For the second time in a week, the Celtics face off with the Orlando Magic. But this time around, the Celtics ended up on the wrong side of the final score, losing 105-100.
While that score may suggest to you that the Celtics fell in a close game, don't let it fool you to the reality of what unfolded in the game.
The Celtics got pasted throughout most of the game. The first quarter saw the Magic up 26-9. At halftime, the deficit was 23 points at 53-30. In the second half, Boston trailed by as many as 27 points.
And then came a huge rally. They outscored Orlando 35-15 in the fourth quarter but despite what was I'm sure a pyrotechnic offensive explosion, it was once again a case of too little, too late. The Celtics find themselves at 10-16.
The loss is disappointing enough, but when you factor in that the Celtics have won 12 out of the previous 13 games against Orlando, it is downright depressing that Boston can't even beat other bad teams now.
Tyler Zeller (pictured below) led the team with his second straight 22 point performance. He added 10 rebounds for a double double.
Avery Bradley (see below) added 20 points and Kelly Olynyk had 14 points (another bad shooting night at 5-12 though) and 8 rebounds.
Brandon Bass scored 11 points and newly acquired point guard Jameer Nelson (see below) scored 9 points with 11 assists.
These kind of games are really tough to take and become more and more disheartening as the losses pile up.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
ORR Boys Varsity - The Bulldogs remained undefeated by virtue of their 84-58 demolition of GNB Voc-Tech last night. Raekwon did not score in the game.
Wareham Boys Varsity - The Vikings beat Fairhaven 56-42 last night to raise their record to 3-1 (2-0 in conference play). I also learned that I have another former player on the team besides Josh (who didn't score in the game). Mark ended up with 2 points in the box score.
It should be an interesting clash when both of the above listed teams clash on Saturday December 27th at ORR. Wareham has ruled the conference for almost a decade outright or via shared conference crown. But ORR might just have their best team ever and is blowing out teams. I'm going to the girls varsity game scheduled to tip off before the boys varsity game, so I might end up staying for this one.
Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity - Savahna told me she did okay in the game, but her team lost 44-27 to Holbrook and drops to 1-2 on the season.
Upper Cape Girls Varsity - The Rams moved to 4-0 with their 45-39 defeat of Old Colony last night. According to the newspaper account of the game, they had a better shot selection and turned up their pressure defense. Michaela had a season high 10 points in the game.
Wareham Girls Varsity - The Vikings picked up their first win of the season by beating Fairhaven 36-29. Tieyanna had 5 points in the game while Kali added 4 points. However, it was Gabby who, for the first time, led the team in scoring. She hit four three pointers and finished with 13 points. I'm hoping that this is a sign that she is finding her footing on the varsity team.
Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The Storm lost their 2nd straight game to open the season. Nantucket crushed them 46-25. Isabella didn't score in the game, but the newspaper published photos from this game in their Tuesday edition and online. She was featured (in white uniform) in the large above/below the fold photo on the front page of the sports section and in the background of one of the photos in the online gallery.
You know, sometimes it almost isn't worth turning on the TV for sports on the weekend.
A couple weeks back, I was overjoyed to see that all five teams I root for in college basketball won on the same day. Throw in the Celtics winning and it was simply a great day to be a hoop fan.
Such is not the case for yesterday. If it wasn't for the Patriots beating the Jets in brutal squeaker, it would've been a Sunday Sports Day from Hell.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
When I say that the Patriots beat the Jets, I should be clear that I mean on the scoreboard. Because if you watched the game or looked at the boxscore after it was over, you would've sworn the Jets had basically kicked the Pats butts all over the field.
The Jets outgained New England 307-231 and racked up 4 sacks (see below) and an interception on a mostly pedestrian day for Pats QB Tom Brady.
