Matthew Stafford is the Perfect Fit for the Patriots

After a disappointing 2020 campaign, it’s time to look towards the off-season for Patriot fans.

Quarterback is the biggest question mark for the Patriots going into 2021 and Matthew Stafford should be the answer.

The man has accomplished so much on a Detroit team that never seemed to care about giving him weapons. 

He ranks 17th all time in career TD passes ahead of Joe Montana, he has the most passing yards through 160 starts in the NFL (43,901), and the 8th most touchdown passes through 160 starts (274).

Stafford has been able to make something out of nothing in Detroit, but recently the team decided that they would part ways and accommodate his request for a trade after 12 seasons. 

The Patriots would get a stellar passer with great leadership skills right off the bat and Stafford would finally get some stability with a coach and a team that is actually invested in him. 

At this point, you might be asking, “Why not go for Deshaun Watson? He’s younger and arguably better?”

The biggest benefit to getting Stafford is cost. With Watson, you are looking at a trade value that sits around 3 first-round picks. With Stafford, you could potentially get him for a 2nd-round pick and a player. 

If the Patriots traded for Watson, they would effectively be shorting themselves for the future. Sure, we get a generational QB, but what about a true number 1 wide receiver? Or a middle linebacker to lead the defense? What about the gap Joe Thuney will leave if we can’t re-sign him?

As a fan, you have to look at this team and say the Patriots are more than a QB away from winning a Super Bowl. Buying into Watson, hurts the team. With Stafford, we would have the ability to draft a young QB for him to groom and compete with in a later round. Names like Kellen Mond or Sam Ehlinger stand out as perfect succesor to Stafford after a few years with the team. 

Matthew Stafford, come to New England. It’s slightly warmer than Michigan and the fans are much louder. We want you.

It’s a New Age for BC Football

Boston college, like most other colleges, has gone through a roller coaster this offseason. It kicked off with the hiring of former Ohio State defensive coordinator, Jeff Hafley. 

Hafley was able to secure the transfer of Phil Jurkovec, from rival Notre Dame and planned to use him to replace the gap at QB left by Antony Brown. 

Then, Hafley was able to flip a 4-star recruit from The University of Florida, named Clinton Burton jr. The cornerback is the highest recruit that BC has ever signed. That is a MASSIVE steal. To be able to secure a young player from a top tier school can be the first spark that lights a fire of recruits. Fair note, we won’t be able to see the talent of Burton, until 2021. 

I somehow managed to skim over a major gap in the Hafley saga, COVID-19 almost canceled the season. Hafley was signed to the team in December and was working to secure all these top talents in June and July, near the peak of the pandemic. 

Despite all odds, we have a college football season. Hafley’s eagles kicked off Saturday against a strong Duke offense. The boys delivered in a big way by winning 26-6. 

The transfer QB, Phil Jurkovec, was able to overcome a slow start and finish with 300 passing yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore WR, Zay Flowers, had a day with 162 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Zay is blooming into a potential deep threat for this new offense(see what I did there? Flowers? Bloom? Okay, back to sports). 

The offense was entertaining, but defense wins championships as that is Hafley’s bread and butter. They shut Duke out in the second half and forced five turnovers all game.

Say what you want about Duke being a bottom tier ACC team, it was still a strong performance that gives the BC faithful something to be optimistic about. They are in a division on the rise, and BC rising with the competition. 

They finished the game with a strong singing of their fight song“For Boston.” An encouraging sign of what is to come. Boston college football is undefeated and so is their social media team. 

Welcome To The Joe Kelly Fight Club

Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Joe Kelly has recently been suspended 8 games for throwing behind Houston Astros players Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa. Which is funny, because now the MLB is protecting the Astros, after catching them cheating and letting all the Astros players get by with absolutely no punishments. So Rob Manfred and the MLB are now being children and are going to punish every single retaliation to the Astros. Absolutely unacceptable.

The Astros got caught stealing signs. THEY KNEW EVERY PITCH!!! The evidence is clear as day and the MLB handled it terrible. The Astros organization lied, tried to cover up evidence, and fabricated stories every step of the way, and yet every player was given immunity. And now, retaliation against the Astros (which is very personal throughout the league) is not going to be accepted.

I side with Joe Kelly here and I hope he appeals the hell out of this suspension. I am appalled that the MLB would issue such a harsh penalty when neither player was even hit. Since the punishments were handed out and avoided for the Astros, players have been very vocal of their feelings towards the Astros players getting by without any serious penalties. The retaliations were expected this season and Joe Kelly has been at the fore front of this catastrophe. Joe Kelly is now on the Dodgers, who currently despise the Astros for their scandalous wins while cheating. To add to the the matter Joe Kelly was a part of the Red Sox, which was already a heated rivalry with the Astros before the cheating scandals. Joe Kelly deserves to be set free and when he is, I hope he comes out swinging.

