Maine Hockey Splits with #2 UMass

If you look up inconsistency in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of the 2018-19 UMaine hockey team. One night, the Black Bears look like the talented team they are, as was the case in Saturday's 4-3 victory over UMass, giving the Bears a split with the second-ranked Minutemen. Jeremy Swayman has been Maine's best player all year and he was again Saturday, recording 53 saves. The Black Bears nearly found a way to blow this one, as they led 4-1 going into the third period, but managed to kill off a penalty with the goaltender pulled to hold on. Will THIS give the Bears some momentum heading into a road rivalry series with UNH next weekend? As bad as they've looked at times, Maine is five

3 FROM WAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN!

The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous. 3 Patriots with the most at stake on Sunday The Super Bowl is for all the marbles. But besides franchise glory, there are some guys that have more on the line Sunday than another ring. Trey Flowers: Flowers is set to hit the open market this off season and has become the most valuable member of the Patriots front-7. Flowers isn’t your traditional pin-your-ears-back-edge-rushing defensive end, but a hybrid that could only exist on a Bill Belichick team. Flowers sets the edge like a mason building a retaining wall, stalks running

The Long Strange History of the New England Patriots

It still knocks me for a 10-yard loss in the reality check arena when other fans whine and belly ache about a certain dominant team because they're so jealous and bitter about its current success. How the heck did my team -- a former laughing stock I knew better as "The Patsies" while growing up --become professional football's version of the New York Yankees??? I've never apologized for being a longtime, diehard, dedicated fan of the New England Patriots, who have gone from a depressing dumpster fire of a disaster with more drama than a soap opera to durable, domineering dynasty -- arguably the most successful in the NFL's 98-year history. "I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, can'

Here We Go Again!

For the 11th time in my life, I’m getting ready for a Super Bowl involving the New England Patriots. I cant believe I just wrote that sentence! 11 times?! I was in high school in 1986 for the Bears beatdown. I bet you remember the Super Bowl Shuffle? That was the Bears song. I also recall a parody of the song "Leader of the Pack” called “Leader of the Pats” on the radio. Raymond Berry focused. Not sure if it was produced by a local or regional radio station? I watched that game with a bunch of buddies. But given how that one went, we were playing Nerf dunk ball by halftime. In 1997 I bought a new TV and hosted a huge party at my apartment in Bangor. Pretty darn good game yet another Pats def

Maine Sports Hero of the Week

Earlier this month, former University of Maine goalie Jimmy Howard was named to his third NHL all-star team. He also made the team in 2012 and 2015, however, was injured for the game in 2015. This year, the game will be played on January 26 in San Jose. Despite the fact that the Red Wings are struggling this season, Howard has put up some solid numbers. He has played in 33 games for the Wings this year and is 13-13 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. There has been a lot of talk this season that Howard would be traded at the NHL deadline. In fact, TSN has listed Howard, along with former Black Bear Gustav Nyquist, among their top-10 ‘trade bait list.” Howard and Nyq

3 FROM WAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN!

The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous. Last 3 thoughts from the AFC Championship and BONUS First 3 thoughts about Super Bowl LIII Was this the Patriots greatest non-Super Bowl win? I hate afterglow hyperbole, but in the light of day this one is certainly in the conversation. I’ll still go with the “Snow Game”’ against the Raiders as the greatest because it was the moment that launched the dynasty but Chiefs/Patriots feels improbable in this moment. The Patriots played the game they needed to and it very easily could have fallen short. To beat KC in Arrowhe

Don't Judge Maine Men's Hoops Just By The Record

Let me start by giving some much deserved love to those of you have supported University of Maine mens basketball through the years. Let’s be honest: With a few exceptions, this program has largely stunk. We are talking roadkill skunk stink. Your loyalty is about to be rewarded. For everyone else, this is your chance to get on board early, and not be a bandwagon jumper later. Trust me- long suffering fans always enjoy winning much more. For example, those of us who suffered with Patriots for years and years truly appreciate today’s success more than anyone under the age of 25 or so. Those people were born with a Lombardi trophy in their crib but somehow think they won it. Or wors

This Is The Most Remarkable Patriots Season Ever

Looking back from the end of the last Superbowl, to today, this just might be the most impressive Patriots season (year) of all time. Not the best season. We had 16-0. Not the most surprising season. That was the 11-5 year of 2001-2002 resulting in the first Super Bowl win. But if you look at the big picture of every development from the past 11 1/2 months, this is stunning and a truly remarkable season. Here we go: Pats lose Superbowl. Butler controversy. Brady and players are ticked. Gronk talks about retiring. Will he act? Join the WWE? Butler leaves. Amendola, Lewis and Solder too. Pats players break code and take to social media to congratulate them and to be "free." Pats tra

Ignore the Yelling on Social Media: 8 Man Football is Good for Maine

Fourth and Goal with The Bam Eight man football is about to become not only a reality in Maine, but soon, the norm. It's a game changer for sure. This concept is used nationwide and in Maine it will without a doubt save programs from extinction while allowing other programs to be born. I am already seeing social media outrage about this. Irrational people thinking that this is the worst thing ever. Comments like "why can't they play regular football" or "wait 2 more years and screw someone else's kid over". The ignorance behind this garbage is astounding. I can't for the life of me understand how someone could think playing 8 man football, as opposed to their school outright cutting

