Frank Vatrano is about as homegrown Massachusetts’ hockey as it comes, except for maybe Matt Gryzlcyk, and his return to the lineup for the Bruins has been welcome. The native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts has been unable to keep a consistent spot in the Bruins lineup to this point because of injuries and poor judgement on the part of Bruins management in keeping him in the AHL for too long. But he’s back now, and it should be for good, because he makes the Bruins a better, deeper, and more balanced team.Read More
The world was a far different place in 2011. Whitey Bulger was still alive, I didn’t have to listen to Hotline Bling every time I went out, and nobody knew who Amy Schumer was.Read More
The 2015 AFC championship game proved to now have much larger implications to it then a trip to the Super Bowl that year. Tom Brady had allegedly asked members of the equipment staff to deflate the footballs below the league requirement. Head Coach Bill Belichick had stated that he played no role in under inflating the footballs and had no knowledge of such events until after the game. Investigative reports claimed that many balls were deflated by “just a few ticks”. This was done in order to increase his gripping ability in the cold weather.Read More
The Golden State Warriors were huge favorites going into their Friday night matchup with the Boston Celtics. Golden State had not lost a regular season game at home since the Seattle Seahawks were the reigning Super Bowl Champions. The Warriors are so close to breaking the ’95-’96 Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a season. On the other side, the Celtics were in the middle of a five game road trip and had just played in Portland the night before. The Celtics best all-around player, Jae Crowder, was out. Furthermore, Boston has little depth at the wing. During Crowder’s absence, Brad Stevens was forced to use 6’4” Marcus Smart or power forward Jonas Jerebko as de facto small forwards whenever Evan Turner was on the bench. The Warriors, on the other hand, can play any of five different players at small forward. Oh, and they have Steph Curry. Everything about this game screamed that Boston did not stand a chance. So what happened?Read More
The NBA is taking its mid-season break for the All-Star festivities in Toronto this weekend. The Boston Celtics come into the weekend on a roll, having won 10 of their past 12 games, having risen into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference, and having sent two team members to compete in various All-Star events. Now is a good time to designate the team’s award winners up to this point in the season. Additionally, I’ll list runners up to each award.Read More
Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, there is always chatter between the two teams squaring off. However, there is often a deeper underlying conversion being held by sports fans across the country. Who consistently wins and who always finds a way to lose?Read More
Alright, so I got it wrong; my World Series prediction was a swing and a miss. But if we are being realistic, I wasn’t the only guy out there picking the Blue Jays to make the series and even win it all. The people I’m talking about getting the Jays winning it all wrong are guys that get paid to make these predictions.Read More
It’s been a brutally tough season for the Boston Red Sox. They’re dead last in the AL East, one of the worst teams in all of baseball. They’ve seen stars like Dustin Pedroia and Clay Buchholz miss significant time due to injuries. Their CEO is stepping down and their head coach was just diagnosed with Lymphoma, so all in all, it’s been a rough go of it for the organization and its fans.Read More
Since their 2013 World Series, the Boston Red Sox have struggled mightily. Finishing last season at 71-91 and currently sit at 39-45, six games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East. Through much of this season, they were arguably the worst team in baseball, despite such high expectations. But, just over halfway through the season, there could be a reason for hope for Red Sox nation.Read More
With the NHL draft just one day away, I’ll take a look at what the Boston Bruins need to accomplish through the draft and free agency to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs, which they missed for the first time under head coach Claude Julien.Read More
Earlier today, 130 sportswriters and broadcasters came together and voted on who they felt was the NBA Coach of the Year. Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks received 67 first-place votes and 513 total points to become the fourth Hawks coach awarded the Red Auerbach Trophy. Budenholzer guided the Hawks to their best regular season record in franchise history. His team truly epitomized “team” basketball because not one player scored over 30 points in a game for them this season, while 6 players averaged at least 10.0 points per game.Read More
Back on September 29, 2014, the New England Patriots went into Kansas City on a Monday night and got throttled by the Chiefs, 41-14. After that game, the speculations started to come out that the Patriots reign atop the football mountain was over and that Tom Brady was yesterday's news. I also shared that feeling because for as long as I can remember, I have despised Brady. From his days at Michigan to his dethroning of Drew Bledsoe in New England, this guy just didn't sit well with me so it felt good to see him lose his touch...or so we thought.Read More
It’s that time of year again! It’s time for long lines, busy stores, and hordes of people who remind you more of the surly elves from the movie Christmas Story than cheerful shoppers. The Christmas season can certainly be a hectic time, especially when you’ve got a lot of people on your list that need presents. Well, that’s where Our Sports Report comes in to save the day!Read More
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Right now, two of the most historic teams in baseball, the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, are just battling to be the crappiest teams in Major League Baseball (oh yeah, the Phillies are making quite a run for the money as well). While both of these teams are playing horrid baseball, there are differences between the two franchises.
Firstly, the Cubs currently are sporting a record of 25-35 and currently sit at last place in what is at best a middle-of-the-road NL Central division. Meanwhile, the Red Sox sit with a record of 28-34 and are currently next to last in what has always been one of baseball’s more competitive divisions…though maybe not this year.
Secondly, the Cubs have a slightly better run differential than the Red Sox (-.02 vs -.03) while averaging 3.9 runs a game. The Red Sox are scoring an average of 4.1 runs per game.
In short, the previous two paragraphs represent fancy ways of saying that these two teams suck swamp water.
So why am I bothering to ask which fans have it worse? Very simply put, the Red Sox won the freaking World Series last year!
This is precisely my point.
Everyone and their uncle expected the Cubs to suck this season. Shoot, we’ve been awful for the majority of the last century and beyond. But the Red Sox were supposed to be good! They were supposed to be building a baseball dynasty up there in Beantown. What in the world happened up there?
Now before we get all crazy, let’s keep in mind that it’s not even the All Star Break yet. There is still a ton of baseball to be played. But if I’m a Red Sox fan (I wouldn’t be caught dead rooting for those guys by the way…ever) I have to be a bit more nervous.
Let’s face it, my Cubbies were a downright dreadful team last year, so this year they’re playing with house money if they win more than about 60 games or so. Any progress is good progress at this point.
But the Red Sox have a reputation to uphold. They are the defending World Series champions. It just seems much harder on an organization’s reputation to fall from grace than it is to remain in the cellar.
So who’s got it worse right now? I say Red Sox fans…all the way.
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