Brady did throw a TD pass to Rob Gronkowski, but his 182 passing yards showed that when he wasn't being pressured or just wiped out by the Jets defenders, he wasn't able to really get in sync for very long with his receivers. Of course the run game didn't do much to help things out either, they ran for a total of 85 yards on the ground. While Jonas Gray (pictured below with Gronk) did run for a TD, the offense was in fits and starts for the entirety of the game.
So the Jets offense rolled up more yards than did the Patriots offense. Unfortunately for the Jets however, they weren't going up against the Pats offense, but rather their defense.
While the yardage total was decidedly in New York's favor, the Patriots defense spread those yards out enough that the Jets had to settle for 3 field goals and a TD pass. Otherwise, while it wasn't pretty, the Patriots managed to get the right stop at the right time.
Sealver Siliga and Dont'a Hightower sacked Geno Smith twice and Jamie Collins (see below) picked him off in the midst of one of the Jets drives.
Big Vince Wilfork ended up sealing the deal for the Patriots when he tipped the field goal attempt that would've given the Jets the lead late in the game. It deflected the ball enough that the attempt was short. Patriots win!
The win ensures that the Patriots will have a first round bye in the playoffs and leaves them at 12-3 on the season. I tell you these games against the Jets are always brutal knockdown drag-out battles. But the Patriots have won 4 out of the last 6 and this win probably seals the fate of the always quotable Rex Ryan in New York.
Now, as for the Lost Sunday of Hoops...not all my teams were in action but all four that did play lost and they did it in disappointing ways.
In game 2 of the post-Rondo era, the Celtics couldn't capitalize on many opportunities and saw the Miami Heat run away from them and win 100-84. Tyler Zeller led Boston with 22 points. But the recent hot streak for Kelly Olynyk came to an end. His shooting numbers were poor (5-13 FG%) and he finished with just 13 points.
Jeff Green (see below) also had 13 points. Newly installed point guard Marcus Smart had 3 points and 4 assists in his starting performance. That is simply not going to get the job done if the Celtics expect to realistically hand over the running of the team.
The Celtics are now 10-15 for the year.
Hartford - The Hawks headed into their holiday break at 5-7 after their 70-58 loss to Quinnipiac. Amber Bepko (pictured below) fouled out the game with 1:38 left to play. She left the court with 18 points and 7 boards and was the only Hawk to hit for double figures in the game.
Shanise Bultron and Cassidy Bundy (see below) had 8 points apiece while Deanna Mayza scored 7 points to go with 6 assists. Cherelle Moore scored just 5 points in the game while grabbing a team high 8 rebounds.
I don't know what it is with the Hawks, but they seem to be unable to find any long term sustained consistency.
You can see highlights and brief post game comments from coach Jennifer Rizzotti in the video below.
Boston College Men - The Eagles led USC by 4 points at halftime but couldn't keep up with the Trojans enough in the second half and ended up losing 75-71 to drop to 6-4 on the season. Their 20-8 edge in points off of turnovers ended up going for naught as well.
Aaron Brown (see below) finished with 18 points to lead BC.
Olivier Hanlan (see below 1st) scored 15 points and dished out 8 assists and Patrick Heckmann (see below 2nd, on defense) had 13 points.
Dennis Clifford had a solid night with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Boston College Women - I have to say that I was pretty disheartened by the Eagles losing this game. Hofstra came into the game with a much better record, but I was hoping to see BC put on a better performance than a 75-61 loss that dropped BC to 6-5 for the year. Hofstra started the game on a 7-2 run and never looked back.
Nicole Boudreau (below 1st) scored 18 points to lead the Eagles. Kelly Hughes (below 2nd) added 17 points and 7 boards while Katie Quandt finished with 10 points.
While the play of Boudreau and Hughes was great to see, the biggest positive for the Eagles might've been the return of Shayra Brown. It was Brown's (see below) season debut. She's been out of action since injuring herself in last season's first game. (I was there at that game and saw the injury). She didn't make it back to play at all last year and had still been out of action for the first 10 games of this season. Here's hoping she brings a little more fire to the team when she's out on the court.
