Tsk, tsk, Tom Coughlin

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Tsk, tsk, Tom Coughlin

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

"Outrageous!" they cry.

"There's some things you just don't do," they lecture.

"I expected him to behave with more class than that," they gossip from the confines of their knitting circles sports talk radio studios.

And they're right.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin pulled a big no-no by publicly outing his punter as below-average at following directions. Matt Dodge, the punter, told logic to stick it Sunday, punting the ball to Eagles att-lete DeSean Jackson with the game tied and 15 second remaining in regulation. Jackson returned that very bravely punted football for a touchdown.

The Eagles won. The Giants lost. New York now trails Philly by one game in the NFC East standings.

Yeah, not punting it out of bounds was a big "oops." But that's no reason for Coughlin to undress him on the field -- figuratively. And it's certainly not an excuse for bringing it up again in his postgame press conference. What's one game in the standings when a player's feelings are on the line?

And don't make excuses for the coach.

"My high school baseball coach undressed me worse than that for failing to lay down a two-strike bunt. We were up by ten runs."

Why is everyone getting undressed?

Anyway, it won't work here, buddy. This is professional sports, where the athletes have been coddled from an early age, and no Super Bowl-winning coach can change that now. Why? Sports Talk personalities have picked up where the athletes' parents left off. Even if the coach tries, it's likely too late to get a positive reaction:

"Nope. Sorry, Coach. They tell me my feelings are too hurt to punt the ball out of bounds for you."

You reap what you sow, Mr. Coughlin. Maybe next time you should sow candy bars and hugs. And higher ratings. That way the need to manufacture controversies won't exist.

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Farrell: Red Sox ‘optimistic’ Andrew Benintendi can return in 2016

Red Sox manager John Farrell said rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi sustained no further structural damage to his knee, other than the previously diagnosed sprain, after injuring it on the basepaths against the Rays.

Farrell said the team is optimistic that Benintendi, placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, will be able to return before the end of the season. Watch the video for more. 

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 

 

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.