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Schilling leaves his blog for a moment

03.25.09 at 10:44 am ET
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Curt Schilling has let his words do his talking … until now!

(Hat tip to Boston Sports Media Watch)

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A Schilling Retrospective

03.24.09 at 1:45 pm ET
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Compiled by Drew Scott

When Curt Schilling first arrived to play for the Sox, he was featured in a Dunkin’ Donuts where he put on a fake Boston accent, saying, ‘€œPlay wicked hahd when I go to the pahk.’€ It is funny to think that ad could truly describe Curt Schilling’€™s career, but his relentless work ethic and preparation were two things that set him apart from the rest.

Here is Buster Olney discussing Schilling’€™s legacy:

And here are Peter Gammons thoughts:

With both men in agreement Curt deserves a spot in Cooperstown let’€™s take a look at Schilling’€™s career resume: 20 MLB Seasons with 5 teams (BAL, HOU, PHI, ARI, BOS); 216 career wins (80th all time); career ERA of 3.46; 3,116 K’€™s (15th all time); six-time all star selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004); three-time World Series Champion (2001, 2004, 2007); 2001 World Series MVP, and a postseason record of 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA.

What the baseball writers are saying:

Alex Speier on WEEI.com reminds us of the trade that brought Schill here.

If you need your fill of Schilling stats’ check out Gary Marbry’€™s post on the Nuggetpalooza blog on WEEI.com.

When Tom Verducci was asked whether or not Curt was the best postseason pitcher of all time, he had this to say: ‘€œYou know, it’s hard to define the absolute best. Christy Mathewson was pretty darn good. But I would just go by his generation. I would pick him and John Smoltz as the best big-game pitchers of this generation.’€ Check out the rest of the article here.

In regards to Schilling’€™s Hall of Fame candidacy, Rob Neyer from ESPN writes, ‘€œI’m fairly sure there’s a rational argument to be made against Schilling. But I’m still waiting to see it.’€ To read the rest of his thoughts click here.

Here’s what the Canadians think about Schilling’€™s retirement. Here is what the gaming blog Kotaku had to say about Schilling calling it quits.

And this kid thinks that Curt should get in, and he is also very concerned about him having a good life after baseball:

Oh, and you didn’€™t think I could possibly resist posting something on the bloody sock, did you?

Regardless of whether or not Schilling makes it into the Hall he was a joy to watch and was an integral part of two Red Sox World Series Championships. He may have been outspoken and opinionated, but when he took the ball every fifth day you knew that you were going to get one of the most prepared pitchers in the game. Oh and if you happened to be facing him in the postseason as an opposing player, you might as well have just not shown up at the ballpark. Thanks for 20 great seasons, Curt.

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The Eagles Will Advance

03.17.09 at 1:44 pm ET
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Before the season began, Boston College was picked to finish second to last in the ACC. Even the most confident BC fans were skeptical that the Eagles would be able to compete with the conference powerhouse teams like UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest. As the regular season drew to a close, with the Eagles losing a tightly contested one-point game to the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament, most of those early season questions seemed to be answered.

Not only were the Eagles able to compete with the upper echelon teams in the ACC, but they went to Chapel Hill and stunned then No. 1 North Carolina in their first conference game. Then, on Feb. 15, they defeated the Blue Devils at Conte Forum 80-74. Even with those quality wins, this has been an Eagles’ team that at times has led fans to scratch their heads. In the early going they lost to the Billikens of St. Louis and they followed up that UNC win by losing at home by 12 to Harvard.

The one constant for the Eagles has been Tyrese Rice, who has averaged over 17 points and 5 assists per game. Joe Trapani and Rakim Sanders have shown at times that they can provide that second or third scoring option, but both will need to show more consistency if BC wants to have a shot of moving out of the first round and heading deeper into the tournament.

On Friday, BC will be facing a USC Trojans team that is picking up steam as they head into the NCAA tournament. They have won their last six in a row, with many of those wins coming against the top teams in the Pac-10. En route to winning the conference tournament they defeated California, UCLA, and Arizona St. on consecutive nights.

Freshman forward, DeMar DeRozan has been impressive of late, scoring 17 points or more in each of the last 3 conference tournament games. Junior forward, Taj Gibson has also posted impressive numbers throughout the season, averaging close to a double-double at around 14 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Now I realize that the stats are all well and good, but at the end of the day come tournament time only one question really matters: Who is moving on to the next round?

The answer is Boston College. Despite their inconsistency, the one thing that BC has shown throughout the course of this season is that they have no trouble getting up for the big games, and it doesn’€™t get any bigger than the NCAA tournament. Coach Al Skinner is 5-1 in the first round of the tournament, and Rice will easily be the best player on the court. Keep in mind that this is the same Tyrese Rice that almost single handedly beat the Tar Heels last year when he put up 46 points. Given the momentum that the Trojans built up in the Pac-10 tournament they certainly look like an attractive pick, but at the end of the day the Eagles will be the team moving on to the second round.

The Links of the Irish!

03.17.09 at 11:40 am ET
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Compiled by Drew Scott

‘€¢In honor of St. Patrick’€™s day 2009, I have compiled a list of sports related events that are somehow loosely related to this wonderful and joyous holiday.
‘€¢Matt Jones luck quickly ran out of luck days after being released from jail, when he was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
‘€¢The Notre Dame men’s basketball squad, with essentially the same team as last year, dropped from a fifth-seed in the NCAA tournament to a No. 2 seed in the NIT. The biggest problem is that the Irish haven’€™t found a way to blame Charlie Weis for their failure.
‘€¢Is Alex Rodriguez kissing the Blarney Stone? Oh, no. He’s kissing his own image.
‘€¢And as a special St. Patrick’€™s Day gift to Dan Rooney, the 76-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers owner, has been nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland by President Barack Obama.
‘€¢Now that you are all caught up in the world of sports on this St. Patrick’€™s Day, don’€™t foget to go out and celebrate.

A National crisis and another A-Rod moment

03.17.09 at 11:22 am ET
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First their TV ratings have a ZERO in front of them.

Then their general manager, not the most reputable man in the game, resigns and could be facing hard time for what amounts to skimming signing bonus money from Latin American players.

And now this. Forget who’s not watching the Washington Nationals or how long Jim Bowden could be behind bars. Thanks to our own Jessica Camerato for bringing this to our attention!

Julian Tavarez, former Red Sox reliever and Manny Ramirez’s best friend insults 600-pound women and J-Lo all in one fell swoop.

Tavarez explained why he signed with the Washington Nationals. Gotta read this to believe it.

Guess you could say some of Manny did rub off on Julian.

From the sublime to the truly ridiculous, what exactly was it that Alex Rodriguez was thinking when he allowed the pictures in this story in the upcoming edition of Details magazine to be taken? And he’s worried about a Madonna song being played.

Dude! Seriously.

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Jay Cutler Needs To Grow Up

03.16.09 at 10:51 am ET
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Memo to Jay Cutler: You’re 25 years old.  It’s time to grow up!

The National Football League is a business.  This is not news to anyone.  NFL coaches, general managers, and owners are constantly looking to improve their teams, and will do whatever necessary to accomplish that goal.  Sometimes feelings get hurt.  It’s the nature of the beast.  Players need to be man enough to accept that.

The Jay Cutler “saga” in Denver seems to get more interesting by the day.  First, new head coach Josh McDaniels tried to trade for Matt Cassel.  Then Cassel was traded to the Chiefs.  Then McDaniels lied to Cutler about trying to trade for Cassel.  Then Cutler said he wanted to be traded.  Then Cutler didn’t want to be traded.  And now, Cutler once again wants to be traded.  Ridiculous.

This is all because of some hurt feelings.  Guess what, Jay?  You’re not good enough to be angry.  Sure, you have the talent to be a good quarterback in the NFL.  But so far, you’re 17-20 as the Broncos starting quarterback, and you’re known to be a cry baby and a spoiled brat.  Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, if those guys want to rip their organization, that’s fine.  They’ve earned it.  But Cutler?  Going by the numbers, he’s merely average.  And by the way, apropos of nothing, there’s no way he has a stronger arm than John Elway, as he has eluded to.

Cutler and McDaniels met yesterday to clear the air.  It didn’t go so well.  Like two high school girls that just got into a fight, now we are dealing with some he-said, she-said dialog about what did and did not happen in the meeting.  One thing is clear: Cutler wants out.  Says he can’t trust McDaniels.  Hey Jay, you’re an employee.  I don’t care if you don’t trust him.  You get paid millions of dollars.  Suck it up!

If I’m McDaniels, I let him go.  Cutler has yet to prove that his high maintenance attitude is worth dealing with.  Cut your losses and go get someone else, someone whose feelings won’t be hurt at the drop of a hat.  For a local example, take Red Sox 3rd basemen Mike Lowell.  Lowell, far more established in his profession than Cutler, voiced his displeasure in being on the trading block this winter when Boston pursued Mark Teixeira.  Lowell was asked how he felt, answered that he was a bit hurt and insulted, and then went about his business saying he wouldn’t let it affect him.  Cutler has done the exact opposite.

If Jay Cutler is a member of the Denver Broncos in the 2009 season, it’s a recipe for disaster.  He’s a sourpuss who acts like he’s 17 years old and he’ll bring down the team.  McDaniels’ initial instinct was cleary correct.  It’s time to get rid of Jay Cutler.

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Time to embrace the madness

03.16.09 at 9:26 am ET
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March Madness is here, and we’ve got every link you need. Get your brackets ready. Me? Instead of filling out a bracket pool, I’m just going to go ahead and flush $10 down the toilet — it accomplishes the same thing, and saves me plenty of heartache.

The Associated Press has an impressive breakdown as to how they see things shaking out, game-by-game. A total gambling angle (Gambling? I’m shocked!) can be found here. Apparently, Vegas loves the Tar Heels. And our college hoops guy Jeff Goodman has a complete look at this year’s tournament in today’s WEEI.com column.

When it comes to the locals, USC is prepping to meet BC in first-round action. The Los Angeles Times has the report on the Trojans readying for Boston College. The LA Times also has a breakdown of the contest, complete with a detailed look at USC. (Sorry — doesn’t appear to be much bulletin-board material coming from the Trojans.)

And finally, you want to see how you measure up to Pete and Meter? Check out the WEEI.com Bracket Challenge.

WEEI.com Unveils Complete Re-Design of Web Site

03.16.09 at 7:58 am ET
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The nation’€™s top-rated sports radio station redefines the concept of ‘€œthe sports page’€

BOSTON (March 16, 2009) ‘€“ WEEI.com today unveiled a complete re-design of the web site for the nation’€™s top-rated sports radio station. The re-design makes it significantly easier for visitors to consume the WEEI Sports Radio Network’€™s hyper-local content and access it from almost anywhere.

Click here for the full Press Release…

Mannywood for sale

03.05.09 at 11:33 am ET
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Former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has cut all ties to the Boston Red Sox and the New England area, except for one last piece of house keeping – his Boston penthouse condo.

Manny recently put his plus condominium on the market for $8.5 million this week.

Michael Doherty of City Life Real Estate, the listing broker for the 37th-floor condominium at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, tells the Boston Herald it’s the “most magnificent apartment” in Boston.

In addition to panoramic views of the city, the 4,500-square-foot condo has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and three valet parking spaces.

Ramirez paid $5.8 million for the condo in 2001, and put it on the market for $6.9 million in 2005.

(Source of this story is from the Associated Press)

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Morning Links

03.04.09 at 9:24 am ET
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Why were the New England Patriots cheerleaders hanging out with Aaron Rodgers? I don’t know either, but here are some photos from the event, a golf outing in 2007 in Wisconsin. They also ask a few good questions — is there some sort of cheerleader exchange system program in the NFL we don’t know about?

For those of you who needed to get updates on how your favorite former trash-talking point guard is doing, no need to hit up Google news anymore. Now, all you need to do is go to Gary Payton’s Twitter page. Is it the real thing? Who knows, but with entries like “Bacon is nature’s alarm clock” and goofs on Ahmad Rashad (presumably) with notes like: “Ahmad U smell like sushi,” it sure is fun. Ben Roethlisberger looks … puffy? Swollen? Whatever words we’re looking for here, they’re not good. Anyway, here are pics from Ben’s birthday party. Way to stay in shape there, CC Roethlisberger. Speaking of quarterbacks, we were too late to the party on this one, but Brett Favre’s truck sold on eBay for $35,000. I’ve been trying to bid on Favre’s dignity the last few months, but haven’t gotten any takers.

And finally, the dunk of the year in college basketball, courtesy of Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague: