Getting Back to it, really this time (Part XVII)

Well, well, well I am back. For good this time! After the hustle and the bustle of the 9-5 grind, of which I still am going to do, I have decided to take this hobby back up again. Luckily for me, sports don’t sto- oh shit they did that one time this year- anyway sports was the main focus I followed when writing this blog but I may venture into a few other realms as I take this up again. So without further ado – the song of the post, and how I am I feeling having caught the blog itch again.

Starting off with tonight, the Celtics blew a f’n amazing chance to close the series out. Granted, it’s tough when you’re playing two teams at the same time, the The Topeka Referees and the Toronto Raptors. All complaints aside because this is a reentry post, but I’ll be honest here, the Celtics are getting out coached right now. I don’t know if it’s cybermetrics or sabermenstration but I’ll tell you that Nick Nurse is shouting his way to the Finals right now. You have Lowry their best player with 5 fouls in 2OT and you just simply do not attack him? You let the germanic Fab Melo ‘catch and shoot’ with 6 seconds left on the clock? You have you brightest young star falter in primetime? You don’t draw a play up for Jaylen Brown at all after 8 mins left in the 4th quarter?! Kemba disappeared faster than this months direct deposit. Brad, what is u doin’ bb? JFCFGS. Game 7.

The Bruins will get a longer separate post. However it sounds like they are going to be re-hauling pretty heavily based off of the things I have seen lately with all the zoom calls. Admittedly I didn’t watch all of them start to finish but oddly enough the Bruins haven’t said much on the future of Jake Debrusk, who, while a streaky player, has tremendous upside and is showing shades of Blake Wheeler (and Reilly Smith). If they trade him now, he will play motivated the rest of his career and torture the Bruins any time they face each other. Can’t shake the feeling they could ship him west to Alberta to have his dad call his games. If it returns Brock Boeser, I feel… okay about it. Of course it will not be a straight up one for one, more would have to go back. I honestly think that they look to retool internally, free up some cap space by not resigning Krug and chase Taylor Hall for a 3 year 6.9M/Year hit. Stictly because I love imagining lines:

Marchand – Bergeron – Studnicka
Hall – Krejci – Pastrnak
Debrusk – Coyle – Kase / Bjork
Ritchie/Frederic – Kuraly – Wagner / Seneshyn

Gryz – McAvoy
Carlo – Vaak – Zboril
Chara – Clifton – Lauzon

Rask – Halak – Swayman (if he stars)

The Red Sox are in a similar boat. Yikes for the future but let’s see this thing play out. As one of my last posts stated, f*** the ownership – I do not find joy in Red Sox baseball anymore thanks to you, Fenway Group. And if we’re being honest, no one does anymore for all of baseball. Its all about money filtering up to you greedy bar owners. Yep I said it. Fenway Park is Boston’s 4th most expensive bar. It’s no longer about the baseball or the product or bringing pride to the city it’s simply simply simply about the bottom line and Sweet Caroline (bah-bah-crickets). And thank the baseball gods that this is the smartest city in America and your truest fans won’t come back when you start doing well. We realize what we are to you and you should be ashamed. You are not the almighty deity that brought the World Series to the Sox in ’04, David Ortiz is, the fans are, the atmosphere of legitimately caring for the team was. F*** the Red Sox Ownership.

The Patriots, missing a legit god, are still poised to do very well in today’s NFL. The moves Bill made in the offseason and the talent they have on the trenches and the secondary make this team quietly good. If McDaniels and Bill can coach Cam Newton into some patience and trust in the systems they have set forth, I see a very scary offense. There’s a lot of unproven talent on both sides of the ball and this season some teams might overlook them (just like the Falcons did Tom Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl). So I do see a slide back from the Pats this year but at the same time I think they will have some players shine and make some noise and could rally around Julian Edelman and Devin McCourty as proven leaders and proven winners.

Alrighty, I must sign off for now. I am committing to be back this weekend with the recap of the Celtics blowing a 2-0 lead.
– Lomonte

Dear John (Henry),

Dear Red Sox Ownership and Baseball Operations,

I know we don’t talk as often as we should but in light of recent events I feel the need to reach out to you all. 93 wins and AL East Champs was good everyone! Proud of the guys for battling for that title and your one playoff win, awesome! However, and here’s where I get harsh, that’s not F@?!$^# good enough.

This is the Boston Red Sox you are running here. I see your bottom line and there’s really no need for you to be acting and running the operation the way you are. Cut the shit with trying to please pink hats and #windancerepeat, you have to win over your REAL fans. Congrats on running the largest bar in Boston. This team was barely good enough to win the East, let alone bring a spark to the city the way you used to.

