COMMENTARY Spring training passed sleepily in Fort Myers. Aside from word of Chris Sale’s new contract, and Steven Wright’s latest suspension, the biggest talking points of Red Sox camp were probably a pair of as-yet-mostly unanswered questions: Who’s handling what roles in the bullpen? And who’s going to the White House? That’s probably a good thing for a team returning, mostly intact, from resetting the franchise record for wins while winning a fourth World Series in 15 years — and now positioned to do what no big-league team has done in a couple of decades by winning back-to-back titles. That mission starts Thursday night in Seattle and continues over the six-month marathon that follows. Here are 19 things we’ll be watching as the 2019 season unfolds: 1. Opening day (and week, and trip) A year ago the Red Sox romped through spring training, then rolled that into a regular season start of 17-2. This year they wrapped up the exhibition season … [Read more...] about 19 things we’re looking forward to this Red Sox season
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Philadelphia is in the midst of perhaps a golden age. The Eagles just finished defending their first Super Bowl, the Sixers are fielding one of their most impressive lineups of all time, the Flyers have used a 10-game point streak to climb back into the playoff race, and the Phillies are still favorites to land with Bryce Harper or Manny Machado and contend for the NL pennant.All four teams are must-see TV. And all four teams currently have fan-favorite players.And so we got curious. Are we watching any all-time great players right now? How many players who are currently playing in Philadelphia (more or less, we stretched it a bit as you'll see) will make the Hall of Fame in their current sports?Our good friends at BetOnline.ag took the time to professionally project, with betting odds, the chances that a bevy of local current athletes will become immortalized in their respective Hall of Fame. We must emphasize that while the following odds have been created by experts, … [Read more...] about Which current Philly athletes have the best odds to make the Hall of Fame some day?
You can select the big game’s Most Valuable Player before it’s even over: Beginning in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII, fans can vote on NFL.com. The fan vote counts for 20 percent of the total tally — the selections of 16 on-site media members make up the other 80 percent. Once all the votes are compiled, the broadcast will reveal the winner shortly after the game. Fan voting began in 2001, and it’s taken off ever since. In the past 18 years, a quarterback has earned MVP honors 11 times, with Tom Brady capturing four of those awards. Non-quarterbacks have only won the Pete Rozelle Trophy – named for the league’s former commissioner – seven times in that span. The only Patriots player not named Brady to ever garner the award is wide receiver Deion Branch, who helped the Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. Close … [Read more...] about Here’s how, and when, you can vote for the Super Bowl MVP
COMMENTARY ATLANTA — Who is the most important player in Super Bowl LIII? I think most of us would come to the same answer there. Hint: He plays quarterback quite well and has been winning Lombardi Trophies since many of his current teammates were dominating in their grade-school gym classes. OK, so we agree: Tom Brady is the most important player in this game. After all, he’s the most important player in just about every game. But who is next on the list? And which combination of Patriots and Rams would make up the top 10? Six Globe writers were polled on this question. Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote, nine for a second, and so on down the line. Not everyone had Brady first – three voters had him second – but he earned the top spot easily. Here’s how the top 10 shook out – and our list actually goes to 11 since two Patriots tied for 10th. Let us know what your top 10 would look like. Tom Brady (57 points): The Patriots’ … [Read more...] about These are the 10 (or 11) most important players in the Super Bowl
By Rob Maaddi Published 4:08 pm PST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles is in a unique situation, a Super Bowl MVP trying to lead his team to a second straight championship knowing he will most likely play somewhere else next season. Nothing about what Foles has done for the Philadelphia Eagles is ordinary. “I’m not worried about the future but I understand where I stand and every time I wear that jersey is special,” Foles said Wednesday. “We get one more week together, at least.” The Eagles face the New Orleans Saints in a NFC divisional playoff game on Sunday thanks to Foles’ heroics in the clutch again. He filled in when Carson Wentz sustained a knee injury in 2017 and led the Eagles to their first NFL title since 1960, going 5-0 in games that he started and finished. Foles returned to the starting lineup after a back injury sidelined Wentz last month and has led the Eagles to four straight wins, … [Read more...] about Nick Foles knows his time in Philly is likely nearing an end