You can see highlights from the game and the post game press conference with coach Erik Johnson below.
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I saw a hilarious Christmas related comic strip this week that kind of fit me perfectly:
New England Patriots - The Patriots wrapped up another AFC East division championship last Sunday with their 41-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins. At 11-3, they are in control of their own playoff destiny and are looking to win out to seal home field advantage through said postseason play.
The game didn't initially start out to be a study in offensive fireworks for the Patriots. In fact, it was Miami that opened things up on the first drive of the game with a 50 yard pass play on the first play from scrimmage. But the Pats defense stiffened up after that and forced Miami to settle for a field goal attempt. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, this was when the Pats got their first big play of the afternoon. Jamie Collins blocked the attempt and Kyle Arrington scooped up the ball and ran it back 62 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Despite that big play, the first half seemed like it was played in an almost neutral gear. The Patriots scored another touchdown and Miami put up a couple of field goals. But with 5 seconds left in the half, the Dolphins made things VERY interesting when QB Ryan Tanneyhill hit Mike Wallace for a spectacular 32 yard TD strike. While they had to go to replay to confirm the catch, there was no doubt that it was a legal catch. The TD sent the teams into the halftime break with the Patriots up just 14-13 and momentum clearly in favor of the Dolphins.
I don't know what the Bill Belichick and his coaching staff said and did during halftime but when the third quarter started, all that supposed momentum Miami had going for them just about instantly evaporated. In all, the Patriots put a 24-0 beatdown on the Dolphins in the third quarter and turned the game from a tight "what's going to happen" contest into a complete laffer.
I guess that's what happens when you are a student at the...
Tom Brady ended up passing for 287 yards and 2 TDs on the day. He got picked off once, but the most talked about play was early in the 3rd quarter when he had a 17 yard scramble that ended with a fiery reaction from the QB and lit a fire under the rest of the team.
The run game managed to balance things out with the passing game this week. On the ground, the Patriots racked up 108 yards. While LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen had TD runs, it was thought to be forgotten Jonas Gray (shown below) that led the team with 62 of those yards.
The Dolphins managed to shut out Rob Gronkowski (shown first) during the first half. The tight end finished up the day with just 3 catches in all, but he racked up 96 yards and score on those three balls. Julian Edelman (shown 2nd) had 7 catches for 88 yards and the other TD through the air.
While the majority of the highlights came from the offensive side of the ball, let's not forget the contributions of the defense to the victory over Miami. The run defense held Miami to just 76 total yards.
Not only that, but the defense harassed Tanneyhill all day long. While he had a lot of passing yards on the day, given how the Dolphins played from behind and couldn't run the ball worth a damn, it was still a pretty good day for the "D". They sacked Tanneyhill four times, including 1.5 sacks by Chandler Jones (see below 1st), a sack each for Rob Ninkovich and Sealver Siliga. Dont'a Hightower (see below 2nd) managed to get credit for 1/2 a sack as well.
The Patriots also picked off Tanneyhill twice, once by Patrick Chung and then by Duron Harmon (see below).
With a big lead and no real comeback rally by the Dolphins, the Patriots cruised through the fourth quarter adding a field goal for the final margin of victory. The win sets up the Patriots for big things headed into the playoffs if they can win out the rest of the regular season. After the way the season started with iffy offensive production, it is nice to be in the driver's seat in the AFC. Now the team just needs to finish the job and seal up the next two games.
It's always easier said than done, but here's hoping for the best...and with the Patriots clicking like they are, the best is always possible.
In other NFL related news, I read an article on SI.com this week about former Philadelphia Eagles player Danny Watkins. He was another one of those can't miss first round draft picks who ended up being tagged with the "BUST" label. You can learn more about him and why he never met expectations HERE.
