So far this season the Revolution are struggling to get out of the middle of the pack in the 2017 soccer season. The 6=9 Revolution have found themselves pretty well locked in to tenth place in the MLS Eastern Conference. Certainly it isin’t due to lack of effort the Revolution just can’t seem to gain any ground. This past Saturday for example the Revolution had one of their most exciting wins of the season . The Revolution defeated the LA Galaxy 4-3. The Revolution got great performances from reserve forward TealBunbury 2 goals. Also contributing to the mix were forward Kei Kamara 1 goal and forward Diego Fagundez 3 assists. For Bunbury it was his best game in the past twenty games in which he hasn’t scored a point. The Revolution head to Philadelphia this weekend for a match with the ninth place Union. Hopefully this past weekends win will be a springboard for more wins to come. The Revolution find themselves tied with the Union with 20 points and in front of DC United with 18 points. The Head coach Jay Heaps has been working short handed for some time but got a hige lift from Bunbury off the bench. The Revolution have fourteen games left and if they want to make any kind of move now is the right time. From now until the rest of the season the Revolution need every point they can get. After Philadelphia this weekend the Revolution have games against Chicago and Vancouver. In order for the Revolution to make any advancement they have to play ninety minutes of soccer every game. So far this season the Revolution have gotten consistent performances from Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo and forward Kei Kamara. Ngyuen continues to be one of the best players in the league with 8 goals and 7 assists in 20 games. Goal keeper Cody Cropper continues solid in goal game after game. Soccer like any other sport has it’s share of injuries. If the short handed Revolution want to make any significant gain then th ey need to dig down deep and find ways to win.
It’s a scary thought that the 2016/17 Super Bowl champions got better in the off season. But the truth of the matter is they did. The Patriots pulled far ahead of the AFC pack this past off season. The only teams that were more active than the Patriots were the Browns, Raiders,Colts and Titans. Patriot nation is talking about a 19-0 season but it is what it is just talk. When the clock struck twelve this past March 1st the Patriots went right to work stockpiling in quest of super bowl number six. The Pat’s started out by signing Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore to seven years the biggest free agent signing in Patriot history. Then it was a trade with the Saints that bought 23 year old receiver Brandon Cooks to New England. On a normal season Pat’s fans hope that veterans Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola can stay healthy. But hopefully not this year Cooks joins Amendola, Edelman, Chris Hogan and Andrew Hawkins In the tight end department the Pat’s got another shot in the by signing Colts tight end Dwayne Allen and Chiefs tight end James O’Shaughnessy . If Gronkowski goes down the Pats are well stocked. On the defensive side of the ball the Pats reached at one year deal with holdout Malcom Butler. The long rumored deal had Butler going to New Orleans for it’s 11th pick in the first round but the deal never happened. Butler and Gilmore will be the toughest backfield to throw on. If the Pats stay fairly healthy they could make their second trip to the Super Bowl in two years. Make no mistake about the schedule is not as easy as people think. Any game at Pittsburgh is tough as is the Falcons and Raiders. A trip to Miami later on in the season is no easy task. Don’t forget the 10-6 Dolphins were one of the most improved teams in the AFC last year. If all goes according to plan look for the Patriots and Raiders to meet in the AFC Championship game in January. I look for the Raiders to win the AFC west in 2017.
With the 2017 NHL free agency season moving right along the Boston Bruins have one main priority to take care of. That priority is to sign rising star David Pastrnak to a long term deal. Currently Pastrnak is under team control for three years. Pastrnak the Bruins number one draft pick in2014 had a breakout season netting 34 goals and 36 assist and is rapidly becoming one of the dominant players in the NHL. Negotiations are moving a long slowly but hopefully in the right direction.Pastrnak is currently earning $ 2,275,000 dollars with a yearly salary of $ 925,000. One option the Bruins could take would be a bridge contract. With a bridge contract this would give the Bruins some flexibility especially with it’s young group of players coming up. Keep in mind however this is a common problem in the NHL. Two players in similar situations are Capitals forward TJ Oshie and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. Oshie recently signed a long term deal with the Capitals earlier this summer. Oshie’s deal is a $ 46,000,000 with a $20,000,000 signing bonus. In two years Oshie has been one of the most productive players in the league.Last season he scored 33 goals and 33 assist and the year before 26 goals and 25 assists. Kucherov on the other hand has put together two solid back to back seasons. In 2017 he scored 40goals and 45 assists for a total of 85 points. The year before 2014/15 he netted 30 goals and 36 assists. If you look at Pastrnaks numbers he’s right in the middle of both players. When it’s all said and done look for the Bruins to offer Pastrnak a long term deal worth $14,000,000 or $15,000,000 per season with a handsome signing bonus. Overall this summer the Bruins have been realitively quiet One small move was signing Winnipeg’s Paul Postma. Postma a seven year veteran had 1 goal and 13 assists in 65 games last year for the Jets. Also the Bruins inked winger Noel Accari to a two year contract. The Bruins had a solid campaign in 2017. The team ranked eighth in the NHL in defense. If they want to go deeper inthe playoffs goalie Tukka Rask needs to be protected. The B’s have two young defeseman on the rise Brandon Carlo and 2016 number one pick Charlie McAvoy. If the Bruins are to go forward signing Pastrnak would be a positive step and send the right message to the team.
