Boston Red Sox RHP Curt Schilling will not be making the trip next week to Fort Meyers, FL when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. The former World Series MVP has suffered an undisclosed injury to his throwing shoulder and will miss a good portion, if not all of the 2008 MLB season. Currently, Schilling and the Red Sox are deciding on what action to take with the injury that will be in the best interest for both parties.
Earlier this week on his online blog, 38pitches.com, Schilling expressed some of his feelings towards the injury and the Red Sox choices on how to handle it.
“There have been disagreements these past few weeks in an effort to provide me with a solution that would allow me to pitch as much as possible during the 2008 season,” he wrote. “At no time did I ever consider taking a course of action against the club’s wishes. In the end, regardless of who agreed with whom, I have chosen the club’s course of action and will vigorously pursue any and every option I can to be able to help this team to another World Series title in 2008.”
Red Sox executives have no comment at this point on the situation but did release a two sentence statement that acknowledges the injury.
“Curt Schilling was examined by Red Sox doctors in January after he reported feeling right shoulder discomfort,” the team said. “Curt has started a program of rest, rehabilitation and shoulder strengthening in an attempt to return to pitching.”
Since joining the Sox in 2004, Schilling has started 98 games compiling a record of 53-29. In the two years that he was completely healthy and did not spend any time on the DL (04’, 06) he boasted impressive numbers winning 36 games compared to only 13 losses. In 05’ and 07’, Schilling spent multiple months on the DL and his stats backed up that fact that he was not healthy. The ace pitcher put up mediocre numbers at best going a combined 17-16 in those two seasons. If Schilling plans to pitch in 2008, these numbers do not bode well in his favor for success.
Although no one knows how the injury occurred, if you want to start pointing fingers at who is to blame for the bad news, blame the Red Sox. Schilling is 41 years old and over his career has pitched 3261 innings. That’s 92nd on the all time list and eighth most among active pitchers. Honestly, did you think he was going to make it through the full season anyway? You know it’s already bad enough when you have to add weight incentive bonuses in a contract to encourage your players to stay in shape. And does anyone else find it convenient that Schilling made this announcement less than a week after the Mets signed Johan Santana, whom many thought the Red Sox were going to land.
If Schilling can win five games in 2008, that’s five more wins then Red Sox fans should be expecting. He already announced this was going to be his final year and that he just wanted to go out on top one last time. Well Schill, you’re going to go out on top all right, on top of the list for the most selfish, overpaid, greedy and overweight pitchers to not throw an inning in their final MLB season. I’d say Kudos, but you’d probably eat it.
Don’t worry this winter weather will be over soon. When the Spring and Summer finally come around, they’ll be some great music to enjoy at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield. Already scheduled to play are Rush, REM, and Tim McGraw. Concert dates are also in the works for Rod Stewart, Radiohead, Dave Matthews, and Jack Johnson. Rumors are also swirling about the possibility of another Police concert, this time at the Tweeter Center.
Once dates are finalized, tickets will be available online at aceticket.com. Stay tuned here for more info as shows are announced for the Tweeter Center and all Boston area venues.
Updated Tweeter Center Schedule: (updated on 3/16/08)
Kanye West – May 15, 2008
Eric Clapton – June 4. 2008
Tim McGraw – June 7, 2008
R.E.M. w/Modest Mouse – June 13, 2008
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – June 14, 2008
Rush – June 15, 2008
Dave Matthews Band – June 24, 2008
Dave Matthews Band – June 25, 2008
Steve Miller Band – July 19, 2008
Vans Warped Tour – July 23, 2008
The Police w/Elvis Costello – July 31, 2008
Jack Johnson – August 6, 2008
Rod Stewart – August 15, 2008
Jimmy Buffett – September 4, 2008
Jimmy Buffett – September 6, 2008
On Monday night, over 17,000 fans enjoyed two exciting NCAA Hockey match-ups at the TD Banknorth Garden for the first round of the 2008 Boston Beanpot Tournament. In the evening’s first game, Harvard University got out to a quick start scoring three goals in the games first eight minutes en route to a 3-1 victory over cross-town opponent Northeastern University.
