While no deal has been signed it would appear that a verbal agreement to end the months long NHL Lock Out has been reached. The exact details of the deal are not fully know but highlights include: 10 year deal (opt out for both after 8 years), $60 million salary cap, and no change to the July 1 free agency opening. (more)
All eyes are on the Patriots this month as they continue on their path to a repeat Super Bowl appearance. The Pats will host the winner of the Wildcard Round at Gillette Stadium on Sunday January 13th in the AFC Divisional Playoff and then it’s on to the AFC Championship January 20th! (more)
You never would have guessed that the Patriots would be 3-3 after 6 games this season. You also wouldn’t have guessed that 3-3 would be good for a 4 way tie for 1st place in the AFC East. However that is where we stand after Seattle’s impressive 4th quarter comeback against the Patriots. On paper the Patriots’ progress is no better than the Jets’, Bills’ or the Dolphins’. (more)
The Red Sox will kick off their second homestand of the season tonight against the Oakland Athletics. They’ll play three against the A’s before an off-day on Wednesday and will then welcome the first place Baltimore Orioles this weekend. (more)
The Patriots will look to bounce back after a disappointing loss to the 3-5 Cleveland Browns when they travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sunday night.
The Patriots (6-2) are coming off of one of the worst losses in recent memory after being thoroughly dominated in a game that conventional wisdom said they “should have won.”
New England looked horrific on both sides of the ball, averaging only 3.4 yards-per-carry and completing only 50 percent of their passes while turning the ball over three times.
“We were out of sync all day,” Tom Brady said to reporters after the game. “It was not a good day at all. As an offense, we didn’t do much to advance the ball, and that includes the quarterback. If we play like we played today we are not going to beat anybody,” Brady added.
Wide receiver Deion Branch doesn’t expect the effects of the Cleveland game to linger. “It’s going to be a different team; I will tell you all that right now,” Branch told reporters on Monday.
It will need to be a different team if the Patriots are going to be able to put up a fight against the league’s best defense.
The Steelers come into the game allowing only 15.4 points-per-game and an absurd 58.3 yards rushing. Both are the best in the NFL.
If the Steelers defense is going to be beat it will have to be done through the air. They are giving up an average 240 passing yards, which is 24th in the NFL.
This game will be a huge test for the Patriots’ wide receivers, which have been almost non-existent since the departure of Randy Moss. Many of the team’s recent offensive problems have rooted from the poor play of the receivers and their inability to get open consistently, especially last week in Cleveland.
Most conspicuous by his absence is Wes Welker, who hasn’t produced at his typical level since Moss left. Welker has only 18 catches for 138 yards with no touchdowns in the four post-Moss games.
On the other side of the ball, look for the Patriots to see a large dose of Rashard Mendenhall. The Steelers workhorse is a powerful runner, much like Hillis, but he also has the breakaway speed that Hillis lacks once he gets into the open field. If they can at least slow Mendenhall down, the Patriots will have a much better chance of containing Ben Roethlisberger and will be less vulnerable to the big play action pass to the explosive Mike Wallace. If Mendenhall is running free and the safeties have to creep up to stop him, Wallace could have a big day.
Overall, this could be the toughest game the Patriots have all season, but it is still a game they can win. They have the advantage of having faced Cleveland a week ago, who beat them the same way the Steelers will try to; with a power running game and a physical defense.
This looks like a game that the Steelers “should win,” but the Patriots heard the same thing when they walked into Cleveland last week. Expect the Patriots to bounce back and have a chance to win the game.
by: Mark Feury
You may have heard a little bit about the new Red Sox plates in the news. Ace recently won one of these at a Jimmy Fund charity auction, and we’re going to be giving it away to one of our fans!
Number 17 is up for grabs, which was worn by Mel Parnell, Dick Radatz, Marty Barrett, and Cecil Cooper among others. All you have to is send an email to email@example.com with the subject “Number 17″. Entering will add you to our mailing list (you’re still eligible to win if you’re already on the mailing list, and you can unsubscribe at any time).
The contest will run from 10/26 to 11/12. The winner will receive the JF #17 Red Sox plate, fully paid for the first year. The plate can be renewed for $40 a year after that. Here’s what the plate looks like with 7 after the 1):
The Summer isn’t quite over but that doesn’t mean its too early to score some Celtics tickets for the upcoming season. Celts tix are now available for all 2010-2011 games. There are definitely some notable games to point out as well. For their home opener on 10/26 the Celtics will take on none other than the Miami Heat. Expect a competitive and playoff like atmosphere for this game. It will likely be the most sought after Celtics ticket for the entire year. If you are looking to get an early glimpse of the 2010-2011 Celtics, check out our below face value prices for the two home pre-season games.
Other noteworthy games include:
Celtics vs Bulls 11/5
Celtics vs Hawks 12/16
Celtics vs Magic 1/17
Celtics vs Lakers 2/10
Ace Ticket has teamed up with another Boston media outlet to create a unique live studio environment. 98.5 the Sports Hub will now broadcast live from the Ace Ticket Fenway Store (121 Brookline Ave) during select Red Sox home games. The ribbon cutting for the new Sports Hub Ace Ticket Studio took place on Wednesday April 7 at 5:00pm, 2 hours before the Red Sox and Yankees matched up for the rubber game of their three game opening series. The studio made its broadcast debut on Red Sox Opening Day (April 4, 2010) with a live broadcast by Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti.
The Sports Hub/Ace Studio is Ace Ticket’s second partnership on a media studio. In 2009 Ace Ticket and Comcast Sports Net opened the Comcast Ace Ticket studio at Ace’s Causeway street location, directly across from the TD Garden. Comcast broadcasts live from the Ace Ticket studio before and after every Boston Celtics home game. “The studio project went so well with Comcast that we couldn’t wait to do a similar project at our Fenway location. Customers in our Garden and Fenway locations will catch a glimpse of the live broadcasts before Celtics and Red Sox games while they are picking up their tickets” said Ace Ticket CEO James Holzman.
“As 98.5 The Sports Hub enters our first full baseball season, this new partnership with Ace Ticket is a perfect fit for us. Having a fishbowl studio on Brookline Ave just steps from Fenway will benefit both brands.” said Mike Thomas, Program Director of 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Ace Ticket Worldwide, Inc. was founded in 1979 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ace Ticket is the largest ticket reseller in the New England area, selling tickets to a variety of events both locally and nationally. Ace Ticket is an official sponsor of the Boston Red Sox.
WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” broadcasts on 98.5 MHz in Boston, Massachusetts. Owned by CBS Radio, the current WBZ-FM began on August 13, 2009 and competes with AM sports talk stations WEEI. WBZ-FM is home to the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots radio networks.
In his first appearance against the Sox, Jason Bay was met with jeers from Boston fans. The former Sox left fielder didn’t seem fazed by his former fanatics’ reaction. ”I thought it was a little harsh,” Bay told the Providence Journal’s Dan Barbarsi, smiling. “It was luke-warm, at best.” John Lackey, the Sox’s big free agent acquisition dominated Bay’s new team. Lackey needed only 30 pitches to get through his three innings, allowing just three hits and no runs. The Sox had their offensive contributions early and often, from from outfielders Jeremy Hermida, Mike Cameron, and JD Drew, giving the Sox an early lead the Mets could not overcome.The Sox travel to the Cardinals’ practice facility for a 1:05pm contest tomorrrow.
After resigning from NBC amidst a scheduling dispute, former Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien is ready to make the masses laugh again. While the terms of his departure block him from appearing on television, he has planned a stand up and variety show tour which will be making stops in Boston on June 4th and June 5th. (more)