Author: @Matthew O'Halloran

Why Bill Belichick disciples have been failures

Bill Belichick is arguably the greatest coach of all time, and he has been since 2000. With all of the Patriots success, it makes sense for other teams to hire his assistants such as Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. This should definitely work, right? The coaches can use the Patriots system and everything will be perfect, right? Well, no, that’s not how it works. Bill Belichick disciples have been failures, and here is why. The myth of “The System” Many people think that the Patriots have been using the same system for seventeen years and it never changes. This...

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Call-ups for the Red Sox in 2019

The minor league season is over for the Red Sox, so the focus turns to next year for the prospects. There were risers and fallers in the system, but some of them could be on the major league team next year. The most likely call-ups are Michael Chavis, Travis Lakins, Durbin Feltman, and Bobby Dalbec. Michael Chavis Coming into the year, Chavis was the best prospect in the organization. An 80 game suspension for PEDs set him back, but Chavis raked when he came back. The 23-year old spent the bulk of the year in Double-A Portland and hit...

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BOSTON SPORTS EXTRA’S NFL AWARD PREDICTIONS

The NFL season is finally upon us. With this, a few of our writers gave award predictions for the upcoming season. MVP Award Scott Frizzell: Kirk Cousins I’m going with a bit of an upset with Kirk Cousins. Cousins is joining a new team this year, but he’s joining a situation where Case Keenum threw 22 touchdowns versus 7 interceptions last year. The former Redskin is better than Keenum. Cousins has always put up big numbers and now he’s joining a good team with some weapons around him. Cousins has averaged 4392 yards passing and 27 passing touchdowns over...

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BOSTON SPORTS EXTRA’S NFL DIVISION PREDICTIONS

The NFL season is finally upon us. With this, a few of our writers gave division predictions for the upcoming season. AFC East Division Scott Frizzell: New England Patriots The Patriots will win double the amount of games as anyone else in this division. The Bills made the playoffs last year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they wind up with the top pick in next year’s draft. Mike Buchanan: New England Patriots The most obvious prediction this year is that the Patriots will bring home another AFC East title. They get back key players on defense. Dont’a Hightower...

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Down on the Farm 8/25-8/31

*Down on the farm is a series in which every weekend, I will be updating you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA). Also, the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (class a short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm – Pawtucket Red Sox The Sox started off the week with an 8-5 win. Chavis and Ockimey went deep while Justin Haley got the win by allowing four runs in six innings. Pawtucket won on Sunday by a score of 8-3. Josh Ockimey hit a home run for the second straight night and Chandler Shepherd allowed no runs over six innings. They won by a score of 4-2 on Monday. Rusney Castillo knocked in a run and William Cuevas allowed two runs over seven innings. The Sox lost by a score of 9-3 on Wednesday. Mike Miller drove in two runs but Marcus Walden gave up four runs in 1.1 innings. Pawtucket won by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday. The lineup tallied eleven hits and Mike Shawaryn allowed two runs over six innings. On Thursday, they lost by a score of 5-4. The offense left 19 runners on base and Rodriguez Jr gave up the game-winning run in the...

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Players Who Can Help in September

September is rapidly approaching, which means that rosters expand from 25 to 40 players. It is unlikely that the Red Sox make a last-second deal, so who they have now is who they are going with. The Sox are dealing with injuries and they need guys to help the rest of the way. Here are some players who can add depth in the home stretch: Position Players Infielders Tony Renda and Tzu Wei Lin are infielders who can play any position in the infield if needed. Even though he has struggled at the big league level this year, Lin...

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Down on the Farm 8/18-8/24

*Down on the farm is a series in which every weekend, I will be updating you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (class a short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm- Pawtucket Red Sox On Friday, the Sox lost by a score of 3-0. The offense was stymied and Matthew Gorst allowed two runs in 2.1 innings. The offense was quiet again on...

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Looking Back at the Kyrie Irving Trade

One year ago today the Celtics and Cavaliers pulled off a blockbuster trade. Kyrie Irving requested a trade from Cleveland, and Danny Ainge pulled off another heist a few weeks later. The Celtics traded Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, a 2018 1st round draft pick (Collin Sexton was later selected) and a 2020 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. (2020 2nd-rd pick from BOS to CLE is MIA’s pick, and was added as compensation for Isaiah Thomas’s injury). Let’s take a look back at each player’s last 365 days. Kyrie Irving Kyrie Irving...

