Here is the third edition of the TB mailbag. I’m doing it today, tomorrow I will be in Ft. Myers.
Q: How far will the cavs go in the playoffs?
A: I can see the Cavs going very deep. Though i won’t say they will go all the way, they seem to have trouble with Orlando. The Hawks are very good, and I think they may knock off a team like Cleveland or Boston. But with the Cavs, the loss of Shaq hurt them. I think Jamison may be out a while too, if I’m not mistaken. The key is, as always, Lebron has to be great. And he will be.
Q: My question for the mailbag is: When will the Sox ever be-knuckle the knuckleball? Tim Wakefield has been pitching for a long time.
When is he going to retire?
Also, does Tom Brady ever make you wanna cry? He seems like a heartbreaker. 🙂
A: I don’t think Wakefield will retire for a few years. He’s a great option for the rotation. And when he’s on, he’s as unhittable as it gets. His problem has been his back. He was an all-star last year, and arguably the Red sox best pitcher, until the end of July. And don’t forget, he wants that Red Sox all-time wins leader.
I love Brady. Last year was an off year from him coming off ACL surgery. It was an all-around odd year for the Patriots. I hope to see the Pats lock up Brady long term, like the Colts did with Manning. Given the option of the two, I’d take Brady all-day. He did make me wanna cry when he got hurt in the 2008 season opener :(. Expect a bounce back year, in a contract year.
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The Red Sox beat the Cardinals, 7-6. Josh Beckett pitched three perfect innings. The Red Sox no-hit the Cards through seven innings, but they got the bats going vs Randor Bierd. Che-Hsuan Lin got the game winning single in the ninth inning.
The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the San Antonio Spurs, 97-95. Lebron James and Shaquile O’Neal did not play. Delonte West picked up 16 points.
The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks, 99-98. The Knicks held on after Al Horford’s basket was reveiwed and revealed to be after the buzzer.
The Dallas Stars beat the Washington Capitals, 4-3. The Stars where down two goals to the best team in the NHL and came back to score three in the third period on six shots. Marty Turco had a career best 49 saves.
News and Notes: Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a grade 2 concussion after the devastaing hit from Matt Cooke on Sunday. Savard was cleared to fly and returned to Boston yesterday for further examination. Savard said he did not remember taking the shot or the hit. The real nature of the concussion will be watched over the next 4-5 days. His timetable for return in uncertain.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched an inning for the Red Sox, a perfect inning.
The Celtics Micheal Finley is expected to join the team in Milwakee for tonight’s game. Marcus Landry was assigned to the NBA D-league.
The Bruins have assigned Dany Sabuan to Providence, and recalled defenseman Jeff Penner. That tells me that Andrew Fernece is not ready to return on the roadtrip, and they need a backup defenseman.
The Bruins play Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, and the Celtics take on the