Five Ways to Survive the Blizzard

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Five Ways to Survive the Blizzard

It's Friday afternoon and the snow is already falling. Although truthfully, falling might not be the right word. The snow is coming from everywhere. Up. Down. Left. Right. (B A Select Start)

Out my window at this very moment (1:41 pm), the snow hasn't quite started to accumulate, but it's definitely getting closer. (UPDATE: It's now 4:36 and the snow is most definitely accumulating). That means, despite my insistence that this was all just another scam by the local news industry, this storm is real. Winter has officially arrived.

And by now, the White Walkers have probably invaded the city and enslaved us all, but on the off chance that White Walkers don't really exist, here are five ways to pass the time while you're snowed in this weekend

1. Start working on a script for Rob Gronkowski's upcoming film project.

I started mine this afternoon. It obviously stars Gronk and Bibi Jones, and it's tentatively called: "Little Mermaid 2: A Gronk's Tale"
Scene: Gronk is sunbathing on a private beach, when Bibi Jones emerges from the water wearing a cheap mermaid costume. Her and Gronk's eyes meet.

JONES: "What's a mermaid have to do to get some action around here?"

GRONK: "Hi. My name is Rob. What's your name?

JONES: "Ariel."

GRONK: "Hi Ariel. My name is Rob. Did I hear you say something about action?"

And that's all I have for now (aside from one other scene where Ariel tells Gronk that she has crabs followed by Sebastian popping out from under a towel)

2. Brush up on the Salary Cap FAQ

In today's NBA, it's hard to have an informed opinion on potential trades and contracts unless you have a firm grasp on the salary cap. And with the trade deadline fast approaching we could all benefit from a refresher course. So that's why I recommend putting on some coffee, asking Aqib Talib for adderall and plowing through Larry Coon's legendary break down of all things NBA Cap.

Bonus: When you're done, you'll look out the window and it will already be Spring.

3. The Spring Training Prediction Game

Here's how you play:

Match the Red Sox player to his upcoming Spring Training storyline.

1) David Ortiz a) best shape of his life

2) John Lackey b) renewed spirit

3) Daniel Bard c) just happy to be back playing baseball

4) Dustin Pedroia d) not worried about the past.

5) Jon Lester e) relishing his new role

6) Shane Victorino f) something to prove

7) Clay Buchholz g) veteran presence (will also accept: "clubhouse guy")

8) Jacoby Ellsbury h) For sure one of the best pitchers in the American League and anyone who doesn't think so is an IDIOT

4. Re-Live Banner 18
After last night's CelticsLakers reunion, I wasted about an hour YouTubing footage from the 2008 Finals. Post-game interviews and celebrations. Single game and series highlight packages. Super-produced, behind-the scenes features. Everything.

You can also watch full games on there. Unfortunately, each game is broken down into 15 separate videos, but it's a small (and free) price to pay for the entertainment.

Here's a random nine-minute segment of Game 1 at the Garden:

Awesome, right? You can watch the rest of the game, and pretty much the entire series on this channel. (Thanks to keptual for all his hard work.)

5. Go to jail

Governor Patrick has issued an executive order banning vehicles on the roads after 4pm. Penalty for violating; up to 1 year in prison, 500. BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) February 8, 2013
Feeling restless? Cupboards bare? Been a while since you've felt the embrace of hairy, 300-pound hit man?

Jump in your car after 4 pm, take to the streets and wait for Governor Patrick's cavalry to round you up.

Once you get to jail, you won't be able to see a judge until at least Monday. Your family won't be able to come bail you out because that would entail driving, and that's against the law. So you're staying put.

Proceed to kick back, make new friends and eat free meals while all those suckers on the outside are stuck shoveling their driveways.

Also, be safe.

See everyone on Monday.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per BrooksBaseball.net, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

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Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.

ROSTER MOVES

Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.

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