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Good Thing the Celtics Didn’t Make the Jimmy Butler Trade

If you had any doubts about the player that Jimmy Butler was going into the bubble, those doubts should surely be erased. He took a battered Heat team to the sixth game of the NBA Finals against a buzzsaw of a Lakers team. He became the second player in NBA history, after Lebron James in 2016, to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks in the Finals. His performance was commended by many and he certainly left his heart on the court. After failed stints in Minnesota and Philadelphia following his tenure in Chicago, he seems to have found a perfect fit down in South Beach. Recency bias may have some revisionist historians thinking that the Celtics should have made the Jimmy Butler trade back in 2017 but trust me when I say that would not be the answer.

The Future is Bright for the Red Sox Under Chaim Bloom

If you could pick two teams in the MLB that had polar opposite seasons, the Rays and the Red Sox would be an easy answer. The Rays finished first in the AL East and are three wins away from the World Series. The Red Sox finished dead last in the AL East and were three losses away from a top-2 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. Aside from being in the same division, there is another thing that links these two teams: Chaim Bloom.

Patriots 2020 Record Prediction

With the NFL season kicking off in just under two weeks, there is still a ton of uncertainty throughout the entire league. From teams without names and a pandemic ready to halt the season at any moment, this season is set to be unlike any other. One thing that makes this season unlike any in recent memory is the change of quarterback in New England. For the first time in 19 years, a quarterback not named Tom Brady will be under center for the Patriots, with 2015 MVP Cam Newton likely taking over the reins. With this changing of the guard and the numerous players opting out of this season, there is no guarantee that the Patriots even make the playoffs, let alone win the AFC East. Looking ahead at the Patriots 2020 schedule, it will surely be a battle for the top spot.

This Is the Most Important Season in MLB History

In just a few short days, Major League Baseball will be beginning their season, becoming the first of the four major American sports to resume play amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While many sports fans rejoice that there will finally be sports to watch, the experience will be very different for both the players and the fans. Starting with the obvious, it is going to be a shortened season with just 60 games being played. In addition to the shorter season, there will likely be no fans for the entirety of the season. Changes in schedule and viewership are just the tip of the iceberg in what will be the most bizarre season of baseball thus far. But while it may be the most bizarre season, it is also the most important season the MLB has ever played.

Mahomes Deal Shows Just How Unique the “Patriot Way” Is

On Monday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs locked up Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes with a lucrative contract extension, tying Mahomes to the Chiefs through 2031.  The deal is reported to be a 10-year, $450 million extension with additional incentives that could take it over half a billion dollars. With his current 2-year, $27.6 million contract, Mahomes current deal comes in at a total of 12 years and $476.6, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.  This deal would make Mahomes the highest paid athlete ever, topping Mike Trout’s 12-year, $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.  While it was important for the Chiefs to secure their franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future, the size of the deal has to potentially handicap the Chiefs in their attempt to follow in the footsteps of the Patriots dynasty. 

Most Hated Boston Athletes in Recent Memory

Over the years, from before the influx of championships through today, the sports teams of Boston have seen their fair share of polarizing figures. While there has been a lot to celebrate and remember, especially in the past 20 years, there has also been a lot to look down upon and try to forget. GuyBostonSports’ main Twitter account (@GuyBostonSports) sent out a tweet the other day that got me thinking: who are some of the most-hated sports figures that have come through Boston in recent memory?

Some Recent Opening Day Memories to Get Through This Miserable Time

On April 9th of 2019, it was a drizzly and cold day in the city of Boston. Normally, the rain makes everybody miserable, but that day was different. Nobody seemed to care about the weather that day. Why? Because the reigning World Series champion Red Sox were being honored at their home opener at Fenway …

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Julian Edelman Adds Fuel to the Fire That is Tom Brady’s Free Agency Frenzy

Tom Brady‘s future has captured headlines in the weeks since the season ended. With free agency a little over two weeks away, there will likely continue to be a 24-hour Tom Brady news cycle. Many people have been reaching for hints as to where he is going, from Gisele’s Instagram stories to fake school visits to real estate listings, but …

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Keep Taysom Hill Very Far Away From Gillette Stadium

​As the Patriots wait on Tom Brady’s free agency decision before moving onto a further quarterback search, many names have been thrown around as the heir to Tom Brady, including Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, and utility man Taysom Hill. While Bridgewater and Mariota have had success as starting quarterbacks, albeit limited success, Taysom Hill has not had that same …

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Why in the World Isn’t Curt Schilling in the MLB Hall of Fame?

This past week, Derek Jeter made all the headlines by being one vote shy of a unanimous induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Receiving 396 of a possible 397 votes, Jeter has the second-highest vote percentage of all time, behind teammate Mariano Rivera and his unanimous induction last year. Much has been made about the one voter who …

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