The Boston Celtics certainly missed Kevin Garnett’s defense last night against the New York Knicks. Garnett missed the game due to a one game suspension for an altercation in a game this past weekend. The Celtics gave up a rare 101 points but were able to outlast the Knicks for a 110-101 victory. Crowd favorite Brian Scalabrine got a start in place of Garnett and wound up hitting a clutch 3 pointer late in the game.
Paul Pierce led the way for Boston last night with 22 points and 8 rebounds as Boston earned its 10th win of the year. Kendrick Perkins stepped up with 16 points while Rondo and Allen added 15 points each. The win was the 7th in a row for the Celtics against the Knicks.
The Celtics will host Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons on 11/20 at the TD Banknorth Garden. Celtics tickets are still available for this game.
Boston Red Sox second-baseman Dustin Pedroia won the 2008 AL MVP award, the first time a 2B has won the award since Nellie Fox in 1959 for the Chicago White Sox. Dustin received 317 total points in the voting beating out Justin Morneau who had 257 points and teammate Kevin Youkilis who finished third in the voting with 201 points. Dustin is also the first Red Sox player to win the award since Mo Vaughn in 1995. Pedroia batted .326 in 2008 with 83 RBI and was the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox. Congratulations to Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox.
The New York Jets and the New England Patriots got week 11 of NFL Football off to an exciting night on Thursday, with NY taking the win and 1st place in the AFC East with an OT win.
11/13/08New York Jets (7-3) 34 New England Patriots (6-4) 31 – Despite a career day for Matt Cassell complete with fourth quarter comeback the Jets were the victors in OT as Favre and company took first place in the AFC East.
11/16/08Miami Dolphins (6-4) 17 Oakland Raiders (2-8) 15 - Chad Pennington and the Dolphins just did squeeze out a two point win over the pitiful Oakland Raiders.
New York Giants (9-1) 30 Baltimore Ravens (6-4) 10 - The Giants rushed for over 200 yards against one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL in the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants are cruising at 9-1.
Indianapolis Colts (6-4) 33 Houston Texans (3-7) 27 - Manning’s 320 yards and two TD passes was enough to put away the Texans as the Colts put themselves back in the playoff picture.
Green Bay Packers (5-5) 37 Chicago Bears (5-5) 3 - The Packers win created a three way tie for first place in the NFC North with the Bears and the Vikings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) 19 Minnesota Vikings (5-5) 13 - Jeff Garcia threw for 255 yards in a winning effort for Tampa Bay today.
Denver Broncos (6-4) 24 Atlanta Falcons (6-4) 20 - The Falcons’ fourth quater comeback bid fell short as the Broncos got their 6th win of the year.
Carolina Panthers (8-2) 31 Detroit Lions (0-10) 22 - The Panthers weren’t going to let the lowly Lions stand in their way of their 8th win. The Lions still haven’t won a game.
New Orleans Saints (5-5) 30 Kansas City Chiefs (1-9) 20 - Drew Brees had 266 passing yards as the Sainst got by the Chiefs today for their 5th win.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4-1) 13 Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1) 13 - McNabb threw for 339 yards but couldn’t get the Eagles a win as Philly and the Bengals played the first tie of the NFL season.
Tennessee Titans (10-0) 24 Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6) 14 - The Titans avoided an upset after trailing in the first half. Collins’ three TD passes helped lead the Titans to their tenth victory.
Arizona Cardinals (7-3) 26 Seattle Seahawks (2-8) 20 - Kurt Warner had another huge day throwing for 395 yards in the Cardinals win over Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers (3-7) 35 St. Louis Rams (2-8) 16 - The 49ers were too much for the Rams on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) 11 San Diego Chargers (4-6) 10 - The Steelers were able to edge out the Chargers in a snowy game at Pittsburgh today.
Dallas Cowboys (6-4) 14 Washington Redskins (6-4) 10 - Tony Romo enjoyed his first game back from injury with a win over the Redskins.
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The Boston Bruins looked like they were on their way to their 11th win of the year in New York vs the Rangers last night. The Bruins entered the third period up 2-0 having shut down the Rangers for 40 minutes. Boston did it’s damage in the second period on goals by Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman. Wideman’s goal was shorthanded.
