Good morning! Raise your hand if you're sick of lousy Smarch weather. Good -- just so we're all on the same page.
--Another dynamite game for Brad Marchand last night against the Red Wings, as he finished the game with five points, including the game-winning goal on OT. He now has six goals and five assists for 11 points in the last six games, impressive considering that the Bruins haven't have Patrice Bergeron in the lineup for the last four contests. (Looking forward to that New England revenge game Thursday night at the TD Garden between the Bruins and Flyers.)
--Since I'm handling the lead-in to the daily briefing today and I went to Northeastern, I'm obligated to mention the fact the Huskies got screwed by a lousy officiating crew in last night's CAA final against Charleston. Props to the Cougars for coming back from 17 down, but some home-cooking from the refs means that Northeastern misses out on a trip to the NCAA tournament. But hey, Bill Murray was happy, so there's that.
Of course Bill Murray is at the Northeastern-Charleston CAA game pic.twitter.com/WjRqbZCmUR
— SB Nation (@SBNation) March 7, 2018
--The link is below, but I'll give another shout-out to Sean McAdam's story on Brian Johnson, who opened up about his bouts with anxiety and depression over the last few years. Just a fantastic read that is well worth your time.
A couple of other notable developments:
BSJ Analytics: We have debuted a new feature at BSJ that I want to get rolling on and expand: BSJ Analytics. The first installment was on why the Bruins should target Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline. Ideally, we'd have a weekly column on each of the four sports. So if this is your area and you'd like to get involved, send us samples of your writing and ideas for future columns to email@example.com
New England Revolution: The Revolution have started their season, but we're still going over our options on them. No, this isn't ideal, but it's a very long season and we're not going to rush anything to cover soccer in March. If you're interested in covering them for us, send me an email with your resume, clips and ideas for coverage to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And away we go...
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Live Coverage: Red Sox 9, Rays 1
BSJ Game Report: Bruins 6, Red Wings 5 (OT) — 5-point performance for Brad Marchand
Live Coverage: Bruins 6, Red Wings 5 (OT) — Marchand (hat trick) does it again
Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy has MCL injury, out at least four weeks
Bruins are off.
1:05 p.m.: Red Sox at Phillies (MLB Network)
1:05 p.m.: Twins at Red Sox, WEEI (McAdam)
2 p.m.: Men's CBK — ACC Tournament: Boston College vs. NC State (ESPN)
5 p.m.: BSJ Daily Live Q&A — Brian Robb on Celtics/NBA.
Holy moly, what a goal by Brad Marchand 😍 pic.twitter.com/wMtO4j0q8I
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) March 7, 2018
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