Friday, July 1, 2016

2016 Central Mass Lax Recruiting Database

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

The 2016 lacrosse season is now in the books here in Central Mass. We've already reviewed the season that was, named our Top-15 teams, and announced All-Stars and Award Winners, so the only thing left to do is list where all the top players are headed to play in college.

Please note that this list is (probably) incomplete. I have reached out to players and coaches to find out where as many players are going as possible. However, if I am missing you, or a player you know, simply shoot me an email at, or Tweet me @HerewegoJoe and I will get them added.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Weight of a Nation: How Argentina's Burden Grew Too Heavy for Lionel Messi

By Justin Sherman (@JShermOfficial)

He was the first to walk the requisite 51 yards to the spot for his country. Chile’s Arturo Vidal had just had his shot blocked by Sergio Romero, sending the Argentinian contingent into a frenzy.

Camera phones by the thousands were raised forward by adoring fans ready to witness history. Bulbs flashed, lighting up the stadium as bright as the New York City skyline, and almost as quickly as they vanished, the ball sailed off the pitch and into the stands. Messi tugged at his jersey like a man wanting to rid himself of his skin.

He knew what it meant, and everyone else did too.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weekly Red Sox Hitter Notes: June 28

It may be a small sample size, but catcher Sandy Leon  has been mashing for the Red Sox at the plate.
By Adam Lowenstein (@StatsAdam)

Ed. Note- Now that summer is here, we're brining back our weekly look at how each of Boston's position players are contributing offensively. Each week, our resident stat guru Adam Lowenstein will break down who's trending up, who's spiraling down, and how it will affect the Red Sox.

Losers of their previous two series, the Red Sox close out June with a three-game series against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. However, just like Clay Buchholz, Eduardo Rodriguez continued to struggle in the first inning on Monday. John Farrell tried to keep the newest Pawtucket Red Sox player in the game as long as possible, but E-Rod became the main reason for the Rays setting a new season high in hits.

RF Mookie Betts continues to lead off games well, but his on-base percentage took a dip in Monday’s blowout at the hands of the Rays. His five-game hitting streak ended in the 13-6 loss, as he went 0-for-5, including two unsuccessful at-bats with runners in scoring position. However, he is not a person to worry about, as he readies to start his first All-Star Game.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bob Lobel: Fixing What Ails the Red Sox and Celtics

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

How do you like me now, all you fans of Red Sox nation? 

I am the team you adored less than a month ago. I am the team that has all those players you love, rather than love to hate.

Oops, that was yesterday. 

This is today and sinking fast. Jerry Remy, who has become a major league analyst, spoke the truth by simply saying it’s not the hitting, or the defense, or the speed or any of that crap. Just like it's always the economy, with this Red Sox team, it's the pitching, stupid!

Friday, June 24, 2016

CMass Lax All-Stars and Award Winners 2016

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

I won't waste your time with any introductions, since I've already written a year in review, and presented my final Power Rankings of 2016.

So, without further ado, here are our All-Stars and Award Winners for the 2016 Central Mass lacrosse season. Note that under each position tier (first team, second team, third team, honorable mention) players are listed alphabetically by school, and that you can click any image to enlarge.