Monday, December 31, 2007
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Sunday, December 23, 2007
He ran for and won a seat on the Boston City Council 16 times - while I ran and lost twice. Councillor O'Neil took me under his wing during my campaign for Council in 1979. I was 25 then and learned a great deal about the behind the sense of government. The lessons I learned from Dapper during that campaign are forever etched in my memory. Over the years we developed a tremendous friendship.
Dapper was a man's - man! He always stood by me in my efforts to promote quality amateur baseball thru the Mill Stream and Yawkey Leagues.
Councillor O'Neil's final years out the public eye may have caused many to forget about him. He will be buried as a WWII Hero with full Military Honors on Christmas Eve. Dapper has been missed in City Hall. I will miss his calls and conveyance of advice and good wishes.
Good bye my good friend! Your historic service to the people of Boston will long be remembered!
Friday, December 21, 2007
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Monday, December 17, 2007
By Karen Guregian: Monday, December 17, 2007
Boston Herald General Sports Reporter and Columnist
FOXBORO - The expectation was for a slaughter, the kind in which you’re begging the referee to stop the fight. In that sense, the game between the Patriots [team stats] and Jets, the alleged instigators of Camera-gate, was a colossal dud. The grudge match did not even remotely live up to all the hype.
At this stage of the Pats’ unbeaten season, however, style points don’t matter. Nor does the degree of revenge.
The most important issue to come out of yesterday’s 20-10 victory over their hated rivals at rainy, wind-swept Gillette Stadium was this: The Pats are just two wins away from completing a perfect regular season. They became just the second team in the NFL’s 88-year history to start the season with 14 wins, joining the 1972 Miami Dolphins [team stats].
Standing in the way of the Pats’ chase of immortality are the no-longer-winless Dolphinsand the New York Giants.
“It feels good to get 14 consecutive like that. It feels good. We’ve had a good year,” linebacker Tedy Bruschi [stats] said following the win. “I’ll feel good about it tonight and move on, because there’s two big regular-season games left that we want to perform well in. Miami is going to come in here. They’re in our division. Let’s play them hard, and see what happens.”
The Patriots also sewed up the top seed in the AFC and home field for the playoffs, not that the issue ever really has been in doubt.
Judging by the size of the grin on Bill Belichick’s face following the win, he seemed pleased enough by his team’s effort. No blowout was needed to settle any old scores or soothe any old wounds. Given the weather conditions, he probably was thrilled for any kind of win against his former protege.
“Coach Belichick emphasized all week being mentally and physically ready to go out there and play 60 minutes of football,” receiver Randy Moss said. “I don’t know what personal vendetta he had against (Jets coach Eric) Mangini, but he didn’t express it all week. Anything he had was definitely kept inside. As far as preparing his team to go out there and play 60 minutes with the weather conditions, that’s one thing that we’ve done this week, knowing what we had to do to get the win.”
In a rare game in which quarterback Tom Brady [stats] (14-for-27 for 140 yards, interception) did not throw a touchdown pass and Moss (five catches for 79 yards) did not score, this was an instance when running back Laurence Maroney [stats] finally was used as something more than a prop (26 carries, 104 yards, touchdown).
“That’s what we’re going to need the rest of the season,” Brady said of Maroney’s output. “Hopefully Laurence gained some confidence. He just hasn’t had quite the opportunity he would like, but I know he was excited today.”
The special teams also contributed, as Stephen Gostkowski kicked a pair of field goals and Kelley Washington made a huge play, blocking a punt to set up Maroney’s second-quarter touchdown. That countered the touchdown the Jets scored on a blocked punt return by David Bowens earlier in the game.
The defense, meanwhile, really rose to the challenge while Mangini was playing musical chairs with his quarterbacks.
Kellen Clemens started but was injured during the first series. Then Mangini opted for a rotation with Brad Smith, who ran the option, and Chad Pennington [stats].
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The Pats have Brady and Company tuned up to thrump the Jets. Much a do about nothing - this is just another notch on the cannon enroute of an undefeated season for the Patriots. Look for snow, sleet and freezing rain and win # 16 for the Patriots on Sunday!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
BALTIMORE (AP) The New England Patriots are still perfect, but looking mighty vulnerable.
New England pulled off its greatest escape thus far to become the sixth team in NFL history to start a season with 12 victories. For the second straight week, it was a struggle against a losing team, but the incredibly resourceful Patriots got Tom Brady's 8-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney with 44 seconds left to beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 Monday night.
The winning drive in the final minutes covered 73 yards and required two fourth-down conversions, one on a defensive holding penalty 6 seconds before Gaffney beat Dawan Landry in the left corner of the end zone.
Driven to distraction by a Baltimore defense at times reminiscent of the 2000 unit that led the Ravens (4-8) to a Super Bowl victory, Brady came through late - as he always seems to
Eight days after edging Philadelphia 31-28, the Patriots barely kept alive their pursuit of the only unblemished record in NFL history, Miami's 17-0 in 1972.
With Pittsburgh (9-3) up next, the Patriots must recapture some of their record-setting ways from earlier in the season to keep their flawless record intact.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Report: Ellsbury Offered for Santana
Seeking to land left-hander, Red Sox up ante to Twins
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
Red Sox Headlines
• Report: Ellsbury offered for Santana
• Timlin, Gagne offered arbitration
• Sox exploring all options at Meetings
• Red Sox mull arbitration on six free agents
• Reports: Red Sox gain in Santana race
• More Red Sox Headlines
• Report: Ellsbury offered for Santana
• Astros sign Matsui to three-year contract
• Padres closing in on Peavy extension
• Cubs to aggressively search for right fielder
• Phillies offer Rowand arbitration
• More MLB Headlines
BOSTON -- The battle for Twins ace left-hander Johan Santana is gaining more intrigue by the day. The latest wrinkle is that the Red Sox might now be willing to include top center-field prospect Jacoby Ellsbury in their offer to Minnesota as a response to the Yankees recently putting stud pitching prospect Phil Hughes in their package.
ESPN.com -- citing sources -- reported Sunday that Boston had backed off its refusal to include Ellsbury. But if Ellsbury is to be in the deal, the Red Sox will pull back left-handed starter Jon Lester.
With the Winter Meetings set to begin in Nashville, Tenn., on Monday, the Santana sweepstakes figure to take center stage.
The Twins will have to weigh which offer entices them more: Hughes, center fielder Melky Cabrera and an additional prospect from the Yankees or Boston's offer, which could include Ellsbury, Minor League shortstop Jed Lowrie and a pitching prospect such as Justin Masterson or Michael Bowden.
There are other teams who are also in the mix, including the Angels, Dodgers and Mets, although at this point, the Red Sox and the Yankees -- rivals always -- seem to be the most heavily involved. The Yankees told Newsday that they have set a Monday deadline to complete any deal.
The Yankees and Red Sox -- who traditionally have the two highest payrolls in the Major Leagues -- would also seem to be in the best position to sign Santana to a contract extension if a trade can be worked out.
Santana, who will be 29 next season, has a no-trade clause and is all but certain to seek a contract extension before agreeing to be moved.
Several reports have stated that Santana could seek as much as $150 million over six years.
Ellsbury rose to prominence for the Red Sox down the stretch in 2007, filling in for the injured Manny Ramirez and hitting .361 in September. Beginning with Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, Ellsbury supplanted Coco Crisp in center field and the Red Sox didn't lose another game. Ellsbury stepped up in the World Series, going 7-for-16.
The Red Sox were trying to trade Crisp instead of Ellsbury, but the Twins repeatedly rebuffed those attempts.
At the end of the day, the Twins could always mull over all the offers and decide they are better off keeping Santana.