The Boston Celtics have officially signed Jazz free agent Gordon Hayward to a four year 128 million dollar deal that was announced on Tuesday. After a seven year career inUtah Hayward will now wear Celtic green for atleast four years. But does this signing mean that the Celtics are a shoein to win the Eastern conference next year? Celtic green teamers are all cheering but the wise basketball fan thinks differently. The answer is absoloutey not. The NBA rumor mill has LeBron James leaving Cleveland next year. But this is just what it is just a rumor. To begin with LeBron has an excellent working relationship with the Cavs GM. Point number two is the talk has James going to LA. The Lakers are in a rebuilding stage which will take atleast three or four years to rebuild. And the Clippers are a team that is getting older with nothing to show for it. The sensible thing is to stay in Cleveland where he has won. If LeBron does leave after next year Cleveland is still a team to take seriously. If James doesn’t beat you single handidly then Kyrie Irving will. Irving don’t forget gave the Celtics a pretty good beating after getting hurt in game six of the playoffs. No matter what happens the Cavs are well stocked with players such as Tristan Thompson, Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams and Iman Shumpert. The Cavs are a well balanced talented team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make no mistake abot it Gordon Hayward will give the Celtics much more depth and flexiblity for head coach Brad Stevens to work with. Hayard has 47 % field goal shooting percentage and a 39.8 3 point shooting percentage. This will definitely help the weak shooting Celtics who basically counted on Isaiah Thomas to much during the season and playoffs. No matter what happens between now til the start of training camp it will take alot more than Gordon Hayward to get by the Cav’s and Golden State. But the addition of Hayward to go along with Al Horford, Isaiah Thomas, and any other future moves will only help to get to championship number 18.
With the 2017 NBA free agency period officially underway one NBA rumor has already been put to bed. Friday evening the Pacers dealt long time fvorite Paul George to Oklahoma for two players and draft picks. If you ask me who got the better of the deal Iwould have to say Indiana. Indiana now in a rebuilding stage has officially moved on fom Paul George. The Thunder on the other hand is getting one of the best players in the league. However their is one catch the Thunder have him for only one year. Currently George is recieving 19.3 million and if he chooses to agree to an extension it’s going to require some big bucks in order to make him happy. This is where the deal is beneficial for the Celtics point number one he’s out of the Eastern conference and point number two the Celtics hang on to their abundance of draft picks. Also the Celtics didn’t have to give up one of their younger players shooting guadcJaylen Brown and small forward Jason Tatum. One of the consistent that Celtic fans have been hearing for atleast ayear almost is Utah forwardGordon Hayward. Hayward has spent his entire career in Utah but has rwealized it’s time to move on from the Jazz and hook on with a winning organization such as Boston. Hayward has a long relatshionship with Celtic head coach Brad Stevens. Stevens was his coach at Butler. If you do the math tallying up Paul Georges 19million,Gordon Haywards 16 million and Celtic point guard Isaiah Thomas’s new contract they couldn’t signall three. Thomas is due for a new contractthis year. He’s seeking a four year max contract. But with hip issues and his defense some people think he may not get it. Thomas is one of the best guards in the Eastern Conference in2016/17. Two players that would look good in Celtic green would be Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari and Clipper guard JJ Redick . Redick is one of the best shooters in the NBA with a 445 field goal average and 42% 3 point shooting avearage and earning just 8 million in LA. Gallinari on the other hand is just 29 years old and plays shooting guard,small forward and poer forward. Currently he’s earning 14 million and would fit in nicely in Brad Steven’s rotating system. No matter what direction the Cetics go in their only getting better and closer to championship number 18. .