BOSTON RED SOX
There were a few deals made on Friday that changed the makeup of the roster. The Red Sox brought back reliever Craig Breslow on a 1 year deal. Then late night on Friday, they traded oft-injured Will Middlebrooks to San Diego for catcher Ryan Hanigan.
Hanigan will be the backup catcher and serve as a mentor to Christian Vazquez. While it was probably a necessary trade to get rid of Middlebrooks, the deal also became necessary when David Ross signed a 2 year deal with the Chicago Cubs on Friday. I liked Ross. I know his bat wasn't there last season but he was a pretty good guy behind the plate and everything I ever read about him says that he was good guy in the locker room as well.
Mount Saint Joseph - After playing in her team's Tuesday night game against the College of Wooster (she scored the first basket of the game and MSJ won 66-65), Lauren Hill officially retired from basketball. The decision was made so that the school didn't have to apply for special permission from the NCAA for Hill to keep playing as she has stopped taking classes at the school. Her coach announced that she'll stay on as an honorary coach as she continues to raise money for cancer research. You can read more her final game appearance in this article.
The USA Today newspaper had a profile on Hill that appeared in Wednesday's edition. You can read that HERE.
Catholic University - The Cardinals split their two games before the Christmas break. They beat Gwynedd Mercy 65-55 and then lost to Lebanon Valley 76-54. The team is now 5-4 on the season. My ex-player Amber didn't play in the first game. Against Lebanon Valley, she saw 2 minutes of court time and had a personal foul on the stat line.
Last Sunday saw the remaining five college teams that I follow in action, and in what I'm sure is a statistical oddity for my rooting interests, all five of them ended up winning on that day. Here's what happened:
Hartford - The Hawks beat Sacred Heart 68-63 to improve to 5-6 on the season. Cherelle Moore (pictured below) led the team with 20 points.
Shanise Bultron (photo below) had an interesting game for herself. She scored 12 points in the first 4 minutes of the game, then scored one more point the rest of the way to finish with 13 points. She had 5 rebounds, a career high 5 assists as well. She also turned the ball over five times.
Amber Bepko had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals while Deanna Mayza hit for 11 points, then added 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
You can see highlights from the game below.
Missouri State - The Bears picked up their second win of the season (now 2-7) with a strong 68-58 victory over IUPUI.
Kenzie Williams (pictured below) led the way on offense with 29 points. Tyonna Snow saw her first game action of the season after being out with an injury. She had 17 points and 4 steals.
Later in the week, Williams was named the MVC Player of the Week, the third time she's won that award.
On Friday night, the Bears faced off against Arkansas State. While Kenzie Williams had 20 points and Hillary Chvatal added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Missouri State lost 78-62. Tyonna Snow scored 10 points but led the team with 6 turnovers.
In fact, turnovers played a huge role in the game. The Bears turned it over 23 times in the game and Arkansas State converted those into 35 points. They shot 59.6% for the game which offset Missouri State having a 36-24 edge in rebounds.
The team is now 2-8 on the season.
Tennessee LADY VOLS - Tennessee found themselves in a struggle when they played Rutgers on the road. They trailed deep into the second half but eventually pulled ahead and came away with a 55-45 victory. As strange as it is to stay about Tennessee, the win was their first road victory over a ranked opponent in more than a year. They outrebounded Rutgers 54-42.
Ariel Massengale (pictured below 1st) scored 13 points top the scoring chart for the Lady Vols. Jasmine Jones (pictured 2nd) had 12 points and 6 boards, but turned the ball over 6 times. Isabelle Harrison (pictured 3rd) had herself a double double with 11 points and 13 boards.
The Lady Vols next survived a nailbiter over Wichita State 54-51. In order to win, they had to overcome 18 turnovers.
Isabelle Harrison scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while Alexa Middleton (pictured below 1st) added 10 points. Cierra Burdick (pictured 2nd) also scored 10 points. She added a career high 17 rebounds. Burdick also turned the ball over 5 times.
