The Boylston Beat – 11/13

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Some quick hits from Boston as I sit at my desk pondering whether Giancarlo Stanton would hit 80 or 90 homers at Fenway Park next season:

  • The Patriots are back. Despite early season woes and the annual calls for the demise of this centuries preeminent dynasty, the Pats again look to be the toast of the League following last night’s beatdown in Denver. Belichick’s mantra has always been for his team to play their best football at the end of the year, and all signs are pointing in that direction after a restful bye week (see: Gisele on beach), 5-straight wins, and Brady overcoming his inner demons that seemingly present only at Mile High Stadium. Special teams, kids, special teams.
  • Celtics keep on cruising, and this time without Kyrie. Winners of 12-straight, Thursday nights showdown with Golden State in Boston is looking like the early-season can’t miss game. If the C’s can best the Dubs (tall task, but Stevens has had success vs. them), it looks like the sky is the limit with a Charmin-soft schedule leading them into December.
  • Not much to say on the Bruins, who continue to look lost while dealing with injuries to what feels like their entire core. Stay tuned for news of a Bruins blogger to help me pick up the slack while I’m dealing with league-leaders in the Pats and C’s.
  • The hot stove is never not scorching with Dave Dombrowski heading up a team’s baseball ops and that seems to be the case this Winter with the Sox already engaging the Marlins on megastar Giancarlo Stanton. More to come from the GM meetings this week but if we learned anything last off-season, Dombrowski usually gets his guy…

    Now back to my 6th cup of coffee after a late Sunday Night Football showdown in Denver…

Celtics win streak extends to 10 games, Kyrie continues to shine away from LeBron

Lead by the play of Kyrie Irving, the Celtics extended their league-best record to 10-2 after opening the season in a 0-2 hole following the loss of Gordon Hayward. Perhaps what has been most impressive about the streaking C’s is the manner in which they have been able to pull out wins, including ugly performances such as that turned in vs. The Zo-time Lakers last night.

Irving continues to defy expectations, shedding many of his former labels of being selfish, arrogant, and a defensive liability. The story of the Celtics season thus far is simple: Irving appears to be at his best, and one of the best in the league, when he plays to make his teammates better. The league-steals leader (you read that right) has surprised everyone with his play on the defensive end, while facilitating an offense that can both thrive with the ball in his hands or while he makes an extra swing pass to poaching kiddos Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. As Irving goes, the Celtics will go, and we can suddenly ponder if they will be riding a 13-game streak into a primetime matchup with the Warriors (just the Hornets, Raptors and Nets stand in their way…) next Thursday night.

It might not show up in the scoring column every night, but the new face of the franchise has a very steady MVP-campaign already underway as he continues to put a young team with mounting injuries on his back, on both ends of the floor.

The Dawn of Broadway2Boylston

Today, we embark on a new chapter in contributing to the entirely oversaturated markets of New York and Boston sports journalism.

You see, we feel that this once-bitter rivalry between New York and Boston has fizzled from it’s Glory Days of old.

The teams don’t hate each other like they once did, the fights are absent from the games (and stands) and the playoff matchups are nowhere to be found. With that being said, two decent writers and better friends, one from the island of Manhattan, the other from “just outside of Boston,” have been tasked with reigniting this great sports rivalry through the art form any millennial can pick up on a¬†Wednesday¬†afternoon – blogging/podcasting/tweeting/subtweeting/shade-throwing and more! We hope you enjoy!

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