians, this one could get ugly for the Rox.

My prediction: Sox in 5 and wouldn't be surprised if it's a sweep. It may be the first time I actually agree with John Kruk from ESPN!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Game 7 tonight

One game. Nine innings. Twenty-seven outs. All to get one win in hopes of keeping the dream alive.

That's what is at stake tonight for the Red Sox and the Indians in game 7 of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park. In game 6 last night, everything worked for Boston. Sticking with JD Drew paid off huge dividends in the very first inning, taking a 3-1 dead red fastball into the centerfield camera area for a grand slam and early 4-0 Sox lead. Then, with "Big game" Curt Schilling getting out of a two-on, none out jam in the top of the third, the Sox rewarded him with 6 for a 10-1 lead, a lead helped by rookie Jacoby Ellsbury, who scored his first ALCS runs as well as his initiail ALCS hit later in the game. Even Eric Gagne looked impressive in closing the door on Cleveland in the ninth for a 12-2 victory and a 3-3 series stance.

Gone is the 3-1 Cleveland edge in the series. Gone are their top two starters legend. The only way CC Sabathia or Fausto Carmona will make any difference in this series positively for the Indians is if they come in for relief on Sunday night. And if they do come in for relief, that may not be a good sign for Tribe fans.

Now, while Sox nation was confident with Schilling, who masterfully crafted seven innings without his best stuff, they are equally questionable about Diasuke Matsuzaka. They hope he does well, but his last several outings haven't given us that positive outlook we all crave. Can he do it? Absolutely. Will he do it? Tonight will show the true tale of his make-up.
As for Jake Westbrook, he pounded the strike zone to the tune of 14 first pitch strikes to the first 15 batters in game 3 to garner the 4-2 win over Dice-K. Can he do it again in a big spot, a win or go home game? He must if Cleveland has any chance of keeping this a game heading into the late innings.

Gut feeling: Fox will be happy with a Red Sox / Rockies World Series. Your thoughts?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Schilling meets Grey's Anatomy

Did you miss this one? Meredith Grey meets Curt Schilling's bloody sock...

Game 6 tonight

So, here we are again. The Red Sox in need of a win or the season is over and the man on the mound is Curt Schilling. Yes, it's the man of bloody sock fame taking the ball again for Sox nation. But the question for Sox nation is which Schilling will we get? Will it be the Ace that shutout the Angels for seven innings while sweeping the Angels in the ALCS or will it be the haggered vet who couldn't get out of the fifth inning last start against the Indians. The answer to that question will go a far way in determining whether the Red Sox will extend the season to Sunday night and a winner-take-all game 7.

Of course, Schilling's performance isn't the only part of the equation. Fausto Carmona is also looking to rebound Saturday night. Last Saturday, he too did not make it out of the fifth, with his Indians eventually winning 13-6 in 11 innings. Now while Schilling was getting hit to the tune of a .313 avg by the Tribe, Carmona held the Sox in check to a .193 avg. His achilles however was the five free passes he gave the Sox that left him in a 5-4 hole.

Now, if you're looking for history in game 6's, there's a lot of good and one very bad memory. We all remember 2004 and the legendary heroics of Schilling forcing game 7 against the Yanks. Who could forget Carlton Fisk's 12th inning theatrics in the 1975 World Series to top the Reds? We would, however, like to forget the Buckner ball in 1986 against the Mets (even though I still profess that Rich Gedman should've stopped Bob Stanley's wild pitch preceding it).

The numbers are on the Boston side of the ledger as this is the seventh time the Red Sox have hit a game 6 down three games to two. In the previous six games, the Sox are 6-0 and have gone on to win the series three of those times. At Friendly Fenway, site of tonight's game 6, Boston is 4-0 with victories in the World Series in 1918, 1867, 1975 and an ALCS win in 1986 against the Angels.

So, keep it locked to the Score tonight to see if it the Sox will roll a lucky seven. Broadcast time on Sportsradio 99-7 and 7-90 the Score starts at 7:35pm with Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.

My gut feeling tells me they will and we'll be staring at game 7 with Dice-K on the mound Sunday night. Gulp! But, let's get to that when we get there right?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Beckett Babe

Just in case you missed Josh Beckett's ex-babe, Danielle Peck do the National Anthem before Game 5 of the ALCS Thursday night, check her out here:


manny being Manny

Tough Thursday

Since this could be the end of the Red Sox season tonight in Cleveland should the hometown heroes not get it done behind Josh Beckett, I give you this flashback to 2004 Championship Season. Enjoy!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Game 3 tonight!

3pm: Game 3 of the ALCS tonight for the Red Sox in Cleveland. Full coverage here on the Score at 6:35pm followed by Game 4 of the NLCS as the Rockies try to clinch a spot in the World Series

Lineups for game 3:
Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Manny Ramirez, LF
Mike Lowell, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Jason Varitek, C
Coco Crisp, CF
Julio Lugo, SS

Indians
Grady Sizemore, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
Travis Hafner, DH
Victor Martinez, C
Ryan Garko, 1B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Kenny Lofton, LF
Trot Nixon, RF
Casey Blake, 3B

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tug of war turns tragic

Sad story from Colorado where a pep rally turns tragic. Check it out:

http://breitbart.tv/html/6701.html

Is it over yet?

Memo to baseball commish Bud Selig: don't start playoff games after 10pm in the East. Why you may ask? There are many benefits to the West Coast folks right? Sure, that's why I was able to fall asleep at 11:30pm Friday night during game 2 of the NLCS between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, get 3 hours of sleep and wake up in time for the end of the game in the 11th. The clock tolled 2:46am, eastern time when this one was over (3-2 Rockies for those of you who didn't stay up late!)

Is there really such a problem with going with the standard 4pm & 8pm starts? I think not. God forbid there's actually some day baseball in the postseason.

BTW: Saturday's ALCS game 2 start time for first pitch between the Red Sox and Indians: 8:21pm. That's right, won't be over until after Saturday night live's monologue on NBC. But that's alright, just listen to the Score while you lay in bed.

Now, that I'm off my high horse, what another dominating performance by Josh Beckett. Is there any question that the Red Sox should now bring him back for game 4? Six innings of four hit, 2 run work while striking out 7 and tossing just 80 pitches. Beckett vs. a less than 100% Tim Wakefield. Hmmmm, let me think about that for one second. Yes, Beckett will be throwing on three days rest, but I don't think there's a challenge Beckett can't handle at the moment. It allows you to throw Schilling in game 5 and Dice-K in game 6 on regular rest. And to boot, Beckett can come back to start game 7 on normal rest as well. Terry, are you listening?