The nightcap featured a battle between city rivals Boston College and Boston University. The two teams had faced off in the Beanpot Championship game four out of the last five years and many looked at this match-up’s winner to be the heavy favorite in next week’s final. BC prevailed in a thrilling 4-3 OT win in a game that featured three ties and four lead changes.
The ninth-ranked Eagles (13-6-7) reached the championship game for the fifth time in six years, ending BU’s long run of Beanpot success.
The Terriers (8-14-4) had won three straight Beanpots and 11 of the past 13. Since 1983, they had advanced to the final every year except 1994.
The 2008 Beanpot Championship game featuring BC vs. Harvard will be played on February 11, 2008 starting at 8pm at the TD Banknorth Garden. The consolation game will be played prior to that at 5pm with the match-up of BU vs. NEU.
Tournament Notes: BC’s Nathan Gerbe scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the first round contest. BU’s goaltender Brett Bennett made 30 saves in the losing effort.
Harvard has not been in a Beanpot final since 1998, and has not won the tournament since 1993. Northeastern currently has the longest title drought, last winning it all in 1988.
The New York Giants did not win Superbowl XLII, the New England Patriots lost it. Dating as far back to the NFL preseason camps, the Patriots were this year’s favorite to win it all. They had one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league in Tom Brady, a young and talented running-back in Laurence Maroney, a few brilliant off-season additions to their receiving core in Randy Moss and Wes Welker, and not to mention one of the greatest NFL minds of all time in coach Bill Belichick.
After winning their first eight games, reporters started throwing around the idea of a perfect season. Of course it’s not something you want to bring up in the middle of the year, but after finishing the regular season at a perfect (16-0) it was also something hard to avoid or ignore going into the playoffs. The fairytale season needed a happily-ever-after ending, too bad the Giants didn’t get that memo.
In case you missed it, the final score to this years Superbowl championship game was kind of a shocker, Giants 17 – Patriots 14.
So what happened to the so called dynasty? Did the Pats choke? Are the Giants really that good? Who should New Englanders blame? Is it the Red Sox season yet?
All are legitimate questions running through Patriot fans heads after a devastating loss to the Giants in what could have been the most historic football game in the history of the NFL. Key words in that statement, could have. Since the Giants won, the game only goes down as a huge upset, but the history part of a perfect season many were hoping to see will have to wait for another year.
If you’re a Patriots fan, recent front page newspaper headlines have hurt to read. “Giant Upset”, “Dynasty Killers”, and “Free Fallin’” were just a few story titles that will leave a bitter taste in your mouth until pre-season camp begins in August. Another reason why it will sting is the talk radio personalities around the Boston area will not stop pointing fingers until the camps either. Remember back to the 2003 ALCS when Grady Little left Pedro Martinez in game 7. I know, sorry for bringing that up, but the Boston media didn’t quit until Little was fired. Now, Bill Belichick will not be fired, but who wants to hear about all the mistakes he made in Superbowl XLII for the next 6 months. Put your hands down Giants fans.
The numbers don’t lie, this years Superbowl was not a well played offensive game. With the Vegas over/under line at 53.5 points, the offensive output was a disappointment and the games flow did not live up to the shootout everyone was expecting. Credit needs to be given to the Giants defensive line who continued to pressure Brady in the pocket, causing him to hurry some patterns and even miss a few receivers, which almost never happens.
Let’s put it this way, there were more bad commercials in the first half of the game then there were points scored. Not good, not good at all.
The Patriots simply did not play the type of football that they had played all year. They were passive on first and second down play calls and at times overly aggressive on third down. A fourth down play call may have been the difference in costing the Pats a chance at an overtime when they decided to go for a fourth and 13 on the Giants 31 yard line instead of attempting a 48 yard field-goal. That’s not a ‘gimmie’ but the percentage of making a FG like that in a dome is much higher than completing a 13-yard first down pass, over the middle into double coverage by a good secondary defense. Who knows, maybe it was Grady Little who told Bill to go for it.
