3 Most Intriguing  Patriots Picks

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. Chase Winovich- LB- Michigan This guy has already been tabbed as the next cult hero in Foxboro. If you’re not familiar, he looks like a crazier version of Clay Matthews (sick flow included) and has been described as “playing like he has zombie blood.” I’m not sure what that means, I’ve never even seen Walking Dead, but it feels like a good thing to have in linebacker. This guy is going to be a lot of fun and could replace Gronk as the resident wild man, except where other teams and fans had to love Gronk, “Wino” is going to be

For the Bruins and Blue Jackets, the series starts now.

The Boston Bruins split the first two games with the Columbus Blue Jackets at the TD Garden. Both games required extra time. Both games ended with 3-2 scores. The Blue Jackets had 8 days off between sweeping one of the best regular season teams in history. The Bruins had just one after defeating Toronto in 7 games. The long layoff would make it hard for the Blue Jackets to respond on the road in game 1. However, Columbus came close to doing that taking a 2-1 lead in the third period. The Blue Jackets however could not handle the Bruins late surge as Charlie Coyle tied the game, and then scored the winner minutes into OT. For game 2, the opposite effect was in place. The Bruins fatigue finall

Frankly, Maine Sports Fans are Pretty Pathetic

Recently Jeff Solari, our esteemed leader and Sports Chowdah founder, wrote a blog lamenting the low ratings of sports talk radio in the Bangor market. He pondered why this format is so popular in Boston but struggles around here. I believe the answer is simply this: the "fans" in Eastern Maine don't really care and they are not as smart as they think they are regarding the regional and local teams. Sure, they fly the flags, pack the bars for big games, and they wear the t-shirts. But mostly I surmise it's just so they can thump their chest and proclaim they are a "fan". These frauds show up at a game and stare at their phones while wearing a team tee shirt. Yay. But really we have too many

For local sports, the rain in Maine is a pain!

I feel wicked bad for anyone trying to do anything sports related outside in our state right now. Two weeks into the high school baseball and softball seasons, there are many teams who have only been able to squeeze in one game between rain drops. There are a couple that have yet to play any games. And there’s only a month left in the regular season. Squeezing sixteen games in will be as much fun as dealing with a flooded basement. It’s almost May and most golf courses could pass as swampland in south Florida. Rob Jarvis at Bangor Muni put out this humorous Facebook post Saturday: “The Bangor Muni Duck Sanctuary has vacancies if you know of any Mallards looking. Great landlord and all utilit

Lowering Maine Hockey Ticket Prices is Putting a Band Aid on a Bullet Hole

Attendance at University of Maine hockey games is on a steady decline. Shocker, right? So, Athletic Director Ken Ralph announced this week that they are lowering ticket prices at the Alfond Arena next year. Season tickets will be decreasing an average of $75; single-game tickets will have an an average savings of $8. Mr. Ralph says “It’s clear a $50 single-game ticket is unreasonable in this market.” I would say it is also clear that UMaine is desperate to help the men’s hockey program remain moderately relevant in this state. So the deck chairs on the Titanic are being hastily rearranged. This year Maine drew just under 3800 pregame to Orono. Thats 74% capacity in a building that years ago

I Always Knew That Throckmorton Guy Had Potential

I first knew Tim as a friend of my parents. He played football at UMaine with my father. Also, he was the parent that would play "DockBall" with us kids at David Gonyar’s camp in the summer. "Dockball" is an ingenious game we invented that involves diving for tennis balls in the lake. Even back then I thought "This guys got something. Potential." Fast forward a few years when I worked at a competing TV station. Tim opened the door for get me a job and to become his co-worker. I guess simply put ... Throck’s a really good guy. He sees the world through a colored lens that many don’t. And that’s a good thing. There are two kinds of people to have a conversation with in this world: Those wh

TimThrockmorton is retiring

Since the day he started at WABI almost 40 years ago, by unofficial count he has been part off more than 9300 sportscasts and reported almost 75,000 stories. Those numbers could be a little smaller. They might be a lot larger. But they won’t grow past May 3, 2019. Because Tim Throckmorton is retiring Tim graduated from UMaine and found his way to 35 Hildreth Street in 1980. He worked on the radio as a DJ playing music, reading sports and voicing commercials. He wasn’t on the payroll very long before he transitioned to TV where he has remained for four decades. My first in-person memory of Tim comes from 1987. He came to MDI and did a story on our boys basketball team, which was having one of

Local Sports Talk dominates Boston radio. Why not around here?

In Boston, sports talk rules the radio dial. The Sports Hub and WEEI are power house stations and dominate the male radio ratings. Makes sense. The Red Sox have been red hot for a decade and a half. The Patriots have won three out of four Superbowls. The Celtics and Bruins are playoff teams every year. New England is the center of the sports universe with the best teams and biggest names out there. And Boston sports talk radio is scoring as a result. I took the following notes from an article from Chad Finn and the Boston Globe. In the winter Nielsen Audio ratings The Sports Hub finished first overall and in all four main day parts in the targeted men 25-54 demographic for the period of Jan.