Game 2 tonight at the Fens will be a classic. The prized vet vs. the up and comer. Schilling vs. Carmona. This is the one that's worried me since the ALCS match-up was made. Carmona has nasty stuff with his sinker and cutter matching his fastball. If anyone can slow down Ortiz and Manny (who got on base all 10 times Friday night), Carmona could be the guy. But don't cry for Schilling. Despite an uneasy 9-8 regular season record, Schill shut the Angels out for 7 innings to close out the ALDS. Pounding the strike zone is the key for success for Curt.

Should be a good one. Broadcast time on the Score is set for 7:35pm tonight. Don't forget, Brown football vs. Princeton at 12pm as well with Scott Cordischi and check out the Handicapper's Corner picks on our website: http://scoreamfm.com/jock_sportsbeat.shtml

Friday, October 12, 2007

Quickly

OK, haven't had much time to post the past 24 hours, so here's your breakdown pitching wise:

Indians get the edge slightly due to Sabathia and Carmona pitching in four of the seven games, if the series goes the distance. The Indians also get the edge in set-up guys, but with Okajima and Papelbon at the end of Boston's pen, the Sox get the advantage here.

Game 1 tonight. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Continuing on...

Alrighty now...where were we?

Catcher:
Jason Veritek vs. Victor Martinez
This is the classic offense vs. defense matchup, although Veritek doesn't have horrible numbers vs. the Cleveland (.279 lifetime). Martinez hit .353 in the ALDS win over the Yankees and is lifetime .301 against the BoSox. For me at this time of the year, give me the guy who can handle the staff the best.
Advantage: Veritek

Left field:
Manny Ramirez vs. Kenny Lofton
Now, I'll agree with you that Lofton brings defense, speed and some offense to the dance, but let's be serious. Manny Ramirez may be the best right-handed hitter of my lifetime. He's now hit in 20 of 22 playoff games and has hit home runs in his last two games, including the walk-off Friday night in game 2 vs. the Angels.
Advantage: Ramirez

Center field:
Coco Crisp vs. Grady Sizemore
We love Coco, seeing he was a regular Thursday guest here on the Score. But, with 24 HR's and 33 steals this season, I'll give Grady the edge. He went 6 for 16 against the Yanks while Crisp eeked out only 2 hits in 10 at bats vs. the Angels. There is incentive though for Coco as the Indians are the team that traded him to Boston and he's looking to make a big splash with Jacoby Ellsbury looking over his shoulder to take his job in 2008.
Advantage: Sizemore

Right field:
JD Drew vs. Franklin Guttierez
Who would've thunk it? JD Drew getting the edge in the playoffs. Now, he's not getting the start in game 1 vs. CC Sabathia. That lucky assignment will go to Bobby Kielty, who is hitting over .300 against the lefty. But, Drew is hitting .360 in the LCS play, all in the National League. So, add that in with the platoon with Kielty and the extra added bonus that Ellsbury could be factored in here, I'll give the edge to JD over Guttierez, who hit .266 with 13 HR's in the regular season.
Edge: Drew

DH:
David Ortiz vs. Travis Haffner & anyone!
Do we really need to comment on this?
Edge: Ortiz

Pitching match-ups later in the day.

ALCS Breakdowns

With just one day until we get this ALCS party started between the Red Sox and Indians Friday night at Fenway Park, let's take a little time to break down the position by position battles for Boston and Cleveland.

1st Base
Kevin Youkilis vs. Ryan Garko
We all love "Youkie" here in Red Sox nation, but he's hit a little bit of a slide in the 2nd half. Defensively, he's rock solid so no worries there. Youkilis had a good ALDS against the Angels, going 4 for 12 with a home run in game one. Ryan Garko slapped the Yanks to the tune of a .364 average with a home run and 3 rbi's. Youk has the higher average vs. the Indians (.295 vs. .261) and is better defensively, so I'll give the slight edge to Youk.
Edge: Youkilis

2nd base
Dustin Pedroia vs. Asdrubal Cabrera
Pedroia is the rookie of the year. Both struggled in the ALDS as neither hit over .200. Given the fact that Pedroia hit .370 this season against the Indians, I'll give him the advantage.
Edge: Pedroia

3rd base
Mike Lowell vs. Casey Blake
No contest here as Mike Lowell has had an MVP like season for the Sox. He hit .333 in the ALCS sweep over the Angels and tuned the Indians at a .346 clip this year. Blake did hit 18 HR's in the regular season, but struggled against the Yankees in the ALDS, getting just two hits and against the Red Sox in the regular season (.217).
Edge: Lowell

Shortstop
Julio Lugo vs. Jhonny Peralta
This one boils down to what Jhonny Peralta will you get in this series. In the ALDS vs. the Yankees, Peralta smashed his way to a .467 avg yet against the Sox, he hit just .240 with no extra base hits. I'm gonna say Peralta continues to hit while Lugo maintains his steady pace.
Edge: Peralta

More later as Miss Abigail is waking from her morning nap!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Two minute drill

If you love the CBS hit show "How I Met Your Mother" and missed the last episode, check out the latest 2:00 drill!

Comeback Wednesday

I guess it's comeback Wednesday in the world of sports considering that "the Fountain of Youth" Vinny Testaverde is back in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. Vinny was cut by the Patriots during the preseason.

Also making his way back is Allan Houston after a two-year hiatus due to a knee injury. He'll be making a return to the NBA with the NY Knicks.

Hump Day - Sox/Indians 2 days away

1:05pm Coming up today on the show, we'll continue the countdown to ALCS Game 1 between the Red Sox and Indians as well as take the pulse of Yankee nation. Plus, it's a big football hump day as BC's Jamie Silva (625pm) joins us along with Jay Glazer from Fox Sports (503pm), former Patriot Peter Brock (425pm) and of course, Zo Knows (445pm). It's all up at three on the Beat.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Up next: Sox vs. Indians

3pm See ya later Yanks! Yankees fans have their voice next on the show. Plus, we'll dissect the Red Sox/Indians ALCS matchup and Pats TE Benjamin Watson on the Beat!

Check out Miranda Lambert's "Famous in a smalltown"


and "Kerosene"

Monday, October 08, 2007

Monday at Tavern 12

2:44pm 15 minutes to show time and yes, the boys are live at Tavern 12 today to preview Game 4 ALDS Yankees vs. Indians. We'll have the game, of course, live on the Score after the Sportsbeat at 6:50pm. Coming up on the show, it's the Exta Point Football Show at 6pm with the Pats Lonnie Paxton plus, your calls on the Sox sweep, Yanks win and the Pats now 5-0 after Sunday's victory over the Browns.

