As if last week for Boston sports was not good enough, the city decided to grace it’s sports’ fans with another near perfect week once more. The only blemish once again was one loss for the Bruins while the rest of the city was able to rack up wins from both the Celtics and Patriots. Also, the Red Sox continued to roll through the off season by acquiring quite possibly the biggest free agent on the market in Carl Crawford. December has been a great month to be a Boston sports fan.
The Boston Bruins
The Bruins might have had the only loss for the city of Boston, but once again it did not necessarily mean that they had a bad week. The B’s were able to notch two quality wins against the Sabres and Islanders on both Tuesday and Thursday this past week. The game against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday ended in an interesting fashion. Tied at two the Bruins and Sabres headed into overtime and after several minutes of back and forth battle, Dennis Seidenberg’s deep slap shot on the power play was tapped into the net by Mark Recchi. Unfortunately, the puck took a strange hit against the net and immediately came back allowing the game to continue. Several moments later the goal was reviewed during stoppage and ruled a score. The game was declared over despite a bit of play after the questioned goal.
Thursday night, the Bruins took advantage of the New York Islanders 5-2, that included two goals scored on the open net by the B’s. Tuukka Rask got his second win in net on the season against New York, but unfortunately the B’s momentum could not carry over to Saturday night. They suffered an overtime loss the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1. Next week the Bruins head out to Buffalo on Wednesday, continue north to Montreal on Thursday, and come back home to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
The Boston Celtics
The Celtics had another strong week by adding three more wins and extending their current streak to 10 games. They took care of a Carmelo-less Denver Nuggets 105-89 on Wednesday night in the T.D. Garden before hitting the road to Philadelphia. Thursday night against the 76ers came down to the last few seconds before a near alley-oop from Rajon Rondo to Kevin Garnett sealed the win for the C’s 102-101. Boston then went further south to Charlotte to take on the Bobcats on Saturday and absolutely destroyed them 93-62. Shaquille O’Neal was absent for both the Philadelphia and Charlotte games forcing the Celtics to go to their fourth string center, Semih Erden, to start both games. Shaq will hopefully be back in action this week when the Celtics head to New York on Wednesday, and come back home for games against Atlanta and Indiana on Thursday and Sunday.
The Boston Red Sox
All signs were pointing to Carl Crawford singing with the Los Angeles Angels, but just as the winter meetings closed, the Red Sox announced they had signed the speedy left fielder to a seven year deal at $142 million. Crawford, who was viewed as the top free agent available, will now join an already great line-up that added Adrian Gonzalez last week. Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, is ready to welcome in the problem of how to set the line-up that is now packed with great talent, especially in the first six batters. Crawford has become the first player ever to make over $20 million in a season, that has never hit 20 home runs in a season.
Even with the additions of Gonzalez and Crawford, Red Sox general manager, Theo Epstein, has said that their work is not done. The Sox have quickly become favorites to win the World Series next season, but still need to build their bullpen back to championship caliber. It seems the Red Sox are interested in several relievers from the Twins in Brian Fuentes, Jesse Crain, and Matt Guerrier. The Sox have also reportedly offered a deal to Dodgers catcher Russell Martin. The 27 year-old Martin would serve as an insurance policy in case the plans for Jarrod Saltalamacchia to be the full time catcher do not unfold properly.
The New England Patriots.
Well they could not hold their opponents to no touchdowns in back to back weeks as the Patriots dominated the Chicago Bears 36-7 on a snowy afternoon at Solider Field in Chicago. The Patriots now 11-2 on the season have already locked up a playoff spot with just three weeks left. They were also able to distant themselves more from the second place Jets who lost 10-6 to the Dolphins.
Tom Brady continued to make a statement on Sunday for the MVP award this season. Brady was just about flawless with 369 passing yards and two touchdowns, and once again no interceptions. 151 of those passing yards were to Deion Branch, who had a new career high for reception yards in a game. Branch also caught his sixth touchdown of the season, the most he’s ever had in one season. I think it’s safe to say that Mr. Branch is extremely happy that he came back to New England.
The Patriots who have now won five in a row get to come back home next Sunday to take on the Green Bay Packers. This game is probably one that most are labeling the last difficult game for New England this season. However, Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, suffered a concussion in their loss against the Lions on Sunday, and may not play. The Patriots will also hope to have CB Devin McCourty back against the Packers. McCourty left Sunday’s game against Chicago after suffering a rib injury in the second quarter and did not return to action. The Patriots take on the Packers for next week’s Sunday Night Football.
About the Author
Written by Geoff Poster
I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. I currently work for WODS Radio and Mix 104.1 Radio in Boston, MA as both a board operator and member of the promotions department. I am interested in pursuing a career in sports media. I currently have a Boston sports podcast entitled The Last Name Show, and I also write for the website SportsofBoston.com