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Wicked Hot Takes

October 9, 2017

 

Plug in the AC unit. It’s about to get wicked hot up in here. Or something like that.

 

Nice win by the Sox yesterday. That win probably saved John Farrell’s job. A loss and I think he gets the boot today.

The playoff collapse before game three can’t be blamed all on him. And he did win the division two years in a row. But the internal culture of the team is a mess and public perception is not overly favorable. There were tickets to Game 3 at Fenway available until first pitch. In reality the game might not have been a complete sellout.

This team should be a legit World Series contender. Anything less and the blame, and ax, should fall.

 

The Maine football team is 1-3 and 0-3 in CAA conference play. Simply put, Coach “H” and his team might be able afford one more loss, and no more, if they want to make the playoffs. 

And they might be able to do it. The rest of the schedule is not as intimidating as some might have you think.

The perpetually crappy Rhode Island Rams are in town for homecoming this week. That’s a win for Maine.

At Albany is next. The Great Danes are 3-2 and they beat Villanova, a team who just buried Maine 31-0. That’s tough one.

William and Mary, and Delaware follow. Both are average at best. Should be winnable games if Maine can find a reliable Quarterback who doesn’t turn the ball over multiple times per game.

 

U Mass at Fenway will be a cool experience. This game is a tossup. Mass is 0-6 but only lost to big boy Tennessee by four and the Minute Men just hung fifty on Ohio.

This season might come down to the last game of the year in Orono when Stony Brook arrives. The Sea Wolves are 4-2 right now. If the Black Bears go 4-1 before then, that will set up a must win game to wrap up the regular season and perhaps secure a playoff berth.

 

Despite losing the Saturday game 5-1, I’m still pretty impressed with the first weekend for U Maine hockey. It was a gutsy OT win Friday night after giving up the tying goal with sixteen seconds to play. These type of games will build maturity amongst the second youngest team in Hockey East.

 

And despite the lopsided score Saturday, the team had a ton of shots on goal and displayed some hustle even facing a large deficit.

 

It’s something to build on as Miami of Ohio (0-2) comes for homecoming weekend, and Minnesota Duluth will follow as the Black Bears have six in a row at home to open the season.

 

OK, so these takes might not be "white hot," but if you do have some, send me an e mail.

 

Jeff@sportschowdah.com

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