4pm Line-ups for tonight's game 4 in NY:
Indians:
Sizemore-CF
Cabrera-2B
Hafner-DH
Martinez-1B
Peralta-SS
Lofton-LF
Gutierrez-RF
Blake-3B
Shoppach-C
Byrd-P

Yankees:
Damon-LF
Jeter-SS
Abreu-RF
A-Rod-3B
Posada-C
Matsui-DH
Cano-2B
Cabrera-CF
Mientkiewicz-1B
Wang-P

4:25pm The 79 days of Christmas begins shortly right here on the Beat!

4:45pm Roger Clemens off the ALDS roster and replaced by Ron Villone. So, Clemens is out for the ALCS as well. He could return for the World Series.

Later this week on the show, Pats TE Benjamin Watson (Tuesday at 4:03pm) and ESPN's John Clayton (Thursday at 5:20pm).

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Game 2 ALDS Red Sox vs. Angels

With one swing from Manny Ramirez, the Red Sox head to the left coast with a 6-3 victory and a 2-0 series edge over the Angels in the ALDS. A tremendous ending to a grinding win for the hometown heroes is what we are left with on this very early Saturday morning. Take a listen to the postgame sound from the Sox and Angels below:

http://www.scoreamfm.com/jock_sportsbeat.shtml

Friday, October 05, 2007

Sox/Yanks fan fight

Check out this story from WNBC-TV:

NEW YORK -- Two men attacked a Red Sox fan outside a Yonkers hotel Thursday night, beating him so badly he ended up in the intensive care unit, police said.
The incident began when the two victims, Carlos Ortez and Walter Ostromecki -- one of whom was wearing a Red Sox hat -- were in the bar of the Ramada Inn late Thursday night, according to police.

Suspects Duane Somers and Edward McConaughey made a comment about the Red Sox, leading to a heated exchange, police said.

The suspects allegedly followed the Red Sox fans out into the parking lot, where they attacked Ortez, who ended up in the in an intensive care unit with broken facial bones.
Ostromecki managed to get away.

Somers and McConaughey have been arraigned on assault charges.

Cubs fans have something to cheer about

So what if the Cubs are down 2-0 the Diamondbacks in the NLDS! They're heading back to Wrigley Field and that means fun!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

10 more to go!

Now that's what I call a dominate performance. You couldn't ask for anything more from the Red Sox in game one of the ALDS last night against the Angels at Fenway Park. Josh Beckett goes the distance in a thoroughly stellar outing, giving up just 4 hits and striking out 8 for the complete game shutout. Home runs by Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz powered the offense while Mike Lowell, Coco Crisp and Jacoby Ellsbury, who told me he had no nerves before the game, showed off the glovework to boot.

Now, after Thursday's day off, it's game two with Dice-K Matsuzake facing Kelvim Escobar. If there was a time for Dick-K to show us the superstar qualities he's brought over from Japan, this would be it. Forget the one-inning blow-up you usually have and the Sox could be heading to Anaheim just a Curt Schilling victory away from a sweep.

Sure, just in case of a Dice-K meltdown, the bullpen is stocked with Jon Lester the most likely candidate for long relief should there be early trouble.

Thursday's games on the Score:
5:50pm Game 1 ALDS Yankees at Indians followed by Game 2 NLDS Cubs at Diamondbacks with Arizona looking to go 2-0.

Don't forget, John Clayton joins us on the Beat Thursday at 5:20pm as we broadcast live from our Soxtober home: Tavern 12, Post Road in Warwick.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

1-0 Sox

1-0 Red Sox on Kevin Youkis solo home run, his 1st postseason hit.

Thursday schedule

Thursday's off-day schedule:
12pm Terry Francona press conference

1:30pm Mike Scioscia press conference

Angels will work out at 2pm. Red Sox will not

First pitch

First pitch 6:38pm. Looked good, but called a ball.

In the press box, tv is delayed after the crowd reaction. This will drive us crazy all night long.

One hour away

Well, it's 5:30pm and about an hour (67 minutes to be exact) until first pitch. You'll hear Jacoby Ellsbury on the show to preview his first MLB playoff game. Plus, we'll be updating as the night goes on.

Game 1 Red Sox vs. Angels today

We'll be live from Fenway Park today for game one of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels. Listen live to our coverage on http://www.scoreamfm.com as we'll have updates on the pregame. I'll be back with more updates here as well after 3pm.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Waiting for Wednesday

2:52pm Today's a workout day up at Fenway Park with one more day before the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels starts up on Wednesday. We learn today that the playoff roster for the Sox does include 10 pitchers, no Tim Wakefield and catcher Kevin Cash. Learn more on the Beat today at 3. Listen live at http://www.scoreamfm.com/

Here's the full roster:
Regulars:
Jason Varitek
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Julio Lugo
Mike Lowell
J.D. Drew
Coco Crisp
Manny Ramirez
David Ortiz

Bench:
Eric Hinske
Alex Cora
Jacoby Ellsbury
Bobby Kielty
Doug Mirabelli
Kevin Cash

Pitchers:
Josh Beckett
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Curt Schilling
Jon Lester
Jonathan Papelbon
Eric Gagne
Hideki Okajima
Mike Timlin
Manny Delcarmen
Javier Lopez

No production, no music, no nothing! See ya on Wednesday.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Manic Monday

3:03pm No Scott...No Bryan...the show must go on!

4:45pm MLB Divisional Playoff gametimes set:

Boston vs. LA Angels
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Los Angeles (Lackey 19-9) at Boston (Beckett 20-7) 6:37 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
Los Angeles (Escobar 18-7) at Boston (Matsuzaka 15-12) 8:37 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Boston (Schilling 9-8) at Los Angeles (Weaver 13-7) 3:07 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8
Boston (Beckett 20-7) at Los Angeles (Lackey 19-9), if necessary 9:37 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Los Angeles (Escobar 18-7) at Boston (Matsuzaka 15-12), if necessary 8:37 p.m.

Cleveland vs. New York
Thursday, Oct. 4
New York (Wang 19-7) at Cleveland (Sabathia 19-7) 6:37 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5
New York (Pettitte 15-9) at Cleveland (Carmona 19-8) 5:07 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Cleveland (Westbrook 6-9) at New York (Clemens 6-6) 6:37 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 8
Cleveland (Byrd 15-8) at New York (Mussina 11-10), if necessary 6:07 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
New York (Wang 19-7) at Cleveland (Sabathia 19-7), if necessary 5:07 p.m.

Arizona vs. Chicago
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Chicago (Zambrano 18-13) at Arizona (Webb 18-10) 10:07 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Chicago (Lilly 15-8) at Arizona (Davis 13-12) 10:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Arizona (Hernandez 11-11) at Chicago 6:07 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Arizona (Owings 8-8) at Chicago, if necessary 1:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Chicago at Arizona, if necessary 10:07 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Colorado-San Diego winner
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Colorado-San Diego winner at Philadelphia (Hamels 15-5) 3:07 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Colorado-San Diego winner at Philadelphia (Kendrick 10-4) 3:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Philadelphia (Lohse 9-12) at Colorado-San Diego winner 9:37 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Philadelphia (Moyer 14-12) at Colorado-San Diego winner, if necessary 10:07 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Colorado-San Diego winner at Philadelphia (Hamels, 15-5), if necessary 6:37 p.m.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tim McGraw

Great performance from Tim McGraw:

Saturday snacks

Since Red Sox nation is in a perpetual state of giddiness with last night's clinching of the AL East, first time since 1995 and yes, thank you Orioles, I give you some treats:















Friday, September 28, 2007

Headed towards the weekend

3pm Head up to all you fantasy football freaks out there, Mike Harmon joins us today at 5pm, not 6pm. Get those phone calls and emails in now!

3:50pm Questions that went left unanswered from the injury report today: 1)Can you still service yourself with a dead arm? 2)How does a torn groin affect servicing yourself? 3)Does it hurt to relieve yourself with a torn groin?

4:13pm Food's in the house! Thanks Checkmates in Pawtucket - 1 Garden Street.

5:00pm Clay Buchholz is shut down! Fatigue is the reason say the Sox. So, for more postseason roster, that brings Eric Gagne back in the fold for the playoffs taking Buchholz's spot on the roster.

High School Soccer

Check out my cousin Eddie playing for Pilgrim:

http://www.hsgametime.com/rhodeisland/slideshow/0927_soccer/pages/08.htm

Here's a write up from the Projo:

http://www.hsgametime.com/rhodeisland/highschool/content/sp_hs_pk28_09-28-07_N27A5S5.32ffc3b.html

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Triple Play Thursday

2:30pm It's Triple Play Thursday on the Score with a twist! SI's Tom Verducci off the top at 3:03pm. Red Sox centerfielder Coco Crisp joins us at 3:20pm and ESPN's John Clayton hits the Beat at 5:25pm. Listen live at http://www.scoreamfm.com/

3:28pm Coco Crisp's on the air and says he just has a cold that's going around. Crisp says it's nothing serious.

Coming up Friday, it's Bengals play by play voice Brad Johannsen, Mike Harmon from Fox Sports takes your fantasy football calls at 6pm and the handicapper's corner!

4:07pm Bryan embarasses himself once again with his singing of "Celebration." What song do you want Bryan to sing next?

4:35pm Still looking for a winner for the Brown-URI tickets. Call 437-5000 right now to win your four-pack to Saturday's game.

5:03pm Scott needs an intern? Nick from Warwick steps up to the plate. Stay tuned to see if he gets the gig. Also, we need a name for Scott's "company." Send your suggestions to: scottandbryan@scoreamfm.com

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hump Day

3:03pm Hump Day edition of "The Beat" is on the air. Lots of Sox talk, plus Pats with Peter Brock at 4:23pm and Zo Knows with Scott Zolak at 4:45pm.

3:26pm In case you missed it, here's my 25 man Red Sox roster from last week:

Pitchers (11)
Josh Beckett
Dice-K Matsuzaka
Curt Schilling
Tim Wakefield
Jonathan Papelbon
Mike Timlin
Hideki Okajima
Javier Lopez
Clay Buchholz
Julian Tavarez
Manny Delcarmen

Catchers (2)
Jason Veritek
Doug Mirabelli (Kevin Cash if Mirabelli still injured)

Infielders (6)
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Julio Lugo
Mike Lowell
Alex Cora
Eric Hinske

Outfielders (5)
Manny Ramirez
Coco Crisp
JD Drew
Jacoby Ellsbury
Bobby Kielty

DH (1)
David Ortiz

3:37pm Scott hangs up on Brian "the Yankee fan" for his argument on the Yanks 4th starter for the playoffs. Hey, at least Mike Mussina's not as bad as Kyle Farnsworth.

4:20pm Check out Chad Johnson's trash talking for charity at http://www.trashtalk85.com/

First caller right now at 437-5000, 888-345-0790 or 789-1997 gets a four-pack of tickets to go see the premiere of "The Kingdom"

6:16pm Sara Evans would be vote for the celebrity I want to see in a sex tape. Also: Tyra Banks, Janet Jackson and Connie Britton.

Playoff times...

If you're trying to look ahead to next week's MLB playoffs, the early start times are in. Here they are, subject to change of course with all games on TBS.

Wednesday:
1:30pm, 5pm, 8:30pm

Thursday:
3:30pm, 7pm, 10:30pm

Friday:
5pm. 8:30pm

Stay tuned for updates.

The Countdown is on...





The Beat will have something special coming soon...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sbeat Tuesday

3:03pm - Mike Gundy's tirade takes center stage. Stay tuned for more great tirades all afternoon long!

Pats TE Benjamin Watson coming up at the top of the hour, 4pm! Plus, we'll be giving away tickets to go see the Kingdom today before Yanks/Devil Rays at 6:30pm.

3:27pm Report from Fenway Park: Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis working out today. Lineups shortly on the Sportscenters on the Score.

In case you didn't read the Oklahoma State column, read it here: http://newsok.com/article/3131543

Watch the tirade here:




3:47pm Manny's back in the lineup! He's batting 2nd in LF tonight vs. the A's.

403pm Both Scott and Bryan miss the Sportscenter. That's another dollar in the kitty for the kangaroo court!

Coming up at 503pm, it's Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe on the return of Manny Ramirez to the Sox lineup!

504pm Steve in Fall River begins.

508pm Steve in Fall River still going on....

514pm Steve in Fall River..ugh!

5:33pm Nick Cafardo in the house from Texas! Says, he likes the Angels better for the Sox as first round opponents. I agree! Stay away from Sabathia and Carmona at all costs!

Monday, September 24, 2007

On the air

3:56pm - Yankees lose, the Yankees lose! 4-1 to the Blue Jays which means it's time for the Beat! Logan Mankins up at six for the extra point football show.

4:17pm - Already, we're looking ahead to Pats/Cowboys and yes, a Bryan Morry apology ahead!

