Bruins offering free concessions in January


Bruins offering free concessions in January

BOSTON -- Bruins president Cam Neely and general manager Peter Chiarelli officially opened the 2013 Bruins regular season with the first day of training camp on Sunday afternoon, and had a simple message for Black and Gold Nation.

First of all Id like to apologize to all our fans, season-ticket holders and premium clients for the lengthy lockout, said Neely. I dont know if any of us expected it would go for this long, but fortunately we can start talking about hockey and hockey games.

Neely went on to announce that the Bruins organization will be offering free concessions to all fans during the five home games in the month of January at TD Garden, 25 percent off team merchandise at the Souvenir Store in North Station, and many other features and gifts

These are things that hopefully our fans can appreciate because Lord knows that we appreciate our fans, said Neely.

For Opening Night against the Rangers at TD Garden on Saturday, fans will have the chance to receive game-worn players jerseys through a Shirts Off Our Backs promotion. Fans will also have the opportunity to win a number of prizes, including the chance to fly with the Bruins on their team charter to an away game and the chance to visit the Bruins locker room postgame.

Click here for a press release from the Bruins detailing the various offers the team is making.

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

The Patriots and Raiders and neck-and-neck as the race for home field in the AFC turns for home. And, with four games left, the Raiders are ahead by a nose. The tiebreakers between the 10-2 teams in play currently? Common games followed by strength of victory. 

The first tiebreaker – conference record – is a deadlock as both teams are 7-1 in the AFC (the Brady-less Patriots lost to the Bills back in Week 4.

After conference record, it's the teams record in common games. 


So far in common games with the Texans and Bills, the Patriots have gone 2-1 and the Raiders have gone 2-0. The Patriots play the Ravens next week. Oakland beat them. The Patriots play Denver after that. Oakland beat them as well but have one more game against Denver in Week 17.

So if it comes down to common games the Patriots really need to win these next two games.

Or hope the Raiders stub their toe a time or two in their final four games which are at the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos with a home game against Indy in Week 16.

As for strength of victory, that too goes to Oakland at this point. The Raiders’ strength of victory is at .471. The Patriots’ is at .370.

But the tiebreaker that kicks in after conference record and before strength of victory – common games – is very much unresolved.The remaining picture as it stands right now? The Ravens are the No. 3 seed with a 7-5 record that leads the AFC North. The Texans’ 6-6 record is good enough to lead the AFC South. The 9-3 Chiefs are the top Wild Card. The 8-4 Broncos are the No. 6 seed.

The Patriots play the Ravens and Broncos over the next two weeks. Currently, the Dolphins (7-5) and Steelers (7-5) are on the outside looking in.

The Titans (6-6) will have a chance to get even with the Texans in Week 17 in head-to-head matchups but they host Denver and play at Kansas City the next two weeks so they have obstacles to clear before they get there.