The 5 types of panicking Sox fans


The 5 types of panicking Sox fans

By Jon Fucile

It's that time of year again! Hockey playoffs? Nope! NFL draft? Nope! Red Sox "fans" constantly overreacting to every pitch, at bat, game and inning to the point where you just want to beat them about the face and neck with a tire iron?! DING DING DING! We have a winner!

The Red Sox got thoroughly dominated in a three-game, season-opening set against the defending American League championship Texas Rangers and many "fans" are already talking about how the Red Sox wasted their money and spouting reasons the team should fire Francona. After three games. Apparently there is no chance for redemption in the remaining 246 games of the regular season.

The Five Stages of Panicking Red Sox Fans

1) Angry calls to radios shows. Fans are calling in by the barrelful talking about how everyone should be traded. Carl Crawford is an overpaid bum. Jon Lester couldn't strike out a team full of third-graders. Terry Francona couldn't manage a Dairy Queen. The Pink Hats will be the best. Crawford needs to pitch better. Lester needs to stop making so many errors in the field. Francona is the worst catcher in the history of baseball!

Basically these whiny, sorry excuses for fans want everyone who will listen to know the season is over and this is why the Red Sox never, ever, ever, ever win anything ever. How sad. Shudda you face.

2) Denouncing their fandom. Quite frankly these "fans" are sick of rooting for a team that quite cleary isn't going to win the World Series after three games. Every other team ever in the history of sports has never lost a game but the Red Sox just can't win.

Dumpsters are filled with Red Sox shirts and posters. Hats and jerseys are on fire in the streets. Screw this team. We should go find that Wally guy and beat him in a field! STUPID LOSER RED SOX!!!

3) Bridge jumping. There is no point to watching any more games this season. Fans waited all winter for the season to begin and now there is nothing left to watch. Or to live for. Time to head on over to the Tobin with the rest of the fans and do your best Montreal Canadien impression and dive. SEASON OVER MAN! SEASON OVER!

4) Needlessy starting "Yankees Suck!" chants at the most inappropriate times. Red Sox fans seem to hate the Yankees more than they like the Red Sox. They are so wrapped up in hating the Yankees that it is amazing they've even noticed the Sox got swept by the Rangers.

When things are not going well for the Red Sox, Sox fans simply focus on hating on the Yankees despite the Yankees having won a crap ton more titles and having a better overall record against the Red Sox throughout history. So Sox fans chants. At concerts. At Patriots games. At Bruins games. Even if there is no mention of any New York team. No one said Sox fans are the smartest.

5) Jumping back on the bandwagon. Inevitably the Red Sox will win 7 games in a row or something and the same fans that were calling for a Crawford trade or a Terry Francona hanging will pretend like they always believed in the team all long.

BC's ACC losing streak reaches 12 after 28-20 loss to Syracuse


BC's ACC losing streak reaches 12 after 28-20 loss to Syracuse

BOSTON - Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syracuse beat Boston College 28-20 on Saturday, sending the Eagles to their 12th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

Dungey went 32 for 38 for 434 yards. He also ran 17 times for 54 yards for the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC).

Last week, he became the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in an upset victory over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.

Patrick Towles went 4 of 14 for 45 yards for Boston College (3-4, 0-4) but did run 75 yards for a touchdown. He was taken out of the game early in the fourth quarter and appeared to be favoring his right leg.

Back-up Darius Wade drove the Eagles deep into Syracuse territory, but was sacked and then threw incomplete on fourth-and-14 with just under 2 minutes left.

The Orange went 86 yards for a score to make it 21-10 after an interception by linebacker Parris Bennett inside their own 5.

Receiver Steve Ishmael made an 11-yard TD catch along the side of the end zone, making a leaping grab and getting one foot to touch before he was knocked out of bounds.

One play later, Towles broke around left end and went down the sideline for his score on the final play of the third quarter. Mike Knoll's second field goal - a 39-yarder - cut it to 21-20.

Dungey's third TD toss - a 68-yarder to Amba Etta-Tawo - made it 28-20.

BC's Myles Willis had an 89-yard kickoff return for a TD.


SYRACSE: The Orange didn't play smooth offensively, collecting a handful of false start penalties and turning the ball over three times, but they go into a bye week with a pair of key victories.

BC: The Eagles can't make key plays when the game's close. They were driving for a possible go-ahead score late in the third when wide-open receiver Michael Walker bobbled a pass - with the ball flying into the air and into the hands of linebacker Bennett.


SYRACUSE: Travels to No. 4 Clemson on Nov. 5.

BC: Faces North Carolina State on the road next Saturday.

© 2016 by STATS & The Associated Press.

Spooner to jump back in for Bruins, knows he 'wasn't good enough'


Spooner to jump back in for Bruins, knows he 'wasn't good enough'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – After serving as a healthy scratch for Thursday night’s home opener, Ryan Spooner will be back in the lineup manning the left wing position alongside David Krejci and David Backes as that line looks for an offensive breakthrough.

Spooner will also be looking to change his early season storyline as it’s clear that Claude Julien is looking for more from a player that looked a little too passive on the puck to start the season.

Spooner wasn’t really utilizing his speed to put pressure on opponents, he wasn’t creating enough on the power play and there were a couple of instances where his mistakes led to directly to goals against. That’s not a good combination from a B’s perspective with a player who has showed plenty of game-breaking talent while posting 13 goals and 49 points last season.

“I have to take [the scratch] as a message that I wasn’t the player that I can be,” said Spooner. “I have to use it as motivation and just go out there and play.”

The speedy, skilled forward had just a single assist in three games to start the season, but to be fair none of the three forwards on his line, Spooner, Krejci or rookie Danton Heinen, looked particularly good once Backes was moved to fill in for the injured Patrice Bergeron.

Instead, it looked like Krejci centering one player skating out of position (Spooner) and another young guy (Heinen) just trying to gain some confidence in the NHL and things looked much better for Krejci and Backes after being reunited on Thursday. Spooner’s speed and playmaking could be an asset there tonight vs. Montreal, and certainly could help a power play that is 1-for-14 through the first four games of the season.

“He just has to be better. That’s why we sat him out. He just wasn’t good enough and he’s capable of doing more,” said Claude Julien. “We expect more out of him. He’s a guy that can produce and can play the full game, and he’s shown that he can do it. It’s nothing something that he has to do, but it’s something that he can do. That’s what we want.”

So, Spooner was scratched for the home opener after totaling an assist and seven shots on net in the first three games, and knows that he needs to be better than he was in the early going.

“I wasn’t moving my feet. I think I was playing too much of a passive game. I need to use my speed a little more when I’m on the wing there,” said Spooner, who still hasn’t played much more than a couple dozen games at the wing over the course of his career. “The first two games I didn’t think I played good at all, and the last game against the Jets was just so-so. I don’t think it was good enough, so it needs to be better.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter which players I was playing with, the game I was playing just wasn’t good enough. That’s on me and I need to change that.”

Spooner will get a big chance to change that conversation when he suits up in a top-six winger role with Krejci and Backes on Saturday night while looking to provide a little more balanced scoring against Montreal.