Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 Red Sox Nation Packages

 The 2011 Red Sox Nation packages are now available by going to

Fan Pack – $14.95

2011 Commemorative Citizenship Card

2011 Red Sox Nation decal

2011® Gameday Audio for your PC

Personalized jersey picture with season schedule

Special early entry and access to Green Monster for batting practice (with valid game ticket)*

Eligibility for seat upgrades and prizes (with valid game ticket)*

10% discount at the Red Sox Team Store*

10% discount at the® Online Shop*

Special Shop offers throughout the season

Exclusive access to citizens-only section on

Eligibility to enter RSN-only ticket opportunities*

Opportunity to receive a 30-day trial to the MLB Insiders Club*

Souvenir Pack – $29.95

Exclusive RSN t-shirt

Plus all Fan Pack benefits

Pre-Sale Pack – $60 – Limited time only

Exclusive opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets before the General Public Ticket On-sale

Fenway Park tour for two

Exclusive RSN t-shirt

Plus all Fan Pack benefits

Monster Pack – $299 – Limited quantity

Guaranteed Opportunity to purchase up to two (2) Green Monster tickets to a select 2011 Red Sox game

Exclusive opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets before the General Public Ticket On-sale

Fenway Park tour for four

Exclusive RSN t-shirt

Plus all Fan Pack benefits

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Aaron Rodgers Out vs. Pats?

According to what they're saying in Milwaukee, Rodgers is unlikely to play for the Packers Sunday. And if he does play, it will be without the benefit of any film study.  Win-win for the Pats.  Story below:

Flynn likely to start at QB after Rodgers' concussion

By Gary D’Amato of the Journal Sentinel
Green Bay — Matt Flynn is used to dealing with a lot of reporters on Wednesday afternoons.
It was a bit different this week because he was actually talking to them.

Flynn's cubicle is next to Aaron Rodgers' in the Green Bay Packers' locker room and Rodgers typically addresses the media on Wednesdays. Sometimes Flynn, rendered all but invisible, has to wait for the interview to break up in order to get to his locker.

He had to wade through a knot of reporters again Wednesday, but this time they were waiting to talk to him.

"Typical Wednesday," Flynn joked. "A few more people."

All eyes are on Flynn, the third-year quarterback from Louisiana State who could get his first NFL start Sunday night against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass...

Sox Stories

The more things change...

"In ’47, Tom Yawkey wrote the script for Gonzalez-Crawford story"
By Clark Booth

"Fast forward 63 years to Orlando, Florida, alongside Disneyland, where organized baseball’s annual winter meetings, which gleefully celebrate the modern game’s wretched excess, have lately been held in a spectacular setting rich with bombast, illusion, and desperate yearning. And there is this question, worth considering: In 63 years, how much has really changed?"
"Arroyo set for start in Foxboro"
"Ex-Red Sox hurler performs acoustic concert Friday at Showcase

FOXBORO - Former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo is back in the area this weekend. He brought fans to their feet at Fenway years ago, and hopes to do the same Friday night at Showcase Live at Patriot Place. But this time he will have his guitar in hand, not a baseball."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Todays Headlines: Cliff Lee to Phil-Lees

"Lee picks Phillies over Yankees"


"...Before midnight they were told by Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, that Lee "was headed in a different direction." Minutes later, Texas was informed Lee was going to Philadelphia..."


"The numbers don’t lie"

By Dan Shaughnessy
"...The Patriots have not committed a turnover in their last five games. They have only nine turnovers all season. The NFL record for fewest turnovers is 13..."


"C's hold steady in power rankings"
 By Chris Forsberg


"Sox still have one big hole"

Guerrier is coveted as GM Epstein tries to fix bullpen
By Peter Abraham
"...The bullpen remains, if not a mess, at least a work in progress..."
It is now illegal to injure Bruins. I wonder what changed?
"Shelley suspended for two games"
by Fluto Shinzawa

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A Recipe out of Left-Field

Shiver me splinters, the "New York Times" ran this splendid recipe for Ted Williams’s Fenway Chowder in their Dining Section on Wednesday.  Next week look for Wrecks Ryan's recipe for humble pie.

Adapted from “One Big Table” by Molly O’Neill (Simon & Schuster)

Time: 30 minutes

3 tablespoons bacon fat, lard or vegetable oil
1 small onion, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons dried garlic flakes
8 ounces skinless fillets of grouper, red snapper or a combination, cut into bite-size pieces
1 pint chopped shucked clams (or use half clams and half bay scallops), drained, juices reserved
4 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup dry sherry
1 pound mussels in the shell, scrubbed and debearded
1 dozen (about 8 ounces) chopped shucked oysters, with their juice
2 small white potatoes, peeled and diced small
1/2 cup fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and black pepper.

1. In a large heavy pot, heat fat over medium heat. Add onion, shallot and bell peppers, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add seasoned salt, Old Bay, thyme and garlic flakes and cook about 1 minute, until aromatic. Add fish and clams and cook, stirring, 3 minutes, until fish is just opaque.

2. Add milk, half-and-half, sherry and reserved clam juices and bring to a simmer. Add mussels, oysters with their juices, potatoes and corn, and simmer very gently until mussels open and potatoes are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. If desired, remove mussels from shell and return to the soup.

3. Stir in lemon juice and cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings.

Sox sign Carl Crawford

In an absolutely surprising move, the Boston Red Sox apparently signed former Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford for a deal worth $142 million over 7 years.

Are the Sox done yet?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

On This Day - Blech!

1941 - Joe DiMaggio is named American League Most Valuable Player. His 56-game hitting streak edges out Ted Williams and his .406 batting average for the award (291 points for DiMaggio and 254 for Williams).

1947 - Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343, 32 HR,162 RBI) is edged out by Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP Award by one point. One BBWAA member fails to include Williams anywhere on his ballot.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Onward to The Playoffs

This is it, your very last chance to see the Sox begin their climb atop the American League East on their way to post-season glory. Ahhhh. In this issue of "You Have to Believe" there is a paid lunch, free beer and a great book. Details below.

This Friday the Red Sox invade New York with a few surprises, guys the Yankees have never even seen. What will the Yankees do with Lars Anderson and Yamaico Navarro? Huh? Nothing. These guys are unknowns. The Sox should be able to score dozens of runs this weekend while enjoying one clutch performance after another from their pitching.

So, you will need to be in the right frame of mind to celebrate this amazing comeback. Right?
Friday morning join the BLOHARDS and their merry show at the Princeton Club. This biennial brunch is the most talked about meal of the day twice a-year and features former Red Sox, current Red Sox, TV personalities and a load of Sox fan fun. Tickets are still available. Contact: Free drinks to the first ten people who mention the name "Win Remmerswaal" and his lifetime ERA.

Friday night there is a lollapalooza waiting for you at Thom's.

Gabriel Schechter will be present selling copies of his bestselling book "This BAD Day in Yankee History". There will be Red Sox trivia too. You must have this book. You must give this book to people you love. The winners will get copies of Gabe's book and - get this - beer!

We moved Harpoon's Third Thursday event to Friday. That means lots of free beer for you! Drink Harpoon and you'll get a raffle ticket to win free beer. Answer some Sox trivia questions: free beer. Free beer! So good, so good…

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Yankee Stadium First: Browns' Thomspon Integrates the Bronx

On this day, 63 years ago, in a packed ballpark on a Tuesday night in the Bronx, Hank Thompson became the first black major leaguer to bat at Yankee Stadium in a regular season game when he led off for the visiting St. Louis Browns.

More than 50,000 Yankee fans-nearly double the attendance of Jackie Robinson’s momentous first game at Ebbet’s Field with the Dodgers three months before-came out to see the last-place Browns on July 22, 1947, whose roster was the first to include two black players, Hank Thompson and Willard Brown.

The two Negro League All-Stars were signed by the Browns from the Kansas City Monarchs one week earlier in attempt by St. Louis owner Dick Muckerman to boost ticket sales for his struggling franchise which had recently seen fewer than 500 tickets sold for a home game against the Senators. After five weeks, with no improvement in home attendance, the Browns declared “the trial” a failure and cut both players.
New York fans may not remember Hank Thompson’s place in Yankees history, but they may recall that he was later a standout at the Polo Grounds for two pennant winning Giants teams. After returning to the Monarchs briefly, Thompson was signed by the New York Giants in 1949 and began a new round of firsts for a black player in the in the National League. He was the first black player to play in both leagues and the first player to break the color barrier for two teams. In a game against the Dodgers, he was the first black player to face a black pitcher (Don Newcombe). Then, in 1951, together with Willie Mays and Monte Irvin, Thompson became a member of the first all black outfield in major league history.

The Giants won the pennant in 1951 (You might have heard!) and lost in the World Series to the Yankees, which brought Thompson back to the Stadium to face New York’s only remaining all-white team. In 1954, Thompson hit .364 in the post-season for the Giants who defeated the Indians in the World Series.

Friday, July 02, 2010

R.I.P. Cappy Harada, A Forgotten Baseball Great

I got an email yesterday from a friend of mine in Japan that works for Japanese TV. The subject was "Sad  News". I saw the header on my phone and thought instantly what it must have meant:  "Cappy died." Then I looked at the link and saw it was to something that said "Asahi". Maybe the email was about Japanese beer.  So, I exhaled and saved the email to read after I got some dinner.

I didn't remember Asahi was a newspaper too until I finally clicked the link and saw the dreaded headline "Cappy Harada, who shaped Japan-U.S. baseball, dies at 88".

I found out about Tsuneo "Cappy" Harada when doing some research about the Brooklyn Dodgers visiting Japan for a project my friend Pete was working on.  Every time I read something about major leaguers going to Japan after World War II Cappy's name came up as an aside, almost in the margins. He was just there. He would be the fourth guy in a picture with Lefty O'Doul and other U.S. stars. He would be shown alongside MacArthur and an Asian dignitaries. He was always there, and I thought, "Who the hell is this guy?"

We interviewed Cappy in his home in Palm Desert, California where grapefruit trees lined his street and roadrunners ran in the yard.  He thrilled us with tales of pre-WWII baseball in California and the battle in the Pacific. He spoke intimately about MacArthur, Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe.  He enjoyed every second of recounting his long, fascinating life.  I could hardly believe that this man's story was relatively unknown.

Below is a short biography I wrote about Cappy when I was organizing my thoughts for the project. It's far from complete, but gives you some idea of who he was.  (Actually, I'm not sure I even wrote it. It just isn't very good, so I assumed it was by me.)

I'll try to write a more complete elegy this week.

Tsuneo “Cappy” Harada was born in Santa Maria, California in 1921 to immigrant Japanese parents. The consummate athlete, he earned the name Cappy by being captain of his high school basketball, baseball, and football teams.
In 1935 the first Japanese professional baseball team, which later became the Tokyo Giants, toured the U.S. playing exhibitions against amateur and professional teams. Cappy acted as second baseman and translator for a local 9 made up of merchants who scrimmaged against the Giants. At but 14 years old he had begun what would become a lifelong relationship with professional Japanese baseball.
While being scouted by the St. Louis Cardinals Cappy chose to enlist in the U.S. Army following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to work with MacArthur as a Japanese interpreter and code breaker during the War and later joined MacArthur’s inner circle in running occupied Japan. As MacArthur grew frustrated at the progress of rebuilding Japan Cappy became instrumental in encouraging the return of baseball to the Japanese people who had seen their most beloved sport banned by their own government towards the end of the War. Cappy oversaw the revival of college baseball first, then professional, then the famed Koshien high school baseball tournament. In bringing about the return of professional baseball he invited American pros to tour Japan on good will tours beginning in 1949.
Cappy returned to American and became a scout for the San Francisco Giants introducing the first Japanese player, Masanori Murakami, to America in 1964. Cappy went on to become general manager of the Lodi Crushers.
Here are some more stories about Cappy:

Short bio
A short obit
A Bio from the Japanese Consulate General in LA
A John Holway story reprinted by The Baseball Guru

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Two-Fer at Thom's Tonight

It turns out I could have gone to Harvard after all. All I had to do was apply myself and be a little more creative like this guy, the Al Stump of undergrads. My problem was always telling the truth and doing my own work and getting turned down by colleges. Who knew?

Who cares about a phony-baloney intellectual? We got a real bona fide philosopher at Thom’s tonight. Who is this Nietzsche of the local Nine? The Descartes of the Diamond? The Santayana of the Sox? Glad you asked. It’s none other than a Thommy, Michael Macomber, author of “The Red Sox and Philosophy”. This heady tome even has a chapter about Professor Thom’s! Meet the author tonight at Thom’s. He’ll be doing a reading around 6 pm and selling the books all night long.

