Saturday, July 18, 2015

Terry Rozier, Las Vegas Summer League legend

Celtics first round draft pick Terry Rozier isn't known as a three-point shooter, but he's demonstrated early on that he has the "clutch" gene (notice the score and time on the clock in each clip).



Shrewsberry is an assistant who served as the Boston's head coach in Vegas.  And while I'm posting all these vines, I might as well include this one of two other promising C's rookies, R.J. Hunter and Jordan Mickey:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Red Sox likely need to go 48-25 to make the playoffs

The "second half" of the MLB season starts tonight.  When the Red Sox started playing better ball a few weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that if they got within five games of the division lead by the All-Star break they'd have a chance.  Well they did, but then they dropped two of three to New York to fall 6.5 back.

The Yankees are leading the A.L. East with a 48-40 record, good for a .545 winning percentage that puts them on pace for 88 wins.  Just to be safe, I'll say 90 is what'll take to make the playoffs (the Wild Card leading Twins, 49-40, and Astros, 49-42, ate both within half a game of New York).

Boston is 42-47 with 73 games remaining.  To finish with 90 victories, the Sox will have to go 48-25 from here on out.  Unlikely, but within the realm of possibility.  I mean, if Brock Holt can make the All-Star Game...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Three of the world's 20 most valuable sports franchises are from Boston

Forbes magazine just ranked the top 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world.

Spain's Real Madrid (soccer) is No. 1 at $3.26 billion.  The Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees are tied for second at 3.2 billion.  Here's how the Boston teams rate:

No. 6 - Patriots, $2.6 billion (2nd in NFL)
No. 12 - Red Sox, $2.1 billion (3rd in MLB)
No. 20 - Celtics, $1.7 billion (4th in NBA)

New York is the only city with more teams in the top 20 (Yankees, Knicks, Giants and Jets) than Boston.  Chicago (Bulls, Cubs and Bears) has three as well.

Sorry Bruins/hockey fans, just one NHL team made the top 50--the Toronto Maple Leafs, tied for No. 37 at $1.3 billion.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

'Altered Course' golf is my kind of golf

I'm a bit late on this blog since the show debuted a month ago, and to be honest, I haven't yet had the chance to watch an episode of Altered Course.

But, here's what I know:

Dating back to the very first time I ever played golf (probably about 20 years ago), I've always though that it should be a race--rather than keeping track of the number of strokes, record how long it takes to finish instead.

There could be marathons, where you have one running time for the entire course, or sprints, where you stop and take a break between each hole.  As with regular golf, you could calculate a total score by adding up the times from every hole, or play each one head-to-head as 18 individual races.  The possibilities are endless...

Here's the Altered Course trailer:

Two things jump out at me: One, I wish they'd taken it to a more extreme level and ditched the traditional golf clothes and bags.  I want to see the players in specially deigned athletic suits with custom-made holsters/backpacks for whatever smaller-than-usual number of clubs they elect to carry for optimal speed and efficiency.

And two, that place where the show is filmed looks pretty awesome, I think I'll have to go there sometime.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What's your level of interest in the MLB All-Star Game?

Brock Holt might play.  He also might not.  Chances are Holt will be the last guy on the end of the bench that Ned Yost holds onto in case of an emergency (Yost kind of said as much when he selected him).  For me, I'd say the MLB All-Star Game ranks about right on par with the Celtics Summer League contest tonight in Las Vegas.

I'm sure that's on an extreme end of the spectrum for sports fans, but I feel as though nobody cares about the "Midsummer Classic" anymore.  I think in part, it's a dying product left over from a time when you read about baseball exclusively in the newspaper and saw only your local team on television.

With interleague play, fantasy baseball and the overall prevalence of cable TV and the internet, it's now possible to see (and know everything about) all of these guys all the time.  An appearance in one single game just doesn't have the clout that it used too...

Monday, July 13, 2015

The coolest graphic I've seen in a long time

If a picture's average worth is 1,000 words, for NBA fans this one has to be about a million (click on the photo to be blown away):

I can't even believe everything that's going on here--the complete history of each team's logo all at once.

Here's the always humorous Twitter translate:

"#NBA Hypnotize you GIF. So have changed the @NBA franchise logos over the years:"

And how about the Chicago Bulls, the only team with just one logo (unchanged since 1966).

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Awesome Old Song of the Week: "Naked" by the Goo Goo Dolls

In 1995, the Goo Goo Dolls' album A Boy Named Goo put them on the pop culture map due to the success of the single Name.

I remember being shocked when Name came out and my freshman year college roommate (who was from music-loving Austin, Texas and not a fan of pop) told me that he'd been listening to the Goo Goo Dolls for about five years already and their new hit single was garbage.

He be happy to know that rather than pick the obvious choice for this blog, I went with one of the more underrated songs from the disk, Naked, instead.

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