BSJ Daily Briefing 02.18.18: Bruins have a stinker, Harrison back, Butler talk won’t stop

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while we dig out from a quick little snowstorm and look forward to nearly 70 degrees on Wednesday...

  • Not the way for the Bruins to start a long road trip, with a 6-1 loss to the Canucks, but what are you going to do? They had lost twice in their previous 25 games. I'd rather get one stinker out of the way than string together three mediocre games. We'll see what happens at 4 p.m. Monday with the Flames.
  • Interesting report from Chris Price, among several good tidbits, that it seems to be trending like James Harrison will return in 2018. While the Patriots prefer to get a little more leadership from the veterans they bring in — Harrison is a bit of a lone wolf — he certainly deserves to be back. His six total QB pressures in the Super Bowl were more than the rest of the team combined, and he helped force a critical fumble on the final drive of the AFC Championship Game. Harrison would be a good matchup piece against teams as he can fill either a run-stuffing role, or bring a little pressure.
  • It's amazing to me that as I'm out and about, people are still asking about Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl. I'm obviously not afraid to be critical in an effort to give readers a realistic picture of their team, but I just can't bring myself to criticize Bill Belchick about this. There's no game film to scrutinize over this. Nobody's talking yet behind the scenes. I'm sorry, but in my opinion, Belichick deserves a wide berth on this. He obviously had a reason for benching Butler and, with a sixth Super Bowl title staring him in the face, it had to be a pretty good one. All this talk about ego is nonsense in my opinion. People really think Belichick would hurt his own chance to win another Super Bowl just to prove a point? I just don't see that at all.

And away we go...



NFL Notebook: Per source, ‘reasonable chance’ James Harrison back with Patriots
Patscap Mailbag: Questions about Gostkowski, Solder and potential comp picks
Lawrence Guy missed out on playing-time bonus by 2 snaps, but Patriots gave it to him anyway
2017 Patriots position-by-position review: For offensive line, a tale of two seasons
Bedard: Analyzing why Bill Belichick is not going to unleash the rush you’re hoping for

Red Sox

MLB Notebook: Unsolicited advice for Cora; plus, the growing importance of depth and the education of Michael Chavis
Cora not always willing to ‘save’ Kimbrel for ninth inning
Dustin Pedroia says he needs help from Red Sox’ young core
Video: Spring Training Diary, Day 5


NBA Notebook: To right ship, Celtics should consider starting Marcus Smart
Podcast: Breaking down Celtics’ woes with Gasper and Murray
Big 3 Podcast: It’s time to worry about the Celtics


BSJ Game Report: Canucks 6, Bruins 1 — Another defensive meltdown
NHL Notebook: A taste of the past would help grow today’s game
Live Coverage: Canucks 6, Bruins 1
Analysis: Why Olympics star Ryan Donato should sign with the Bruins


Celtics are off.

8:15-9:15 a.m.: Red Sox clubhouse open to media (McAdam)
8 p.m.: NBA All-Star Game (TNT)

Winter Olympics TV schedule



2:40-5 a.m.: Ice Hockey - Men’s Group Stage, Czech Republic vs. Switzerland (Live).

5-7:10 a.m.: Curling - Women’s Round Robin, Canada vs. Switzerland

7:10-10:15 a.m.: Ice Hockey - Men’s Sweden vs. Finland (Live); Bobsled - Two-Man Competition

10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.: Freestyle Skiing - Men’s Aerials Gold Medal Final; Speed Skating: Women’s 500m Gold Medal Final, Men’s Team Pursuit Competition; Biathlon - Men’s 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final

1-5 p.m.: Cross-Country Skiing - Men’s 4x10km Relay Gold Medal Final

7-10:15 p.m.: Figure Skating - Ice Dancing Short Dance (Live)

10:15 p.m.-1:30 a.m.: Freestyle Skiing - Men’s Aerials Gold Medal Final; Ice Hockey - Women’s Semifinal: United States-Finland (Live).

USA Network

7-9:30 a.m.: Ice Hockey - Men’s Group Stage, Canada vs. Korea (Live)


3-6 p.m.: Freestyle Skiing - Men’s Aerials Gold Medal Final; Speed Skating - Men’s Team Pursuit Competition; Biathlon - Men’s 15km Mass Start Gold Medal Final.

7 p.m.-Midnight: Figure Skating - Ice Dancing Short Dance (Live); Freestyle Skiing - Women’s Halfpipe Competition (Live); Speed Skating - Women’s 500m Gold Medal Final; Bobsled - Two-Man Competition; Cross-Country Skiing - Men’s 4x10km Relay Gold Medal Final.

12:35-2 a.m.: Snowboarding - Women’s Big Air Competition


4- 7 p.m.: Curling - Men’s Round Robin, United States vs. Norway


Obviously, Al Horford was missing a dish from Kyrie Irving...


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