Lackey for manager!


Lackey for manager!

By Adam Hart

Terry Francona is leaving his managerial post with the Red Sox.

There's no time to mourn; the search for a new manager must begin. And they don't even have to look too far.

John Lackey.

Seriously. Hear me out:

The Red Sox will transfer Lackey's contract in its entirety to a managerial contract -- 15.25M per year through 2014 -- with the provision he never throws another pitch. Not even in BP. He'll keep his press conferences short on words and heavy on breathing. More in-depth answers will be available to the media via text message.

Manager Lackey promises to keep intact the clubhouse culture he helped cultivate. He may even use a six-man rotation, which will coincide with the marketing department's Six Packs For Six Man Budweiser advertising campaign.

The pitching staff will appreciate it. Not just the off-day, in-game drinking part, but the fact their manager will always blame the fielders, the wind, the crowd, the grass -- everything -- for poor performances. Oh, what am I saying? There are no poor performances! Everyone battles and has good stuff, for sure.

Red Sox Nation will soon grow fond of the annual spring training St. Patrick's Day game. During the 7th-inning stretch, Manager Lackey will serenade the crowd with a rendition of It's Not Easy Being Green.

He may not have been glorified for throwing pitches at Fenway. But he'll go down in history as the best brick-throwing manager in Red Sox history -- Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Bricks!

For sure.

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.

Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice participation/report: More of the same

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game:


TE Martellus Bennett (ankle)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Jamie Collins (hip)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
DL Woodrow Hamilton (shoulder)
LB Shea McClellin (concussion)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (hamstring)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
DL Vincent Valentine (back)


LB Zach Brown (illness)
TE Cordy Glenn (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (concussion)
G Richie Incognito (illness)
RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring)
S Aaron Williams (neck)

DT Corbin Bryan (shoulder)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)
RB Mike Gillislee (foot)
LB Jerry Hughes (hand)
LB Lerentee McCray (knee)
G John Miller (shoulder)
WR Robert Woods (foot)

T Seantreal Henderson (back)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (non-injury related)
DT Adolphus Washington (illness)