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Brady Transcript
May 28, 2009

Here is the transcript of Tom Brady’s comments at Thursday’s OTA as provided by the Patriots Media Relations staff:

Q: How are you feeling? Do you want to give us an update on the progress of your knee from the last two months or so?

TB: Yeah. I’ve been feeling really positive. You know, getting back into the football stuff – it’s a little different than the training you do – working out normally in the offseason, so it’s good to come out on the field. There is obviously a lot of rust by all of us being off for four months. We’re working hard to make the improvements we need to make. Thank God the season is a few months away, but we need the work and I need the work. I think everybody realizes when you come out after four months off there is a lot of work for us to do.

Q: Have you talked to any other quarterbacks who have gone through this about what their experiences were?

TB: Not really. No, I haven’t.

Q: Anyone else at all? Any players that you’ve talked to that have been through it?

TB: There have been a couple of guys on our team that have had knee injuries. It’s about staying positive and putting in the work. You’ve got to do the rehab. Nobody likes to do rehab. I’m glad we are back into the football stuff and we are back into throwing the ball on the field. That’s the stuff that I enjoy the most.

Q: Do you have to learn how to throw again with the knee the way it is?

TB: The throwing is not the problem at all. At this point it’s just about getting back to the football activity. I am doing the football activities not for my leg, but for the rest of me – my everything. My body feels really good. My arm feels good. I’m not completing as many passes as I want, but we haven’t been out here very long. I think it’s just about getting better every day. If you can do that, and you can make continuous improvements over the course of weeks and months, you’ll be a better player.

Q: There’s no adjustment with having to wear a brace on your leg and getting used to that?

TB: No. You don’t even really notice it. I would rather not wear, but [Head Athletic Trainer] Jim [Whalen] is forcing me to wear it, so I have to listen to him.

Q: With your lifestyle being glamorous, are you still as hungry and competitive as you’ve always been?

TB: I’m a believer that talk is real cheap. I’m someone that likes to put the work in. I know it looks glamorous at times. I think what I enjoy the most is playing football and being with my family, and those are the kind of things that I do. I’m excited to go out there and compete and anytime I have a chance to compete, I love that. Whether it’s on the practice field or the game field, which unfortunately is a few months away for us, you just have to come out – and I always enjoy that.

Q: You said last year was the halftime of your career. What did you mean by that?

TB: Well, I think we all have goals that we set for ourselves and how long you want to play. Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don’t get hit very often. I hope I have the opportunity to play for a long time. I think when you sit on the sidelines for an entire year you realize how much you love it. Not that you need that to happen to be grateful to play, but you experience things in a much different way and a way that I never experienced as an athlete. I love being out here. I love participating and being around these guys. We’re working for some big goals we set, so we just have to, like Coach Belichick says, come out here and work hard every day and do our job.

Q: Does this year off make you think about your athletic mortality?

TB: Like the end of my career?

Q: Well, did it make you think that it’s getting closer than…

TB: The reality is in this sport, you really never know with… Any day could be your last day in football. You come out and it’s a very physical game and I think you’re just grateful for having a chance to compete in practice and be on a team and having a great job. I think all of that stuff we are very happy about and happy to participate in. I don’t think about the end too often. Hopefully this is still, relatively, in the early part of my career. I guess you will have to talk to me in a few years.

Q: You used the word rust. Getting back out here does it feel like a long time? What are your emotions?

TB: I’ve been playing football for a long time so you don’t have to relearn how to do anything, you just have to go out and try to be sharp. I don’t think I’ve been very sharp the last three days in practice. It takes a lot of reps and a lot of throwing. You see the defense and you make the throws and there are adjustments you have to make on the field. The football part and understanding our offense – I mean, obviously, I have a good understanding of that – it’s just a matter of putting it together at a different speed than you can go out and practice in the bubble in March and April. It’s nice when team activities are on the field and there’s blitzes and you can signal guys and something happens and a guy slips on a route and now you have to throw to a different player. Those are the things that you’ve got to sharpen up. There’s a lot of training camp practices. There’s probably 50 training camp practices that we’ll have and I think each one of those will be valuable for all of us. I’m looking forward to those because I haven’t had the opportunity to do that in quite awhile.

Q: I would imagine your rehab is probably 75 percent done and I would think you probably still have some limitations. You don’t feel like you are 100 percent yet, do you?

TB: I feel as good as I could possibly feel. I don’t think about it. It doesn’t bother me doing anything. It’s feeling really good and it’s about as good as I can say. I’m real happy with where I’m at and I come out to these workouts happy to participate in them. That was something that was a big goal for me to be able to do.

Q: If the opening game would be two months away do you think you’d be ready or do you think you need four months?

TB: I will take every day that I have. Believe me, I’ll take every day. We have a lot of work [to do] and there are a lot of new faces and new coaches. There’s been a lot of change for us this year and we have to use it to our advantage.

Q: Did you learn anything while you were out from watching the game that you can put into practice now?

TB: Yeah, you’re not in the day-to-day of the football, which as a football player – like everybody – your job, when you’re in it every day, it’s a grind. You get up and you go to work and there is quite a routine. I didn’t have that routine this year, so there are other things that you see. I said earlier, some of those things when you are in that marathon of a season it’s just getting through the next day and getting through the game. You start complaining about the little things. When I was sitting out last year you hear all the guys start [in] November, December – that later part in the year when the guys are starting to get worn down – I’m going, ‘Come on guys, push through it, just win the game.’ That’s how Coach Belichick coaches us, and I saw it from a different perspective in that sense. So hopefully there’s no complaining from me this year.

Q: Naturally a lot of people are comparing this offense to 2007 – you have some new tools in Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis. What are your expectations and do you think it will be better?

TB: Well, we have guys that are experienced players. Obviously, Randy [Moss] and Wes [Welker] at receiver and we’ve added some tight ends and Joey and Greg are here as well. There’s a lot of work that we need to do to get on the same page. I know the kind of effort we put in in 2007 and we need to match that, and in 2008 as well – we worked hard that offseason. It didn’t work out for us in the end, but I think this year is another bit of excitement, it’s a new challenge and that’s why we are out here practicing. I don’t think you overlook anything out here. Every rep we are trying to complete is for a reason. There are signals [to learn]. We’re walking through the two-minute drill today. We’re trying to all get on the same page and that’s going to carry over into training camp and training camp carries over to the season. We have a lot of tough opponents this year. We have a challenging schedule and we are going to need the work that we have. I think the new guys – they are a bit overwhelmed with the offense and the terminology and the speed of how I’m spitting things out in the huddle and how I’m changing things at the line. We are all trying to get used to that.

Q: What’s been the biggest surprise for you over the last two days?

TB: This is a hard game and it’s one of those things that if you’re not doing it every day and you’re competing at this level, you always think it’s going to get easier as you get older and you are going to complete more balls. That’s not the way it works. You’ve got to come out every day and put the work in. You can’t take anything for granted and you can’t think that because you completed it last year a certain way that that’s the way it’s going to be this year. We’ve got a group of hard working guys and I’m very appreciative of that as a member of the team because I don’t have to motivate those guys. They are really self-motivating and they’re willing to work and we are willing to put the time in together. I think we’re going to need all that hard work and commitment from everybody to make it a successful season.

Q: A lot of good things happened for you off the field this year – you were able to spend more time with your son and you got married. Can you address that and how it was?

TB: Sure. I’m a very optimistic person. I cherish those moments. There’s been great things happening in my life for a long time and certainly this year was no different and different areas of success with marriage and with children. It’s a great part of my life and so is work. I’m excited for all those things coming together. I think I’m a happier person when I’m working.

Q: You’re going to have to juggle a little more.

TB: Yeah, certainly. I think there are a lot of constraints on your time and it’s about prioritizing and doing the best you can do.

Q: You said “children” in a previous answer. Is there another one on the way?

TB: No. It’s… No. One is enough. I have dogs and that’s all I need.

Q: Aside from the knee, how rusty do you feel?

TB: I feel like it’s springtime – 50 degrees and rainy in Boston. It’s the start of a new year. I wish we’d come out and throw 90 percent completions out here every day and [have] everyone on the same page and [have] no mental errors, but because we are so new to this there are a lot of mistakes we are making. We have to try to make those improvements every day. We go in, watch our film and listen to Coach and hopefully we can build on each day. So like I said, we can look back two months from now and know that we’re prepared for training camp.

Q: When you think back about the day you were injured, is it something you put in the back of your mind?

TB: I really don’t think about it. I’ve never really thought about it. I’ve never really focused on it. I think I felt bad for myself that night and then I think I moved on after that. Since then it’s about trying to get better. There’s nothing you can do and you have to find ways to move on. Like I said, I’m grateful to be out here. To have the chance to come out here and play is something I’ve wanted to do my entire life and I’ve had the opportunity to do it for nine years and I’m at it again for my 10th. Randy [Moss] jokes that he wishes this was training camp. I think in a lot of ways we feel the same way that we are going to put the work in and we want to come out and get back to doing what we love to do.

Q: Have you talked to other players with this injury?

TB: I haven’t – just the guys on my team that are supportive and encourage me, but no one in particular that I’ve sought out.

Q: With your glamorous lifestyle, does the football field feel like a sanctuary for you?

TB: Yeah, the football field… You are one of the guys here and I enjoy that. In other parts of my life it’s just that once I had a little bit more privacy back in the past, but that’s okay and I learn to manage it and I still find ways to enjoy myself, certainly here – I always have fun here. Personally, I really enjoy the things I’m doing. This is a great place for me.

Q: At this point what could stop you from being ready for the season opener?

TB: I said anything that could stop anybody. There’re a lot of things that could happen in two months. I have to drive home this afternoon in Boston traffic, you never know what could happen. Knock on wood please. We’re out here preparing and I don’t anticipate anything. I hope there’s not. We’ll deal with something if something does… lighting striking, I don’t know.

Q: How do you feel about playing in London?

TB: I’m looking forward to that. Mr. Kraft told me last year the day that it was announced. I was excited. Especially that it’s an away game for us and a home game for them. I’d much rather play in London than at Tampa’s stadium. It’s the middle part of the year and it will be fun to play at a different place. I know the NFL works hard to expand into different countries all around world and get more fans. I think the players understand that and we’re willing to do that. We love the game and we want other people to love the game too.

Q: Randy Moss and Wes Welker talked about how their experience in the offense is really going to help what you guys had in 2007. What do you think about that showing up now and going into the year?

TB: Those two work extremely hard. They were pretty good two years ago when they got here and they were great last year. I expect them to be great this year and there isn’t any reason why they shouldn’t be. They work hard. They know the offense. They’re accountable and they’re great leaders. They need to play well. If they don’t play well then obviously we’re not going to have a very good football team. When your best players are guys that are the hardest workers – I know Coach Belichick loves that. I think all the players look up to those guys and their leadership ability.

Q: What’s the adjustment without Josh McDaniels out here?

TB: You know Josh and I had a great relationship. As a part of the NFL, things change every year. There’re 13 new head coaches and he’s one of them. I really hope that we find ways to move on without him, and we’ve already started that process. It doesn’t stop for anybody around here. You leave and someone else fills your spot and they’re anxious for the opportunity. We have to work hard to get up to speed on everything and the coaches that are in that role are doing that.

Q: Is it kind of quiet without [Mike] Vrabel?

TB: You noticed that too don’t you? Vrabel, Rodney [Harrison] – there is definitely not as much noise. We miss those guys and we love those guys. They are our great friends and we wish them well.

Q: Were you surprised about the Vrabel move?

TB: I’m not surprised by anything anymore. It’s part of this game and it’s part of the league. I know Mike’s happy to have a job. We are all happy to have a job. Like I said, Mike’s a great friend of all of ours. We miss him and I know he misses us, but if we ever play Kansas City than we are going to want to beat the crap out of him.

Q: Was there ever a point in your recovery that you thought you might not be ready?

TB: No, I think part of surgery and rehab is that you have setbacks and you just deal with them. It doesn’t always go as you plan it. Life doesn’t go how you plan it. It’s a matter of dealing with it [and] understanding, what do I have to do to get back on the right track. It didn’t really set me back for very long, probably just long enough from keeping me from really hurting myself.

Q: Did you pay attention to the speculation about your knee and were you amused by any of it?

TB: I’m amused by a lot.

Q: Some Pats fans might be concerned today to look at the paper and see you riding your bicycle without your helmet on. Tell me about that?

TB: Do I need a helmet?

Q: Yeah.

TB: I do? I’m not even going very fast.

Q: You have to wear a helmet.

TB: I’ll get a helmet. I’ll see if Mr. Kraft can provide me with a helmet.

Q: Have you lost weight? Are you at your playing weight?

TB: I think I’m a little more than my playing weight. I try to work on my strength a lot. There’re different things you try to find [to make] improvements on. I’ll be right back to where I need to be in a few months. I need some warm weather.

Q: Are there things you would like to do but you are holding back a little bit?

TB: I always try to do as much as I can do. I’m never a person that does not enough because I’d regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things and other things it doesn’t work. I think as far as I’m concerned now, coming out here, I’m trying to do everything I can do and I’m trying to do everything in the offseason program since it started. It’s been good because now I come out here and there’s nothing I’m worried about. I just try to play better, which I didn’t do very well today.

Q: What do you think about Joey Galloway and Fred Taylor and the new weapons on offense?

TB: I think it’s great. I love having veteran players come onto this team because they have the experience. They know football and they know the language and terminology and the learning curve is so much accelerated for them. It’s challenging in our offense for a young player because there’s a lot that we do. It changes every week. Especially as a receiver, you might be in one spot one day and the next spot the other [day] and the route we are calling – there are three different variations to the route based on the coverage. It’s tough, so when you have a veteran player, he’s – ok yeah, I get that, I did that. When you get a rookie, he’s trying to make sure he gets out to practice on time. When you have Fred who’s excited to run the plays and now he has to learn our terminology versus the terminology he’s known… He’s excited, he feels excited to be here. That youth comes out in him, so I think hopefully we are going to get the best out of both he and Joey and Greg Lewis. I don’t know if you saw that catch he [Greg] made today, but that was ridiculous. I told him that was the one he caught in the Super Bowl – that weasel.

Q: Have you told those guys that you are trying to do something special?

TB: I think they know that we are all trying to do something special. We haven’t had the kind of season we would’ve liked going into our fifth year. There have been some ups and downs and I think we’ve realized you need to be extremely consistent in everything you do to accomplish your goals. It is challenging. Look at Miami last year – they were the division champs last year. We are not in that spot anymore, so we have to make the improvements to catch up to the other teams. We have an AFC team that won the Super Bowl, a team that we seem to play every year. When you don’t make the playoffs you’re looking up at a lot of teams. We’ve got to get back to winning some football games.

Q: How confident are you that you can be the same player that you were before the injury?

TB: We’ll see. Like I said, talk is cheap. I could sit here and tell you guys that I’m going to play until I’m 80, but that doesn’t matter. I’m going to do the best that I can do and I’m going to try to be the best leader and the best teammate and supporter of the guys on my team – it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. Like I said, I’m grateful to have that chance and to be out here today. I can’t wait to get out and start playing games.

Q: For veteran guys the first time they have an injury it’s a shock. Did you go through that?

TB: I think you wake up the next day and think was that a dream? Because that’s not really how I thought it was going to go. I had never been injured and then that passes with me pretty quick though. I don’t dwell on it. I just kind of go, well that sucks. Okay, now what do we have to do? Right after, you’re hurting a little bit but then you are focusing on the things that you have to do to get better. I think it went pretty fast in a lot of ways – the rehab process and getting back here. It goes fast because there is something else to focus on and you’re always trying to make improvements just like we do on the practice field. In a different way, when you’re not practicing you’re trying to make improvements so you can get back out here with this goal in mind. It’s challenging because you’re not playing. It’s challenging because you can’t help your teammates in the role that you’ve always helped them in, but I am obviously supportive of them. I’m hoping that I can be back out there leading them once again.

Q: Was it difficult to watch the games?

TB: Watching the games wasn’t a problem – I loved that. It’s the end of the game that’s the problem, because when you win you’re like, I wasn’t a part of any of that [and] they’re all celebrating in the locker room and I’m laying on my bed. And when you lose, you are bummed because the team lost. It’s probably the emotion of a normal game. For the players there is always emotion after the game. During the game you are rooting and cheering for the guys and hoping that everyone is doing well and everyone is safe, but once the game ends you try to go to bed early.

Brady works out
May 28, 2009

UPDATE:
Here’s a link to our slideshow from today’s practice:
Click here.

Yes, it’s true, Tom Brady IS here in Foxboro working out. How does he look? Well,
Everyone is going to be looking for some kind of flaw (someone told me that Brady
Looks slimmer- he doesn’t have full equipment on, of course he is going to look thinner)
Or limp or something. I’d say he looks great for being just 7 months away from major knee surgerym

Now, having said that I think he is definitely going to need the next 2-4 months to be completely ready for
The start of the regular season. Brady looks a little stiff legged, a little. :e is throwing just fine.
He is backpedaling just fine. He is going to be just fine.

See all of the video of Brady throwing and hear what he has to say about his rehab and how he’s feeling tonight on Newscenter5 at 5 and 6

MD

Brady On SI Cover
May 26, 2009

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Look who’s back on the cover of Sports Illustrated, just in time for the start of off-season workouts for the full team (media access is Thursday). Here is the official press release from SI, with excerpts.

(NEW YORK – May 26, 2009) – This week’s June 1, 2009, issue of Sports Illustrated, on newsstands tomorrow, features New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady—his 11th appearance on the cover—with the billing “I’ll Be Ready”: The Season Can’t Come Soon Enough For a Healthy Tom Brady. In his first extended interview since his September 7, 2008, knee injury, Brady sat down with SI senior NFL writer Peter King last week to talk about his recovery, his excitement over his return to football and his hopes for at least 10 more years in the game.

Exuding confidence in his surgically rebuilt left knee, Brady tells SI that his recovery is on schedule and that he is running and cutting without pain or restricted movement. King writes: “He was convincing when he said he was ‘as confident as anyone could be that I’ll be ready to play, back to playing normally, when the season starts. I’ve done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard. Right now, I’m doing everything. Literally everything. There’s nothing I can’t do.’ ”

Brady tells King that he has learned much about himself during his forced layoff and that he is so anxious to play again that he looks forward to the grind of two-a-days. “‘When I was playing every week, I (complained) about the little things,’ he said. ‘Like, God, we’ve got to go outside today? It’s raining! Or, why is Bill dunking the ball in soap? Or, why do we have a meeting at 7:30 to talk about everything we’ve already talked about. Geez! Then when you’re not playing, you realize that you would [gladly] do any of that—whatever they wanted me to do.’ Brady drew an analogy based on his parenting experience with his 21-month-old Jack. ‘I don’t see him everyday”—Brady shares custody with former girlfriend Bridget Moynahan—‘and we play when I change his diaper: lifting his leg up, playing with his toes, biting his feet. There’s a different appreciation. If you had him every day, you’d go, Let’s just get this done. But when you get him, say, one week a month, you’re like, This is so cool!’ ”

In addition, Brady tells King that he’d like to play for 10 more seasons: “I want to play until I am 41. And if I get to that point and still feel good, I’ll keep playing. I mean, what the hell else am I going to do? I don’t like anything else. People say, ‘What will you do after football?’ Why would I even think of doing anything else? What would I do instead of run out in front of 80,000 people and command 52 guys and be around guys I consider brothers and be one of the real gladiators? Why would I ever want to do something else? It’s so hard to think of anything that would match what I do: Fly to the moon? Jump out of planes? Bungee-jump off cliffs? None of that (stuff) matters to me. I want to play this game I love, be with my wife and son and enjoy life.”

Brady-Ready or not?
May 26, 2009

Patriots nation can take yet another deep breath as their anxiety about the return of their injured quarterback lessens, a little anyway.

We have finally seen our 1st video of Tom Brady throwing a football on the football field. He wasn’t actually moving, at all, in the video. In fact he was moving more when throwing a few months ago when he gave out laptop computers to middle school students. Brady was at a gym there and, while in jeans, moved around pretty comfortably.

Now, on Thursday on Channel 5, we are going to get an extended look at Brady when the team opens up their practices to the media. He should be participating in drills with his teammates. He will not be in full pads but will have a helmet on and should be running at full speed in shorts and maybe even shoulder pads.

So, Patriot fans, just 2 more days until you can breath your next collective sigh, and this sigh should be a nice big one. …BTW,  Brady is going to be just FINE when he returns for his 1st regular season game September 14th against Buffalo, a game you can see right here on Channel 5.

-MD

Ortiz Breaks out
May 21, 2009

Finally, there is joy in Mudville, because on this night Casey’s mighty swing connected.

The Red Sox version of Casey-David Ortiz, and his swinging and missing last night finally came to an end. But not until after David Ortiz’s 3rd at bat  as and his 1st 2 at bats last night were not encouraging- a 1st pitch ground out to 1st base and yet another strike out, a bad strike out that saw Ortiz swing at another bad pitch.  The already very uncomfortable was getting downright ugly. From sympathy to questions about Ortiz’s eyesight and his real age. And then it happened, finally.

In Wednesday night’s 5th inning, David Ortiz hit a Home Run for the 1st time since last September 22, 150 at bats altogether. When he hit it, it looked initially like it was a deep fly ball to Center Field.  Slowly Toronto centerfielder Vernon Wells went back, and went back to the wall, looked up and it was gone, into the Camerman’s area and Ortiz had his 1st home run.

Ortiz finished his home run trot slowly, especially his last 2 steps enjoying every long coveted second before pointed his 2 arms upward in his customarily act of thanks to God, and on this night there was plenty to be thankful for.

Upon arriving into the dugout, his teammates tried to give him the cold shoulder. It lasted about 2 seconds before they mobbed the most popular teammate most of them have ever had. He took a curtain call, He could have taken3 or 4 more as Fenway was still erupting. The monkey was off of his back as Ortiz expressed afterwards. 38,000 people left fenway feeling good about the man that has brought them so much excitement and joy over the last 6 years.

Oh yah, the red Sox won the game 8-3 to pull within a game and a half of the 1st place Blue Jays. On this night that was insignificant. Big Papi was back, finally, to being Big Papi, at least for one perfect night at Fenway.

-MD

Still in Mourning
May 19, 2009

I know, get over it and move on, but it was such an exciting run with both the Celtics and Bruins involved in the playoffs. And then poof, they are both finished, in game 7 losses.

The Celtics loss was much easier to take since their exit from the playoffs was a foregone conclusion (and this next round against Cleveland might have been ugly). But the Bruins, well we had such high hopes, but a couple of dog games in playoff games 2-4 ended up costing the Bruins as they left too much to chance in an anything can happen Game 7 where they saw their hopes dashes in an overtime heart breaker.

The positive to take away from the Bruins loss is that they are young and this experience will help them next season. They have got a good foundation and will be good again next season.

So it’s now time to focus on the Red Sox and poor slumping David Ortiz . It’s still too early to focus entirely on the Red Sox. They still have 124 games left.

The Patriots have some work outs this week (check out SportsCenter 5 wed night)

The Boston Breakers (Women’s pro soccer) are in full swing as are the Canons (Mens outdoor Lacrosse) and Revolution. And don’t forget Minor league Baseball all over New England (Youkilis was 0-4 for the Pawsox today) .

And the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final 4 this week-end in Foxboro.

-MD

Unfortunately, It was bound to happen
May 14, 2009

This past Tuesday and Sunday we enjoyed the fruits of 3 wins by our 3 Pro teams. The odds of this happening yet again were just too high.

Guess we could blame the Red Sox. They started this bad Karma day with a loss, and like the Celtics and Bruins- they should have won, leaving 17 runners on base (Big Papi 0-7 stranded 8  of them, 12 overall when not ending an inning).

The Celtics showed alot of grit, for 3 1/2 quarters anyway. (I should probably qualify that by saying Rondo and Perkins showed alot of grit- their teammates just did not do their part or they would have won) . The last 6 minutes the Celtics tired looking fatigued, making some poor decisions which turned into missed shots or turnovers.

Then their was the most important game of the day, which would not end. The Bruins going into overtime in their game 7 against Carolina after coming from behind to tie it at 2 on a late goal by Milan Lucic. Would the Bruins avoid a costly mistake and get the one break that not only wins a game but ends up winning the series? Could Tim Thomas prevent a loss? He made one big save 30 seconds into overtime. All you can really hope for is that a real fluky goal does not cost the Bruins the series.

It wasn’t a fluky goal as much as it was a fluky person- the series villain  Scott Walker who scored the game winner (his 1st playoff goal this year in 14 games) with just 1:14 remaining in the 1st overtime period and all of a sudden the Bruins season is over, losing 3-2 in overtime in the 7th and deciding game.

-MD

Looking for 3rd straight Hat Trick, and when they will play next
May 14, 2009

Thursday night the 3 local teams will try to make it 3 times in a row that they have won 3 games on the same night.

The Bruins 7th game against Carolina tops the list. There is nothing like the anticipation and excitement of a deciding 7th game and when it is at the Garden-you’ve got to like the home team especially when they come in with the momentum and knowledge of having outplayed the Hurricanes the last 2 games.   –The Eastern conference Finals against Pittsburgh will probably start on Monday night at the Garden.

The Celtics game #6 task is much tougher playing in Orlando, but if the C’s can pull it off they will start the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night in Cleveland with game 2 on wednesday night and games 3 and 4 back here in Boston on Friday and Sunday nights.

If the Celtics-Orlando series goes to a 7th game on Sunday night, the Eastern Conference Finals will begin in Cleveland with games 1 & 2 on Wednesday and Friday nights with games 3 and 4 back here in Boston next Sunday and Tuesday nights.

And last but 1st on the schedule this day- the Red Sox sending Brad Penney to the mound Thursday afternoon in Anaheim trying to start off  the 3rd straight Hat Trick of wins for Boston’s teams in one calender day.

Led the madness begin with the Celtics at 7pm followed by the Bruins at 8pm and the Red Sox at 10pm eastern time.

-MD

Winning, winning, winning
May 12, 2009

How can the Celts, Bruins, and Red Sox possibly top Sunday night’s undefeated 3 game hat trick? They can’t really but they don’t need to, they just need to duplicate it. Quite frankly 2 out of 3 would do as long as those 2 are the Celtics and the Bruins, especially the Bruins who again face an elimination game.

The quality of the Celtics and Bruins wins might be impossible to duplicate- the excitement of Big Baby’s last second shot and the total domination of the Bruins win.

The NHL’s decision to rescind the suspension of Carolina’s Scott Walker is so weak. He sucker punches the Bruins Aaron Ward and gets away with it? Really, are you kidding? Yesterday before they boarded a plane to Raleigh the Bruins talked about again playing tough but having to show great restraint and control from retaliating. The Bruins cannot afford any unprovoked penalties, or certainly any unmatched penalties. They need another big game from Tim Thomas, much like the Celtics need Paul Pierce to step up in tonight’s game against Orlando.

-MD

1 out of 3
May 7, 2009

The Celtics manhandled the Magic, the Bruins lost in overtime to the Hurricanes and the Red Sox  were pounded by the Indians. We are used to much more success around here.

The Red Sox loss we can deal with-a relatively meaningless regular season game coming off a nice 2 game sweep of the Yankees. Easily forgiveable.

The Bruins loss was a tough one. They tied it late to send it into overtime with a golden opportunity to steal one and regain home ice. Now they must win Friday night or face a very difficult uphill 3-1 defecit.

The Celtics took control of their game early and turned it into a laugher, and did so with Paul Pierce hardly getting off the bench. Foul trouble kept him on the bench most the game as he scored just 3 points. So how did the Celts manhandle the Magic? Behind their 2 smallest players- 6 Foot tall Eddie House scored a career playoff high 31, and rubbed it in a little as he did it. Look for him to get a very cold harsh greeting in Orlando. And 6-1 Rajon Rondo recorded his 3rd triple double of the playoffs including 18 assists and one big dunk. So much for his slump.

-MD