4:26pm - Big UP's for Johnston! Watch the Johnston/Narragansett game that Scott did the play by play for on Cox Sports Television.

Don't forget, Patriots Tight End Benjamin Watson joins Scott and Bryan Tuesday at 4pm on the Score! Listen live at http://www.scoreamfm.com/

4:32pm - Here comes the negativity! Steve in Fall River and Mike on a cell are bringing the heat!

MLB playoffs, every Red Sox and Yankees playoff game can be heard LIVE here on the Score!

4:56pm - Still waiting for Bryan's apology plus your chance to win tickets to go see "The Kingdom" straight ahead.

5:04pm - Bryan refuses to apology to Brett Favre for saying he was washed up! Scott apologizes for him!

No Sox and Yanks tonight, so if you get bored with MNF: Titans/Saints, it's a steel cage match between Triple H and Carlito on Spike TV at 9pm and the season premiere of Heroes on NBC 10.

5:28pm Alas, since John in North Providence, no dumping incidents in the past 10 minutes! But, stay tuned!

5:57pm - Extra Point Show is up next: Logan Mankins is the guest. Also, it looks like the tiebreaker between the Indians and Angels would be better winning percentage in the division since they tied head to head, 5-5.

Confirmed by MLB Public Relations, Red Sox would win a 3-way tiebreaker between themselves, the Indians and Angels for the top seed in the AL due to a better combined record against both opponents. Should the Angels and Indians tie for the top seed, the Indians would win with a better division record since they tied the season series, 5-5. Individually, against the Angels or Indians, the Red Sox win with a better head to head record.

6:24pm Pats OL Logan Mankins joins the Beat!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Red Sox are in!

Yes indeedy, the Red Sox are officially in the 2007 playoffs. Now, all that's left is to clinch the AL East and the overall best record in the American League, which gives them the right to pick which series they want to play (either A or B which would give them an extra day off if they so choose by picking series B). With that in mind, here's the rundown of when games are:

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
NLDS (A) Game 1, TBS
NLDS (B) Game 1, TBS
ALDS (B) Game 1, TBS

Thursday, October 4, 2007
NLDS (A) Game 2, TBS
NLDS (B) Game 2, TBS
ALDS (A) Game 1, TBS

Friday, October 5, 2007
ALDS (A) Game 2, TBS
ALDS (B) Game 2, TBS

Saturday, October 6, 2007
NLDS (A) Game 3, TBS
NLDS (B) Game 3, TBS

Sunday, October 7, 2007
ALDS (A) Game 3, TBS/TNT
ALDS (B) Game 3, TBS/TNT
NLDS (A) Game 4, TBS/TNT
NLDS (B) Game 4, TBS/TNT

Monday, October 8, 2007
ALDS (A) Game 4, TBS
ALDS (B) Game 4, TBS

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
NLDS (A) Game 5, TBS
NLDS (B) Game 5, TBS

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
ALDS (A) Game 5, TBS
ALDS (B) Game 5, TBS

Thursday, October 11, 2007
NLCS Game 1, TBS

Friday, October 12, 2007
ALCS Game 1, FOX
NLCS Game 2, TBS

Saturday, October 13, 2007
ALCS Game 2, FOX

Sunday, October 14, 2007
NLCS Game 3, TBS

Monday, October 15, 2007
ALCS Game 3, FOX
NLCS Game 4, TBS

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
ALCS Game 4, FOX

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
NLCS Game 5, TBS

Thursday, October 18, 2007
ALCS Game 5, FOX

Friday, October 19, 2007
NLCS Game 6, TBS

Saturday, October 20, 2007
ALCS Game 6, FOX
NLCS Game 7, TBS

Sunday, October 21, 2007
ALCS Game 7, FOX

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
World Series Game 1, FOX

Thursday, October 25, 2007
World Series Game 2, FOX

Saturday, October 27, 2007
World Series Game 3, FOX

Sunday, October 28, 2007
World Series Game 4, FOX

Monday, October 29, 2007
World Series Game 5, FOX

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
World Series Game 6, FOX

Thursday, November 1, 2007
World Series Game 7, FOX

Saturday, September 22, 2007

More great videos...

The lovely and talented Sara Evans

Great video

Blake Shelton's "The More I Drink"

Saturday, September 22

Saturday snacks:

It's an early start to Saturday as it's 8:06am and Track Time is on the Score! It's also a very good start to Saturday as Josh Beckett has breathed some life back into Red Sox nation with his 20th win last night in Tampa, an 8-1 victory over the Devil Dogs. Big Papi, David Ortiz makes a statement by putting himself back in the lineup against Scott Kazmir and getting a late home run to pace the offense. Ortiz had been scheduled to take the day off with the lefty going, but told manager Terry Francona he needed to be in the line-up with Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis still ailing.

Now, what makes it a better Saturday morning is the fact that the Blue Jays, despite blowing a 4-0 ninth inning lead here on the Score Friday night, defeated the Yankees 5-4 in 14 innings. So, the AL East standings have the Sox 2.5 up on NY. For the wild card, Yanks are now 4.5 ahead of the Tigers, who came from behind to top the Royals 5-4. Sox magic number to clinch the playoffs is at two and a berth in the postseason could be ours today with a Boston win and a Detroit loss.

Onto some football, here are my picks for the weekend:
Pats -16.5 vs. Bills
Texans +6 vs. Indy
Bears -3 vs. Cowboys
Jets -3 vs. Dolphins
49ers +9 at Steelers

TV I already like:
Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nitemares - Wednesday at 9pm on Fox
Private Practice Wednesday at 9pm on ABC (this will get Tivo'd) because Kate Walsh is hot!



and so is Sara Evans!



Finally, before I get on outta here...today's the day that little Abbie, my 4-month old daughter will get to try cereal for the very first time! Wish us luck!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I'm back

Alright, I know I haven't been here in a very long time, but time to forget the past and move forward. It's playoff time for the hometown nine, in my case the Red Sox, and time to set the playoff roster. Here it goes:

Pitchers (11)
Josh Beckett
Dice-K Matsuzaka
Curt Schilling
Tim Wakefield
Jonathan Papelbon
Mike Timlin
Hideki Okajima
Javier Lopez
Clay Buchholz
Julian Tavarez
Manny Delcarmen

Catchers (2)
Jason Veritek
Doug Mirabelli (Kevin Cash if Mirabelli still injured)

Infielders (6)
Kevin Youkilis
Dustin Pedroia
Julio Lugo
Mike Lowell
Alex Cora
Eric Hinske

Outfielders (5)
Manny Ramirez
Coco Crisp
JD Drew
Jacoby Ellsbury
Bobby Kielty

DH (1)
David Ortiz

Yes, that's right, no Eric Gagne on my roster. He can't be counted on in the clutch as Tuesday night in Toronto proved beyond a shadow of a doubt. The one wild card in this roster is Jon Lester. Now, should the Sox pull Cleveland in the first round, do not put it past the brass in Boston to let Lester try and repeat his comeback in Cleveland against some tough Indian lefties like Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Kenny Lofton and Trot Nixon. After all, it's not like Dice-K's setting the world on fire these days, right!

