A Weekend Review of All Things Boston
Patriots: In preparation for training camp, the Pats whittled down their roster to 80 players, releasing a myriad of UDFAs including quarterbacks J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke. Newton, Stidham, and Hoyer now stand alone as the soul signal callers in Foxboro. Training camp starts this week, and the schedule will go as followed: COVID testing for rookies on Monday, COVID testing for the rest of the team on Tuesday, and following two negative tests, players should be able to enter the building on Friday or Saturday.
Red Sox: The Red Sox had a pathetic start to the season this weekend, dropping two out of three to one of the worst baseball teams of all-time. Nathan Eovaldi looked excellent on Friday night, but that was just about the only positive from the weekend. Martin Perez and Ryan Weber got shelled by a team actively trying to lose, and the Sox bats went quiet in the final two games of the season. Josh Osich and Matt Hall (both of whom I have never heard of) will get the next two starts as openers this week before Eovaldi takes his second turn in the rotation.
Celtics: The Celtics finally got their scrimmages going this weekend, dropping the first to Oklahoma City before bouncing back in a Sunday matinee vs the Suns. Kemba Walker didn’t play in the first game due to his lingering knee injury, but he was able to play a few minutes on Sunday and looked pretty good. The signature burst was back, albeit in limited minutes. The trio of Tatum, Brown, and Hayward couldn’t get much going on Friday, however they looked much improved on Sunday. Romeo Langford and Robert Williams also had encouraging weekends as they look to solidify playoff roles. The C’s will take on Houston this Tuesday night in their final exhibition game before the season restarts vs. Milwaukee on Friday night.
Bruins: The Bruins are finally scheduled to arrive in Toronto this week to begin practices and exhibition games in Toronto. It’s unclear if Ondrej Kase or David Pastrnak will make the initial trip, but they could still rejoin the team at a later date. The Bruins first and only exhibition game takes place on Thursday night vs Columbus, and the first round robin game follows on Sunday afternoon against the Flyers.