Yesterday afternoon, the Lady Vols stunned Stanford 59-40 and raised their record to 9-2. Ariel Massengale (shown 1st) came off the bench to lead Tennessee with 18 points. Bashaara Graves had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Isabelle Harrison (shown 2nd) added 10 points of her own along with 7 rebounds.
(All photos from Tennessee game galleries, except last one from Yahoo)
Boston College Men - The Eagles debuted their new gold uniforms (see below) in their Sunday matchup against Binghamton.
The game also saw the returns of Eddie Odio and Lonnie Jackson to action. They'd both been out with injuries.
As for the on court action, the BC ended up improving to 6-3 for the season after picking up a 63-49 win. Dimitri Batten (pictured 1st) scored 18 points to lead BC. Aaron Brown added 16 points and Olivier Hanlan (pictured 2nd) had 14 points.
(Photos from BC game galleries)
You can see highlights from the game below.
Boston College Women - The women's team was the 2nd half of the home doubleheader with the men's team and they ended up with a 64-58 victory over New Hampshire. The Eagles built the lead up to 13 points in the 2nd half but UNH rallied to cut the deficit to just 3 points with 1:25. The most telling factor on defense for BC was holding their opponents to just 1-13 from three point range.
BC managed to lock things down the rest of the way as they upped their record to 6-4. Ashley Kelsick (shown below 1st) led the Eagles with 14 points. Kelly Hughes (shown 2nd) scored 12 points and grabbed 9 boards to go with 4 assists and 2 steals (3 turnovers). Nicole Boudreau added 11 points.
(Photos from BC game galleries)
You can see videos of game highlights and post game comments from Hughes and coach Erik Johnson below.
The bowl preparations are underway so there is nothing to report in terms of games. This week, I bring you coaching news.
Wisconsin - Despite AD Barry Alvarez trying to spin things as if the decision hadn't already been made, the Badgers made what was reported last week and hired Pitt coach Paul Chryst as their new head coach.
Nebraska - I don't think you will see Nebraska and ex-coach Bo Pelini breaking bread any time soon. Pelini got hired as the new coach at Youngstown State but after that happened, reports about a meeting he had with his Cornhusker players after being fired hit the wires. He apparently verbally and profanely blasted the school administrators and the athletic director. Not content with being his verbal punching bag, the school fired back. You can read this article to learn more.
Boston College - In what I consider a great move, BC has agreed to a six year contract extension with coach Steve Addazio. The new deal runs through 2020. While it might be foolhardy to believe he'll actually be the coach until the end of the deal, this gives Boston College a sense of stability with their football program. In his two years in charge, he's brought BC football back to respectability with a pair of 7 win seasons and 2 bowl games.
Addazio seems to be developing a nice base of talent and if he can get some solid QB play once Tyler Murphy is gone, maybe...just maybe, he can make BC a threat in the ACC again.
Boston Celtics - Due to time constraints this week, there will be no separate The Celtics Report post. Instead I'll try to be relatively brief in talking about the week that was in Celtics-Land. The first bit of news is that the team has released Vitor Faverani, who never recovered enough from his knee surgery to get back on the court in any meaningful way.
In regards to the Rajon Rondo (with Dwight Powell thrown in) trade, I am not happy about it because it is a sure sign that the team has given up on the season in my mind. Especially since there are reports that the team is also shopping Jeff Green. At this point, I'm a couple of injuries away from getting a phone call.
I know that the team wasn't going anywhere this season, but the trade leaves the team just one step above what the 76ers are doing. It isn't deliberate tanking like Philly, but it is darn close. And I say this realizing that the Celtics are actually on a three game winning streak after winning their first post-Rondo game on Friday night.
But before we go into that game, lets go back to Boston's 105-87 win over those deliberately tanking 76ers. Kelly Olynyk found a magic touch for this game (or just took advantage of the barely there defensive effort) and scored a career high 30 points to go with 9 rebounds. Avery Bradley had 15 points while both Jeff Green and Brandon Bass added 14 points. Evan Turner hit for 12 points and dished out 6 assists.