As for that aforementioned blowup in Blue Jays-land Tuesday night. I have one word for Terry Francona and the Sox: URGENCY! If you want to win the game, have Jonathan Papelbon up in the bullpen once Gagne puts one runner on base. To sit there and let Gagne try to get out of the inning with no regard to the outcome of the game sends a disturbing message to the team and the fans of Red Sox nation. If you continue to not take care of the business right in front of you, it may won't matter what's left in two weeks. It matters little if you win the division or get in as the wild card, you're team is playing well, Terry. It's time to recognize that and put the emphasis on getting a victory today. So, take it away Clay "can i be Johnny Vander Meer" Buchholz.

Don't forget, coming up on the Sportsbeat on Thursday, it's Jon Heyman from SI.com at 4:30pm, Coco Crisp at 5pm, John Clayton from ESPN at 5:25pm and Chris Kelsay from the Buffalo Bills at 6pm. Listen online at http://www.scoreamfm.com/

Friday, May 04, 2007

Surgery and BC

Just an update on the back surgery that all went well. Back is sore, but leg pain is gone!!!! As for BC, still waiting. Laura's due date is May 10th, so should be soon!!!

TTYL!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Surgery today

No posts lately for many reasons. One, BC's due any day now. Also, I'm having back surgery today (May 2nd).

One thing: love the Jets draft of Revis and Harris!

Updates on both baby and surgery when I can.

Ciao!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

NFL Schedule

The Patriots’ 2007 schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 9 -- at Jets (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Chargers (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 23 -- vs. Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 1 -- at Bengals (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 7 -- vs. Browns (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 14 -- at Cowboys (CBS, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 21 -- at Dolphins (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 28 -- vs. Redskins (FOX, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 4 -- at Colts (CBS, 4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 11 -- BYE
Sunday, Nov. 18 -- at Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.)*
Sunday, Nov. 25 -- vs. Eagles (NBC, 8:15 p.m.)*
Monday, Dec. 3 -- at Baltimore (8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 9 -- vs. Steelers (CBS, 1 p.m.)*
Sunday, Dec. 16 -- vs. Jets (CBS, 1 p.m.)*
Sunday, Dec. 23 -- vs. Dolphins (CBS, 1 p.m.)*
Saturday, Dec. 29 -- at Giants (NFL Network, 8:30 p.m.)

* - subject to change

NY Jets Schedule:

Sep 9 vs. New England 1:00pm
Sep 16@Baltimore 4:15pm
Sep 23 vs. Miami 1:00pm
Sep 30 @Buffalo 1:00pm
Oct 7 @N.Y. Giants 1:00pm
Oct 14 vs. Philadelphia 1:00pm
Oct 21 @Cincinnati 4:05pm
Oct 28 vs. Buffalo 4:05pm
Nov 4 vs. Washington 1:00pm
Week 10 BYE
Nov 18 vs. Pittsburgh 1:00pm
Nov 22 @Dallas 4:15pm
Dec 2 @Miami 1:00pm
Dec 9 vs. Cleveland 4:15pm
Dec 16@New England 1:00pm
Dec 23 @Tennessee 4:15pm
Dec 30 vs. Kansas City 8:15pm

Sunday, April 01, 2007

MLB picks

My baseball picks for 2007:

AL East: Red Sox
AL Central: Twins
AL West: A's
AL Wildcard: Yankees

NL East: Phillies
NL Central: Brewers
NL West: Dodgers
NL Wilcard: Diamondbacks

AL Pennant: Red Sox
NL Pennant: Dodgers

Champion: Red Sox

It all begins tonight: Mets/Cardinals on the Score at 7:35pm. Don't forget, Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp this Wednesday at 5pm on the Score before his weekly runs of Thursdays at 5pm!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Elite 8

Thank you Mr. Green! With Jeff Green's determination, passion and grit to the basket Friday night, Georgetown (and more importantly, me!) are is on the way to the Elite 8 with a victory over Vanderbilt. OK, yes, he may have traveled. I openly put that out there. But it's a great individual move nonetheless! By overcoming a 13 point Commodores advantage, the Hoyas (and my 2007 champion) get at chance to knock off #1 North Carolina in the final game of the regional finals Sunday at the Meadowlands. UNC also had its hands full, down 16 to USC before getting a Tim Floyd techincal-enhanced 10-point win. So, my final of Georgetown vs. Florida in the Championship Game April 2nd is still in tact as is my other side of the bracket: Ohio State vs. Kansas. We'll find out more on Saturday.

As for the Red Sox, a good week all around. Dice-K and Curt Schilling put forth their longest outings of the spring, 5 2/3 and 7 innings respectively. The Captain, Jason Veritek ended his 0-for-17 slump with his first spring homerun. And yes, we now have a closer. Or should I say, we continue with the closer we had, Jonathan Papelbon. All in all, a good move considering the circumstances. Is it as good as having traded for a bonafide closer like Chad Cordero or Billy Wagner in the off-season and putting Paps in the rotation, NO. Yet, after a month of looking at the Piniero, Donnelly, Timlin (if he could throw), Hansen and pitchers ad infinitum auditions, it's the Red Sox best option right now. The best thing is that Papelbon wants and can fill the role. With 35 saves last season, we know he can handle the pressure. The doctors apparently have told the Sox that there is no more risk of hurting his shoulder and having another sublaxation by being a closer than by being a starter. It also allows the rest of the pen to take their natural spots. Joel Piniero and Brendan Donnelly take over the 7th and 8th until Mike Timlin returns after the opening road trip. JC Romero and Hideki Okajimi are your lefty specialists. Kyle Snyder is your long guy. Now, the question is who is the fifth starter. My answer is what the Sox have put forth. Let Julian Tavarez try to continue what he did in September last year: be a consumate fifth starter. If he fails, you have options. Jon Lester will get a look after strenthening his body by starting in Pawtucket. Snyder has shown his ability to bounce back and forth between the rotation and long relief in the pen. Kason Gabbard is a lefty on the rise with good stuff. And yes, there's always the penchant to trade and sign a free agent by the front office. Me worried on March 24th? Nope. Right now, the Red Sox are a better team than they were a week ago.

The Bruins and Celtics. Let's continue the countdown to the end of the regular season quickly!

Some treats before I leave:










Sunday, March 11, 2007

Selection Sunday

That's right, the most anticipated day in all of the college basketball season is upon us. It's Selection Sunday. At 6pm today, schools from Gonzaga to Georetown and everywhere in between will await their fate from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Selection Committee chaired by former PC Friars head coach, now Princeton Athletic Director Gary Walters.

Now, as for our locals, PC and URI await a different fate. It's that from the NIT roundtable. Do both deserve to go, yes. Will they, that's a toss-up. Why, you may ask? Well, it's simple math! The NIT is now governed and run by the NCAA and they've down-sized the tournament to 32 teams. Add in that regular season conference champions that don't win their postseason touranments to get to the Big Dance automatically qualify for the NIT and you've got your answer. The Friars will get in no problem. They could even host a game at the Dunk Tuesday night. Find out officially tonight at 9pm. As for the Rams, they should go in based on their 18-win season and a great showing in the Atlantic 10 tourney, including knocking off top seeded Xavier. If I'm the NIT, I have some fun with Rhode Island and pit PC vs. URI in a rematch at the Ryan Center Wednesday night!

As for the field of 65, the Big East only gets in seven (7). Before this weekend, I thought West Virginia would be in, but based on all the upsets, teams like George Washington, New Mexico State and with wins today, possibly Arkansas and North Carolina State, will take WVU's spot based on winning their conference tournaments.

My top 4 seeds:
Ohio State
Florida
Kansas (Wisconsin if they win and Kansas loses Big 12 finals)
North Carolina (with a win over NC State today, UCLA takes it with a UNC loss)

Memphis simply doesn't play a tough enough schedule to warrant a #1 seed. Sorry John Calipari.

Don't forget, Dice-K pitches today at 1pm on NESN.
Also, it's Crowe and Chips joining Bryan Morry on the Sportsbeat Monday at 3pm!

A treat for Sunday:






Saturday, March 03, 2007

Saturday update

How about those free-spending Patriots! With the announced signing of Adalius Thomas, Kyle Brady and Sammy Morris, the Pats have shed the "we don't spend earlier and often in free agency" tag with an explosive Saturday.

Good moves all around. And this is coming from a Jets fan! Thomas fits the bill at LB and gives the Pats another guy who can get to the QB. The only question comes in coverage. As for "the other Brady in Foxboro," Kyle's one of the better blocking TE's in the biz and aptly takes the place of the departed Daniel Graham. Morris is one of the guys New England tried to get before Sammy signed in Miami a few years ago. Good backup to Laurence Maroney and fits another need on special teams.

Still on the horizon could be Dolphins WR Wes Welker. The Pats appear headed to signing him to an offer-sheet, which if not matched by the Fins, would cost NE a second-round pick. Not bad for a guy who can come right into this system and produce with Tom Brady. Plus, like Morris, he's been a special teams bonus baby.

Now, onto other things:
Dice-K: 200 media members for 2 innings of work Friday night vs. Boston College. Let the craziness begin in Beantown.

Call me crazy, but I like Alberto Castillo.

PC ends the regular season at St.John's Sunday (1:45pm on the Score!). Friars need to keep momentum going into the Big East Tournament where they will play either at 12pm or 7pm Wednesday (listen on the Score!).

Treat for the day:



More later!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Hump Day

It's the end of February and the beginning of baseball 2007. It's always a good thing when we can the Red Sox on NESN to breathe some warmth into a two-snow-day week.

The good things so far:
1)Manny's in camp - thankfully! Although, I don't believe him when he says he wants to retire in a Red Sox uniform.

2)Curt Schilling - I know, 19 pitches, but still one outing under the belt is still a good thing. Plus, he can finally talk about his pitching instead of expounding on every other issue under the sun.

3)Alex Ochoa - two great throws from right field...Trot who? Just kidding!

4)Alberto Castillo - I don't know why, but I like him already. Doug who?

5)Remy and Orsillo - Jerry Remy's rant on the new rules was simply priceless.

Back on schedule tomorrow!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Bridget and Tom expecting!

Tom Brady's going to be a daddy, huh? That according to his ex, Bridget Moynahan. For more on the story, click here: http://www.nypost.com/seven/02182007/news/columnists/its_brady_baby_for_sixy_star_columnists_liz_smith.htm


To see Bridget's latest romp with Heather Graham, here ya go:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zUIjc8-MgEQ

Britney goes bald!

Did you see where Britney Spears went bald Friday night! No, no, the "other" bald pictures! Check them out here: http://www.x17online.com/

Daytona 500 is today. If you have DirecTV, check out channels 794-799 for in car coverage of your favorite drivers including Dale Earnhardt, JR (my pick to win!) and Tony Stewart.

Finally, the Celtics win something. Gerald Green steals the Dunk Contest Saturday night in Las Vegas althouth the best dunk of the night wasn't received well by the judges. Dwight Howard's dunk putting a sticker of himself on the backboard should've gotten a 50 for creativity!
Great Saturday by the locals. PC, URI and Brown all win on the hardwood. Keeps the NCAA Tournament hopes alive for both the Friars and the Rams. Both need to do serious work over the next two weeks though to make sure their bubbles don't burst.

First official workouts in Fort Myers today for the Sox. No big deal, they've been working out for a week. The big news will come in the next 24 hours to see if Manny Ramirez does indeed report on time.
Did you see where the Tigers' fielding session for the pitchers was more scrutinized in Lakeland than the American Idol auditions. I guess five errors in the World Series will do that for you.

Some treats for today:













Saturday, February 17, 2007

100th post!

Yes, we've made it to 100! Our 100th post is here. I promise to more up to date now that we've got back in the swing of things. A short post for now. Did you check out the new baseball rules for 2007? Well, if you didn't, here they are:

• Time between pitches: The allotment for delivering the ball with no one on base has been reduced, from 20 seconds to 12. The price for each violation is a ball.

• Batter's box presence: Conversely, an automatic strike will be assessed each time a batter violates the rule requiring they keep one foot in the batter's box throughout his at-bat, except for certain game-play conditions -- during which he is still not allowed to leave the dirt area surrounding the plate.

• Ball scuffing: Rule 3.02 now calls for an automatic 10-game suspension for any player who intentionally defaces the ball. (Previously, a first offense led to the pitch being called a ball, a warning to the pitcher and an announcement of violation.)

• No reason for rosin: The same Rule 3.02 now specifically prohibits placing "soil, rosin, paraffin, licorice, sandpaper, emery paper or other foreign substance" on the ball. The rule's penalty phase dictates, "The umpire shall demand the ball and remove the offender from the game. In addition, the offender shall be suspended automatically for 10 games."

• Gender objectivity: The rulebook now includes the disclaimer that references "to 'he,' 'him' or 'his' shall be deemed to be a reference to 'she,' 'her' or 'hers'" where applicable.

Nice to see commish Bud Selig is on top of things. Now, maybe he could address that little steroid issue!

Back later!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Valentine's Day, February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day to all! Not much of a snowstorm for Southern New England. Ice, rain and just plain YUCK is more like it. Please just let me know when it will be 70 degrees again with a glaring sun to heat us all up.

"American Idol" is down to the final 24. Just got done watching it and let me tell you, that kid Chris (a/k/a Jack Osborne) is one to watch. He's going to be a popular one.

On the talk of tv, "Friday Night Lights" on NBC continues to get better and better. From an offensive coordinator making a team-splitting racist remark to four kids getting caught at a strip club (including the coach's daughter) to Kyle Chandler's quick and dry wit as head coach, the show continues to impress. It's a must TIVO event in the Crowe household these days.

Finally, the funniest hour on tv these days might be the 8pm hour on CBS Monday nights. "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Class" are downright hilarious. Neil Patrick Harris is "legend"...wait for it..wait for it...that's right.."dary" is his role as Barney. On "The Class," it's tv's best ensemble this side of "Entourage." Check it out!

Alright, that's my tv rant for today. Onto some sports takes for the day:
1)Daisuke Matsuzaka - Enough already! I don't need to know his every move. Although, his new beer ad is quite impressive. Check it out on the Score's website: http://scoreamfm.com/jock_sportsbeat.shtml

2)Tiki Barber - Shut up! You're not with the NY Giants anymore. Stop bitching about Tom Coughlin already.

3)Celtics - The streak is over! Thankfully! Now, it's back to the task at hand: winning the #1 pick in the NBA Draft. A 20-point win over the Bucks is nice, but let's keep the true goal in mind.

4)URI routs St.Louis - Jim Baron's crew continues to impress. Now, 9-3 in A-10 play after avenging an earlier loss to the Billikens Wednesday night.

5)Red Sox full speed ahead - The Red Sox now own 50% of Roush Racing! Find out more about it Thursday on the Sportsbeat at 5:05pm when Mike Dee, CEO of the Red Sox and President of the Fenway Sports Group joins Scott and Bryan on the Score!


Treats for the day:













Friday, February 09, 2007

Friday, February 9th

Sportsradio the Score first came onto the Rhode Island sports scene in October of 1997. Yet what I heard Thursday on the Sportsbeat with Scott Cordischi and Bryan Morry may have been one of the most honest 23 minutes of radio in the past 10 years. The sportsworld has been abuzz about the coming out of former NBA center John Amaechi the past few days. Well, Thursday on the Sportsbeat, former Packers nose tackle Esera Tuaolo joined the boys to talk about what's it like to come out as a gay athlete after having played a mainstream sport. Pointed, genuine and straight from the heart is exactly what Esera told Southern New England about his experience. To hear him speak with the utmost of class and honesty about his life, his partner and the road to happiness he's currently trying to perfect gave us a dramatic insight into just how hard that is for a male athlete trying to live his life in current day American society. To sum him up, Esera says he's an trustworthy man who takes care of his Mom, pays his taxes, doesn't break the law and is treated like a 2nd class citizen just because of who he's picked as a life partner, a man he truly loves.

If you missed any of it, just click here, http://scoreamfm.com/jock_sportsbeat.shtml to listen to the entire interview.


Upcoming this weekend:
PC at Pitt (5:45pm on 99.7FM the Score) - a win here would definitely help the cause for the Friars NCAA Tournament chances. It'll be tough, #9 Panthers thrashed West Virginia on the road Wednesday night, dominating inside.

Celtics vs. Nets (Friday) and Timberwolves (Sunday) - could be the C's best chances to get a game and end this franchise record 16 game losing streak. They'll do it withouth Wally Szczerbiak, out again with yet another sprained ankle. Only a game against Milwaukee next Wednesday is ahead before heading out west against more of the iron in the NBA

Pro Bowl 2007 - Bill Belichick leads Peyton Manning and the Chargers. Should be fun. 6pm on CBS12


Treat of the Day:









Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Hump Day hilites

Alrighty, we've all made it to Hump Day. Congratulations, we're one step closer to the weekend and one day closer to spring training opening up in Fort Meyers, Florida for the Red Sox. Pitchers and catchers open up on the 18th with the full squad coming together on the 22nd. And speaking of getting it together, did you see how Alex Rodriguez got heckled at his book signing the other day. It's just like NY to turn a children's book signing into a melee. No wonder A-Rod's going to opt out of his Yankees deal at the end of the 2007 season. It's the best move he could make.

Speaking of great moves, did you see that Jon Lester's already down in Fort Meyers? It's great to see he's bouncing back from the battle with cancer that surprised Red Sox nation not too long ago. Good luck to Jon and his family in that fight.

Stock up:
1)Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts - isn't it obvious! The monkey's off the back.

2)Boston Bruins - that's right, they've actually won two in a row heading into Thursday night's tussle with Peter Laviolette's Carolina Hurricanes.

3)Gerald Green - the only positive thing to happen to the Celtics in a month. He's headed to Las Vegas for the Dunk Competition.

4)The Police - the reunion tour starts this Sunday at the Grammy's.

5)PC and URI - the road to the NCAA Tournament now rests in your hands. Next up, Pitt for PC Saturday after the Panthers impressive road win at West Virginia Wednesday night and it's UMass for URI Thursday night in a fight for first place in the A-10.

Stock down:
1. Celtics - 16 in a row after a lackluster fourth quarter against the Heat Wednesday night. Loss number 17 could come Friday against the Nets. Can't anyone come through that door?

2. Rex Grossman - There's nothing sexy about that Super Bowl XLI performance! Gross. Yeah, that about cuts it.

3. Tom Brady - anytime Peyton Manning wins a Super Bowl, it brings Brady a little bit back to being human.

Final thoughts:
Look for the Colts to open the 2007 season against the Saints in the Thursday NBC opener. The NFL will look to hold Pats/Colts for an October/November sweeps doubleheader or prime time game

Treat of the day: