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Some Random Thanksgiving weekend leftovers

Some Thanksgiving leftovers while trying to clean out my fridge of all the remnants of two family gatherings.

The University of Maine hockey team needs more consistency on offense.

That was evident in last weekend's series at St. Lawrence, in which the Black Bears emerged with a 5-2 victory and a 1-1 tie.

A win and a tie is solid, but St. Lawrence is 57th in the PairWise rankings. This is a team Maine should've swept. One goal is not going to cut it against high-powered UMass next weekend.

Goaltender Jeremy Swayman is Maine's best player, but without offensive production, this team won't go anywhere against the big boys in Hockey East.

Collin Kaepernick deserves a chance to play in the NFL again.

There. I said it.

I could name a handful of teams the former 49ers quarterback would start for right now. Maybe even two handfuls.

Let's also remember he not only took the 49ers to a Super Bowl, he did something opposing quarterbacks almost rarely do: Come into Gillette Stadium in December and beat Tom Brady and Co., which Kapernick's 49ers did late in the 2012 season.

Whether or not you agree with the method Kaepernick chose to protest police brutality, kneeling during the national anthem isn't crime of the century. And players like Zeke Elliott and Tyreek Hill, who have histories of domestic violence, adorn NFL rosters.

Roger Goodell and the owners need to get their priorities straight. If the unthinkable were to happen to TB12, I'd push for the Pats to sign Kaepernick in a heartbeat.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to UMaine women's basketball star Blanca Millan.

The reigning America East Player of the Year suffered a torn ACL during a recent game against Arizona State. On the court, it's a tough loss for coach Amy Vachon's club and the conference in general. Millan is a great player and a class act on and off the court.

She'll be missed, but the Bears will have to move on and try to win games. They have the depth to do so.

It's clear the Bruins have moved on from last spring's Stanley Cup heartbreak.

As of Sunday, the B's were perched comfortably atop the Atlantic Division at 18-3-5 (41 points). Only Washington (43 points) has more.

The B's are doing this under the radar among the 10-1 Patriots and the new-look Celtics dominating Boston-area sports headlines.

The start of December means one thing in Maine: High school basketball is upon us.

It'll be tourney time before we know it.

Congratulations to my journalism peers Travis Lazarcyk, Steve Craig, Joe Cyr and Bill Green, Dale Duff and Rich Kimball on being chosen as respective finalist for Maine Sportswriter and Sports Broadcaster of the year.

All six of these guys are great at what they do. I had the pleasure of hearing Green speak at my college graduation and being in classrooms with Duff and Kimball.

The Baltimore Ravens will lose in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and won't see the Gillette Stadium turf in January. You heard it here first.

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