10 things to do now that the Patriots are done


10 things to do now that the Patriots are done

By Justin Aucoin

We know.

The Pats loss to the Jets still stings. Weve been icing ourselves down its hurt so much. No luck though.

And only the tiniest bit of satisfaction came from seeing New York lose in the AFC Championship game. But a Jets loss meant a Pittsburgh win and rooting for Roethlisberger makes us want to vomit.

It was a loselose.

Anyway, it's taken a week of mourning, but weve compiled ten ideas for what Patriots fans can do to pass the time until the new season starts. Let us know how you plan on spending your newly found free time.

10. Drink yourself silly.

If it worked to get you through that bad breakup in college, it can work for this.

9. Take up a fine crafty hobby. Like scrapbooking.

Ah, memories.

8. Spend time with your neglected significant other.

Wait You mean you just noticed theyve packed up and moved out? Bummer.

7. Pretend like the game never happened.

Hey, it worked after the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl right?

What do you mean you dont remember that game?
6. Count down the days till pitchers and catchers report.

Baseballs just around the corner. And nothing can help fans forget the pain of the Jets loss like Big Papi trade rumors when he starts the season cold again.

Yea we dont know what this is either

5. Read a book.

Any book. Pick one. Doesnt have to be Wuthering Heights or The Count of Monte Cristo. Here. Well pick one for you.

4. Make fun of Buffalo.

Nothing makes you feel better than realizing there are places and people that have it worse than you like Buffalo.

3. Enjoy the Great Outdoors

2. Boycott the Super Bowl. Watch the Puppy Bowl instead.

Too cute Cant stop watching

1. Jump on the Bruins and Celtics bandwagon

Bruins are second in the East; Celtics are first in the East.

Theyll take your minds off the Pats for a bit.

Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks


Weird umpire replay mistake helps Red Sox to record-tying 20 Ks

New York’s mistake helped the Red Sox, and they weren’t playing the Yankees.

The Red Sox struck out 20 in a game for the third time in franchise history on Thursday night, and they were able to do so only after MLB’s replay team — based in Manhattan — gave Craig Kimbrel an extra batter to strike out in the ninth inning.

A 6-2 win over the Rangers featured 16 strikeouts for Red Sox pitching heading into the top of the ninth at Fenway Park. Kimbrel came on for a non-save situation because he had five days off previously.

There’s always that outside chance for a four-strikeout inning, and it happened. Even for a four-strikeout inning, however, this was bizarre.

The first batter, lefthanded hitting Nomar Mazara, swung and missed at a back-foot breaking ball for strike 3 — a literal back-foot breaking ball, because it hit him in that foot after he whiffed on the pitch.

On a swing and a miss with a pitch that hits the batter, the ball should be dead. He should not have been able to reach first base. But the umpires didn’t catch the ball hitting Mazara, and instead saw it as a wild pitch. 

Sox manager John Farrell asked for a review and the umpires went for one, but came back empty-handed. The crew was told, erroneously, that the play could not be looked at and the batter was awarded first base.

“It was just a swinging strike three, ball that go away and he obviously reached first base,” crew chief Alfonso Marquez told pool reporter Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. “The only thing that I can tell you, and the only thing I will say is, this was a replay issue. New York will come out with a statement.”

You could say it worked out just fine. Kimbrel went on to strike out the next three, and got the Sox to 20 Ks.

Kimbrel and Tim Wakefield are the only Red Sox pitchers to fan four batters in a single inning. Wakefield did it in the ninth inning on Aug. 10, 1999. 

Kimbrel did it once before as well, when he was with the Braves on Sept. 26, 2012.

No one has struck out five in a major league inning, although Kimbrel has as good a chance as anyone.

“The guy strikes out the world,” Matt Barnes said. “It’s ridiculous. … His fastball is seemingly unhittable. Complement that with the breaking ball he’s got, which comes right off that same plane, when he’s commanding it like he is, the numbers kind of speak for themselves. It’s kind of ridiculous. It’s fun to watch.”

The Sox have struck out 20 in a nine-inning game three times since 1913. Roger Clemens' two 20-strikeout games are the other two.