Welcome to Bruins hockey, Red Sox fans


Welcome to Bruins hockey, Red Sox fans

By Jon Fucile

We took Columbus Day off yesterday. Didn't you?

Well, in the spirit of catching up, we figured we would discuss discovering things that have already been discovered, just like Columbus discovered America even though there were already people here! There has been a recent discovery for a lot of fans in the Boston market.

The year is 2011. The ancient Celts have been mired in a trade embargo with the evil Davidus Stern and are unable to ply their trade for an undefined amount of time while the battle rages on.

The Patriots, led by Colonel Tomas Bradley and General Billford Belichik had a good 4-1 battle record during their new campaign, but had not won anything in years and were a second thought for all but the most dedicated fans, which is generally the case in this great city.

The Nation of Red Sox had recently exiled their chief and failed miserably on their campaign, not even making into to the preliminary divisional skirmishes.

The nation was fed up and needed a new force to cheer. They set sell from the Nation and headed for the fabled TD Garden.

When they arrived there they could not believe their eyes!

Only the finest warriors with bears and trophies as far as the eye could see! They hung the heads of their vanquished foes on the wall in triumph!

They called themselves the Bruins and after a vicious battle with an inbred Canuck force from the north, they had claimed a long overdue trophy and sent those over-matched pansies packing and the hero worship began!

We know this is new and scary and you jaded Sox fans may think you have discovered the Bruins, but just know they have been here a very long time and they are just super awesome! So welcome to TD Garden and we hope you enjoy your stay!

BYU's Harvey Langi ready to prove why Patriots showed him the money

BYU's Harvey Langi ready to prove why Patriots showed him the money

FOXBORO -- Harvey Langi played multiple positions across multiple colleges. Bill Belichick made sure the undrafted linebacker’s next move was to New England. 

After the Patriots made just four draft picks, they gave the BYU product a contract that guaranteed $100,000 of his base salary along with a $15,000 signing bonus; by comparison, most of the Patriots’ undrafted free agent signings this offseason have gotten guarantees of around $20,000 or less. 

Since the Patriots paid Langi like a draft pick -- basically like a fifth-rounder -- why didn’t they just draft him? They had the opportunity, as they entered the final two rounds with a sixth-round pick and a seventh remaining. They packaged both to move up in the sixth and take UCLA tackle Conor McDermott, ending their draft.

Seeing the Patriots finish picking early must have been disheartening for Langi, as New England had shown ample interest in him ahead of the draft. Then again, there’s more than one way to guarantee you get the player, and the Pats did that with Langi’s contract. 

“With all that, it’s in the past now,” Langi said this week. “They showed interest. I was, of course, interested in anyone and everyone, but when the Patriots were looking at me, I was super pumped because of the program that is run here. It was awesome.”

A native of South Jordan, Utah, Langi landed at BYU after beginning his college career as a running back for the University of Utah. While at Utah, Langi ran for 70 yards on 13 careers. Following his transfer to BYU, Langi moved around positionally, but was primarily a linebacker and defensive end. He continued to see reps as a running back, rushing for two touchdowns last season as a senior. 

As far as his candidacy for the NFL goes, the 6-foot-2, 251-pounder looks to be best cut-out for linebacker. Specifically, an NFC West scout said that BYU did him a “real disservice” by playing him on the edge and that he should be used at middle linebacker. As a senior, he had 57 tackles, five for a loss and two sacks.  

Langi will have company in the middle, but that’s where being an undrafted player comes in. There is no immediate pressure for him to be any sort of game-breaker, but if he can use his athleticism to make the 53-man roster as a special-teamer and one of Dont’a Hightower’s backups, he’ll have the opportunity to try to develop into someone worthy of defensive snaps. 

For now, it’s a new start for Langi, but one he feels could be the start of something promising. 

“Those first steps are just steps,” Langi said. “That’s what I’m trying to do, is just keep taking more steps. When I did take a step in the building, the feeling was just like, ‘Gosh.’ Ever since you’ve been a kid, this program and how coach runs his program and how everything is done here in New England, it was an amazing feeling walking through those doors, for sure. Surreal.” 

Reports: Holt (concussion) shut down indefinitely; Red Sox’ concern goes beyond baseball

Reports: Holt (concussion) shut down indefinitely; Red Sox’ concern goes beyond baseball

After visiting a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh, Red Sox utility man Brock Holt will be shut down from baseball activity indefinitely, according to multiple reports.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox’ concern for Holt, who turns 29 June 11, goes well beyond baseball. 

Holt first suffered a concussion more than a year ago while diving for a ball against the Oakland A’s. He hasn’t played in the major leagues since April 20 when vertigo and post-concussion symptoms returned. His minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket the past month has been interrupted by the recurrence of vertigo.