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Down on the Farm 8/4-8/10 (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

*Every weekend, I will be updating you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (class a short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm – Pawtucket Red Sox The Paw Sox started off the week with an 8-1 win over the Red Wings. William Cuevas got the win by giving up one run in 6.1 innings and Jantzen Witte drove in four runs. On Sunday,...

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Patriots Defeat Redskins In Preseason Opener

After a heartbreaking super bowl and crazy offseason, Patriots’ football is finally back with some preseason action vs the Redskins. First Half In the first defensive drive, the Patriots forced a punt. Stephon Gilmore was completed on twice, one of them being conservative in a zone and the other he was turned out on a comebacker. Patrick Chung made a tackle on a run, and he dId a great job coming down to the box on a run down. Chung was also the one to cause the punt by making a stop on third and seven. After Riley McCarron...

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Down on the Farm 7/28-8/3 (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

*Every weekend, I will update you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (class a short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm- Pawtucket Red Sox The Sox started off the week with a 6-5 win over Charlotte. Adam Lind hit his ninth home run, then Josh D Smith gave four runs in five innings. On Sunday, they lost by a score of 8-0....

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Jordan Matthews Placed On IR (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

On April 5th, Jordan Matthews signed a one year deal with the Patriots. He was expected to be a versatile wide receiver who could play on the outside and in the slot. However, he suffered a significant hamstring injury today in practice. It was first reported that the team released Matthews. Just hours later, Field Yates reported that Matthews was placed on IR. The Thin Get Thinner The Patriots wide receiving core has been thin throughout the offseason. Danny Amendola signed with the Dolphins and Brandin Cooks was shipped to Los Angeles. Also, Julian Edelman will be suspended for...

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Down On The Farm- 7/21-7/27 (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

Down on the farm is a series in which every weekend, I will be updating you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) as well as the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (class a short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, there will be a prospect of the week section at the end. Down On The Farm- Pawtucket Red Sox The Sox started off the week on Saturday with a 5-4 loss. Castillo got three hits, but Josh A Smith picked up the loss over...

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Dave Dombrowski Has Done a Great Job

On August 18th, 2015 Dave Dombrowski was announced as President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox. The Red Sox had a 52-66 record, dead last in the AL East. Ever since then, they won two straight division titles and are on pace for a record-breaking season. However, Dombrowski gets a lot of hate, and here is why he does not deserve it. The Farm System The biggest gripe with Dombrowski is that he has sold off to many assets, depleting the farm system. When he took over the Red Sox had one of the best farm systems in...

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Down On The Farm 7/14-7/20 (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

Down on the farm is a series in which every weekend, I will be providing weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A), and Lowell Spinners (Class A short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are listed and dissected. Also, a “prospect of the week” will be featured at the end. Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket went 3-4 on the week and they are now 45-51 on the season. The Red Sox started off the week with a 4-0 win on Saturday. William Cuevas threw a shutout over seven innings and Oscar Hernandez drove in three runs. They continued there momentum with a 5-3 win on Sunday. Trevor Kelley picked up the win by throwing three scoreless innings of relief and Lind and Renda knocked in two runs each. Pawtucket won again on Monday, 8-6. Robby Scott got the win in two innings of relief and Mike Olt went bridge. The Sox lost on Tuesday in eleven innings. Trevor Kelley gave up the game-winning run and Hernandez gave up two runs. They lost again on Wednesday by the score of 3-0. Drew Pomeranz gave up one run in six innings but he picked up the loss because the offense couldn’t get anything going. Pawtucket could not survive on Thursday and fell 4-3. Ty Buttery gave up two runs in...

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BOSTON SPORTS EXTRA’S MLB AWARD PREDICTIONS (MIDSEASON EDITION)

With the Major League Baseball season halfway over, our baseball writers have collaborated to make our award picks for the rest of the season. In this article we detail who will win the major awards for 2018; Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year for both leagues. This is a follow-up to our preseason predictions. AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Scott Frizzell – At the start of the season I took Mike Trout, and the only reason to change my mind now would be due to the Angels record. Trout is the best player in baseball....

