Lashoff covers John Mayer--uh, sings original tunes!

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Lashoff covers John Mayer--uh, sings original tunes!

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

While 16 teams battled it out in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Matt Lashoff found a productive way to spend his time releasing an album entitled Living on Heart (And 550K Cap Hit).

OK, we added the parenthetical.

Heres a little taste of what the former Bruin can do.

This clip is really misleading. It gives Lashoff a Kenny Wayne Shepherd-esque bluesrock sound when his album is actually just watered down John Mayer rip off. You can listen to clips here. Every song sounds just like the last which in turn sounds like some crap Mayer wrote while drunk some Monday night.

Sad, really, cause the kid obviously can play some tunes. Too bad hes wasting it on crappy slow rock pop trash.

As long as he doesnt wear Mayers mankini, were cool.

Some things can never be unseen.

Lashoff has to be the greatest athlete-turned-musician since Bostons Bronson Arroyo.

We, shamefully, own this album somewhere. Were not proud. We were young, impressionable, and the Sox just won the World Series so maybe a bit tipsy, too.

Anyways, heres Lashoffs band.

Didnt know he could afford one of the dudes from ZZ Top on his budget. Nice. We dig it.

Sadly, Myspace says he has no upcoming shows not sure why, not like the Leafs are going anywhere -- but we have a feeling what it would look like.

At least no one can throw waffles at him if they dont show up, right?

Patriots DT Branch wins appeal of four-game suspension

Patriots DT Branch wins appeal of four-game suspension

FOXBORO -- Alan Branch knew he had a good case, otherwise he wouldn't have appealed. It was just a question of when that appeal might be heard. 

As of Wednesday, the Patriots defensive tackle hadnt heard anything as it related to the appeal of his four-game suspension. But by Saturday morning, according to Field Yates of ESPN, Branch had won the appeal and been cleared of the league's ban. 

Branch's agent later confirmed the news on Twitter.

Word of Branch's punishment, which stemmed from what was reported as a positive marijuana test, became public when reported by ESPN on Nov. 21. Per the league's substance abuse policy, appeal hearings are typically scheduled for the fourth Tuesday after a player has been informed of his penalty. The policy notes that it is possible for appeals to be heard on another date should the two sides be able to work out different schedule, but Branch was not optimistic that would be the case earlier this week. 

Good news came quickly, though. 

Had Branch been forced to miss any time, it would have docked the Patriots arguably their top interior defensive lineman. Branch has started every game, and he leads all Patriots defensive tackles with 457 snaps played. 

The Patriots recently waived running back DJ Foster and signed defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, seemingly as a way to build some depth on the roster if Branch had been suspended. 

By having his four-game suspension wiped away not only are the Patriots saved from having to deal without one of their top players in the trenches, but Branch saved himself a relatively hefty financial penalty.

A four-game ban would have cost him nearly $300,000 in base salary as well as four game-day bonuses adding to $100,000. He also stood to lose as much as $750,000 in season-long playing-time incentives. In all, had the suspension stood, it could have cost him about $1.1 million. Patriots salary-cap expert Miguel Benzan goes into more detail about the potential financial impact of Branch's suspension here

Thankfully for Branch, he doesn't have to worry about that any longer. With this situation in the rear view, he can now focus on helping the Patriots win games during the stretch run of the regular season and into the playoffs.