Dirty Water Sports

Breaking down the storylines of Boston’s beloved sports teams with brash commentary, pithy reporting, and smart – sometimes snarky – analysis of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins.

What can Brown do for you?

How much better is the team when you replace White, Marcus Smart, Brown, and others with Durant. This is a team that came within two wins of hosting the Larry O’Brien trophy. Is it truly time to completely shake the team's current buildup and potentially damage the long term potential of this young, yet battle tested team?

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SOX AT CRITICAL JUNCTURE WHILE BLOOM DECISION LOOMS

The Red Sox are at a crossroads. With less than two weeks to go before the August 2 trade deadline, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has a monumental decision to make. Does he proceed as a contender and invest in his team, or act as a pretender, subtract, and...

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MALCOLM BROGDON COULD BE CELTICS MISSING PIECE

Brogdon (AP Photo) The Celtics traded a top-12 protected first round pick, Aaron Nesmith, Daniel Theis and three other bench players for Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon. The Celtics reached Game 6 of the NBA Finals, but failed to secure the franchise’s 18th...

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MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS FOR BRUINS

With a hot summer in full swing, Fourth of July barbecues in the past, and many finalizing their vacation plans, hockey fans in New England are wondering if this is going to be a cold offseason for the Boston Bruins. Saying there are a few question marks for the...

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A turnaround for the ages

On the evening of January 6th on a cold winter night in New York, everything turned for the 2022 Boston Celtics. The Celtics were leading the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden by 24 points in the second quarter, and Jayson Tatum was on his way to a 36 point...

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Celtics Core Takes the Next Step

The Celtics defeated the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 100-96, to advance to their first NBA Finals since 2010. The Celtics, led by 24-year-old Jayson Tatum and 25-year-old Jaylen Brown, finally broke through after going to two previous...

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Celtics are exorcising the ghosts of playoffs past

It started with the first round against the Brooklyn Nets, who they matched up with just a year earlier. In that series, the Celtics were handled pretty easily, losing to the superstar trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving in 5 games. There weren’t...

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Can the Red Sox season be saved?

This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. After getting close to the World Series in 2021, the 2022 Boston Red Sox look like just what they are. A last place team. What has gone wrong? Who’s responsible? Why have they fallen so hard, so fast? Where did the mistakes...

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Who wins the next championship?

For nearly two decades in New England, sports fans have seen parades, duckboats, victory cigars, celebrations, and countless tears of happiness. In what has felt like an almost annual tradition since 2001, either the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, or Patriots seem to...

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Celtics-Nets Now a Real Rivalry

When’s the last time the Celtics have had a legit rival in the Eastern conference? A lot of people immediately think about the “Trust the process” 76ers, but it was never really a rivalry. Whenever those teams met in the playoffs, it was all Celtics. Boston was a...

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More than a Sport: The Return of Baseball

With all due respect to Ted Lasso’s Danny Rojas, baseball is life. You never desire something so feverishly as when you don’t have that thing. The MLB’s recently ended lockout lasted for nearly 100 days. And during that time, fans and baseball insiders alike...

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Celtics are now serious contenders

  I was wrong about the Celtics. Back in January, I wrote that this team was hard to watch, and deservedly so. It looked like a Celtics team that was not playing up to their potential, the offense was stagnant, and the defense was terrible at times. Many...

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Five pressing questions heading into Opening Day

Almost 100 days of lockout silence between baseball’s players and owners mercifully came to an end on March 10, 2022, the longest work stoppage in the history of the sport. Now that baseball is back, the real work has begun for Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer...

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Red Sox Swing Big (And Smartly) With Story Signing

The Red Sox signed free agent Trevor Story to a 6-year, $140 million contract that includes an opt-out after the fourth season. Story has spent his career at shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, but will begin his tenure in Boston at second base. He could end up...

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The Legend of Tom Brady and the Legends He Created

Can you easily define a legend? Well, if you want the easy answer, yes. Our legends in sports and pop culture go by one name: Montana, Favre, Woods, “Sweetness” … Brady. Hear one or more of these names uttered and you understand at least a context for the legacy...

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Can the Bruins flip the switch like Celtics?

Frustration in 2022 can be defined in a four word phrase: Boston winter sports teams. The Bruins, much like the Celtics, are in an unenviable position. Neither team is considered elite in the NHL or NBA, yet both are having above average seasons. The problem? One...

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Celtics at a crossroads at the deadline

  The 2022 Boston Celtics are in a familiar position. They find themselves once again underachieving, currently teetering as the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Blessed with plenty of talent, frustrated fans have seen this movie before. They aren’t...

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Thanks for the memories, Papi

David Ortiz was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot this week, making him the newest Red Sox legend to be enshrined in Cooperstown. To make things sweeter for Ortiz, he will be the only inductee for this years class as he was the only player...

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Top Heavy Bruins Need a Path to the Future

As we begin a new calendar year, the question remains the same. Are the Boston Bruins headed in the right direction? General Manager Don Sweeney has been on the job for six years. During his tenure, he’s led the team to one Stanley Cup Final in 2019. In his...

