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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.17.20: Snow-mageddon in New England; Patriots in difference world playing out the string

Good afternoon!

Your daily rundown of what's going on with the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Revolution, and what's about to happen...

  • How'd everybody make out in the storm? Got about 11 inches at the BSJ WorldWide HQs. Finished Phase 1 of throwing. Phase 2 coming up. Might need a Phase 3.
  • The Patriots are getting ready to play out the string in their final three games — not one ... three — which is going to be weird for a lot of people around here. Not me. I covered teams that failed to go the playoffs in 2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '08 ... man, it's been that long. Like riding a bike.
  • Step 1: Don't treat this game like any other by breaking down the matchups and injury situations. They're not like every other. Start focusing on the future.
  • Like how the entire AFC East is now basically a dead-heat on defense, after the Patriots ruled the roost for many years.
  • Did you hear that Bill Belichick has a good record against rookie QBs as they're about to face Tua Tagovailoa? Yeah, that was in games where it actually mattered if the Patriots won and lost. Don't think the players will be as geeked up this weekend. Apples and oranges.
  • Also, Tua has Brian Flores on his side.
  • No, I don't care what N'Keal Harry's footwork trainer said.
  • If you want the Patriots to tank (ahem, Longo), then listen to this from Jason Kelce ... which is what I was saying. 

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Time to hit the links...

PATRIOTS

Bedard: Ranking the AFC East (Defense) – Patriots fall behind Bills as division tightens overall

CELTICS

Starting lineup options, Rob Williams and other leftover thoughts on Celtics-76ers preseason opener
Winning Plays Podcast: Preseason overreactions
Completed Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics/NBA 12.16.20

RED SOX

McAdam: A reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox could still make sense

BRUINS

Bruins Notebook: Why you should have reservations about Mike Hoffman signing with Bruins
Podcast: Poke The Bear, Ep. 22 — Is Mike Hoffman still on radar for Bruins; who makes the cut on Boston’s expanded roster?
BSJ Live Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL — Thursday at 3 p.m.

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ON TAP

3 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL
7 p.m.: MCBK — Creighton at St. John’s FS1
7 p.m.: WCBK — Northwestern at Purdue Big Ten Network
8 p.m.: WCBK — Syracuse at North Carolina ACC Network
8:20 p.m.: NFL — LA Chargers at Las Vegas Fox, NFL Network
9 p.m.: MCBK — Seton Hall at Marquette FS1
9 p.m.: NBA — Exhibition: Golden State vs. Sacramento ESPN

NOTE on National college basketball schedule. There are so many channels (what the heck is FloHoops?) and Covid cancelations, we simply can't list every game that's on. Haven't really found a good list, but the NCAA daily schedule is here.

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PARTING THOUGHT

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