The Rangers who lead the Eastern Conference in points finally got on the board at the 13:55 mark of the third period. Nigel Dawes beat Thomas for the Rangers first goal. Just over five minutes later the Rangers got the equalizer on a goal by Markus Naslund. After a scoreless OT the game went to a shootout where Chris Drury sealed the win for the New York Rangers.
The Bruins who remain in first place in the Northeast Division will play at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday 11/17 before returning home to face the rival Buffalo Sabres on 11/19 and the Florida Panthers on 11/21. Bruins tickets are available for all games.
The New York Rangers will host the Ottawa Senators on Monday 11/17 and the Vancouver Canucks on 11/19. Buy Rangers tickets for these games now.
Everyone knew the New York Yankees would have money to spend this off-season with Giambi and Pavano coming off the books. We all knew that meant a run at C.C. Sabathia. The Yankees apparently offered Sabathia 6 years at $140 Million on Thursday in the first formal offer after the Brewers offered 5 years at $100 Million to retain Sabathia. Hank Steinbrenner confirmed the offer and stated the team’s intentions to make offers to Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett as well. The Yankees are looking to sure up a rotation that certainly came up short in the 2008 season.
The Yankees’ offer to Sabathia has apparently perturbed Brewers GM Doug Melvin. Melvin can’t understand why the Yankees would offer so much more than the Brewers’ offer when no one else has even jumped in to the bidding war.
The Yankees have not heard back on whether or not C.C. Sabathia will accept their offer.
2009 New York Yankees Schedule & Tickets
Citing concerns over the current economic situation in the United States, the NFL announced that NFL Playoff tickets will be cheaper by an average of 10% of last year’s ticket prices. NFL playoff pricing guidelines were sent to all teams by Commisioner Roger Goodell this week. The ticket prices for NFL wild card playoff games will be cheaper than the divisional round this year as well. In the past these two rounds were priced the same.
The NFL also announced some changes to the Superbowl ticket pricing. For the first time the face values of a Superbowl ticket will hit $1000 each. However price decreases were also put into effect. The lowest price on a 2008 Superbowl ticket was $700. The 2009 Superbowl will have tickets starting at $500. This move marks the first time that the NFL has decreased any price for Superbowl tickets.
The Boston Bruins finally got on the winning side of a shootout when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks last night at the United Center. P.J. Axelsson got the winning goal in the OT shootout to seal the 2-1 win for Boston. The win puts the Bruins at 7-1-0 in their last eight games, good for a first place tie with the rival Buffalo Sabres. The Blackhawks who have also been playing superb hockey had their winning streak snapped at four.
There was very little offense to speak of in this matchup last night. There was no scoring until 19:06 of the second period when Marco Sturm scored a power play goal for Boston. The Chicago Blackhawks tied the game in the third period on a goal by Jonathan Toews.
The Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens on 11/13. They then travel to New York to play the Rangers and Toronto before returning to the TD Banknorth Garden to host the Buffalo Sabres on 11/19. Bruins tickets are available for all remaining games.
The Blackhawks play their next two at home. On 11/14 they host the St. Louis Blues and on 11/16 they welcome in the San Jose Sharks. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available for both of these games.
With the economy the top concern among most in the country, many sports franchises have been torn about what to do with their ticket prices. Today members of Red Sox nation can take some solace in the news that the Boston Red Sox will freeze their 2009 Red Sox ticket prices. This price freeze is the 1st time since 1995 that Red Sox ticket prices stayed the same. CEO Larry Luccino said the following in a team press release this morning:
“We have been listening to fans, friends, and family about the challenges they are facing in light of the current adverse economic conditions. We are also grateful for the unwavering faith and support our fans have shown us year after year and we hope our ownership’s decision to hold prices for the upcoming season will in some way help ease the burden on Red Sox Nation.”
Face values from the 2008 Red Sox season will remain the same for 2009. The news comes just weeks before Red Sox season ticket holders get their 2009 season ticket bills. This announcement will leave them with a little extra cash for holiday shopping. A very welcome gift from the Red Sox to their dedicated fans.
The uncertain economic climate has many franchises worried about their 2009 seasons. So far Boston teams have been lucky. Both Celtics and Bruins tickets remain in high demand. In fact Celtics and Bruins tickets are selling at a higher rate on the secondary market than they did one year ago. It doesn’t hurt that the Celtics are coming off a Championship year and the Boston Bruins are playing great hockey. Given the fact that the Red Sox are likely to be competitive in 2009 it’s unlikely that the high demand for Red Sox tickets will dissipate. Red Sox fans are notoriously loyal and devoted and will likely still show up in droves at Fenway Park. Some difference may be seen in the secondary market for 2009 Red Sox tickets but it’s too early to tell. Ace Ticket is already receiving inquiries regarding the 2009 Sox season. A good sign for sure. Landing a big name via free agency could also help the demand for Red Sox tickets. The Red Sox have interest in a few big names this offseason, including Mark Texiera.