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THE REALITY OF FANTASY FOOTBALL

Each Sunday from September to February, men and women alike sit on their couches and fill stadiums across the country to watch NFL games. And nearly 60 million Americans currently play fantasy sports, two-thirds of whom participate in fantasy football. Do the...

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The reality of fantasy football

Each Sunday from September to February, men and women alike sit on their couches and fill stadiums across the country to watch NFL games. And nearly 60 million Americans currently play fantasy sports, two-thirds of whom participate in fantasy football. Do the...

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Is this deja vu all over again?

In NFL history, no franchise has been to a Super Bowl with a rookie quarterback leading the way. The Patriots might just be the first to do it. New England went 7-9 last year, their first losing season in nearly two decades. Less than a year later, they are one of...

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Meet the new Celtics, same as the old Celtics

Even with a new coach, a new president of basketball operations, and a handful of new players, the 2021 Boston Celtics look surprisingly like the 2020 Boston Celtics. The future was shining brightly when the Celtics made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference...

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Patriots defense is dominating

The Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers, 24-6, on Sunday to continue their win streak at three games and give themselves a winning record for the first time in 2021. The biggest reason for victory was a dominant defense that only gave up two field goals. Both...

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What’s wrong with the Celtics?

Celtics fans across New England are hitting the panic button, and it may be justified as the Celtics have come out extremely sluggish to start the season. Through seven games, the Celtics are currently 2-5 with bad home losses to both the Wizards and the Raptors....

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Patriots Make a Statement

The Patriots had their best win of the season on Sunday, defeating the Chargers in Los Angeles, 27-24. New England’s defense and special teams carried the day, with Gunner Olszewski making several long punt returns and Adrian Phillips recording two interceptions,...

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Revamped offensive line helps Patriots stomp Jets

The Patriots demolished the Jets, 54-13, on Sunday in their most complete game of the 2021 season. New England scored on its first drive thanks to a trick play in which Kendrick Bourne threw a touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor and never looked back from there. New...

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Patriots can’t take advantage of Cowboys mistakes

The Patriots lost to the Dallas Cowboys in overtime on Sunday, 35-29, in a game in which Dallas gave them multiple opportunities to steal a victory. New England did not take advantage of these opportunities and as a result they sit at 2-4, with all four losses...

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McAvoy extension good for player and team

News broke on Friday morning that the Bruins had signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to an 8-year deal worth $9.5 million per season. This is a good deal for both McAvoy and the Bruins. McAvoy gets top of the market value and the Bruins lock up a perennial...

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Mac Jones Belongs

The Tampa bay Buccaneers defeated the New England Patriots 19-17 on Sunday night in the Belichick vs Brady Bowl. The game featured a lot of great moments and matchups, but the player that gained the most was Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Jones finished the game...

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Key Matchup: Patriots OL vs. Bucs DL

Tom Brady will make his return to Foxborough on Sunday night to face the Patriots in the most anticipated regular season game in NFL history. Heck, it might be the most anticipated non-championship game in the history of sports. Brady vs Belichick is the biggest...

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Patriots Beat Themselves in Loss to Saints

The New England Patriots suffered their worst loss of the young season on Sunday when the New Orleans Saints came to Gillette Stadium and won 28-13. The Saints controlled the game and the Patriots made numerous mistakes that prevented them from having any chance to...

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Patriots defense shines against Jets

The Patriots invested heavily in improving their defense this offseason and the defense’s performance against the Jets on Sunday was a great early return on that investment. New England held the Jets to six points and intercepted Zach Wilson four times in a 25-6...

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Mac Jones Shows Promise, Progress vs. Dolphins

The Patriots lost to the Dolphins, 17-16 on Sunday in a game that could have and should have been won. However, the biggest story of the day was the debut of rookie quarterback Mac Jones, who, despite the result, gave the Patriots many positive signs for the...

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Some Patriots Predictions

Another NFL season is upon us and that means it is time for predictions. After having no preseason in 2020, teams experienced their first shortened three-game preseason under the new CBA. The regular season opened last night when the defending Super Bowl Champion...

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What to expect from Mac Jones

The Patriots surprised the football world this week when reports surfaced that Cam Newton was being released and that Mac Jones would be the week one starter. In choosing Jones, the Patriots believe that he is both the present and the future. For a team that spent...

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Five Patriots that stood out vs. Giants

The Patriots played their third and final preseason game on Sunday night, a 22-20 win against the Giants. Before they head into the regular season, here are five players that stood out on Sunday: Josh Uche Uche has had a strong training camp and capped it off by a...

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Door Open for Jones

The New England Patriots have had a quarterback battle unfolding since they drafted Mac Jones in the first round in April. Throughout this time, Cam Newton has been the starter, both in reps as well as endorsements from Bill Belichick. However, due to his absence...

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Five Patriots that stood out vs. Eagles

The Patriots played their second preseason game on Thursday night and defeated the Eagles 35-0 in Philadelphia. Here are five players that stood out in the victory: Cam Newton Newton started the game and looked sharp. He finished 8/9 passing for 103 yards and 1...

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Five Patriots that stood out vs. Washington

The Patriots played their first preseason game on Thursday night. The game marked the first professional game action of quarterback Mac Jones and the debut of several big name free agent acquisitions. Below are five players that stood out. Matt Judon Judon was the...

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