We’ll get the bad out of the way first. The Celtics couldn’t take two in Chicago and are heading back to Boston tied at two. Seems like just a year ago they had a similar situation as the Hawks really gave them a run for their money.
Now on to better news.
The trivia question that hadn’t changed for years was, “Who was the last Red Sox player to steal home plate?”. The answer was Billy Hatcher. Well, that changed last night as Jacoby stole home off Andy Pettitte. Justin Masterson got the win and is sporting a 2.70 ERA. He’s been fantastic with Dice-K on the DL. So good that you almost don’t want Dice-K back if he keeps this up. Sox sweep the series and have now won 10 games in a row. They’re playing good baseball and even when they’re down 6-0 they’re not out of it. Next up is Cleveland and hopefully when the series is over, the Sox are back atop the division.
Now the NFL Draft. Unlike years past I was not able to sit and watch round by round. The weather was a huge factor on Sunday and Saturday I had a gig. So in Friday’s column I said to watch out for Darius Butler (CB Connecticut) and Patrick Chung (safety, Oregon) and who did the Pats draft. You got it, those same two players. The interesting part was how the team got there.
The Pats traded down from 23 where some Mock Drafts had them getting Butler out of UCONN. They traded the pick for a fifth rounder and the 26th pick in the draft. When they came up at 26, they traded again. This time packaging the fifth they just acquired and the 26 for two thirds and a second. At that point the Patriots had traded completely out of the first round. No linebacker/defensive end combo, no corner, no tight end, no Logan Mankins surprise pick.
So at 34, the pick the Pats got for Matt Cassel, the Patriots selected Patrick Chung the safety from Oregon. Look for him to replace Rodney Harrison. The team then packaged the 47th overall, 124, and 199 (the same number pick they took Tom Brady with) to the Raiders for the 40th pick in the draft. The Pats then had back to back picks.
The 40th pick was used to select nose tackle Ron Brace of Boston College. A great pick with Wilfork and Seymour both having contracts set to expire and the team not likely to afford resigning both. They selected Butler with the 41st pick. They must be very high on him because they traded Ellis Hobbs on day two for a couple fifth round picks.
Finally to close the second round they addressed the offensive line drafting Houston offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer. If this guy is the real deal, he should take over one of the tackle spots and move one of the tackles to guard. Again, long term thought with this pick with Light and Mankins both having expiring deals soon.
Back tomorrow with the third through seventh picks.