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It's raining dolla's and attack dogs!

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It's raining dolla's and attack dogs!

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Note to self: Los Angeles of Anaheim of California of the United States of America of the planet known as Earth holds a grudge.

And, boy, do they know how to express it.

Over the weekend Angels fans showed Carl Crawford what they thought of him leaving LA for Boston and a 142 million contract by making it rain with wadded 1 bills.

An amusing gesture throwing dollars at a guy who took a huge paycheck or enjoys gentlemens clubs. One of the two. Were not sure.

Its just like how San Jose Sharks fans have thrown sharks on the ice because its the team mascot, Toronto Maple Leafs fans have thrown waffles on the ice because theyre Canadian and Detroit Red Wings fans throw octopi on the ice because because ummm err theres no one left in the city but octopi? No, that doesnt work. Whatever.

It made us wonder what other things would be thrown on a playing surface for what players andor teams are known for.

Montreal Canadiens
The players are already doing this on their own (and quite well), but Canadiens fans could throw their favorite players on the ice.

Bruins fans call it diving; Habs fans call it being a more talented team. Either way, theres a 100 chance a Habs player will be flat on his face during a game.

Other acceptable items: blow torches, matches, pitchforks, burned car parts, glass shards and anything else that was grabbed while looting stores after another playoff bonfire.

Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
Simple: Threes.

Lindy Ruff, Buffalo Sabres
The Buffalo Sabres head coach is notorious for crying. And hes at it again this postseason after Flyers knucklehead Mike Richards boarded one of Ruffs players.

There are a few things Sabres could throw on the ice tissues and tampons, for one.

Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets
The guy has nine kids. He needed an advance from the Jets so he could pay child support. Were not sure what the guys spending his million-dollar NFL paycheck on that he cant make his child support but its obvious what needs to be thrown his way:

Pocket change to help him make his next child support payment would also be ungraciously appreciated.

Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Attack dogs. Lots and lots of angry attack dogs.

We might be on to something here. The possibilities are endless!

Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

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Gostkowski named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

FOXBORO -- Stephen Gostkowski is almost 34 years old, but in Mexico City he provided a reminder that he's not slowing down in his 12th NFL season. 

After going four-for-four on field goals -- including a team-record 62-yarder, a 51-yarder and a 40-yarder -- and making all three of his extra points, Gostkowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career. 

During a press conference on Wednesday, Bill Belichick explained that someone in Gostkowski's situation probably isn't improving at this point in his career. But if he's maintaining a strong level of play, that's OK. 

"I don’t know how much real improvement you’re going to see from a player that’s been in the league 12 or 20 years in a case like Adam [Vinatieri] or somebody like that," Belichick said. "But, if the level they’re performing at is pretty good, if they can maintain that, then that’s certainly enough to help the team.

"Are there things that a player can do better? Yeah, sure, there always are technique things. I think Steve has really improved in some of his alternative kicks on kickoffs, as an example, instead of just kicking every ball as far as he can. He’s done a great job of that. I’d say it’s maintaining the timing and the overall leg speed and technique that makes kickers good at their job."

Bruins hope to keep cooking with a winning recipe

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Bruins hope to keep cooking with a winning recipe

The Bruins seemed to discover a winning formula on the West Coast. Now the challenge is to keep it going.

It took them more than a month of play in the regular season, but they finally won two games in a row. Anton Khudobin and the B's played strong defense and finally built leads against the Kings and Sharks, and they avoided the kind of soft goal or defensive mistake that has been at the heart of so many of their losses.

Clearly that kind of tight, defensive game is how they're going have to play until they get their full lineup back, and they need plenty of wins. They're currently stuck in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, three points out of a playoff spot.

"It's always nice to get a couple of wins, especially against tough teams," said David Krejci, who is scoreless but averaging almost 17 minutes of ice time  in the two games since returning from a back injury. "We knew we had some areas of our game that we had to improve, and we still do after the start to the game we had against San Jose. It's nice to get two in a row, and we're focusing on three in [New Jersey]. We're building toward something, and we're on the right track. It's a big game [against the Devils].

"Playing with a lead, playing good defensively and having a good, structured game with everybody buying in . . . when you have a young team and you're playing strong clubs like LA and San Jose, it really says a lot about what we're trying to do here when you can get the job done."

The good news is the Bruins are going to make it through the Thanksgiving marker within shouting distance of a playoff spot, but they're still just scratching the surface of what they need to do to stay relevant in the East. They're hoping that finally reeling off a couple of consecutive wins can start a run of good hockey at a time when they desperately need it.

"I think we've played as a five-man unit" said Kevan Miller. "Forwards are getting back to help the 'D', and defensemen are stepping up to help the forwards. When you play like that and everybody is on the same page, it makes it that much easier. I think everybody, whether you're coming from Providence or you're up here, has played the same systems, but it can be a little bit of a struggle to get everybody on the same page.

"We've done a pretty good job of that, but doing it for 60 minutes has been a bit of an issue. We're trying to work on that."

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