Stop The Madness

Well another year of March Madness has come and gone and once again my bracket looked like Taylor Swift’s Bio…Tons of Exes! I have been filling out brackets every March for the last 25 years and still can’t seem to figure out how to finish with a bracket that doesn’t have less names crossed out than President Trump’s Staff. The last few years we have seen more and more lower se eds that are advancing on the first Thursday and Friday of the tournament. Last year a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed for the first time ever!!! To add to that, Virginia was the No. 1 seed that lost last year and came back this year and won the National Championship. That’s a greater comeback story than Eli Manning wil

Celtics grind it out for a (pretty ugly) Game One win

The Celtics beat the Pacers 84-74 in the opening game of their first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs in the year 2019. Again, in 2019's NBA, a team scored 74 points, and even more impressively, a team won while only scoring 84 points. In the playoffs. I never imagined myself typing those words out when I sat down to do my Game 1 recap. Ever since Victor Oladipo went down in January the Pacers have been a grinding offensive team that relies on its team defense to keep them in games. What I'm getting at, is that I didn't expect this to be a high-scoring, entertaining series, but an 84-74 final with an eight-point third quarter from Indiana is dreadful. Boston trailed at the hal

Tiger Roars. Again.

At approximately 2:27pm yesterday, the world shook. In most cases, saying that the earth shook from something that happened in sports would be considered radical hyperbole, but Tiger Woods winning the 2019 Masters is above all hyperbole. One of the greatest athletes of ours or any generation ascended back to the top of the world from depths that no mere mortal ever could have. With yesterday’s win, Tiger snapped a streak of 11-years without a major championship. One of the greatest quests in all of sports was Tiger’s run at besting Jack Nicklaus’s 18 majors, but once Woods stalled after his 14th, all hope and possibility seemed lost. The story of Tiger Woods career was written: won 3 US Amat

Bruins Should Have No Problem with Toronto

Here we go again. For the third time since 2013 and the second time in two seasons the Bruins and Maple Leafs meet in the first round of the playoffs. In both of those meetings, the Bruins needed a game 7, third period comeback to avoid elimination. The 2019 edition is going to be different. I can not see the Leafs putting up a fight. This year’s Bruins (107 pts, 2nd in east) squad is close to the same as last years. The Maple Leafs (100 pts, t5th in east) added coveted free agent John Taveras, so on paper, my claim does not make much sense. But the year’s Bruins squad has several things going for it. Second line center David Krejci has turned back the clock notching a career-high 73 points.

Tropicana Field is a Better Experience Than Fenway Park

Whether this headline is a bit of click bait, or outright blasphemy by a lifelong Sox fan, it in many ways is true. Look. I love the Boston Red Sox. I get a little misty eyed when I watch the game four DVD of the 2004 World Series. I was a little weak in the knees when I stepped on the vibrant green and stunningly soft Fenway grass or the fir st time. The place is a baseball Mecca but… The game day experience can be a challenge. Expensive tickets. Congestion and traffic. Uncomfortable seats. Long lines. Occasionally curt if not rude employees. Cold wind or scorching sun. It all can be a bit exhausting. You need to sell a kidney to pay to park. You need to sell the other for beer or pizza. I’

Which Team Should Have to Watch the Pats Hang Banner #6?

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. The NFL will release its schedule within the next two weeks. Roger Goodell has already chickened out and moved the Patriots opener to Sunday night instead of Thursday (as is tradition for the Super Bowl champs) so he doesn’t have to come to Gillette. We know the Patriots will host: Cleveland, Dallas, New York (Giants AND Jets), Miami, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. This is the 3 (or 4) teams that it would be the most fun to have on the field when “the circus comes to town.” Pittsburgh. The Steelers don’t have Le’Veon Bell

The World Champs Have One Wicked Hangover

“I don’t believe in hangover. The only hangover is when you going out drinking and the next day you got a headache. We’ve all been there” — Alex Cora The second year Red Sox manager is right. Most likely you know that awful feeling off waking up praying that the bed stops spinning while you lay there wondering what you did, why you did it, and wishing you hadn’t stolen Mike Tyson’s tiger. But Cora is also in denial, because his team is showing all the classic signs of a team hangover. Or they just stink, which I don’t believe to be true. So let’s go with hangover. The Red Sox set the tone in spring training 2018 by finishing with the best record in the Grapefruit League. 22-8-1. They went 17

The excuses for UMaine hockey are very well polished. But what’s the plan?

Right here on this site you’ll see a great article from BDN Maine Sportswriter Larry Mahoney addressing the mediocre state of the University of Maine hockey program. It is very well done. Nobody walking this planet knows more about Black Bear hockey than Larry. His article is thorough and fair. He points out evidence of coaching deficiencies such as the teams annual offensive woes and lofty penalty minutes resulting from undisciplined players. But he took the time to speak with new Maine Director of Athletics Ken Ralph and six year head coach Red Gendron. Which means the column is predictably filled to the brim with the same tired excuses that we have heard from the coaches and the athletic

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