It was Bass scoring 18 points and Green's 16 points that helped power the Celtics to a 109-92 win over the Orlando Magic. Jared Sullinger added 16 points and Olynyk had 15 points and 6 boards. Tyler Zeller finished with 10 points and 7 boards. It will go down as the last game in a Celtics uniform for Rajon Rondo. He scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 15 assists (6 turnovers).
Friday's 114-98 win over Minnesota was keyed by 21 points and 8 rebounds from Kelly Olynyk (see below). Jeff Green scored 18 points and had 7 rebounds. Jared Sullinger had a double double with 14 points and 10 boards. Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller also had 14 points in the game. Evan Turner finished with 10 points.
The Celtics find themselves in the Marcus Smart era now, assuming Smart can actually stay healthy for a long enough period to fully take over as the point guard. They've quietly fashioned another three game win streak and stand at 10-14.
The questions surrounding the team still resonate as much as they did before the Rondo trade but all the problems the team has will be magnified that much more should they really hit the skids.
Sacramento Kings - The Kings organization set themselves up for a lot of heat this past week when they first coach Michael Malone after less than two years. While the team was an abysmal 28-54 in his first season, you can't blame him entirely for the mess that he was handed for a roster of players. The fact that the team was an improved 11-13 at the time of his firing showed he'd helped improve their fortunes.
But the big problem for the coach was that his philosphy differed with team ownership and management. They wanted to see an uptempo pace to the way the team played and stuck him with players he didn't want.
It was a horrible way to treat a coach and when they lost DeMarcus Cousins to illness, the team went into a tailspin. Ownership used this bad spot of play to fire Malone and put Tyrone Corbin in as interim coach. You can check out the this Yahoo! Sports article to get the full breakdown on the "doomed partnership" between Malone and the Kings.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Girls Soccer - The local paper announced their girls soccer all-stars and my former players Brianna and Paige got mentioned. Brianna was named as an All-Star and Paige got an honorable mention.
Girls Volleyball - The All-Star announcements saw Raelyn get an honorable mention.
Football - Josh got an honorable mention in the All-Star announcements for his efforts on the field for the Wareham football team.
Girls Winter Track - In a dual meet that featured ORR, Wareham and Fairhaven, the ORR team beat Wareham 63-23. My ex-player Rachel won the 1000M event in that matchup with a time of 3:28.7.
Wareham lost the matchup against Fairhaven 43.5-42.5. My ex-player Paige won the 1000M in 3:30.7 and took the mile event in 6:08.1.
Basketball Round Up:
Bristol-Plymouth Girls Varsity - On Friday night, Savahna's team beat Blue Hills 52-49 to pick up their first win of the season (1-1). She didn't play in the game though.
Sturgis East Girls Varsity - The first game of the season was against Falmouth Academy and the Storm ended up dropping the opener to them 60-41. Isabella didn't score in the game.
ORR Boys Varsity - The Bulldogs opened their season with two dominating wins. They annihilated Case 94-45. Raekwon (pictured below #12) had 6 points in that game. On Friday night, they played Appponequet and blew them out 69-50 with Raekwon scoring 7 points.
Wareham Boys Varsity - Wareham picked up two wins in their first two games. They opened up with a 68-55 victory over GNB Voc-Tech and then Thursday night, they held the top scorer for Sandwich to just 5 points by employing a diamond and one defense. They gritted out a 62-59 win. Josh didn't score in either game.
You can read a season preview about the team HERE.
On Saturday afternoon, they dropped a 64-63 decision to Bishop Stang. Josh didn't score in the game for Wareham. But my former player Jake had 10 points for Bishop Stang (2-0). Wareham drops to 2-1 on the season.