I hope Joe Kelly comes out of this suspension swinging. Bring us the fire and don’t fuck with Joe Kelly. If the MLB is gonna play childish, at least let Joe Kelly throw some shade. Joe Kelly helped re-ignite the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. He was a god for the Red Sox. The “don’t give a fuck” attitude is exactly what we need in the MLB, especially from a pitcher. Joe Kelly is an MLB god who isn’t afraid to say shit like it is and call out problems that need fixing. Him throwing at Bergman and Correa was the perfect response that “even though the season was shortened, we didn’t forget what you guys did, and this shows how much we hate you”. It’s the perfect scenario to remind everyone watching, and everyone in the MLB that we still hate the Astros and we all want to watch them burn. Show us what you got Joe.

Cancel The MLB Season

The MLB is in absolute shambles as it faces a Covid-19 outbreak among the Marlins franchise and the consequences thereof. Not to say I told you so MLB, but I totally fucking told you so. If anyone saw this coming, other than me, it should’ve been Rob Manfred and the fact of the matter is, the MLB should have never started to begin with.

The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies are on close watch as the Marlins gain a total of 17 positive Covid cases since their series with the Phillies.

What’s a better way to spread a virus than sports teams. They all share the same sidelines, dugout, bench. It’s stupid to even think that any sports league could be safe enough from this. I mean for Christ sake we were forced into lockdown for months until this virus let up a little. We finally get a little freedom and all sports shove play into action with so-called “safety measures”. What possible safety measures can protect full teams and leagues from a pandemic level virus?

Masks in the locker rooms? Full lockdown and bubbles for all players and personnel? Continuous checks and testing? I can promise you it all sounds great but it doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. Do you honestly expect leagues full of multi-million dollar players to stay inside their hotel rooms? Do you honestly expect players to walk up to home plate with no mask on, then be told to wear one three minutes later. It’s all impossible to keep track of 24/7. It’s just not possible to monitor every player at every second.

You can’t use players as guinea pigs for entertainment. It’s not right and even though many still do choose to play, I believe we will keep seeing more and more start to opt out with the ongoing concerns. Every sport that has started back up has had players with Covid. It’s asinine to believe that players, personnel, and staff are just magically protected and constantly monitored. All it takes is one person infected with the virus to pass it on to multiple teams.

What’s more is the MLB is basically the canary in the coal mine. They were the sport to come out and show that they could still play even with the virus still posing a legit threat around the country. But with the Miami Marlins outbreak, it’s safe to say that sports will not work. What we will continue to see is weeks of games, followed by weeks of postponement once the virus hits multiple teams. Every team playing is susceptible every series, and this is in the best interest of absolutely NO ONE. The season needs to be canceled now, and save the MLB for good.

The Marlins franchise have 17 total positive cases so far. The whole team basically has it and you have to expect this to happen multiple times throughout the shortened season unless the season is cancelled. It is not worth the risk to the MLB. Even with the best medical care, there’s no way to say how each player handles the virus. The MLB is solely responsible for every player or staff member that gets Covid-19. Why even risk it at this point.

With Manfred claiming he doesn’t think the outbreak on the Marlins will affect the Philadelphia Phillies (who the Marlins just faced a 3-game series against) or the league itself, he is an idiot. The virus will keep spreading. Everyone just watched the season start last week, and we already have our first outbreak in the MLB before 5 games have even been played. The MLB just played itself so bad that if this isn’t fixed fast, the MLB will not only become a laughingstock, but a disgrace all together. With the best interests of all contact sports in mind, this year needs to be postponed. No sports and let the virus play itself out. Fix this now.

Let Me Introduce You All to the BC Recruit I Will Be Defending Irrationally for the Next Four Years

Earlier this week, Florida 2021 Commit, Clinton Burton Jr. said screw you to the Gators and switched his commitment to the Eagles of Boston College.

Knowing nothing about Burton Jr., I read his scouting report and he makes me excited for the future of BC football. Good to note, he is now the highest ranked commit that the Eagles have had since…uhhh…ever.

“But James, what does that mean? Are you going to defend this kid like you did AJ?”

You’re damn right voice in my head. I’m going to support this 18 year old. in all of his efforts to secure the bag in the draft. Is it kinda weird? Absolutely, but that’s what you do for your team right? (That doesn’t feel right).

Back to logic

The Eagles have also made massive moves in the offseason. They added Jeff Hafley, former Ohio State co-DC, and Patrick Kraft as their Athletic Director.

