HERE COMES OCTOBER

  • Nights are cooler. Break out the blankets. Time to cuddle
  • Leaves start changing color.  Get the rake out of the shed.  Leaf peepers are coming from everywhere!
  • Baseball play-offs are just around the corner.  Sox haven’t been selling out during the season, but don’t expect that to continue in post season…this isn’t Tampa!
  • Patriot’s are a soft 2-0 & Brady hasn’t been Brady.  That’s not going to continue either

LET’S START WITH THE SOX.

What we all thought was a rebuilding year has turned into a season in which their longest losing streak is 3 games.  How about that sport’s fans. 

As I write this they have the best record in baseball. 

PITCHING

Lester is pitching like an ace.  Bucholtz has a microscopic ERA & pitching almost as well as he did before he tweaked his shoulder.  Uehara just gave up his first base runner (and run) since Ortiz was a teenager (slight exaggeration, but you get the point).  Peavy has been steady.  They finally scored some runs for Lackey in what was his poorest performance of the season. The world is good & the Sox are ready to kick butt in the playoffs with this staff.  How’s that for optimism?

HITTING

It’s hard to believe, but this team won 9 straight games against lefties before a loss the other night.  We were all questioning their right handed power while this was happening.  Guess it hasn’t been a problem, huh?  They lead the league in runs scored & run differential despite being shut out 10 times…how can that be?  Top to bottom there is no automatic out.  Ellsbury should be back shortly.  With him leading off, Victorino batting 2nd, Pedroia 3rd & Ortiz clean-up they match up against just about anybody. Bring on your aces, anybody.

Alright, a little hyperbole there.  I know I sound a little cocky, but I’m excited about this team. And, as I said in an earlier post…I LIKE this team!  I know I have to keep it in check some…at my age the heart may give out before the real games begin.

HOW ABOUT THOSE PATS

Despite scoring less total points in the 1st two games than they used to in a half, they are 2-0 and about to play an offensively challenged Tampa Bay team that leads the league in penalties Sunday in Foxboro.  Brady has been inconsistent.  The WRs have dropped more than they caught. The TE’s are dead last in receptions & lead the NFL TEs in drop percentage! The OL has been, at best, mediocre. Ridley didn’t play after critical fumbles in game 1 (I know he was just charged with 1, but was called down on another) and came close to another in game 2 on a bobbled pitch from Brady.

SMILE.   All this & they are still 2-0!

Things are about to get better. Gronkowski will be back shortly (possibly this Sunday).  Amendola doesn’t need surgery and is back practicing.  Thompkins, despite looking like a rookie (oh, he is!) is on pace to have more receptions and yardage than Lloyd had last year (bet you didn’t know that).  Sudfeld is healthy again and should help out the TE pass catching numbers (as long as he doesn’t have to block too much).

The defense has been pretty good, even if it was against two rookie QBs.  They had four sacks in game two along with a ton of pressures against the J-E-T-S.  They also forced four turnovers while having none of their own.

HOCKEY  ANYONE?

The Bruins are just around the corner and look stronger than last year, when they played in the finals for the Stanley Cup.  Despite losing Horton, which hurt, and Seguin , which did not hurt, they have stronger, more reliable line-combinations and the defense, which was good, will still be solid.  And, have you seen what the PP did the other night?  This team should go deep in the play offs again barring any major injuries.  The Spoked Wheel is ready to roll.

AND THEN THERE’S BASKETBALL

Well, you can’t have everything.  This years Celtics are playing for a high draft choice.  The last time I remember they did that they lost out on Tim Duncan and continued to be bad for years.  Nuff said!

So, to wrap it up…BRING ON OCTOBER!  Boston’s fans are ready.

Until next time, hope you enjoyed this blogAs always, I welcome your comments. If you have a twitter account you can follow me at #SnowdonBob.

THE BEST TIME OF YEAR IN SPORTS

Fall is by far the best season for sports fans!

Let’s see, you have:

  • Baseball races & Playoffs
  • NFL
  • NHL teams start practice
  • College Football
  • NBA starts

RED SOX

Could anyone ask any more from this years team?  At first we thought it was a “rebuilding year.” As the year moved on we began to think “maybe….” Then it was “If they can just get thru this series.”  Next came “Who’s the ace of this staff?” And FINALLY it became “Damn, this team is for real.” Let’s just enjoy them.

After the last few years, it was easy to stop liking the Sox.  You still followed them out of loyalty…but you didn’t really like them.  Then they got rid of lot of the “big $$$” players and signed a lot of, what you thought were, “Good Clubhouse Guys” with not as much talent.

Boy, were we wrong! These guys can really play…and root for each other…and seem to enjoy playing the game.  And guess what?  They are also pretty good on the field.  No Superstars, just a bunch of good players having fun together.  What a concept.

Yeah, they have Petey and Ortiz who have had their usual good years, but players we were questioning also started having fun too.  Lester….Lackey….Ellsbury…and the beat goes on.

Players don’t have to like each other to perform, but it is sure more fun to watch them when they seem to.  Uehara, Gomez, Victorino, Peavy, Carp & the rest have made a huge difference in the “likeability” of this year’s team.  Than there’s Nava & Salty having career years. Middlebrooks not pouting when he is sent down & returning with a purpose.

Hey, “I like them again!”

You can’t say enough about what Uehara has done. Not only does he make the save, but he makes it look easy. Who was the last Sox closer you could say that about?

They may not win the World Series this year (however, they could), but I’m now enjoying them as a team…and it’s fun.  How about you?

PATRIOTS

Are you ready?  Like the Sox, this year’s team is a lot different than what we’ve come to expect..

  • 14 rookies!
  • 7 Undrafted Free Agents
  • A whole new cast of receivers
  • No Wes Welker
  • No Aaron Hernandez

Despite that, they have some of the “Old Timers” still playing great.  Wilfork…oh yeah, and a guy named Brady.

Gronkowski looks like he’s close to coming back & that’s good.

Their depth on the defensive line, safety & corner back is real thin & that’s bad.

The rookies WR’s look to be gaining Brady’s trust quickly & that’s good.

The rookies are rookies, & rookies usually are inconsistent.  That’s bad.

There’s Tom Brady & that’s always good.

There’s a possible suspension coming for Alfonso Dennard & that’s bad

With all that said, this should be another interesting year for Pat’s fans.  Some real highs, but also some real question marks.  Bring it on…I’m ready!

Well, that’s it for this blog. Hope you enjoyed it.  I’ll welcome all comments, both good and bad (but I’ll like the good more!).

Bob