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Down on the Farm 7/7-7/13 (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

Down on the farm is a series in which every weekend, I will be providing weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (Class A short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are listed and dissected. Also, a “prospect of the week” will be featured at the end. Down on the Farm- Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket went 2-2 on the week and they are now 42-47 on the season. The Paw Sox started off the week with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Josh D. Smith...

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Ways to Fix the All-Star Game Voting (@Pr1m3_Kyr1e)

The All-Star teams were just announced, and fans and players were not pleased with some of the snubs. The two most popular snubs were Rays pitcher Blake Snell and Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is likely to get in on the final ballot, but you would think that the NL leader in home runs would get in right away. There are many reasons why the All-Star voting is not good, so here are three ideas to fix it: Open the Voting Later Voting for the All-Star game begins way too early. It opens a month before the All-Star game,...

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Down on the farm- 6/30-7/6

Down on the farm is a series in which every weekend, I will be providing weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) as well as the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (class a short season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are listed and dissected. Also, a “prospect of the week” will be featured at the end. Down On The Farm- Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket went 2-4 over the week and they are now 40-45 on the season. The Sox started off the week on Saturday with a 7-6 loss against...

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The Red Sox Should Have Signed Lester, Not Price

In the winter of 2014, Jon Lester was the big name free agent to hit the market. The Cubs ended up signing him to a six-year, $155M contract. The following winter, David Price was the big name free agent. Lester’s has a $25.8M per year, with Price at $30M annually. Here’s why the Red Sox made a huge mistake. Jon Lester Lester said that he would take a discount, making it easier for the Red Sox to sign him. NESN reported that he probably would have signed a five-year extension worth $120M (24 per). In 113 starts as a...

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Down on the Farm 6/23-6/29

*Every weekend, I will update you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Salem Red Sox (High A), and Lowell Spinners (Class A Short Season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm 6/23-6/29 Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket went 2-5 on the week, and they are now 38-41 on the year. The Red Sox started off the week with a 5-3 loss against the Chiefs. Chandler Shepherd gave up four runs in 2.2 innings and...

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The parity of NFL quarterbacks

   The NFL released their top 100 players of the year list, with Brady coming in first. Aaron Rodgers came in tenth despite missing time with an injury. It got me thinking about the parity of NFL quarterbacks, and other than the big three of the past 18 years, you can play quarterback roulette to predict a season. The Big Three The Big three quarterbacks of the past 18 years are Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning. They all had some down years or years they were injured, but you can always count on them to dominate the...

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Down on the Farm- 6/16-6/22

*Every weekend, I will be updating you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), the Portland Sea Dogs (AA), the Greenville Drive (A), Salem Red Sox (High A) and Lowell Spinners (Class A Short Season). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm- 6/16-6/22 Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket went 4-3 on the week, making them an even 36-36 on the season. The Sox started off the week with an 8-1 loss against the IronPigs. The offense was quiet and William...

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Why the Red Sox Are Unlikely to Make a Big Deal

Most Red Sox fans want them to make a deal, like most fans of every team. Around the trade deadline, all teams are considered buyers or sellers. “Buyers” trade prospects for big league talent and “sellers” trade big league talent for prospects. The Red Sox are 49-24 and could win their third straight division title. This means they are buyers, and they should make a trade, right? Well, not so fast, and here’s why: The Farm System According to Bleacher Report, the Red Sox have the 27th best farm system in the big leagues. Also, their top prospect Jay Groome...

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Down on the Farm- 6/9-6/15

*Every weekend, I will be updating you on weekly results from the Pawtucket Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs (AA), Greenville Drive (A), and Salem Red Sox (High A). After every team is recapped, individual stats are posted. Also, I will have a prospect of the week section at the end. Down on the Farm- 6/9-6/15 Pawtucket Red Sox Pawtucket went 5-2 over the week and they are now 32-33 on the season. The Sox started off the week with a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Indians. The offense was quiet and starting pitcher Josh Smith gave up...

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