The addition of Hafley clearly brings a stronger defensive mindset to a team that has been lackluster on that side of the ball in recent years.

Although the defense has been meh at best, you can’t take away from the talent that they have produced with average caliber teams. Big shining example is Luke Kuechly.

Burton Jr. is a big step in the right direction. Build this team through the defense. If you want to compete in the ACC you have to go through Clemson. You have to attract top talent and develop every single player on the field.

Eagles fans, get excited.

Should Baseball Return?

At the moment, the MLB is in shambles but is set to return July 1st. At this point, it has me wondering if it’s even worth it to bring baseball back. We’re already close to halfway through what would have been a season, yet instead of a season, tensions and pay cuts are the only statistics on the rise.

We have the MLBPA players union claiming the players don’t want to play unless they get paid a substantial amount, the MLB going back and forth on their offers, and commissioner Rob Manfred insisting a season will happen. Now with a supposed season underway, what do we expect of games, the pandemic, and many players in confined areas.

Shared from ESPN on how the upcoming season is proposed to take place.

By the time we see a season underway it will either be too small of a season for anyone to care, players unsatisfied due to salary cuts, or some other bogus reasons. As much as we all want baseball back, I think it’s safe to say a season at this point is a waste. If there is nothing to gain from a partial season, I truthfully don’t see anyone giving a shit about the game itself, leaving less fans, viewers, and money coming in. What could be a partial season could also be a horrific downfall to the game of baseball.

The MLB has two options now. Either rush the season back as planned and accept the consequences that may arise, or cancel the season and pay everyone accordingly. Of course whichever path is chosen, money and fans will be lost, but if a season is resurrected as is currently scheduled, the MLB needs to hope and pray for the same competitiveness as prior seasons. If Manfred waits any longer, significant problems can arise that will keep delaying and cause more turmoil amongst the MLB.

With where the MLB stands right now, the best route the MLB has is to not have a season this year. Let this fluke run it’s course and pick back up next year as a strong, competitive, yet respected organization. The risks that come with having a season this year may be the downfall of what was once the greatest sport in America.

Story Time: Ronnie Lippett Called me a Girl

Growing up in Massachusetts, most kids my age had to go through D.A.R.E. It was an anti drug program where they would get the coolest cops in town to talk about how scary marijuana is.

At the end of fifth grade, we all had graduation from this program, which if you look at Burlington, it clearly didn’t work. They told us a famous patriot was going to be there.

This was around 2005 so we all figured it was going to be Tom Brady or Teddy Bruschi. They decided to bring in Ronnie Lippett.

Mind you, all of our class was born in 94-95 so bringing in a player that finished in 91’ was just an odd move.

I have no hate for Ronnie Lippett, but when you have Tom Brady as an imaginary standard it’s hard to live up to.

Ronnie was awesome and he spoke to all of us about staying away from drugs and how cool it was being a football player. Key moment here, Ronnie met me, we talked and it was cool.

All of us assembled in the auditorium and were ready for his speech and our graduation. Ronnie asked everyone who their hero was, a few of us lined up (including me).

One by one we went through and said who our hero is. It got to me, I got to talk to my new friend Ronnie. He was on stage and I was in the dark auditorium.

He said “Who is your hero little girl…”

I quickly responded with “I’m a boy.” I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t look like a gir!

OKAY LISTEN, JOHNNY DAMON WAS MY FAVORITE PLAYER. I GREW MY HAIR OUT FOR HIM AND HE LEFT LIKE THE BAD FATHER I NEVER HAD (shout out Jim Puopolo for being there). EVERYONE HAD AN AWKWARD PHASE!

So, I had long hair and I was chubby which gave me little boy boobs. Whatever, shut up. ANYWAY, I looked like a girl in the dark which is way worse when you’re in college so I’ll take my childhood win.

Ronnie was super apologetic after everyone laughed. Still not sure if it was at me or him, but judging off the next three years, it was at me.

He ended up finding me after and apologizing and gave me a signed photograph. He was and probably still is an awesome guy who was super kind. He gave me an amazing story that I can carry for the rest of my life. Thank you Ronnie Lippett.

There Is Nothing Wrong With “Reliving” Sports Games

We here at BOTA take pride in our opinions and posts. But that doesn’t mean we always have to agree with one another. As a sports blog, especially without sports during this pandemic, opinionated articles are a necessity and what we at BOTA feel is the best way to connect to our viewers. However, sometimes we disagree on things, and that’s what makes BOTA so special. Having the respect to disagree with one another and fight back on your claims is what this is all about. And this is that case.