For their part the Red Sox expect to weather the economic storm. Even though they are freezing prices for 2009 they remain optimistic about the team’s future both on the field and as a business. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino had the following to say to USAToday.com:
“I don’t think we’ve hit some kind of plateau,” he says. “We’ll find new avenues, new possibilities. The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park is going to be a very big deal. We have more plans to enhance Fenway”.
The Boston Celtics spoiled the home debut of Allen Iverson last night. The stifling Celtics defense held the Pistons to 35% shooting and Iverson only got 10 points on 4-11 shooting. Iverson adds another dimension to an already vibrant rivalry between these two teams. He got a huge ovation when introduced for the first time in Detroit last night. The Pistons however we unable to capitalize off the crowd’s energy and lost 88-76.
The Boston Celtics bench played a large role in last night’s win. Tony Allen had a game high 23 points off the bench while the Celtics’ superstars had an off night. Garnett and Pierce combined for only 15 points. Ray Allen managed to drop 17 points and Rajon Rondo added 13. The win puts the Celtics at 6-1 on the year.
The Celtics will host the Toronto Raptors tonight 11/10 and on Wednesday night they welcome in the Atlanta Hawks. Great Celtics tickets are available for both of these games. Check them out now.
The New York Jets and New England Patriots both won on Sunday, setting up a battle of 6-3 teams with 1st place in the AFC East at stake. They’ll meet on Thursday night.
11/9/08 New England Patriots (6-3) 20 Buffalo Bills (5-4) 10 – Matt Cassell had a fine day with 234 passing yards leading the Patriots past the division rival Bills.
Denver Broncos (5-4) 34 Cleveland Browns (3-6) 30 – Cutler had a huge day, throwing three TD’s on 447 passing yards. The win put the Broncos over .500 on the year.
New York Jets (6-3) 47 St. Louis Rams(2-7) 3 – Thomas Jones led the Jets with three TD’s on 149 rushing yards. Favre added 167 passing yards and one TD as the Jets cruised over the Rams today.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) 38 Detroit Lions (0-9) 14 - Garrard led the Jaguars with 238 passing yards and two TD’s. The Lions remain winless and pathetic at 0-9.
Baltimore Ravens (6-3) 41 Houston Texans (3-6) 13 – Joe Flacco threw for 185 yards and two TD passes leading the Ravens over the Texans today.
Miami Dolphins (5-4) 21 Seattle Seahawks(2-7) 19 - Chad Pennington had 209 passing yards and a TD and the Dolphins got past the .500 mark.
Tennessee Titans (9-0) 21 Chicago Bears (5-4) 14 - Kerry Collins and the Titans continued their unlikely win streak beating the Bears to go 9-0 on the year.
Atlanta Falcons (6-3) 34 New Orleans Saints (4-5) 20 – Despite over 400 passing yards, Drew Brees was unable to beat the Falcons today. Matt Ryan had two TD passes.
Minnesota Vikings (5-4) 28 Green Bay Packers (4-5) 27 – The Vikings gained a one game advantage over the Packers in the NFC North while keeping even with the Chicago Bears.
Indianapolis Colts (5-4) 24 Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) 20 – Peyton Manning threw three TD’s on 240 yards passing outdueling the Steelers’ Roethlisberger for the win.
Carolina Panthers (7-2) 17 Oakland Raiders (2-7) 6 – The Panthers’ win today gave them the lead in the NFC South by one game over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
San Diego Chargers (4-5) 20 Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) 19 – Philip Rivers had 316 passing yards and two Touchdowns to just barely beat the woeful Chiefs.
New York Giants (8-1) 36 Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) 31 - The Giants look determined to get back to the Super Bowl. They got a big win over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday night to get their 8th win of the year.
Monday Night Football 11/10
Arizona Cardinals (6-3) 29 San Francisco 49ers (2-7) 24 - Kurt Warner continues to dazzle defenses. He threw for 328 yards and 3 TD’s in a nother Cardinals win.
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