Christmas is now Christmas past. It’s the last day of 2015. I thought it a strange year as it started with a new job then 1000 feet of snow, after no snow in December or most of January. I had daughter graduate high school and go off to college (yes she did well this semester). I was on a football field more this year than ever . I also officiated with a frozen eye, requiring lots of squinting. Thank God that is cleared up.
In pro Sports my Patriots were the center of attention with deflate Gate and it still comes up. Thanks to Peyton for helping out with the big story to end the year. The Patriots took the Superbowl on a great play by a kid only Pats fans knew. Maybe it was a mistake by Pete Carroll not to run the ball, but if his play call worked he would be a hero. There has been a lot of talk locally about Belichick’s call on Sunday in OT giving the Jets the ball. I think he figured the D would make a stop and the O was having difficulty moving the ball. They could win the game on a Field Goal. It’s kind of that simple. It appeared Mathew Slater was confused but he followed coaches instructions. Slater is fantastic all around player who plays anywhere the Pats ask him to.
The Red Sox signed a panda and another Ramirez. The last one was better and remember he started here and went to the Dodgers. they paid both way too much money and got nothing in return. They needed starting pitching and didn’t really find it with Clay Fragile Buchholz and Rick Porcello who it took to September for him to come around. So they go out and sign David Price for 217 Million for 2016-2022 provided he lasts that long. It figures out at about 1 million a start.
The Bruins had turnover in the front office replacing Peter Cirelli with long time favorite Don Sweeney. He is a Harvard guy. the Bruins didn’t get into the playoffs after being one of the best teams in the NHL. Trade young talent and that’s what happens. I think the trading of Johnny Boychuk was key . he was an old school player not afraid to sacrifice his body for the team. That put Chara into a situation where he had to fill the void. The guy is incredible but he played a lot of extra minutes last season which took a toll on him.
The Celtics under the young Brad Stevens didn’t do bad for being in kind of a rebuilding mode. The best thing they did was part ways with Rondo. Celtics with a couple of key guys maybe pretty good going forward. Speaking of the Celtics Kobe played his last game in Boston last Night Kobe and the Lakers beat the Celtics 112-104. Kobe played 33 minutes and had 15 points 5 for 18 from the field 2 for 5 from three point land and 3 for 5 at the line. I guess I never really liked or disliked Kobe. I just thought he was a really good player that just knew how to aggravate opponents. He is a sure Hall of Famer and has had a great career despite a few problems off the court early in his career.
Christmas Day, here is Lil lanz Fishing for Christmas Dinner complete with his New Jamal Charles Jersey under his Shiny new Bruins Hoodie , Lounge Pants and Flip Flops. He had lasagna on the deck for lunch. Temps in the 60’s on Christmas Day he and I went Fishing on the Lake. The funny thing two years ago that lake was frozen solid on Christmas and we skated and played hockey right in front of where he is standing. We didn’t catch anything but a bungy cord but what the heck. It isn’t often we can say we went fishing in open water in MA. On Christmas. Then again it snowed at the Sun Bowl in EL Paso.
Happy New Year to All. Be Safe and I hope it will be kind to all of you.