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Barkley doesn't make mistakes; mistakes make Barkley

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Barkley doesn't make mistakes; mistakes make Barkley

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Bryant Gumble described it as a crime scene with blood splatter. Our editors thought someone had already taken a look at one of our new posts. Personally, we just had flashbacks of college physics exams. But boy is there a lot of red Xs on Charles Barkleys bracket.

It boils down to Charles Barkley knowing diddly about college basketball. But he wont admit it. The guys too proud. Its one of the reasons we can put up with him his blind arrogance is a thing of beauty.

His excuse? Choosing friends in the first round. Seriously.

It really doesnt count. Man, tell that to all the teams that were one and done in the first round. Were sure theyd be ecstatic to learn about this new rule.

Some bracketeers choose winners by team mascots, team colors, the regional weather, Ms. Cleo, etc. But leave it to Barkley to choose bros over common sense.

Not surprisingly, this isnt the first time hes used the First time doesnt count defense.

As a youngling he often failed pop quizzes because he didnt read the assigned chapters. Totally not his fault, however. He was out playing with friends instead of studying up.

Weve also stopped playing golf with Barkley since he constantly calls for mulligans and claim his first round of shots dont really count.

Lies. We dont play golf with Barkley. Were not that stupid. Also, we suck at golf.

When he got busted for a DUI? Clearly not his fault, and, according to the Barkley Rule, the first time you get busted for a DUI it doesnt count. So, in a way this never happened.

In fact, we might start using the Barkley Rule in everyday life taxes, dating, cooking, other bad decisions from a wild and irresponsible youth. Remember: If you screw up royally the first time, it doesnt count.

Moral of the story never choose your friends over teams you know are going to win. Friendships might come and go but the glory that is winning your March Madness pool lasts forever.

Rask helped off ice at Bruins practice after collision

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Rask helped off ice at Bruins practice after collision

BRIGHTON, Mass – Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice midway through practice Wednesday when it appeared rookie Anders Bjork crashed hard into the Bruins No. 1 goaltender in a drill. 

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Rask never returned in what looked like another streak of bad luck for the B’s. Rask is off to a slow start at 1-3-0, with a 3.30 goals-against average and .882 save percentage, but Boston can ill afford to lose their top goalie right now.

The Bruins continue to look for the right mix of players at the start of the season and they’ve called up a couple of forwards off to hot starts in Providence for a look.

Big, skilled Slovakian winger Peter Cehlarik and AHL scoring champ Kenny Agostino have both been called up while it looks like some struggling NHL veterans, perhaps Matt Beleskey and Frank Vatrano, might be hitting the pine.

The two call-ups, along with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson were off to a red-hot start in Providence: Agostino leads Providence with two goals and five assists for seven points (tied for third in AHL) with a plus-four rating in three games this season. Cehlarik is second on the team with two goals and three assists for five points with a plus-three rating in three games with Providence.

Patrice Bergeron was again wearing the maroon no-contact jersey at practice on Wednesday while participating in line drills, and it would appear it’s going to be a stretch for him to be available vs. the Canucks. Adam McQuaid returned to practice on Wednesday, so Ryan Spooner was the only injured Bruins regular that wasn’t able to suit up and practice with the team.

Tuukka Rask had to be helped off the ice midway through practice when it looked like Anders Bjork crashed hard into the Bruins No. 1 goaltender in a drill. Rask never returned in what looked like another streak of bad luck for the B’s. Rask is off to a slow start at 1-3-0, with a 3.30 goals-against average and .882 save percentage, but Boston can ill afford to lose their top goalie right now.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings from Wednesday afternoon’s practice with it looking like David Backes might be up for a possible return on Thursday:  
 
Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork
DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Schaller-Kuraly-Backes
Cehlarik-Nash-Agostino
 
Beleskey-White-Vatrano
 
Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Miller-Postma
McQuaid
 
Rask
Khudobin
 

Butler never flips 'off' switch, even in locker-room games

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Butler never flips 'off' switch, even in locker-room games

FOXBORO -- Say this for Malcolm Butler: Since his rookie season he's proven time and again to be an utterly resilient player.

Go back to Super Bowl XLIX. He was beside himself on the sidelines after Jermaine Kearse somehow came up with an acrobatic grab on a pass he deflected in the fourth quarter. Moments later he was back on the field to make the play of life.

Against the Jets on Sunday, he had to make another -- albeit less dramatic -- turnaround.

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Early on, it wasn't pretty. He allowed a third-and-long conversion when he played well off of Robby Anderson during a first-quarter touchdown drive. He allowed 31-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley when he made a bad gamble to try to break up the throw.

Yet without Butler's interception at the end of the first half, and without his strip of Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the fourth quarter, the Patriots might be 3-3 headed into a Super Bowl rematch with the Falcons.

The competitive streak that Butler has exhibited to make game-changing moments regardless of what has happened earlier in the game is something that Bill Belichick has grown accustomed to.

"Since the first rookie minicamp," Belichick said. "He’s a very competitive player, whatever it is. Practice, games, trash ball in the locker room. Whatever it is. He’s a very competitive player."

Earlier this season, in Week 2 against the Saints, Butler was briefly demoted to the No. 3 cornerback role. After the fact, he was open about how he wasn't playing up to his own lofty standards. Since then, he's been the only regular for the Patriots at his position as Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe have dealt with injuries. 

It's been far from perfect, as moments like his breakdowns during the Jets game exhibited. But his aggressiveness rarely wanes. Even during down moments in the Patriots locker, apparently. 

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