Thursday, April 24, 2014

Catching up With Bob Lobel: A Marathon to Remember

Join legendary sportscaster Bob Lobel and host Joe Parello as they look back on one of the most memorable Boston Marathons ever.

Plus, Tuukka Rask's save percentage is hovering around 98 percent this postseason. Is he gearing up for a Tim Thomas-esque run to Lord Stanley's Cup? And finally, Bob was in the booth for last night's Red Sox-Yankees game, but didn't get to make an announcement when New York pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for pine tar. Find out why.

All that, and more, on this week's edition of "Catching Up With Bob Lobel."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Midweek #HotSportsTakes: Marathons are Really Long

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Midweek #HotSportsTakes is a weekly segment here on SuiteSports, where we offer shallow and somewhat incendiary analysis on random hot-button sports topics of the day.

Let's get right to it.

On Meb Keflezighi Becoming the First American in 20 Years to Win the Boston Marathon:

Let me first say how awesome this year's Boston Marathon was, and not just because the heavy police/military presence focused on keeping people safe, and not busting college kids for drinking out of solo cups along the race path.

It was a pretty inspiring race all around. If you haven't stood along the street for the last few miles of it, you're missing out. I don't mean when guys like Keflezighi are running by, though it was awesome to see him leading the pack at mile marker 23.5, I mean when the "normal people" are running.

You can see they're beat, and they're just digging down for every bit of strength they have to complete this life goal. Then you have the crowd on the side, yelling words of encouragement and giving high fives, it brings a smile to your face and, surprisingly, seems to actually give the runners a little extra wind.

Having an American finally win the Marathon this year, of all years, was incredibly sweet, but the guy who wins is never really the story. It's the triumph of those non-professional runners that complete the ultimate test of human endurance in front of their friends and families, and that's why the bombs struck a chord with so many Bostonians last year.

CMass Lax Power Rankings: 4/22/14

St. John's All American Drew Smiley
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Well, I think we can now say we have two Central Mass front-runners, and both of them reside in Shrewsbury.

Defending Central Mass champion St. John's put on a clinic last week, blasting regional power Grafton and Eastern Mass foe Mansfield by a combined score of 24-7. Meanwhile, cross-town rival Shrewsbury handed Algonquin its first Mid Wach loss in over three seasons, and held the T-Hawks to only one goal in the process. They followed that performance up with a 17-2 drubbing of previously unbeaten Littleton, and a 10-1 dismantling of Grafton.

That sets up a massive showdown this Saturday, as the Colonials will welcome St. John's for a game with definite playoff seeding implications. While Western Mass power Longmeadow is everyone's favorite in the new Division 2 Central/West (and my favorite for the whole state), whoever wins that game will be considered CMass' best chance at getting a team to BU at season's end.

So, since we were delayed by Marathon Monday and an early game on Tuesday, here are your special Wednesday Central Mass Power Rankings.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Post Game Blog: Shrewsbury Earns Another Statement Win Against Grafton

Shrewsbury senior midfielder Derric Dell'Olio
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Big wins and suffocating defense have come to define the 2014 season for the Shrewsbury Colonials, and Thursday morning's vacation week game against CMass power Grafton was no different.

As a reminder, this is just a blog with my wandering thoughts on the game. If you want a complete recap, head over to BostonLaxNet a little later when the story is posted. If you'd like to see my highlights from this game, you can click here.

I also suggest you click that little wheel in the lower right hand corner and change the quality to HD.

Lobel: April 20th Has Been Good to Boston

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

April 20th is not a holiday in the Commonwealth, but it should be. 

If there were a convention of days, when all 365 of them would get together like the College of Cardinals, and decide which ones would be regular old 24-hour days, and some very special ones would be designated as new holidays, April 20th would be nominated in Boston. 

Check out the last two years!