Big. Bang. Clock.

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Big. Bang. Clock.

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Know who was named to the AFC Pro Bowl Team? Brandon Meriweather, that's who.

With this news comes the collective "huh?" from all Patriots fans not related to the freelancing safety. How could a player who struggles to secure consistent playing time make the Pro Bowl? Don't ask Darius Butler or Julian Edelman. Ask Wicked Good Sports.

Here are the reasons, from least- to most-likely:

1) He deserves it.

2) Fellow The U alums banded together to vote one another in. Except the only thing they band together to do is lose and, in recent years, get stompy in brawls. Meriweather's No. 19 in your program:

3) Nobody watches the Pro Bowl due to its tameness. Time to turn the game's secondary into the Wild West of headhunting. Yeehaw.

4) The NFL is hellbent on promoting its game in England, Big Bang Clock style:
5) They ran out of safeties.

6) They forgot Eric Berry plays in the AFC.

7) NFC players saw the friendly-fire hit on Devin McCourty and unanimously selected Meriweather, hoping to increase the chances they earn 45,000 as Pro Bowl winners. Losers get 22,500.

8) He wears No. 31, McCourty wears No. 32. Hanging chad:

9) Remember when he told the media he quit listening to the coaches and decided to try stuff in practice? Other NFLers like the idea of doing what they want.

10) Might get windy in Hawaii, and he did a remarkable job holding the ball on kickoffs in Chicago.

Yes. The kickoff thing has to be it.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot