Wakeup Call: The Philadelphia Story ends for Andy Reid


Wakeup Call: The Philadelphia Story ends for Andy Reid

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, December 31.

Odds are that Torii Hunter has had a gay teammate or two over his 16-year career. But he'd like them to stay in the closet, if you don't mind. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

It sure didn't take Kevin Ollie long to impress the powers-that-be at UConn. (AP)

The game is still a week away, but Notre Dame is all business as it prepares for its BCS Championship showdown with Alabama. (AP)

After playing Oklahoma Friday in the Cotton Bowl, Texas A&M's Damontre Moore is headed to the NFL. (AP)

Back in August, no one thought USC's season would be ending with a New Year's Eve appearance in the Sun Bowl. But -- to quote a great coach -- it is what it is, and the Trojans will try to make the best of it today. (AP)

A skiing accident will sideline Miguel Angel Jiminez for five months. (AP)

Was that a ring on Caroline Wozniacki's finger? Sorry, she and Rory McIlroy aren't saying. (AP)

The league is offering 100 million reasons for the NHLPA to agree to a new CBA by Thursday. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

So are they close to a deal? Bill Daly says we'll find out today. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Looking for a team that might have the edge in a shortened season? How about the Oilers? (Pro Hockey Talk)

December was a perfect month for the Clippers. (AP)

Phil Jackson? Stan Van Gundy? Jerry Sloan? Fuhgeddabout it. The Nets say P.J. Carlesimo's their guy. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Derrick Rose is getting closer to a return. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The troubled saga of Royce White and the Rockets continues, as he refuses an assignment to the D-League. (AP)

For whatever reason, the Eagles won't say they're firing Andy Reid. But they are. (CSN Philly)

As coach, anyway. However, he might not be going anywhere. (CSN Philly)

There's no lack of potential replacements, that's for sure. (CSN Philly)

It's not drawing nearly the same amount of attention, but it looks like Pat Shurmur -- and GM Tom Heckert -- are out in Cleveland, too. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

And so's Tony Sparano in New York. (Pro Football Talk)

What a run for the Redskins: Seven straight wins, a victory over Dallas in a winner-take-all matchup for the NFC East title. And when it was over, RGIII was "at a loss for words" to explain how he felt. (CSN Washington)

The Tony Romo Experience reaches new heights. (CSN Washington)

Adrian Peterson finishes nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, but his 199 yards were enough to help the Vikings beat the Packers and get into the playoffs. (AP)

The 49ers were happy -- delirious, actually -- because Minnesota's win helped them secure a first-round bye. (AP)

Playoffs, schmayoffs. No matter what time of year it is, the 'Niners sound like they're about to change kickers. (CSN Bay Area)

Now they cheer him. (CSN Bay Area)

Not exactly the way you want to be playing heading into the postseason, is it, Texans? (CSN Houston)

Many teams try to motivate themselves with an "everybody's-against-us" mindset. But when the Ravens play Chuck Armstrong's Colts next Sunday, they might be right. (CSN Baltimore)

Not this time, Giants. (AP)

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

Bruins need to "find a way to start playing with a lead"

BOSTON -- There’s only so long that a team can hope to thrive, or even survive, in the NHL if they’re constantly chasing the game on the scoreboard, and chasing the puck after digging themselves a hole. The Bruins have been that team in the first couple of weeks during the regular season, and made it five times in five games that they’ve given up the game’s first goal in an eventual 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.

It’s a pattern that is long past getting old to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, who can’t seem to play the front-runner this season despite three comebacks that have allowed for a 3-2-0 record overall this season.

“I hope it’s not a habit. It’s certainly not what we’re looking for, but there’s no doubt. I think it’s pretty obvious that with the amount of games we’ve played, five games, we haven’t scored first,” said Julien. “We talked about that this morning, trying to get that first goal, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

The start to the game wasn’t really the problem on Saturday night as it’s been a couple of times this season. Instead the Bruins enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Habs, but couldn’t come through and finish off those plays when it might have meant an early lead.

Instead it lead to what Julien termed a “terrible” second period that was flat, full of mistakes and ended with the B’s trailing Montreal by a couple of goals. The Bruins scratched and clawed their way to making it a one-goal game in the third period, but that was as close as the Black and Gold would get in losing their ninth straight home game to the arch-rival Canadiens.

“It’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us this far, we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead. If you don’t capitalize on your chances, you see what happens when you come out [flat] in the second period,” said Torey Krug, who finished a game-worst minus-3 in the loss for the Bruins. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year. You see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”

It’s been a positive development that the Bruins have shown the willingness and backbone to fight back into games after early deficits, and they showed that quality once again on Saturday night by scoring a couple of goals in the third period to keep things close. But the Bruins would be best served if they can start lighting the lamp a little earlier in these games, and see how the other half lives by playing with a comfortable lead every once in a while.