Another thing that the Patriots were always good about in close games, but forgot to do in the Superbowl was manage the clock. For eighteen games they always were so aware of how much time was left, and what they needed to do, or prevent their opponents from doing in that time. Last night looked like they forgot to set their watches back with the time zone change and were completely lost late in the fourth quarter.
In their last scoring drive, Brady completed a TD pass to Moss with 2:42 left on the clock. The ball was at the 6-yard line when the score was made. Think about it. It’s first and goal, on the 6, 2:42 left in the game. RUN THE BALL! If you don’t score, RUN IT AGAIN. EAT THE CLOCK! Why give the Giants a chance to get the ball back with more then 2 minutes left so they get the 2-minute warning as another opportunity to stop the clock, plus all their timeouts. If the Pats run the ball three times in that series, what’s the worst thing that could have happened? They don’t score the TD, and are forced to kick a 21-yard game tying field goal, which would then force the Giants for put points on the board with less then 1:30 on the clock. If Eli Manning could muster up a 70-yard drive in 90 seconds, fine, great win Giants, you earned it… but even big brother Peyton would have had a tough time doing that against this Patriots defense. The guys upstairs were not thinking with these play calls, and it cost the organization their 4th title in 6 years.
When all is said and done with, you do have to tip your cap to the New York Football Giants. They stood up to the Patriots and didn’t allow the media hype to get to them. They played 60 hard-nosed minutes of football, and when the clock ran out, they had more points on the board. So what if the Patriots won 18 games this year, they lost the one that counted the most. It’s not about how you start a season, but how you finish it.
Sometimes the better team doesn’t always win, but everything will be okay around New England. The Celtics are playing great basketball, the Sox start spring training in two weeks and besides, there’s a saying around these parts that Patriot fans can adopt for the time being… there’s always next year.
Super Bowl XLII was one for the ages. The New York Giants shocked the world and the New England Patriots by winning the game 17-14 on a last minute drive by Eli Manning. Eli sealed the game with a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with under a minute to play. The Giants were huge underdogs but never seemed fazed by the 18-0 Patriots. Eli Manning won the Super Bowl MVP one year after his brother Peyton won the same honor.
This year’s Haltime Show was quite a treat as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performed a great set of hits such as Free Fallin, Running Down a Dream and American Girl. Tom Petty tickets are set to go onsale on Monday 2/4 for several dates throughout North America for 2008. Among the shows onsale will be their 6/13 show at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden.
It’s been a long time since anyone has been able to say that the Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA and believe it. Over the past two decades, the franchise has endured some tough times that hurt their chances to win their 17th NBA Championship. Len Bias died 48 hours after being picked second in the 1986 draft from a cocaine overdose. In 1997, the Celtics had the top spot in the NBA Lottery draft and were ready to select Tim Duncan with the number one pick, but the ping-pong balls did not bounce in their favor, and the Spurs ended up with the one pick while the Celtics had to settle for the third. Bad trades, numerous coaches, and even the demolition of the historic Boston Garden have all taken place since the last time we’ve called the Celtics the NBA’s best team.
Luckily for the city of Boston, the Celtics are once again the best team in the NBA, and the quest for their 17th Championship is in motion.
Halfway through the 82-game season, the Celtics find themselves with the NBA’s best record of 34-7. Already they have surpassed last seasons win total of a dismal 24 games, and hope to win 60 games for the first time since the ’85-’86 Championship season when they won a record high of 67 games. This year’s team will challenge that mark and hopefully finish with the same end result, a title.
How is it possible for a team to have such a drastic turn-around from one year to the next? Two words, Kevin Garnett.
KG joined the Celtics in an off-season trade that sent a lot young talent to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 12-year NBA veteran. The Celtics parted ways with talented players such as Al Jefferson, Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, and Sebastian Telefair. So far the deal has made Celtics general manager Danny Ainge look like a genius, and will make up for the countless number of awful deals he has made in the past.
