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BSJ Daily Briefing 03.15.18: NFL free agency, C’s drop heartbreaker, March Madness

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while we count down the hours until the end of the Patriots dynasty (sarcasm font):

  • So it was a rough 24 hours for the Patriots with a bunch of defections ... Big deal, they're still really good. Work to do on defense.

My personal Patriots free-agent board of available players:

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Dolphins
Tyrann Mathieu, S/slot, Cardinals
Sheldon Richardson, DT, Seahawks
Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals
NaVorro Bowman, LB, Raiders
Adrian Clayborn, edge, Falcons
Junior Galette, edge, Redskins
Zach Brown, LB, Redskins
Alex Okafor, edge, Saints
Aaron Lynch, edge, 49ers
Dion Jordan, edge, Seahawks (RFA)

  • Rough loss by the Celtics last night. I know they were missing half their roster but how many opportunities did they have to win the game?
  • Not going to blame Marcus Morris much for this play at the end of regulation. Just a brain fart. You see a guy going wide-open to the hoop, your instinct is to flash.

  • Hoping to catch some of the NCAA tournament games. Kind of embarrassing but I haven't filled out a bracket in years because I never have a chance to watch games during the regular season. Fun fact: back in the heyday of newspapers when they had money and actually added people, I would get paid to watch the NCAA tournament all day on TV and write about it. Best job I ever had.
  • Go Rhody.

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 greg@bostonsportsjournal.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 greg@bostonsportsjournal.com.

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Bedard: Patriots shouldn’t fear parting with Nate Solder and other free agent thoughts
BSJ Live Q&A: PatsCap on Patriots/NFL cap ramifications (continuous today)
First and 10: Day Two of free agency looms, Happy Birthday Teddy Karras
Salary cap recap 03.14.18: Patriots end day with $19,725,108 in cap space
Podcast: Price talks Patriots and free agency with 92.9 The Ticket 03.14.18
Podcast: Bedard on Felger and Mazz 03.14.18
NFL Free Agency Live Coverage 03.14.18: Patriots bring back Burkhead
First and 10: Resetting things as the first official day of free agency gets underway

Red Sox

With Opening Day on horizon, roster decisions coming into focus for Red Sox
Red Sox Notes: Wright clears a hurdle; 3 things we learned and more
Video: Spring Training Diary, Day 29
Live Coverage: Red Sox 2, Twins 1

Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Wizards 125, Celtics 124 (2OT) — Missed opportunities spoil gritty effort
Live Coverage: Wizards 125, Celtics 124 (2OT)
Analysis: Six Celtics ruled out for Wizards matchup Wednesday night
Completed Q&A: BRobb on Celtics/NBA 3.14.18

Bruins

Analysis: Breaking down David Pastrnak’s first career hat trick
Live Q&A: Joe McDonald on Bruins (5 p.m. Thursday)

ON TAP

All day: BSJ Daily Live Q&A — Miguel Benzan/PatsCap on NFL free agency.
1 p.m.: Blue Jays at Red Sox, Ch. 25 (McAdam)
5 p.m.BSJ Daily Live Q&A — Joe McDonald on Bruins/NHL
7:30 p.m.: Bruins at Panthers (NESN)

NCAA tournament

12:15 p.m.: Oklahoma vs. Rhode Island (CBS)
12:40 p.m.: Wright State vs. Tennessee (tru TV)
1:30 p.m.: UNCG vs. Gonzaga (TNT)
2 p.m. Penn vs. Kansas (TBS)
2:45 p.m.: Iona vs. Duke (CBS)
3:10 p.m.: Loyola Chicago vs. Miami (tru TV)
4 p.m.: South Dakota St. vs. Ohio State (TNT)
4:30 p.m.: N.C. State vs. Seton Hall (TBS)
6:50 p.m.: Radford vs. Villanova (TNT)
7:10 p.m.: Davidson vs. Kentucky (CBS)
7:20 p.m.: San Diego St. vs. Houston (TBS)
7:27 p.m. Stephen F. Austin vs. Texas Tech (tru TV)
9:20 p.m.: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (TNT)
9:40 p.m.: Buffalo vs. Arizona (CBS)
9:50 p.m.: Montana vs. Michigan (TBS)
9:57 p.m.: St. Bonaventure vs. Florida (tru TV)

PARTING THOUGHT

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