Tonight is a Two-fer.

First at 7 pm, the Sox take on the Yankees in a, ahm, oh I can’t even talk about it. Someone just please get Tim Wakefield a win. I thought when he went to the bullpen that it was the best way for him to get wins, since the Sox blow so many leads. But last night...He needs just 18 wins to be the Sox all-time winningest pitcher and 5 home wins to have the most ever at Fenway Park. Somebody help the man out.

At 8:30 The Celtics show off their own version of Run Prevention when they attempt to once again shut down Orlando’s fast break (Oops. That was Orlando's break fast). Game One was typical Celts: Three quarters of blow-out basketball, then came Act IV and the Celts began a tragic performance nearly blowing a mighty lead. In the end it was a road win to start the series and shift the home court advantage to the good guys.

In Game Two we should see the same game plan. Rondo will defend the point well enough to make early entry passes to Howard difficult. And the offense will go through Ray Allen, the forgotten man on the wing. If Ray can hit, forget it.

More Thommies in the News:

Going to be in Boston tomorrow? Stop by the team store on 19 Yawkey Way to meet Bill Lee at the reading and signing for “Cardboard Gods”.

Need a good gift for the Sox fan in your life? Check out the nifty hand made products at Redd's Threads.

On This Day:

1912 - Historic Fenway Park in Boston is officially dedicated, as the Red Sox host the Chicago White Sox . Playing in front of an overflow crowd, the Red Sox lose the game, 5 - 2.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Lucky 7's Jackpot

Tonight. Tonight. Tonight. Ooooh, ooh. It's the triple 7 jackpot tonight when the Celts, the B's, and the Sox all begin at the same time. Holy Crap, we had better start cooking the nachos now! Where to begin?


The Sox have sucked bad lately. Is there any other way to put it? [actually, there is. The built in grammar corrector wants me to say "sucked badly lately", but the Sox don't deserve that many adverbs.] "Run prevention" has turned into run dementia as the Sox' defense and pitching more resemble that of the Thom's softball team than contenders. Enter the Orioles. God bless the oasis that has always been the Baltimore Orioles. They are the only team behind us in the standings right now and should be an easy match-up for the Sox. Should be. Should be! Anyway-
The Broons are goal preventing greatly lately. A double overtime thriller has the Black and Gold up 3 games to 1 and in the catbird's seat going in to game 5 tonight. If they win they will play the winner of the Senators/Penguins series and hopefully, finally, get some ugly revenge on Pittsburgh for knocking Savard out for the season (probably). I wonder what this guy will have to say about it (Listen carefully as to why they're fighting.)?

The Celts sans Garnett played awesomely behind the hustle and girth of Big Babily in Game 2. The Heat were determined to teach the Celts a lesson after Garnett got into it with 6 or 7 of them on their bench (What a coward!) and boy did they. The Heat showed Garnett that the Celts could play really well with out him and that hurt his feelings.

Game 3 is tonight in Miami and it promises to be packed with Celts fans. I just got back from that area and it's the Boston Riviera right now as April vacation has found New Englanders all over Florida. The radio ads down their proudly trumpeted that there are still plenty if tickets for the game for sale (starting at $10). Huge mistake, guys. All the New England families do down there is sit on the beach, eat free popcorn, drink blue cocktails, and listen to the radio. And, when they hear how cheap the tickets are compared to the other attractions-The Monkey Jungle in Miami, for instance, was $30 to get in-they'll be lining up like roast beef is free at Kelly's.

In other important news, the Boston Public Library is under attack. Read all about the effort to stop the insanity here: Chin Music by Glen Stout.

And speaking of chin music, the thieves of baseball's history are getting it high and tight right now thanks to the effort of the new website Hauls of Shame. Read all about the efforts to return the most important documents of baseball history to their rightful owners: the libraries.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Big Day for Boston?

Am I mistaken or did Boston have a great day yesterday?  The Sox, The Celts, and the Bruins all won. And, BC Hockey won the national championship For Boston. This all followed a miserable Friday collapse by the Sox in Kansas City and a Celtics drubbing at the hands of the Bullets.

The Sox beat Greinke and the Royals with 5 homeruns-two of them back-to-back by Hermida and Varitek in the fifth against Greinke. The Royals announcers seemed like they couldn't have been more disinterested in the dingers against their ace who gave up but 11 all of last year on his way to a Cy Young award.

The Celts led by Rasheed Wallace-start over-The Celts beat the Bucks. Garnett didn't play. Bogut couldn't play.  Big Baby decided that instead of fighting little Jennings, this time he was going to fight the aged Kurt Thomas. Does Big Baby know that the MMA figters he dreams of facing will be slightly more ferocious? What I took from this game is Ray Allen is playing good basketball going into the playoffs. That's huge.

The Bruins are playing decent hockey right now.  Their defense has been sharp and their passing terrific leaving them many good scoring opportunities every game.  They just haven't been able to finish until yesterday when they put three short handed goals in in a 64-second span against Carolina winning 4-2 and clinching a playoff spot. With the win they avoided a first round match-up with today's opponent, Washington. 

Before the championship game the  commentators said that Wisconsin was possibly the best defense all-time in college hockey. That sounded something like the laurels Peyton Manning was receiving before the last Superbowl. He was the best quarterback ever, until he lost. Well, it would be hard to call the Badgers the best defense ever after giving up 4 third period goals to the Eagles who won the national championship 5 to zip over the Badgers.

It was a good day.

For Boston, for Boston,

Thy glory is our own!

For Boston, for Boston,

'Tis here that Truth is known.

-T.J. Hurley

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Isn't it Grand?

Holy Crap! God Bless the Yankees for hiring the worst broadcasters in the game. John Sterling hit a low so low that Phil Mushnick couldn't even make fun of him. It's just too easy. Listen: Send in the Clown.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Huge Opener at Fenway

PeskyHuge kickoff to the season (and my fantasy team-thank Youk) last night. 

We were wondering just how many would show up at Thom's for the Opener given the late start and the holidays; we'll never wonder again. The place was packed. 

In case you were trapped in Worcester or something, here's some video of what you missed:  Exclusive Thom's Opener Video.

Regardless of where you watched it, it was a great game, sort of, unless you're a Beckett owner, then you're team got off to a rough start.  (And, for all of you CC owners, GFY.) 

Oh, to be at Fenway last night.  Pedro threw out the first pitch. Herb Brooks was thereSteven Tyler sang. And, to top it off, Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show's Neil Leslie Diamond sang what he sings.

Then there was baseball.  Youk pounded the ball and Pedroia took advatage of a poor, washed up pitcher. In the end, the comeback was glorious if for no other reason the cheering crowd washed out Michael Kay's voice in the bar. (Big fat GFY to YES too.)  But, unknown to the rest of the world is the real reason the Sox won: The Jorge Hex.  Yes, a Jorge Pasado bobblehead doll was duly hexed causing the critical passed ball last night.  Hip-Hip...

How good was last night's game? CHB had nothing bad to say. 'Nuff Ced.

Tomorrow night it's back om at Thom's. Game 2 of 2010. We'll have some give-aways and, as always, Thom's Ale and Spaceman Ale are $4 during the game.

Don't forget the Celts and Bruins (fingers crossed) are playoffs bound.  We'll have all of those games and the NCAA Championship tonight and BC in the Frozen Four on Thursday.  Not enough? Need more? Ok, Tuesday night my Lady Huskies play for the championship, again!  How do you like them apples?

So, come out and while you're there get a taste of our own rivalry brewing in the hood.

Great moments are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here, tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with 'em. Tonight, we stay with 'em, and we shut them down because we can! Tonight, we are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players -- every one of ya. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time -- is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearin' about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em! This is your time!! Now go out there and take it!


Friday, March 26, 2010

New England News Items

The pressing matter for Sox fans is Papi's Wrist. Follow the preceding link for an analysis of what we can expect out of it.

Ever dreamed of getting on the field at Fenway? You don't have to be a good baseball player, just a good person: Red Sox Run.

A-Rod's in trouble again.

