Whoever said: "Winning isn't everything" was not a New England native. The Northeast Corridor takes its hometown teams very seriously, and there is no such thing as an off-season.
So, for your reading pleasure, here is the latest and greatest news regarding your favorite teams:
The All-Star Game has passed, and the second half is underway with a big west coast trip for the Celts (5 games in 7 days). However, with the trade deadline looming, the big storyline for the C's revolves around Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and a plethora of trade rumors. The Celtics may be rolling back in to Boston next week with some new faces (Deandre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, and/or Josh Smith)... but hopefully not a losing record.
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Red Sox (0-0)
Fenway South opened camp this week, and all players are present and accounted for, with one exception... John Lackey's gut. The universally maligned pitcher surprised everyone with his new physique and elbow... Whether that will translate to wins on the mound is still to be determined.
In front office news: The Sox added a few new faces to camp, hoping to patch their holes with some platoon players. In the past week they have acquired and 1B Lyle Overbay and 1B/OF Mike Carp, both of whom can act as insurance policies against Mike Napoli's hip.
Rhody Hoops Rundown
March is approaching, so let's see how the Rhody teams rank.
1. PC Friars (14-11): Winners of four straight (2 against ranked teams), the Friars have looked sharp... they may not be headed to the tourney, but may spoil some of their opponents' March travel plans.
2. Bryant (16-8): After two road losses, the Bulldogs have slipped to 3rd in the NEC, but there tourney dreams are still very much alive.
3. URI (8-16): The Rams are on their largest winning streak of the year (2). However, despite their poor record, this team has played hard and stayed competitive in virtually every game. Watch out for this team to do some damage next year.
4. Brown (9-13): They can't shoot, pass, rebound, or score... but other than that, the Bears aren't that bad.
The Bruins have slipped to 3rd in the Northeast, but that's primarily due to their lack of games played (13). However, they still remain the class of the conference, and have been getting contributions from every line on the roster. Dougie Hamilton even popped his goal cherry with a perimeter goal in their loss to Buffalo this weekend.
Lo Siento Por Fiesta
Not a lot to report regarding on-field stories for the Patriots, but there has been plenty of news surrounding the team:
Gronk: As always, the young Tight End finds himself in unapologetic party mode. After creating a buzz for his alcohol-infused Super Bowl weekend in Vegas, he was spotted taking fan photos while wearing his custom "Sorry For Partying tank-top.
Alfonzo Dennard: The first year cornerback, who started seven games for the Pats this year, may be on hiatus for 2013. Dennard was convicted of 2 felony charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest on Wednesday. The event occurred in Lincoln, NE prior to the draft, which caused his stock to plummet, giving the Patriots the opportunity to take a flier on the speedy Husker. His sentencing will take place on April 11th.
- Kevin Aherne
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