National World Wrestling Football League

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National World Wrestling Football League

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Patriots fans have probably already erased Bart Scott's wrestling-like promo that ran after the Jets eliminated the Patriots from the playoffs from their memories.

We half expected the Ultimate Warrior to run out in the middle of the interview and challenge Scott to a match at Wrestlemania. Apparently lil' Barty was just warming up for some "real" wrestling.

Bart Scott recently started doing some "work" for a little wrestling company called Total Nonstop Action, or TNA for short. Former Olmypic gold medalist and current TNA performer Kurt Angle is from Pittsburgh and Bart Scott came down to start some trouble with Kurt!

The storylines write themselves.

It was a poorly executed promo, complete with the expected bad acting, bad fight scene and fake injury to Scott. Brilliant.

The funny part is the wrestling world and the real life Jets actually are not that far apart. Rex Ryan is always cutting promos about how his team is the best and guaranteeing Super Bowl wins (he's 0-2 on those guarantees so far) and Bart Scott has threatened to end careers.

Maybe the two worlds should merge. It would give everybody something to do if there's a lockout.

Rex Ryan would be in the ring cutting a promo:

Then Belichick's music would hit and he'd storm into the ring and the fight would be on:

Oh no! The bigger, fatter Rex Ryan has Bill in a chokehold!

But Belichick reverses the move and slams Fatty McFatfat!

He goes for the cover.... 1....2....3!!!!! It is over!

The next day Bart Scott would start running his mouth about how Belichick's victory was a fluke and how he was going to take it out on Wes Welker. He'd say Wes Welker's days in a uniform are numbered after Welker makes several foot fetish comments towards Rex Ryan.

Then the lights would go off. When the lights come back on Welker would be standing behind Scott. As Scott turns around, Welker kicks him in the stomach and then gives Scott a vicious Welker Stunner!

Welker puts Scott over his head and readies him for the Welker Slam!

Bart Scott has to be carried from the ring after the brutal beating Welker dishes out:

Welker is cracking a few cold ones back in the ring in celebration!

You know, maybe this football-wrestling merger needs to happen. This scenario is infinitely better than the lame smack talk and slap fights current NFL players get in. If only.

Now a reliever, Kelly returns to Red Sox, Hembree sent down

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Now a reliever, Kelly returns to Red Sox, Hembree sent down

The Red Sox have recalled right-hander Joe Kelly from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he had been working out of the bullpen, and optioned right-handed reliever Heath Hembree back to the PawSox.

Kelly, originally in the Red Sox starting rotation this season, was plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness as a starter (8.46 ERA) but has rebounded as a reliever in Pawtucket (no runs allowed in five relief innings with one walk and nine strikeouts).

Hembree (4-0, 2.41) has been hit hard since the All-Star break, including giving up a run on three hits and allowing two inherited runners to score in a five-run seventh inning of an 11-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. 

Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins

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Three things we learned from the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Twins

Three things we learned from the Boston Red Sox’ 11-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins . . .

1) David Price isn’t having fun

Boston’s $217 million-dollar arm had another rough outing -- this time against a team that already has 60 losses.

Those are the team’s he’s supposed to dominate.

“It’s been terrible,” Price said on how his season has gone following the loss. “Just awful.”

Price’s mistakes have often been credited to mechanical mishaps this year. Farrell mentioned that following his start in New York, Price spent time working on getting more of a downhill trajectory on his pitches.

But Price doesn’t think his issue is physical.

So it must be mental -- but he doesn’t feel that’s the case either.

“Honestly I don’t think it’s either one of those,” Price said when asked which he thought was a factor. “It’s me going out there and making pitches. “

But when it comes down to the barebones, pitching -- much like anything else -- is a physical and mental act.

So when he says it’s neither, that’s almost impossible. It could be both, but it has to be one.

His mind could be racing out on the mound from a manifestation of the issues he’s had throughout the season.

Or it could just be that his fastball isn’t changing planes consistently, like Farrell mentioned.

Both could be possible too, but it takes a certain type of physical approach and mental approach to pitch -- and Price needs to figure out which one is the issue, or how to address both. 

2) Sandy Leon might be coming back to Earth

Over his last five games, Boston’s new leading catcher is hitting .176 (3-for-17), dropping his average to .395.

A couple things have to be understood. His average is still impressive. In the five games prior to this dry spell, Leon went 7-for-19 (.368) But -- much like Jackie Bradley Jr. -- Leon hasn’t been known for his offensive output throughout his career. So dry spells are always tests of how he can respond to adversity and make necessary adjustments quickly.

Furthermore, if he’s not so much falling into a funk as opposed to becoming the real Sandy Leon -- what is Boston getting?

Is his run going to be remembered as an exciting run that lasted much longer than anyone expected? Or if he going to show he’s a legitimate hitter that can hit at least -.260 to .280 with a little pop from the bottom of the line-up?

What’s more, if he turns back into the Sandy Leon he’s been throughout his career, the Red Sox will have an interesting dilemma on how to handle the catching situation once again.

3) Heath Hembree has lost the momentum he gained after being called up.

Following Saturday’s contest, the right-hander was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after an outing where he went 1/3 of an inning, giving up a run on three hits -- and allowing some inherited runners to score.

Hembree at one point was the savior of the bullpen, stretching his arm out over three innings at a time to bail out the scuffling Red Sox starting rotation that abused it’s bullpen.

His ERA is still only 2.41 -- and this has been the most he’s ever pitched that big league level -- but the Red Sox have seen a change in him since the All-Star break.

Which makes sense, given that hitters have seven hits and two walks against him in his 1.1 innings of work -- spanning four games since the break.

“He’s not confident pitcher right now,” John Farrell said about Hembree before announcing his demotion. “As good as Heath has been for the vast majority of this year -- and really in the whole first half -- the four times out since the break have been the other side of that.”

Joe Kelly will be the pitcher to replace Hembree and Farrell hopes to be able to stretch him out over multiple innings at a time, as well.