I see absolutely nothing wrong with “reliving” sports games. If someone wants to rewatch a past game, championship, moment, by all means go for it. Maybe you don’t get the rise of that original moment in real-time. But some people still do, and there is nothing wrong with “reliving” glory. I still get chills rewatching a certain number of games. 2004 Red Sox playoffs for example. I get chills down my spine every single time I watch Dave Roberts steal second. The Patriots (almost undefeated) 2007 season. The Bruins 2011 Playoffs. The Patriots 28-3 comeback. All of it is absolutely unreal and we should take pride in having the ability to rewatch and “relive” those moments.

To me, and whether it’s the same for others or not, “reliving” past games is like a sanctuary. Sure maybe you know the end result, but that doesn’t mean the path to it was easy and not interesting or mesmerizing. “Reliving” past experiences is something every single human experiences. We all have memories that we cherish in our lifetime. So why can’t sports be involved in it too. I was 6 years old when the Patriots won their first SuperBowl, does that mean I can’t go back and watch those moments? Am I supposed to just say to myself “ I know they won so that’s cool and all but I don’t really remember the game or anything so I’ll just leave it at that”? No of course I’m gonna go back and watch highlights of the game or the full game itself. Of course I’m gonna find out why the Patriots were so special in that season and what I couldn’t remember. Of course I’m gonna go through the timeline to figure out how my team became World Champions.

Maybe the feeling isn’t the same the second time around. But that doesn’t change the fact that some people still get that rush off rewatching or “reliving”. We all rewatch movies. We all rewatch tv shows. We all take pictures to “relive” moments. Sports is absolutely no different. The past should be cherished and if I’m a “moron” for “reliving” some of sports greatest moments, than so be it. However, I take pride in “reliving” some of the greatest sports moments and you should too.

The Greatest Comeback In Sports History

As we reach month three without sports, reruns have been the life of my existence, with the Red Sox 2004 World Series run still at the top of my list and it’s finally here. So far, I’ve watched it as many times as humanly possible, yet here I am, still getting chills every single time. The goosebumps can only mean one thing, the Red Sox 2004 season was the best comeback in sports history.

In hindsight, there has been some amazing comebacks over the years. One of the most intriguing parts of all sports; watching an underdog rise up against everything thrown at them to achieve victory. It’s one of the most glorious things in the world. However, facing your biggest rival, down three-games in a seven-game series, and pulling the unimaginable comeback to break a 86-year curse is unlike anything ever seen.

The Red Sox did just that in the fall of 2004. Rising up to defeat the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, after losing the first three games of the seven-game series. With a strong regular season and led by manager Terry Francona, the Sox we’re able to creep up to three-games behind the Yankees for second-place in the AL East come playoffs. After a Wild Card win and with an easy sweep of the Anaheim Angels in the American League Division Series, the Red Sox moved on to face their nemesis in the ALCS.

The ALCS brought a whole different ballgame into perspective for the Red Sox, with the Yankees catching them by surprise the first three games. With the season on the line, game four became one of the most infamous games ever played, with the Sox down one run in the ninth-inning. Coined as “the breaking of the curse” the next four innings would be ground breaking in the Red Sox surreal history-making, championship run.

October 16, 2004. Bottom of the ninth. Yankees lead 4-3. Mariano Rivera walks Kevin Millar. Dave Roberts comes in as a pinch-runner for Millar. After a few checks to first base, Rivera releases the throw to the plate; at bat, Bill Mueller. On the release, Roberts takes the leap! The steal to second is safe! With Roberts in scoring position, Mueller hits a game-tying single that allows Roberts to score. This specific turn of events would eventually lead the Red Sox to win the game in the 12th, and rallying the Sox to win the next four straight, creating the greatest comeback ever in the history of sports.

With the momentum from the legendary ALCS , the Red Sox would win the World Series with ease, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals for their first World Series title since 1918. With the greatest rivalry of all time, can only come the greatest comeback of all time, leading to one of the richest moments in sports history.

Cass Money Chronicles: The Best Scenario For The Red Sox

What up BOTA World! Hope your quarantine is treating you all well. About two weeks into my quarantine and all I can say is I’ve gone completely insane, learned how much I hate Madden 20, gained at least 50lbs, and so much more negative news. But with sports still being postponed it’s time we brought up the best option for the Red Sox.

The Red Sox are currently a train wreck and with the current state of sports, the best possible option for the Sox is that the season gets cancelled.

Imagine that, the Red Sox could bypass this whole cluster-fuck by just not playing! GENIUS! Hire me to your front office dammit! But in all reality, it really is the best case scenario for the team. Let this season go, get Sale back next year, possibly Mookie, possibly a reputable manager, and skip right over the rebuilding process into next season.

It’s honestly music to my ears. Why face your shitty problems right now when you can just let Coronavirus do it for you and postpone all your problems which may magically disappear? I’m in and you should be too.