The Pats love their draft  packs and have plaenty of them, but when  will they learn how to use them? Pats picks.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

We're Back

We're Back!
We're BackAnd now it's time  to party!
On Monday, February 22 Thom's will re-open it's doors after a, ahm, break-vacation. Yeah, that's the ticket, the bar was on vacation. 
Well, it's back and got some nice rest and color in the process.  During the time off we weren't idle: the floors and the bar downstairs have been swept and even cleaned. So, come on in and muss them up again.
Thank you all for your concern and emails and offers to write the Community board on our behalf.  It was truly flattering. 
Because of your loyalty, all week we'll have grand re-opening parties:
Monday: Lobster Mondays will run as planned plus Happy Hour will be from open to close.
Tuesday: Trivia with John  Quinn and re-opening brought to you by Union Beer Distributors. All Union products like Smuttynose,  Ommegang, and Sierra Nevada will be $2 off.
Wednesday: Bingo is back Bigtime! Check it out with $1 sliders and Heineken and Amstel specials all night.
Thursday: Harpoon Brewery will be on hand for give-aways galore and specials on their beers which will be aplenty.

In addition, Happy Hour will be extended to 8 pm all week!
As a bonus we will show you the best Winter Olympic events from the day on tape delay so they're on when you get there. How about them apples?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Thom's Temporarily Closed.

"Breaking rocks in the hot sun..."

It's possible you've heard the rumors already: Thom's is closed! Due to a procedural error regarding the renewal of our liquor license the bar will not be open again until at earliest February 22.

The truth is that this is a common mistake made by bars and restaurants for which the local community boards have authority to grant waivers. However, they said, "We can not grant waivers to bars with a history of complaints." The "history" in question was a March 2009 anonymous letter complaining of someone loitering outside the bar.

So, 'fess up! Which one of you was it? Which one of you stopped walking for a millisecond on our sidewalk drawing the ire of a local care-too-well? Which of you inspires letters?

It doesn't matter really. It's a system they have in place to force bars to face their complainants and we're stuck in it.

While we will try to open earlier than stated above, for now we remain shut.

In all honesty we apologize for this great inconvenience to our guests and staff alike. Thank you for all of your kind words in this matter and we hope to see you soon at the grand reopening!

Keep up with events here on the bar's Sox Blog and Q's Blog.

Read below for all of the things you will not be missing.

"Here comes the blind commissioner
They've got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they're restless
They need somewhere to go..."

On this date in:

1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colonies, the United States of America.

1938 - The play "Our Town", by Thornton Wilder, opened in New York City.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Rondo at WR

Like I always say, “Rondo rules.”  Ok, so maybe I’ve been a little rough on Rondo because he seemed to turn into a circus bear 15% of the time, juggling the ball for no apparent reason then mauling anyone near him, (although, I often like whom he chooses to maul). But, last night, like he’s done several times this season, he carried the Celts to victory, first with this play, then an OT where he outscored the Heat himself. I bet we could get a lot for him in trade now…

Fact: The Pats have never won a Superbowl with Wes Welker on their team. While there’s no denying that Welker has been unreal for Brady the reality is David Patton, and Bethel Johnson have been enough in the past.  I know, one step at a time. 

The playoffs looks good for the Pats. The Ravens always find someone way to lose to us then blame the refs-besides, they’ll always be jealous because Edgar Allan Poe was actually from Boston. Anyone can die in Baltimore- and the Colts have already gone home for the year. All that’s left is the Chargers who are bound to be arrested before we’d have to face them. So, that’s clear sailing to the Superbowl and plenty of time to re-sign Bethel Johnson and David Patton in the meanwhile.

The Pats game is this Sunday at 1 pm.  We still do not take reservations. However, 2 floors will be open for the game.

More Thoms Foolery

It is really “THE” Rivalry in all of sports although few people care in the least bit about it. Well, we do.  This Friday night BC and BU will meet on the neutral ground that is Fenway Park to play hockey.  It’s the ghost of Harry Agannis vs. the ghost of Lou Merloni.

What else is going on in New England?  Surprise! More wackiness in New Bedford.

Thommies in The News

This Sunday night at 10 pm on MLB Network check out the film “Holy Land Hardball” by Thom’s regular and filmmaker Brett Rapkin. Then in two weeks catch Brett’s film “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey” on MLB on the 24th.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

-E.A. Poe

...If You Ain't Got That Ring.