Cup check here gentlemen, the Yankees are FOR REAL. They are here at the big show and you’re leaving in the middle of the 8th after Sweet Caroline has been overplayed, again. You have young talent, they have young talent. You have grizzled pitchers, they have grizzled pitchers. They have balls, you have dancing after a meaningless win because you’ll get retweeted. They have (another, maybe even 2) franchise shortstop(s), you have Xander “It’s too cold” Bogaerts.

I’m not saying the 3 Championships and countless memories have gone forgotten, they haven’t and I thank you for them. However, you’ve turned this team from the lovable losers of the Early 00’s, to the pride of Boston to… a disgrace of a baseball team that gives away playoff tickets. I’m not suggesting you go all 2013 on us, that team has its purpose and brought much needed life into a city that desperately needed it.

It’s the wrong David walking through the door and leading the team, it’s the little guy who only stands in whatever shadow is cast the largest. It’s ruining an unbelievable farm system for 2 pitchers whom gave up 3 Ls in 3 games. You have potentially generational talent in your outfield and Big Niño at 3rd, that are getting poisoned by the clubhouse and it’s not the media’s fault. Your HALL OF FAMER broadcaster was shot in the back because of your 300 million dollar waste of space and his lack of taking criticism.

I haven’t even gotten to your ex-manager and your failings there which have been chronicled quite well. John Farrell, much like the beards of 2013 should have been left in 2013. You had Torey Lovullo as Bench coach leading the charge for the Arizona FREAKING Diamondbacks, they haven’t been relevant since the turn of the century. Hey guys, little known secret — they won as many games as you with a sliver of the payroll you had. You should’ve tossed that has-been pitching coach-turned manager out when you had the chance when you got swept but the choke-job Indians in 2016. Now I’ve heard you’re about to be groveling to get an AARP  manager in Jim Leyland. C’mon, even in these sorry times you’re better than that.

Well, I once thought you were… In a time where the viewership is declining rapidly in all of baseball you have nearly turned the most loyal fans against you. As the ownership and baseball operations team of the Boston Red Sox, its your duty to keep baseball on the map. Newsflash for you— it’s not going well right now. Look, I’m not saying I have the answers for you although if you’d like I’ll give you some advice pro bono.

Goodbye Xander, Jay Groome and 2 other prospects.
“Hey, Mr. Jeter, how’d you like a generational arm in Groome and a good player that idolized you?
-Oh, Xander, yeah he likes warm weather he’ll do fine in Miami I’m sure. All we ask is for Gincarlo and your other least desirable contracts — we’ll even throw in JBJ.
-No, Mr. Jeter I don’t know why the Yankees aren’t calling you… do we have a deal?”

That might not even get it done because you have tarnished this franchise’s value by turning a blind eye to what made you successful and by putting the wrong talent in leadership roles.

Pedroia, Benintendi, Mookie, Stanton, Devers, Hanley, Travis, Vasquez, Nunez(assuming he returns). Would be your lineup with that deal, that not only will put your beloved pink-hat butt’s in seats but also a desirable product that can go into the Bronx and at least match-up with them. Understandably this lineup is just a best-of-both-worlds kind of thing but I really hope the Red Sox can be likeable and fun again.

I don’t think that’s too much to ask for,
A fan who believed in ’04.

It’s Been Awhile

Welcome back readers, sports fans, probably just my mom; it has been a long while since I’ve posted or even recently thought about posting. Bringing me to the song of the post, It’s Been Awhile by Staind so click the link, take a listen and away we go into my musings on Boston sports.

Since I last posted on November 18th, 2015 Boston Sports Journal has semi-stolen my New England Sports Brief. Bygones will be bygones and I would highly suggest taking a look at Greg Bedard’s material, he’s the best in the business and gets far more technical than these ramblings I spill to you.

Recapping since my last post:patriots-falcons-3-28

The Patriots lost to Denver en route to Peyton (Asterisk) Manning’s exit. We had the last laugh from that loss because we are now FIVE time Super Bowl Champions and headed into a season where we are very dangerous and a superb contender to go back-to-back. I believe that despite our second Kansas City meltdown.

The Red Sox and their sarcastically wonderful manager came off of a terrible season to wish Papi a happy retirement. In doing so they got their doors blown off by the Indians in the ALDS and got to watch Theo and the Cubs win their 1st World Series this century. I wish the Cubs another 108 year curse, but I’m in the minority there. This season however we are in first place and look to close on that in the near weeks. However this year’s team is not winning any popularity awards given some of their actions. I hope for a rocky ending to finally get John Farrell out of town.

The Celtics, since I last posted, have come a long, long way. They were still scrappy underdogs and barely getting to the playoffs. Now, however shocking the trade was, are expected to compete for the Eastern spot in the NBA Finals. My takeaways from the Kyrie Irving – Isiah Thomas trade are; the Celtics are going to be a fun team to watch this year and I expect great things from them but I become heartbroken thinking about how much that I.T. and Jae Crowder had to go through in their personal lives and then getting traded away from a city and team that loves their gritty players and their toughness.

The Bruinspasta barely missed the playoffs last time I posted but then screeched into them while losing to Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson in the first round this past season. Now however, PAY PASTRNAK ALREADY! More on that in an upcoming post, where I play armchair GM for the Bruins pro-bono.

If you’ve stuck with me thus far, I commend your persistence. That’s all I have in this post, I hope I don’t go AWOL again and stay up-to-date with my Boston Sports takes for your sanity.

Until next time,
Lomonte

 

A Boston Sports Fan Holiday Guide

Song of the post: THIS & Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from me to you. Those of you in the New England area and New England sports fans globally, have had many Christmas wishes come true over the past 15 or so years.

This year we have a very specific Christmas wish list that would make us all happy in the long run for each of our favorite teams. Starting with the men who play Sundays, following with the Boston Celtics, leading into the Red Sox and then the Big (Bad) Bruins.

For the New England Patriots all we wish for Christmas for them is health, and to retain their level of play. It is no secret that without one of the cogs in the offensive machine that is led by Tom Bradyrob-gronkowski, they aren’t at their peak performance level. Blount and Gray are a dangerous tandem that when healthy can run on just about everyone. Lafell and Wright are similar towards the production in that they help Brady get the first downs when checked upon. Amendola and Edleman are another tandem that is necessary in the Pats successes. As we saw against the Jets, Amendola can be a feature wideout, although it would be nice if he wasn’t the premier target. Edleman has shown time and again that he is the Brown, Branch, Welker type of choice for Tom Brady and as we could tell on Sunday that his absence was felt in the struggle against their New York foe.

Lastly for the offense would be all-time health for Brady and Gronk, without them our ship has no captain or sail to lead us to victory. Without Gronkowski the past several years the Patriots have stalled and not made it where they need to. If he remains healthy with his QB then maybe his QB can party like Gronk until the misses calls Brady home. Four defensive standouts that the Pats wish remain healthy are Collins, Hightower, Jones and Revis. They need their top D-men to keep roughing up the opposition.

The Celtics are next on tap, and we wish for only one thing, tanking. Rondo is out and the Celtics are filled with young talent, but still miss that superstar they need. They need the no. 1 pick overall and the team will be complete. Expiring contracts coming off the book plus young stars coming of age, will be enticing for future free agents. Stay the course Danny Ainge.

We have a few wishes for the Red Sox this holiday season, and that is no more moves. I personally want to hold onto the talent they have and not trade to get Cole Hamels. He is not a necessity as ownership seems to believe. The other wish the current prospects break onto the scene and stay competitive. As a side wish, health for Papi would be well received.

The lackluster Bruins are winners of two in a row going into Christmas and for them we wish they’d get a top six right wingerSochi Olympics Ice Hockey Men and a brand new fourth line. As has been noted since preseason the Bruins need a top-line RW and the Blues are looking to move TJ Oshie according to sources, the Bruins have a need for his talents and could fit well with playmaker David Krejci. A move for him would certainly avoid the forbidden movement of lines in Julien’s system. He could slot in the top line next to Lucic and Krejci, leaving the Bergeron line intact along with the Soderberg-Eriksson line that has been potent as of late. He would shuffle things towards the right path they belong on. However given the Bruins cap situation and the Blues desire to retain Tarasenko they could attempt to deal some of their unnecessary contracts, such as the current fourth line, which hasn’t produced much in quite some time. Moving the likes of Campbell, Paille and even Kelly would free up cap space for the Bruins and offer roster spots for the touted prospects in Providence. Obtaining Oshie would be a giant leap in getting back into the playoff picture, as well as allowing prospects to grow in the Bruins system.

Although one thing we can all wish for is lower ticket prices and less traffic in going to watch our favorite teams. A (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus) Miracle it would be.

-Lomonte

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