Wareham Girls Varsity - The girls lost to GNB Voc-Tech 56-37 earlier in the week. In that game, Tieyanna scored 11 points, Gabby and Erica had 3 points and Kali finished with 2 points. On Friday, they played Barnstable but lost 61-50. Gabby had a good game on an individual level with 13 points, Tieyanna also scored 13 points while Erica added 2 points.
Below you can see some game action photos of my ex-players from the team's season opening loss to Bishop Stang.
First up is Gabby and the first pic is just amazing as it captures her focus and intensity as she prepares to shoot a foul shot.
Gabby driving to the lane
Gabby on defense:
Below is a couple of shots apiece of Kali (1st) and Tieyanna:
(all photos by the Wareham Courier's sports editor Adam K. Ellis)
Upper Cape Girls JV - The JV team has a 3-0 record after two wins at the start of this past week. They beat Cape Cod Tech 25-11 on Monday night. Laurina didn't play in the game (she had to work), while Ann Marie started at point guard and scored 2 points. Against Sacred Heart on Tuesday, the jayvees won 31-14. Laurina played but I don't have any info on any stats. Ann Marie again started at point and scored 2 points.
Upper Cape Girls Varsity - The Rams are also 3-0 but it came with a bit more of a challenge than they would've liked. In their Monday game against Cape Cod Tech, the game was a 64-27 blowout. Michaela was 1-8 from the floor and 1-2 from the foul line for 3 points. She had 2 assists and 4 steals plus 4 rebounds. She committed 3 turnovers and 1 foul. After the game I talked to her and said that she was rushing her shots, not setting them up or squaring to the basket. She agreed with what I had to say.
But Tuesday's game against Sacred Heart revealed the flaws Upper Cape has working against it even when they are winning games. The Rams led 17-4 after the first quarter and 19-9 at halftime. They scored the first 9 points in the third quarter to lead 28-9. But then Sacred Heart essentially punched Upper Cape in the mouth. All game long they'd played up on them defensively but now their pressure really paid off as they forced one turnover after another. Upper Cape was discombobulated, played bad defense themselves and couldn't hit a shot to save their lives. The third quarter ended 32-23 in Upper Cape's favor.
It wasn't a pretty game, but the Saints kept coming. In the fourth quarter, they cut the lead down to 37-33 and the Rams FINALLY called a timeout. It broke the momentum and Upper Cape ended up escaping 41-35. But when faced with a team that didn't back down away from them, you could see Upper Cape had trouble adjusting their game. And the body language was terrible from their team leaders. They got burnt badly on a couple of out of bounds plays that Sacred Heart ran, they couldn't hit free throws and they had more than the 16 turnovers I actually caught sight of. There were no picks set to get the guards free of their defenders.
I hope that during practice the team gets their act together. And I hope someone teaches their post players how to hit those 2 foot bunny shots she gets so many of in the course of the game. In the three games, she probably could've had about 30 extra points if she would hit those shots.
Michaela was 1-6 from the floor and 1-4 from the foul line for three points. She had 6 rebounds and forced 3 jump ball calls. She turned the ball over twice.
Food - It was a last minute kind of thing, but I went out to dinner with my friends Brian and Chad on Wednesday. We went to The Boston Tavern in Middleboro, Mass. I enjoyed it. We started off with some chicken tenders and onion rings for appetizers. The tenders were huge and the honey BBQ sauce (on the side) was just the right touch. The onion rings were flaky with the breading and delicious.
For the main course, I ended up going with their Tavern Burger. I was going to be a little more adventurous in what I had to eat but since it was my first time at the place, I went with a safer choice. Instead of my usual French fries, I went with the mashed potatoes. I'm not normally a fan of the skin left in style of mashed potatoes, but these were actually quite good.
It is a place that I would definitely go back to for another meal.
Comics - The full list of both Gold and Silver level sponsor books for the 2015 Free Comic Book Day can be seen HERE.