The New England Revolution head to Philadelphia for a game against the Union. The Rev’s are coming off a tough 2-0 loss in Toronto. The Rev’s are holding on to an eigth place in theMLS East with a 5=7 record and 20 points. Despite the tough loss in Toronto the Rev’s remain upbeatThe Red Bulls ofNew York are in seventh with 23 points while the Union are in ninth with 19 points. Despite the up and down season so far the Revolution continue to get heroic effots from goalkeeper Cody Cropper. Cropper one of the leagues has played in 16 games while piling up 1440 minutes. Other honorable mentions are forward Juan Agudelo. Agudelo leads the Rev’s with 7 goal and 2 assist. Also midfielder Diego Fagundez has 4 goals and 4 assist. And one of the leagues best midfieldrs Lee Nguyen with 6goals and 8 assist. For the Revolution every game becomes critical. They have two very important games coming up. One away in Philadelphia and one at home against the Red Bulls of New York. If worst comes to worst the need to win at home on July 2nd.
With the 2017 major league All Star game nearly three weeks away theBoston Red Sox find themslves in second place in the AL East 1.5 games behind the Yankees. With a respectable 40-32 record most fans would be more than happy with that record. But being the Red Sox their are several distractions facing the club this summer. One major distraction is how manager John Farrell handles his players. One particular example has been David Price. Price who missed all of spring training with an injury has returned but has nothing great to show for it. Price is in his second year of a 217,000 million dollar salary. Price won 17 games a year ago but isin’t even close to where he should be this year. Price rently got into a shouting match with a Boston writer. Farrell as usual walked away and didn’t take any resposibilityfor it. The whole incident was unprofessional on both Farrell and Price. The second prolem is Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval went on the 10 day DL with an inner ear infection. Not to mention he’s not even half way through his 95 million dollar contract. This is his second stint on the DL this year. Another blunder by Farrell he sat Sandoval down due to the speed in KC and started Josh Rutledge all three games. Poor judgement on Farrells part The third issue has been DH Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez is dictating to Farrell and the Red Sox he just wants to be a DH. Ramirez who had great numbers last 30-111 and a 286 BA once again Farrell lets his players control him. Not to mention Ramirez makes 22,000,000 million per season. The last point is how Farrell handles his pitching. Close Craig Kimbrell is having an All Star season. Farrell has him coming in the eight inning facing four batters instead of three. Also he’s been pulling out his tarters to early in one instance it cost the Sox a win in KC. Obviously Farrell is overmanaging and is afraid of his job. Where ever the Sox finish this yea these foolish decisions he makes may or may not cost him his job.
With the Golden State Warriors the 2017 NBA champion and the NBA draft a week away here is a capsule of the top twenty NBA greats of all time Number one Michael Jordan. Simply the games best. He resurrected a floundering franchise and turned them into one of the greatest sports teams of all time. Six world titles with only one teammate to work with. That was Scottie Pippen. No dream team here. Just devotion and hustle. Didn’t make half the money Lebron makes. Number Two Majic Johnson. Another loyal Laker. His career 10,000 assist makes him the alltime gretest passer along with rival Larry Bird. If he didn’t contract the HIV virus he would of played longer. Number Three Larry Bird. The kid from French Lick Indiana is one of the all time greatest shooters. Led the Celtics to three world titles in the eighties not including afourth trip that was a loss to the Lakers. Also one of the great assist leaders of all time. His 5,000 career assist is half of Majics total. Number Four Bill Russell. Drafted out of the University of San Fransisco he one the gratest centers ever. Only Abdul Jabbar comes close to him. He was the main force of the Celtics dominance in the sixties. Number Five LeBron James. Probably the greatest two way player to play the game. People don’t realize he plays all five positions. Does it all every night 27 points per game 7.3 reboundsper game and 8 assist per game. Three world tiles under his belt at 32 years old. Atleast one more on the way. Number Six Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Nest to Russell the second best center in NBA history. A great 14 year career with the Bucks and Lakers.Averaged 28 points per game andeight rebounds. One of the best hook shots ever. Number Seven Kobe Bryant. One of the gratest Laker players ever Probaly