Tebow Fever


Tebow Fever

By Justin Aucoin

Its only Tuesday and already I cant take it anymore. Tim Tebow fever has taking hold of New England.

You cant watch any local sports TV station or flip on the radio without hearing Tim Tebows name being dropped. There are GOP candidates that wish they could get this sort of air time in Boston.

Its like a growing epidemic and its even infected this column. I apologize, but its really plaguing my sanity.

Just this morning I woke up and went to get dressed. When I looked in the mirror I almost crapped myself. Instead of the usually rugged and handsome fella Im greeted with every morning I see ugh


Hes clearly judging me for being Pastafarian.

After taking a shower to soothe the nerves I made myself some toast for breakfast. And what do I see? TEBOW!

At the office I grab a cup of coffee to wake up. Perhaps Im just over tired. But no! More Tebow.

After I work I went out to dinner with my girlfriend. Theres no solace in the world like being with a loved one right? I swear someone mustve laced my drink because she seemed a bit different as the night went on.

That damned Tebow was everywhere I looked. Hell, I even found him in the bathroom.

Oof. Saturdays game cant come soon enough so I can stop hearing and thinking about Tebow. It will end after Saturday, right?


Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper. 

Slater missing from start of Patriots practice

Slater missing from start of Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were without two key members of their special teams units at Friday's practice. 

Both Matthew Slater (foot) and Jordan Richards (knee) were not spotted at the start of the team's most recent workout. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton (illness) was also missing. 

Hamilton and Richards did not participate in Thursday's practice. Slater was present on Wednesday and Thursday after missing Sunday's game against the Jets. 

The Patriots did have a Gronkowski back on the field Friday, but it wasn't Rob, who was expected to undergo back surgery in Los Angeles. It was fullback Glenn Gronkowski, who has apparently been re-signed to the Patriots practice squad for his fourth go-round on New England's 10-man unit. Practice-squad tight end Kennard Backman, who has not been at Patriots practice since Wednesday, has likely been released in order to make room for Gronkowski.