Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Changes Coming for SuiteSports in 2018

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Oh wait, it already is 2018, you say? Okay, so maybe this blog post is a little late, but I thought it was high time I let you, our loyal readers, in on what is happening with our little site.

First, some quick background...

When Jeremy Conlin and I started SuiteSports as a blog back in 2011, we definitely did not anticipate what the site would morph into. We added legendary Boston sportscaster Bob Lobel (that was random, but awesome), and soon SuiteSports became a clearinghouse for any stories I had that didn't make it into ESPN Boston, BostonLax, or any of the other outlets I freelanced for.

But, when ESPN Boston dropped its high schools section in the fall of 2016, we took a major leap- We decided to see if the site could be something more.

Monday, January 22, 2018

MIAA Basketball Top 25: Week 6

As deep and talented as any team in the state, Brockton keeps passing every test put in front of it. Still, the Boxers face their toughest week yet, with tests against tops programs from the Catholic Conference, Bay State League and Hockomock.   Photo by Eamon Convey.
 1. Needham (9-0; Last Week - 1) It has been a while since the Rockets have been tested wire-to-wire. That should change Friday with a trip to Newton North.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

PHOTO GALLERY: BC High Hockey tops St. John's Prep

Photos by Eamon Convey (@ConveyWEEI)

Boston College High School's boys' varsity hockey team grabbed the top spot in the Catholic Conference with a resounding 4-1 victory over rival St. John's Prep.

Our Eamon Convey was there to grab the sights of the game. Continue below for those images, and note that you can click any picture to enlarge it and launch a slideshow.

Pope Francis too Much for Andover Late

By John McGuirk (@patsfan1313)

West Springfield, Mass.
- Over the course of the first period and some change, Andover continued to fight the good fight and stay within arm's reach of Pope Francis. But, midway through the middle frame and beyond, the Cardinals' maturity and experience would take over.

Netting three unanswered goals during the final 20 minutes, Pope Francis finally broke free to secure a 4-1 triumph Saturday at the Olympia Ice Center.

It took a little while before the Cardinals (10-1-2) began to develop some synergy and pull away from the gritty Golden Warriors. After being bottled up inside the neutral zone for much of the opening period and part of the second, the Cardinals (5-0-2 in their last seven games) reverted back to their fleet-footed skating style and quickness as a retort to Andover's defensive presence.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

NFL Conference Championship Primer (With Picks): 52 Around the Corner

The Jaguars and Vikings defenses are getting all the pub, but don't sleep on this swarming Eagles unit.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Well, Sunday was exciting, wasn't it? After two relative duds on Saturday (Atlanta-Philadelphia was close and vaguely exciting, but poorly played and not all that entertaining) with some spotty officiating (as a Patriots fan, I can tell you that the Titans (a) got shafted on a few calls, and (b) still weren't going to win anyway), Sunday was an absolute barn-burner, with a shootout early with some spectacular plays (Pittsburgh scored on two deep bombs, both on 4th down!) and one of the most spectacular finishes in NFL playoff history in the late game (I still have no idea what Marcus Williams was doing on that play).

That all leaves us with New England (expected), Jacksonville (unexpected), Minnesota (expected) and Philadelphia (relatively unexpected) left, fighting for two spots in the Super Bowl. Our favorites are (understandably) New England and Minnesota, but just last week we saw Jacksonville pull off a big upset and we saw Philadelphia grind out an ugly, low-scoring game. Both of those things happening again are certainly within the realm of possibility.