TV - A couple of shows finished their series runs this past week. White Collar ended with a final episode that tied things up neatly enough, but I wasn't overjoyed by how things ended. I guess it makes sense given the characters and their motivations, but I just felt there should've been something MORE.
HBO's The Newsroom wrapped up its three season run that gave us an idea of where all the character either did end up or would end up. It wasn't all that heavy on dramatics but there was a fantastic musical turn by series star Jeff Bridges in the midst of the episode. He performed a version of the Tom T. Hall song "That's How I Got To Memphis". I had never heard the song before but it was done so beautifully that I wish his version would get released.
You can see it below.
And it looks like there will not be any more 24, if this article on Kiefer Sutherland on TVGuide.com is the final word on things.
You can check out the first trailer for the 3rd season of the BBC America science fiction show Orphan Black below.
Movies - With Sony and movie theaters caving in to terrorist threats should they screen the movie The Interview, I guess it was only a matter of time before some creatively insane though hilariously funny person on the Internet would come up with the following:
Music - I stil can't release my best of lists yet, but the Classic Rock Bottom message board's Top Ten Albums is being released. I'm part of the voting body for these and the albums list is being done in a day by day countdown fashion. This is the overall tally of everyone's votes, not just mine. However, I was asked to write the summary for #9 on our list, Accept's Blind Rage. You can check out what I had to say HERE. Oh and the majority of the Classic Rock Bottom Awards have been announced. You can check out that list HERE.
There's a couple of videos out I thought you might want to check out. There's a lyric video for the title track to the upcoming Black Star Riders album The Killer Instinct.
Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has a new solo album called World Peace. You can check out the song "Born Free" below.
Christmas - I know that most everyone is going to be busy with the conclusion of the holiday season this week. I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
By the way, if you have a book lover in your life, wouldn't this make a great themed Christmas tree?
Here's my favorite Christmas song for your listening enjoyment.
Well Gabbers I hate to say it or at least admit to it, but I haven't been using the old noggin all too well lately. This should remind you of a few things that took place on the field, especially in Cleveland, I am not saying it was a bad move to insert Johnny Manziel into the game against the Bengals, but.....to me it's an act of desperation by the Browns coaching staff, because they know that their season was basically over, and what the hell it couldn't hurt right?
If you think about the move by the Browns it's not really a bad move, but if you take the other side and you live in Cleveland. your probably thinking why now? If the Browns had any notion they were going to pull the plug on Brian Hoyer at any point during the season, then why didn't they start Manziel from the beginning just like the Vikings have with Bridgewater (who doesn't look out of place) and Blake Bortles who will be all right once they find the right pieces for him in Jacksonville.
I will tell you why, because Brian Hoyer was winning football games and the AFC caught up with the Browns, and they became the .500 team they were supposed to be all along. It's easy to say it's Hoyer's fault the Browns have a 3 game losing streak, because they haven't been able to score over the past couple of games. Hell they said the same thing about Matthew Stafford when the Lions couldn't score, not taking into consideration that they were playing Arizona and New England.
The sad part of all of this is the media and sports talk radio in Cleveland have probably been taking Brian Hoyer apart, but being a team sport they probably should be taking apart the coaching staff at the same time. After all, someone is calling those plays that are working, so they should be held accountable also?
So in turn, another move by the Browns that blew up in their face, and finished their season as they will not make the playoffs once again. If the coaching staff thought their season was over, and that was the reason why they started Johnny Manziel, they should be embarrassed, not only did the Bengals defense feast on Johnny, but they embarrassed the Browns 30-0 in Cleveland
Starting Johnny Manziel today probably wasn't planned or thought out too well by the Brown's coaching staff, or they would have stuck with Brian Hoyer as their quarterback. Not knocking Johnny Football, but his start spelled the end for the Browns season...
Way To Go Brownies, so much for a Lions-Browns Super Bowl matchup this year........