General, Homepage - During the broadcast of the Toronto Maple Leafs New Year’s Day game, announcers reportedly mentioned rumors about next year’s Winter Classic matchup. Seemingly having inside info, the broadcast team said that NHL was going to continue to match up original Six teams, and that a Leafs/Bruins matchup at historic Fenway Park was a no-brainer. The involvement of a Canadian Original Six team could also mean a Bruins/Canadiens match up as well.
2009 Boston Bruins Tickets are available now!
Homepage, Sports - For the third time in his career, Peyton Manning has been chosen by the Associated Press as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Manning put the struggling Colts on his back and helped them to secure a playoff spot with a spectacular run in the second half of the season. During their current nine-game winning streak, Manning has a passer rating of 109.7, has thrown for 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions; helping overcome their NFL second-worst running game.
Indianapolis Colts Playoff Tickets are available now!
Homepage, Sports - The Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on the road and at home to extend their winning streak to ten games. On Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, Marc Savard led the Bruins to a win in a very physical game. First Star Savard racked up a goal a two assists on the way to a 5-2 victory. Milan Lucic and Tim Wallace dropped the gloves in an exciting third period fight.On New Year’s Day, the Bruins hosted the Penguins at the Garden. Pittsburgh rookie Dustin Jeffrey got the scoring started with his first NHL goal, but the Bruins answered back quickly. Red hot David Krejci scored the first Boston goal, and PJ Axelsson scored on a power play to give the B’s the lead. Boston netminder Manny Fernandez made 30 saves to remain perfect at home.Boston’s next six games are at home, where the Bruins have won their last 13 straight. Forward Patrice Bergeron has been put on injured reserve, and center Martin St. Pierre has been called from Providence.
Homepage, Sports - On January 1st, 40,818 fans piled into Wrigley Field to watch the Blackhawks take on the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings. Unlike last year’s bitterly cold and snowy affair, the skies were clear and the temperature was a relatively balmy 32 degrees. The Blackhawks jumped out to the early lead, leading 3-1 after the first period. Jiri Hudler, who jump-started the Red Wings offense by scoring two of the three Detroit goals in the second period, was impressed by the atmosphere at Wrigley. “I kind of had my mouth open in the beginning,” Hudler told the AP’s Rick Gano. “We were all looking at each other during the anthem—‘Wow, this is awesome.” The Wings’ 6-4 win gives them an eight point lead over the Blackhawks in the Central division.
Homepage, Sports - The Pats may have temporarily taken some heat when they selected Jerod Mayo with the 10th pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but it certainly paid dividends. Mayo led the team with 137 tackles, and was a constant presence on a depleted New England defensive unit. “He’s smart, makes a lot of defensive adjustments and calls for us there” Pats coach Bill Belichick told the AP’s Barry Wilner. “He runs well. He’s tough. He’s a good all-around football player, very mature, very professional. For a rookie, he’s probably as professional as anybody I’ve coached.” Mayo had an experienced group of veterans to learn from, including fellow linebacker Tedy Bruschi. “Ever since I came in on the first day Tedy has taken me under his wing and showed me the ropes,” Mayo said. “He’s like an older brother to me.”
Homepage, Sports - Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reports that even before the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira, the Red Sox contacted the Marlins about the availability of shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The former Sox prospect has been an offensive force in the MLB averaging about 125 runs, 50 stolen bases, and 30 home runs a season, with a career batting average of .308 and a career on-base percentage of .379. Despite his slightly lower stolen base total in 2008, he hit his career high in home runs (33) and doubled his walk total of the year before. The Sox reportedly offered outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, pitcher Clay Buchholz, and other possible prospects. Talks appear to have stalled, and the Sox would need to offer the Marlins a lot of value to snag the SS and his comparatively tiny (at least to Teixeira’s) 6-year $70 million contract.Boston Red Sox Tickets are available now!
Homepage, Sports - The New York Rangers won in dramatic fashion at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Down 4-1 in the third period, the Rangers battled back to drop 4 points on the Islanders, and help hold on to their lead in the Atlantic Division. Petr Prucha, who has not seen much ice time this year, scored one of the key goals jst 49 seconds into the final period. “I got lucky,” Prucha told AP writer Ira Podell. “It’s tough being out of the lineup for so long, and it was frustrating. I got the chance to play again and scored, so hopefully I will be in the lineup for the next game.” Left wing Nigel Dawes put the nail in the coffin on a shot assisted by Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan with just 19 seconds to go in the game. On January 3rd the Rangers will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
New York Rangers Tickets are available now!
Homepage, Sports - After the Yankees spent big money to lock up CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, the Red Sox have singed Brad Penny to a low risk/high reward contract. Penny agreed to a 1-year $5 million guaranteed contract, with up to $3 million in incentives. The righty spent most of the 2008 season sidelined with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, which influenced his decision to sign with Boston. “The Red Sox have a sophisticated system for dealing with pitching shoulders,” Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors writes, “so it’s an interesting match”. This signing sets up the Sox projected rotation to include: Brad Penny, Josh Beckett, Tim Wakefield, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Jon Lester; leaving Justin Masterson as either a spot-starter or in the set-up role for Jonathan Papelbon.
Penny will undergo a physical in Boston on January 7th, and pending the results he will begin a pre-season throwing program. The Red Sox also signed catcher Josh Bard to a $1.6 million non-guaranteed contract.
The 2009 Boston Red Sox Schedule is out now!