The Celtics also acquired 11-year NBA veteran Ray Allen during the off-season. Allen is 2nd all-time in career 3-pt field goals made (2,016), only behind retired SG Reggie Miller (2,464), who the Celtics had actually expressed interest in after the 2006-2007 season came to a close. Miller decided to stay retired, and is probably regretting the decision since he was never a part of an NBA championship team.
The team chemistry this year is very strong, especially on the defense end of the floor. The Celtics have been holding opponents to a league low of 88.2 PPG. Newly hired assistant coach Tom Thibodeau preaches the concept of team-defense, and the Celtics have all bought into it averaging almost 9 steals a game, and forcing 16.6 turnovers a night.
Offensively, the team has also excelled at scoring averaging 99 PPG. The ‘Big Three,’ Garnett, Allen, and Paul Pierce average 57.6 points a game. You will not find a more dynamic scoring trio anywhere in the league. Garnett will beat you with his low post game, if Allen is a few steps inside of half-court it is in his shooting range, and Pierce has one of the quickest first steps in the game which is so hard to defend off the drive.
The Celtics have hit a little mid-season snag, only going 5-5 in their last 10 games but they have also not been 100% healthy. Garnett and Allen have both missed multiple games due to minor injuries or flu-like symptoms. Once the team gets back to full strength they will get back to their dominant ways and roll off another ten game winning streak.
Head Coach Doc Rivers has done a decent job of handling his team this year. It’s always easier to coach talent, than it is to coach developing talent. We saw that last year, but one thing Doc has done a nice job at is working in bench players in the middle of games to make sure that the starters are well rested and can go at full strength late in games.
If the Celtics can stay healthy, knock on wood, they should finish the regular season with the best record in the NBA. The Eastern Conference playoffs could feature some interesting match-ups, especially an Orlando vs. Celtics final. The teams have already met three times this year with Orlando taking two of the three games.
Make sure to contact Ace Ticket today so that you can be apart of history in the making as the Celtics make their push towards Green-17! Go Celtics!
One of Boston’s main entertainment entrepreneurs, Patrick Lyons, has decided to sell two of his clubs located on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park to the House of Blues Entertainment company name. The two clubs formerly known as Axis and Avalon are currently undergoing a $14-million dollar renovation, but will open as one new club under a new name and owner. (more)
Over the past week there have been multiple sources reporting that the early 90’s boy band, New Kids on The Block will be reuniting for one final tour. People Magazine came out with the initial reports, and a source told People that the group will be making the official announcement sometime over the next two weeks.
The boy band, made up of Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Danny Wood, and Jonathan Knight were a phenomenon worldwide in the early 1990’s. The group sold more than 50 million albums around the world before calling it quits in 1994.
Group members have declined to comment about whether or not the group is in fact reuniting, but the group’s official website, www.nkotb.com, is up and running again after a long hiatus.
On Friday, April 4, 2008 the New Kids will be appearing on the Today show. This could be the big announcement NKOTB fans have been waiting for.
New Kids Update 4/4/08: The news is official. The News Kids on the Block will be back in action with a new album and tour. The band is slated to make their concert debut at the 2008 Kiss Concert at the Tweeter Center on May 18, 2008.
Stayed tuned for more updates about the New Kids on The Block reuniting by visiting the Ace Ticket website today!
After the 2004 World Series Championship, the Boston Red Sox had a very quiet off-season, not one trade was made. The big deal had already happened months earlier to acquire infielders Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz for SS Nomar Garciapara. At the time, the only two key players that the Sox re-signed were P Bronson Arroyo and 2B Mark Bellhorn, both to one year contracts. The philosophy was, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
The 2007-2008 off-season has a very similar feel to that of the previous World Series team. Many thought that a block buster deal was going to take place for the Red Sox to acquire former Cy Young Award winning pitcher Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins, but they balked when the Red Sox refused to part ways with rookie outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
Although no trades took place, there were some very key re-signings that eased the anxiety Red Sox Nation may have been suffering. The biggest contract deal was with the 2007 World Series MVP, 3B Mike Lowell. Lowell was the most consistent hitter on the Red Sox team all year long and his defense is still of Gold Glove caliber.
