In 1967 the Boston Red Sox lived the ‘Impossible Dream’, going from last to first in one season. 40 years later, the Sox made a Possible Dream come true; fielding a solid team and winning the World Series. With many New England sports teams looking good this season, can they all make their "Possible Dreams" come true?

 

Friday, November 2, 2007

#2 Ranked BC Eagles Will Face Weather Again

Anyone who watched last Thursday's BC/Virginia Tech game saw that the fiercest opponent at Lane Stadium was the weather. The first quarter punt festival tested the QB skills of both Matt Ryan and Sean Glennon, as neither of them were able to get much of a grip on the ball. Glennon would shape up enough to help put 10 points on the board for Tech, but Matt Ryan's 2 minute drill miracle ensured a victory for BC.

This Saturday, BC will face the elements again. The remnants of Hurricane Noel will be passing through New England tomorrow night. In the Caribbean, Noel killed about 115 people. Thankfully, all he brings to the Northeast is 6 inches of rain (possibly turning to sleet, then snow), sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph, and gusts up to 60 mph. Ryan and company may also have to deal with game-time temperatures around 40 degrees, that may dip to as low as 30 before the game is finished. The Eagles are going to have to deal with even worse weather than last week if they want to defend their title hopes and #2 ranking.

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Brady/Manning Bowl v10.0

Currently, Tom's leading the career matchup 6-3... but Peyton's walked away with the last three wins, including the AFC Championship game last season. Try and wrap your head around this game: the teams are a combined 15-0. Both are helmed by Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks who have defeated every other team in football at least once. Both teams average over 32 points a game (Indy about 32, NE about 41). Both teams allow an average of 16 points a game.

Across the entire season, the quarterbacks were sacked a combined 13 times (one more than Donovan McNabb was sacked in a single game). Brady has thrown more TD's in 8 games than he did in the best entire season of his career. Both teams succeeded without their starting running backs. The Pats are the face of dominance, the Colts are a model for efficiency. This leaves one more mind bender:

The Patriots are 5.5 point favorites over an undefeated team that has the 2nd best record in the entire NFL. Sunday is going to be quite a show.

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Big Three Debut Tonight, Arenas Talks Big

Tonight is the debut of Boston's new Big Three. Pierce, Garnett, and Allen will share the parquet for the first time in a regular season game against the Washington Wizards at the Garden. The trio has looked solid so far in preseason play, seemingly building team chemistry in the short time that they have been teammates. However, Wizards PG Gilbert arenas has guaranteed that the game will result in an L for the Green.

So anyway, since everybody is back on the Boston bandwagon it brought back old memories. So listen here. On November 2nd, we're going to go into that building, we're opening up Boston. Right now I'm telling the Boston fans: You guys are going to lose. It's not going to be a victory for Boston. You might as well just cheer for me, because Boston isn't winning in Boston for the season opener. I'm sorry.

Gilbert is still smarting from being called "immature" by then-Celtics-coach Jim O'Brien for not showing up to a two-day workout before the 2001 draft. When he's not cheating at Halo 3, AgentArenas is providing bulletin board material on his reportedly ghost-written blog. Let him rile up the C's, it should make for a good show at the Garden tonight.

Editor's Note: To be fair, Gilbert's rank of 46 in Halo means that he can legitimately beat you, everyone you've ever known, and about 95% of any people who've played the game... fair and square.

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New England Revolution Get First Trophy, Looking Towards Championship

The New England Revolution seem to have a Buffalo Bills-eqsue issue with the MLS Championship game. They can certainly make it to the big game, but they never won a trophy.

Until 2007.

The New England Revolution quietly walked away with their first piece of hardware this season. The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup is a tournament held every year that is open to professional soccer teams in the US. The Revolution won this year, getting their first trophy in the team's 12 year history. Many Rev players seem to think that this has released the burden of failure in the finals.

Midfielder Steve Ralston feels that the Cup win will help them in the MLS playoff this year. "We know what it takes. We've won something now; it kind of gets the monkey off the back a little bit."

On Saturday the Revs face off against the New York Red Bulls in the second game of the Eastern Conference Semis. Last week the teams played to a tie in game one of the series.

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Claude Julien's '07 Bruins looking Solid

Despite the loss of young gun Patrice Bergeron to a grade 3 concussion, the Bruins put together a great performace at the Garden last night. Filling in for Bergeron, Glen Metropolit scored two goals and notched two assists in a solid performance. The real star of the night was Marco Sturm, who deflected a shot off of Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller for the overtime win.

11 Games into the season the B's are 7-4 with 14 points, putting them at third place in the Northeast. The Bruins are playing much better than most sportswriters and fans had predicted they would. Chalk it up to Claude Julien focusing the team's attention on cleaning up their game. Last season the Bruins were one of the most penalized teams in the NHL. The B's weren't playing dirty, they were just playing sloppy. With cleaner play comes more opportunities to take advantage of the power play, and less pressure on constant penalty killing.

Led by face-breaking (or wound re-opening if you prefer) Zdeno Chara and a well-rounded team, the 2007-2008 Bruins are looking towards the Possible Dream of getting back to the playoffs.

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