the best shooter in NBA history. A great two way player. The main reason the Lakers beat the Celtics in 09. Number eight Bob Cousy The great Holy Cross product played in 924 games in his 14 year career. Teamed up with Bill Russell to make the Celtics a powerhouse in the sixties. A great free throw shooter80% and averaged 20 points per game not to mention a great passer. Number nine Jerry West The 13 year Laker was nicknamed Mr Clutch. Played in932 career games all with the Lakers.Averaged 22 points per game excellent passer7 assist per game and good rebounder averaging 5 per game. Number Ten Oscar Robertson. Nicknamed the big O He played 10 seasons with the Bucks averaging 25 points per game. A great passer 10 assist per game. Clutch shooter. Also one of the best defensive players ever. Eleven Elgin Baylor A brilliant 13 year career all with the Lakers. Rookie of the Year in1958.An eleven time all star. Finished up with 23,000 career points and over 3000 assist. decent rebounder 7.5 per game. Number twelve John Havlicek The former Celtic nicknamed Hondo for his nightly hustled. Drafted out of Ohio State he’ll go down as one of the greatest Celtic shooters ever. A career 1270 games 18 points per game. Great free throw shooter 80%. Also solid defensively. Number thirteen Dave DeBuusschere. The former Knick great played 14 seasons in the NBA. One of the reasons the Knicks were one of the best teams in the seventies. Finished up with 14,000 total points. A great rebounder and defender. Number fourteen George Gervin One of the greatest Spurs ever. Played thirteen season twelve with San Antonio and one with Chicago. Played in over 10,000 career games averaging 22 points per game. Great free throw shooter at 84% Number fifteen Dave Bing. Bing was one of the toughest players to play the game in the seventies. Had a great 12 year career. Nine with Detroint and a year with Boston and Washington. Played in 901 career games averaging 18 points per game and an excellent free throw shooter 77% Number Sixteen Tim Duncan Another great Spur. A draft loterry pick by San Antonincan was probably one of the great modern day players Played in 1392 career games.Averaged 25 points per game 10 rebounds and had an 69% free throw percentage. He was the complete player. Number seventeen Dominque Wilkins Who can forget about Nique.Will go down as one of the greatest Hawks of all time Played in 1079 games. averaging 21 points pergame great free throw shooter 80% and snagged 6 boards a game. Number eighteen Paul Pierce Pierce will go down as one of the Celtic greats. The main reason the Celts won the championship in 08. Probably will retire as a Celtic after being dealt to the Nets for a buch of draft picks. Also spent time with the Clippers and Washington. Number nineteen Pete Maravich. Nicknamed PistolPete he will be remembered from his deep shooting success. Would of been one of the best three point shooters if he played in this era. Played his whole career in Atlanta with one season in Boston. Number twenty Scottie Pippen. Don’t forget about this guy. Teamed up with Michael Jordan to make the Bulls one of the greatest teams ever. Well their you have my selections. Maybe after this years draft their will be another one added to the list.
With the NBA draft a few days away the Boston Celtics have the number one pick. With GM Danny Ainge at the helm their’s no telling what can happen. The common name everyone expects is Wasington Husky sharpshooter Markelle Fultz. Personally I like Kansas small forward Josh Jackson. No matter how you look at either one will help and make your team better.Fultz has a field goal percentage of 64% and a three point percentage of 41%. This is an area that the Celtics desperately need help in,especially in the playoffs. The Celtics current group of Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas is as good as it gets. Thomas is the bestpoint guard in the East. Rozier isin’t bad either. Marcus Smart however is one of the best shut down guards in the league but terrible offensively. So if the Celtics take Fultz he would be a nice shot in the arm. Thomas is a liability on defense and Fultz has a good reputation. This leads us to plan B.Kansas Jayhwk small forward Josh Jackson. Jackson has the perfect build for a wingman. He stands6’8” 207 lbs. Tough mentally and a great defensive reputation. Much better defensively than Fultz. With that being said the better choice for the Celtics is Jackson. Jackson led the Jayhawks to a 31-5 season record only to lose the Ducks of Oregon. Jackson shoots 37% from 3 point land and has a field goal percentage of 54% He also averages 7.5 rebounds per game. If the Celtics don’t take Fultz then Jackson is the perfect alternative. The Celtics never replaced hall of famer Paul Pierce since he left. Jackson has all the makings to be an elite NBA player.