3 FROM WAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN! Weird But True Patriots Road Playoff Facts

The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous. Did you know the Patriots haven’t won a road playoff game since the middle of George W. Bush’s second term? It’s true, in fact, during the entire Brady/Belichick era, the Patriots have only won 3 road playoff games. The 2001 & 2004 AFC championship games, both at Pittsburgh and the 2006 Divisional playoff at San Diego, which is the last road playoff game the Patriots have won. To put that into perspective, in 2006 Stephen Gostowski was a rookie and this game was played 10 months BEFORE The Departed was released. The Patriots ha

Sports Betting Should Be Legal in Maine This Year

Stephen Mardigan was in the news this week. He was sentenced to fifteen months in prison for running a gambling outfit in Portland. He was raking in the dough taking sports bets. As part of the sentence a Judge ordered Mardigan to forfeit eighteen Greater Portland properties, worth $13 million, as well as more than $1.1 million in cash. He was also ordered to pay $1.3 million dollars in taxes. I find it interesting that he received less prison time than the prosecutors wanted because betting is “part of Americana that in the form of the lottery and casinos — is often sanctioned by the state” according to the court. True. But not sports betting, at least in Maine. That’s because our elected s

No reason for Gendron to coach another game for Maine

It’s closing time. Get your coat. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. It’s time to call it a night for Maine hockey coach Red Gendron. The worst hockey era since pre-Shawn Walsh needs to come to a quick end. No reason to wait until the end of this epic failure of a season. Maine needs to make a change. Based on what I see on the ice, this Black Bear team would rather take a four hour calculus exam with no bathroom break than play another game for Gendron. Maine never fires coaches mid season, but in this case there is no reason not to do so. Gendron’s Black Bears are a disappointing 7-11-2 in his sixth year at the helm. Only two of the wins have come against team

3 FROM WAAAAAAAY DOWNTOWN! First 3 thoughts about the Patriots & Chargers

The "Unamed Source" is famous in media circles these days. This one in particular works in local sports media, but for any number of reasons, wants to stay anonymous. Philip Rivers is having another career year. The last two times that Philip Rivers was “having the best season of his career” it was 2006 and 2007. Both of those seasons ended for the Chargers at the hands of the Patriots. The Ravens corpse wasn’t even cold yet when Rivers referenced losing to the Patriots in the 2007 AFC Championship game. There is a score to settle there, however Rivers is 0-7 in his career against Tom Brady. Seems relevant. Joey Bosa’s back and there’s gonna be trouble. Hey now hey now, Joe Bosa’s back. Doo-

Fourth and Goal With The Bam!

Happy New Year! I was fortunate enough to close out 2018 by attending two college football bowl games; The Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The AF Bowl was a total blowout, but the atmosphere and experience was top notch. Great attendance and fan support for both teams, Army and Houston. The Sugar Bowl was on a whole different level. My beloved Texas Longhorns were seeking to validate their resurrection against the mighty (in their opinion) Georgia Bulldogs. From the pregame hospitality party, to Texas thoroughly dominating Georgia, to the pseudo victory march through New Orleans after the game, it was all unbelievable! Texas fans marching back to the hotels

Celtics Will End Up Making Beautiful Music Yet

As some of you may know, I’ve been tooting a trumpet for a really long time now (over 50 years.) I also started playing a flugelhorn a few years ago, which is a mellower sounding version of the trumpet. Playing a trumpet for over 5 decades has afforded me opportunities to be part of a bunch of bands and orchestras since 1969, from grade school through college. For the past few weeks, our family has been attending holiday concerts our grandkids have performed in; our grands play the trombone, alto-sax, trumpet and euphonium. Watching them play with their bands inspires me to reminisce about the good old days when I was on a stage as part of a band or orchestra. Thinking back to my music exper

Dirk's Last Game in Boston was Bittersweet

Friday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks marks the first time Boston Celtics fans have ever cheered for someone who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Dirk Nowitzki's last game in Boston (barring a Celtics-Mavs Finals) began with him only one point away from being the all-time leading scorer for Western Conference players in the Garden. The record is held by Kobe Bryant, a top-15 NBA player of all-time, and also a Laker, so it would have been great to see Dirk claim that record. Everyone loves Dirk. Kobe? Not so much. Dirk checked into a standing ovation at the end of the first. This is a "farewell tour" for Nowitzki, and very few fanbases appreciate greatness like the Celtics'.

If You Don't Think Clemens Belongs In The Hall Of Fame, You're a Little Numb

Let’s make this simple. I’ll give you three names. You tell me who was the best pitcher: Mike Mussina Roy Halladay Roger Clemens If you did not pick Roger Clemens you either never watched a game of baseball in your life, or you’re numb as a hake. Pretty simple. Don’t get you’re undies in a bunch yet. All I asked was for you to select the best pitcher. That was the easy one. Now, the slightly tougher question: Which pitcher most deserves to be in the Hall of Fame? Mike Mussina Roy Halladay Roger Clemens I will allow minor and brief debate on this one. Mike Mussina won almost 300 games and Roy Halladay was a workhorse who had a 16 year ERA of 3.38 and a couple of Cy Youngs. But Roger Clemens r

Patriots vs. Chargers: Stuff You Might Like To Know

In my multiple conversations about the Patriots and the playoffs, I told everyone I wanted Bill and boys to face the Chargers. I was afraid of the Ravens running QB, and I really dislike that franchise. They have a statue of Ray Lewis for Pete’s sake. Plus I like the Pats chances against a warm weather, west coast team coming east for 1am games in back to back weeks. (That’s 10am west coast time) So my wish came true. The Chargers are coming to town and they are legit. I know that. They went 12-4 in the regular season, which was tied for the best record in the AFC and was just one game back of the best record in the NFL. LA was 5-1 after Thanksgiving. This is not the pushover team that simpl

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