Posted by: Mike B. | August 21, 2009

Boston Sports Update for August 21, 2009

It has been a good week in sports for Boston fans starting with the Red Sox recent sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a great series to watch because the Boston bats have been getting hot of late, most notably slugger David Ortiz. The Red Sox action will make for a great weekend with the Evil Empire in town for a 3 game series starting tonight at 7:10 EST.

The New England Patriots played their second pre-season game last night and Mr. Patriot Tom Brady saw little action in the game as expected. It was a great sign however to see Wes Welker back on the field and in action since he was out game 1 with an undisclosed injury. Wes had a great 32 yard catch and run during the game which was needed as Tom Brady had very little protection from his line which was a VERY bad sign. It seemed like every play Brady had a hand in his face and this worries me because especially this year in coming back from an injury Brady needs protection badly. On a side note Chad Ochocinco kicking the extra point and the kickoff was awesome and I was very surprised on how well he did, he looked very much like a kicker in the NFL.

The Lacrosse world is a buzz for this weekend where it is the Outdoor Lacrosse Championship week this Saturday and Sunday. The Boston Cannons are the last team in (4th seed) but are looking to upset everyone behind the 2009 Bud Light MVP Paul Rabil (midfielder) he was also this year’s recipient of the Warrior Offensive Player of the Year. He is the first Boston Cannon to win the MVP award since2004 when Connor Gill won the award. I will have more on the results from this weekend’s action on a Monday article that will be posted on FanRates.com.

Posted by: Mike B. | August 14, 2009

Pats are back!

Last night the New England Patriots including former league MVP Tom Brady took the field for pre-season game number 1 and quite frankly I was not surprised at all while watching the game which ended with a final score of 27-25. The biggest story for the Pats was Brady coming back to go 10-15, 2 TDs and 1 INT; I guess most of the rust is gone already. Both of Brady’s touchdown passes went to new acquisition and former Jet TE Chris Baker. His lone interception came in the first quarter when he got too much air under a pass to Randy Moss (which showed the off-season rust of Moss cause I still think he should have beat Sheldon Brown to the ball). Brady and Moss seemed to still be on the same page as Moss completing 3 passes and just missing a long bomb TD pass to Moss that was broken up by Asante Samuel and flagged for pass interference. Brady ended his night after the first half, leaving the game with a Patriots lead of 21-6.

The second half was a completely different story as the first half lead dwindled down to make the game a close one. The Patriot’s defense was very shaky at times but on a positive note was only flagged for 2 penalties all night. Patriot’s rookie and return specialist Julian Edelman made his presence felt in the second quarter with a 75 yard punt return for a TD. Gostkowski continued his outstanding kicking going 2-2 in field goals with a long of 49 and 3-3 on extra points. Running back Lawrence Maroney continued to disappoint me having 6 touches for only 14 yards. Running back BenJarvus Green-Eliis (4 touches for 31) looked the best of the Pats running backs but seems like the position the Pats will be the least reliable (though we didn’t see Fred Taylor last night).

The Patriots defense is still scaring me to be quite honest, I know that it is still pre-season and all but this is a younger Pats D then we are used to seeing. With the loss of former team captain Mike Vrabel leaving there will be a lot of Patriots fans watching to see how this defense will react to and read the opposing offense. There were two sacks by Patriots in the game (Banta-Cain and Pryor) which was a good sign while Brady went virtually untouched (though 1 sack was given up in the game). The Patriots had no forced fumbles or interceptions in the game but my main focus in watching their D will still be focused on their field coverage and cover packages, I do however think the Pats D is a lot faster than last year which will improve their coverage quite a bit.

Overall it was a GREAT start to the season and an overall great sign to see Tom Brady perform well in his return from last season injury. On a side note the big story of the night was the opposing team the Philadelphia Eagles have picked up troubled former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick. My guess is that they will use him to run their own version of the Miami Dolphins “Wild Cat” offense which in my opinion will be very deadly behind Vicks running ability. The next Patriots pre-season game is on Thursday August 20th in Gillette Stadium at 7:30 PM EST vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Posted by: Mike B. | August 13, 2009

August 13th Boston Sports Update

Welcome everyone to the releaunch of SBOB – Sports Blog of Boston!

I am pleased to announce that I am joining the FanRates.com blog team as a writer/blogger which I am very excited about because it is an OUTSTANDING new web page that is going to give sports fans like us a chance to get some great ticket prices.

Boston is a huge sports city and there is no better time to be a sports fan right now across the country then right now. There are all different kinds of news to report from Boston, most notably lacrosse. The Boston Cannons (4 seed)of the MLL are jumping into the Major League Lacrosse Championship weekend starting with their Semi Final game Saturday vs the Denver Outlaws (1 seed). Boston is hopeing that behind Paul Rabil, the league leader in points scored (53), they can continue onto the finals on Sunday at noon.

The NLL’s Boston Blazers are also busy in August as they prepare for the 2010 season behins the team captain and NLL 2009 MVP Dan “Dangerous” Dawson. Team representatives have been around Boston’s Downtown Crossing Train Station in a booth promoting the coming season and giving out prizes. They will be testing your lacrosse shooting skills so be prepared to fire one past thier mock goalie and you can also win a yourself season tickets if you are drawn as their lucky winner.

Today is the day football fans have been waiting all year for, PRESEASON. The New England Patriots will be taking the field (with Tom Brady?) for game one of the preseason today vs the Philadelphia Eagles in Lincoln Financial Field at 7 PM EST. I was one of the lucky people in Boston’s South Station yesterday evening when “Pat the Patriot” the teams official mascot was giving away FREE Patriots scratch tickets (won $5 too!) as a promotion for the ticket and the Patriots 2009-2010 season.

The Boston Red Sox have been doing outstanding as of late to try and help heal the wounds from the 4 game sweep they suffered from the New York Yankees this past weekend. Mike Lowell and Jason Bay’s bats have been on fire as of late and is a big reason for this; along with Josh Beckett pitching yesterday which is almost always a good thing. Another GREAT sign of Red Sox fans was the appearance of announcer Jerry “The Rem Dog” Remy who has been very missed in Red Sox Nation since taking a leave of absence while dealing with cancer and depression.

The Boston Celtics at the beginning of the week signed free agent Glen “Big Baby” Davis under a two year contract worth an estimated $6 Million. Big Baby is known as a fan favorite player who always gives 110% so it has been a sigh of relief to see the team sign Davis since he took over very well for an injured Kevin Garnett during last years playoff run. The 2009-2010 pre-season is scheduled to start for the Celtics on Wednesday October 7th.

The Boston Bruins news front has been quiet of late of there is a ton of excitement for the 2009-2010 season to start on Tuesday, September 15th. The Bruins will look to continue their winning ways from last season and the expectations from the fans here in Boston are VERY high. There is still a lot of questions with Restricted Free Agents Phil Kessel and David Krejci who are two of the major pieces of the Bruins 2008-2009 team.

Team USA soccer lost a heart breaker 2-1 after starting off with an early 1-0 lead to Mexico in the Cup Qualifier. Team USA fans were almost expecting the loss vs Mexico since USA has lost 23 of 24 games played in Mexico. Good news for team USA is that they can still qualify by winning their two remaining home games.

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