Another deal the Sox locked up was a one-year contract with P Curt Schilling. Before the 2007 season had started, Schilling had wanted the Red Sox to make an offer but they declined and told him that if the 2007 season went well, they could talk during the off-season about a deal. After a stint on the DL early in the year, Schilling came back like a man on a mission, pitching his way to his contract extension for 2008.
In November, the Red Sox exercised their 2008 contract options for RHP Tim Wakefield and RHP Julian Tavarez. Both pitchers were a part of the starting rotation during the 07’ World Series campaign but it is unlikely that either both will be in the rotation for the 08’ season. Tavarez will probably be used as the long man out of the bullpen when starters get in trouble early. Wakefield will be penciled in as the number 5 starter to begin the season but if he struggles or has back issues do not be surprised if rookie Clay Buchholz gets the nod. Also re-signing a one-year deal was backup catcher Doug Mirabelli. Mirabelli has been Wakefield’s personal catcher since he joined the team in 2001.
RHP Mike Timlin signed a one-year contract again with the Sox. The veteran relief pitcher is great to have around in the pen to mentor the young talent like Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Delcarmen. LHP Javier Lopez also re-signed a one-year deal to keep most of the bullpen intact from last year.
Some faces we will not see around Fenway in 2008 that we have seen over years past include RHP Matt Clement. Clement, who was on the DL for all of the 2007 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in 2006, signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. RHP Eric Gagne will also not be back this year in the Sox bullpen. He signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and will be blowing games for them in 2008. OF Gabe Kapler who coached in the Red Sox farm system last year is back in the big leagues again. Kapler signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers as well.
For now, all is well in Boston and the countdown to spring training has begun. Don’t expect to see any huge deals take place between now and then. Eric Hinske is a free-agent but probably will sign with another team so he can seek more playing time. The Sox could use another bat to come off the bench in pinch hit situations, and it wouldn’t hurt if that same player was an outfielder incase Manny decides to be Manny late in games.
Even if the Red Sox do not land Johan Santana, they will still have the best starting rotation in baseball featuring Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Dice-K). Beckett finished 2nd in the AL Cy Young balloting in 07, and as a rookie Dice-K still managed to win 15 games and finish 6th in strikeouts.
The Sox will have plenty of firepower to defend their World Series Championship, so make sure you contact Ace Ticket today to get your seats to a game! Go Sox!
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have curbed their usually hectic touring schedule for the past two years. 2008 however is shaping up to be a big year for the group. A Summer tour is now in the works with dates set from May through August with dates covering most of North America. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tickets are set to go onsale a day after the band plays the Super Bowl XLII Halftime show. Demand for this tour is expected to be great especially on the heels of their Super Bowl appearance and the 2007 release of the Peter Bogdonovich directed documentary of the band, “Running Down A Dream”.
Dates that have been confirmed for the 2008 Tom Petty Tour are listed below. Joining Tom Pettty & the Heartbreakers on this tour will be special guest Steve Winwood. Winwood is scheduled to open for the band throughout the tour. Ace Ticket already has Tom Petty tickets available for several stops on this 2008 tour.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 2008 Tour Schedule
May 30- Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 31- The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
June 03- Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
June 05- Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
June 08- Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA
June 10- Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
June 11- New England Dodge Music Center, Hartford, CT
June 13- TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
June 14- Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA
June 17- Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
June 18- Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
June 21- Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, NY
June 22- Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
June 25- Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
July 02- United Center, Chicago, IL
July 03- Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
July 08- Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
July 09- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Atlanta, GA ****
July 11- Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC
July 12- Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
July 15- BankAtlantic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
July 16- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL
July 19- TBD, Denver, CO ****
July 20- Quest Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
July 22- Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
July 23- Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
August 07- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
August 09- MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB
August 11- Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB
August 12- Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
August 15- The Gorge, George, WA
August 16- The Gorge, George, WA
August 20- Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ ****
August 22- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
August 23- TBD, San Francisco, CA ****
August 26- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Selma, TX
August 27- American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
August 29- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX