Friday, October 9, 2015

NFL Week 5 Primer (With Picks): Trends Emerge

Kam Chancellor's return has put the "boom" back in Seattle's secondary, but how will they deal with a red-hot Cincinnati offense?
 By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

We've seen four weeks of football, which means we have five data points - the four games we've seen from (most) teams, plus our preseason expectations. Week Four presented a lot of compelling evidence. The three unbeaten teams we were still on the fence about - Carolina, Atlanta, and Cincinnati - all put a big whoopin' on their opponents. All three teams sport average scoring margins of +9 or better, which, through a quarter of the season, seems like we can say is not a coincidence.

At the very least, we can separate the league into "have"s and "have-not"s, with very few exceptions (for example, I still have no flippin' idea what to make of Minnesota and St. Louis). We know which teams are good and which teams are bad, the only questions that remain are with regards to degrees.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bob Lobel: So, Gambling is Okay Now? The NFL & MLB's Hypocrisy over DraftKings & FanDuel

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

There is no such thing as a good bye week. 

Not anymore, not since NFL football became an engine running the economy. This is now a week for local restraint in pulling out the wallet.

But wait, Sunday is back to the screen, as the newest crazy game to grip our nation continues to explode, at least until they all go to jail: DraftKings and FanDuel.

Your Official Milestone Preview of the 2015-16 Boston Bruins

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has several milestones in his sights this season.
By Adam Lowenstein (@StatsAdam)

After the Montreal Canadiens and New Jersey Devils fired Claude Julien in consecutive years, he made the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons with the Boston Bruins.

However, Julien could not add to his franchise-best total of 57 playoff wins in 2015, as Boston was the only Eastern Conference team with a positive goal difference not to make the postseason.

Part of the reason for the ninth-place finish was Boston's inability to win any of the contests on its three-game road trip to end the season. The TD Garden crowd helped the Bruins to a top-10 home record in 2014-15, but the road was not kind to Julien’s squad.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

La Liga Week in Review 10/7

Real Madrid Goalkeeper Keylor Navas stretches to deny Griezmann's penalty kick.
By Justin Sherman (@JShermOfficial)

Each week of the La Liga season, soccer correspondent Justin Sherman will be bringing you a review of Spain's top f├╣tbol league. Who's rising and who's falling? Find out below.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Eastern Mass HS Football Power Rankings: Week 5

Marshfield's front seven had been dominant in the early goings of the season, but did it show some vulnerability against B-R?
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

It was an odd week for high school football in the eastern portion of the Commonwealth. Unlike in Central Mass, where regional powers were returning to their former glory, a pair of EMass mainstays took tough losses, and may need to go back to the drawing board offensively.

Meanwhile, a trio of Division 3 teams are impressing, as Milton continues its hot start and both Tewksbury and North Attleborough make their debuts in our Power Rankings after big wins.

Check out our complete Top-10 below.