Tom Brady cuts his hair; world explodes

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Tom Brady cuts his hair; world explodes

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Were sure there were tons of great tidbits of information and sound bites from the Patriots press conference yesterday (Ha! Who are we kidding? Its the Patriots.), but the big story from it all had nothing to do with the upcoming game in Oakland, or the embarrassing loss to Buffalo. In fact, the big story wasnt about anything that was said.

Tom Brady cut his hair.

Cmon, you knew this was coming. Heres the image tweeted by Chris Forsberg, by the way.

Boomsauce.

Not sure if this was a request or a challenge by the WGS Boss, but were pretty sure, if nothing else, BleacherReport will have a slide show of all Toms hairstyles over the past decade by weeks end. This, of course, was the Internets response. It was like Michael Bay decided to write about the Pats for a day.

Almost every major sports-covering website had a story on Bradys new haircut since apparently there were no other stories worth talking about like the lack of a Patriots defense or Bradys horrid week. The Boston Globe even decided to write an obit for Bradys hair.

Listen, fellas. The dude cut his hair. Its not like he went bald or anything. Not like he got a Mohawk, a rattail or anything. His hair is still there. But with the way the media is making a big deal about it youd think it was someone like Fabio who went under the scissors.

Could the new do have to do with throwing four interceptions? Is this the NFLs version of getting a new hairstyle and wardrobe after breaking up with the boyfriend? Maybe he decided to stop his heel turn and go back to being a face. Or maybe Giselle got tired of the Euro-ponytail look. Who knows?

Whatever it is, it seems as if his barber may have taken a little too much off the top.

Reporter: Do you remember your first start?
Brady: I dont remember we beat the Chargers.
Reporter: It was the Colts.
Brady: God, see?

Pretty and dumb. Thats how we like em. Oh, and with three Super Bowl titles. Were not cheap in New England. We love the bling.

And if youre in the pro-long locks crowd and arent happy Bradys back to being clean and proper, just remember: It could be a lot worse, a lot worse. Also, New Englands Super Bowls came during the short-hair Brady era. This is his throwback look.

Red Sox will re-assess Rodriguez's progress after rehab start

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Red Sox will re-assess Rodriguez's progress after rehab start

CHICAGO -- Eduardo Rodriguez's return to the Red Sox rotation is going to take a little while longer.

Rodriguez will make at least one more rehab start for Pawtucket Sunday before the Red Sox re-assess his progress.

There had been some thought that Rodriguez would need only two outings on his rehab assignment. But the decision was made Wednesday to give him at least one more.

Rodriguez had a good outing for Pawtucket Tuesday night, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work.

All three runs came in the first inning, after which he showed improvement. "From the second to the sixth innings,'' said Farrell, "they were probably more crisp, more sharp. Looking for that to continue to advance."

Rodriguez, too, said he felt better than he did the first time out, when he allowed three runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

"I feel more control of the ball,'' he said. "I feel more comfortable throwing the ball in the game. Physically, I feel fine. I just see how everything goes every day like bullpens, running and everything. I just want to get back as fast as I can. But I want to get back 100 percent, I don't want to get back at 70 percent and go out there and don't do like I normally do."

Rodriguez, of course, has missed the first month of the season after tweaking his knee at the beginning of spring training.

"The first start I made in Pawtucket,'' recalled Rodriguez, ''I was thinking too much on my knee. Every pitch I'm throwing, I'm thinking like 'Don't push too much,' but (Tuesday) night it was every pitch I'm throwing just thinking of the game and not my knee."

After throwing 84 pitches Tuesday night, the Red Sox want him to get his pitch count over 90 in his next outing.

''I think with each outing he's getting, he's gaining more confidence and feeling more maybe natural and free on the mound," Farrell said.

 

Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

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Ainge: 'This offseason is bigger' than others for Celtics

WALTHAM, Mass. – There was very little sizzle in the moves made by Boston during last season, one in which they were hoping would be a summer full of basketball fireworks.

Well the bar is once again set relatively high for the Celtics this offseason, one in which the chances of making an impact, fireworks-worthy deal appear to be even better now than they were a year ago.

The Celtics have Brooklyn’s first-round pick in next month’s draft that has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection, and will be no worse than the sixth overall pick.

That’s just the first of eight picks for the Celtics in next month’s draft.

Boston has the potential to shed enough salary to offer a pair of near-max contracts to free agents this summer.

“We look forward to every offseason,” said Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations. “This offseason is bigger. My expectations are high this offseason. And yet I also know that it takes good fortune.”

There’s the NBA draft lottery later this month.

“We need some ping-pong balls to bounce our way, give us the best opportunity,” Ainge said.

The Celtics own Brooklyn’s first-round pick courtesy of the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade with Brooklyn in 2013. That pick will be no worse than the sixth overall selection this season but has a 15.6 percent chance of being the top overall selection.

“Whether we use that pick, trade that pick and … in free agency we have opportunities. That’s all we have,” Ainge said. “We have no guarantees of great things happening. We have a lot of hope. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have to have Plan A through Z; usually it’s A through G.”

Tonight's lineups: Red Sox at White Sox

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Tonight's lineups: Red Sox at White Sox

The Red Sox face a left-hander -- Carlos Rondon, in this case -- for the second night in a row as they play the middle game of their three-night series in Chicago against the White Sox.

The lineups:

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Chris Young LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Josh Rutledge 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Clay Buchholz P

WHITE SOX:
Adam Eaton RF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Jose Abreu 1B
Todd Frazier 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Jerry Sands DH
Dioner Navarro C
Austin Jackson CF
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Carlos Rondon P