"TruFan.com Announces the Second Annual New England Sports Blog Awards Presented by Comcast SportsNet New England"
Oh, yes, you read that correctly.
CSNNE, adoring parent of Wicked Good Sports, loves sports blogs so much that we want to get in on the appreciation action. Together with TruFan.com, we aim to crown the best Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots blogs in the Northeast, as well as the New England Sports blog of the year.
Excited yet? You are because you're smart.
Visit TruFan.com to view the nominees and cast your votes -- and get moving on that because voting ends this Monday, Valentine's Day. A few key notes from the website:
The contest will be conclude with a party at Jerry Remys Bar & Grill to honor and celebrate the regions fastest growing community of sports bloggers and the professional sports teams they follow. During the voting period fans can vote for their favorite blog once a day Each blog is only eligible to win one team category but all blogs are eligible to win the overall category of New England Sports Blog of the YearAWARDS CEREMONYOn February 15th TruFan.com and legendary sports and entertainment blogger Dave Portnoy (BarStoolSports.com) will host a party to announce the blog award winners at Jerry Remys Bar & Grill. This years winners will receive a collection of high end awards and benefits to be announced in the coming weeks.
Giving out hardware to people who are passionate about sports, other prizes will be flying around, and there's an after party. We're not seeing a downside to this, pretty much because there isn't one. So get on it.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying the most wonderful season of the year.
*Here’s a fun moment with David Backes and Charlie McAvoy as the B’s rookie D-man had to clean out the dog poop in Backes’ backyard to pay off a bet after BU took a beating.
*JT Brown is done raising his fist to raise awareness for social injustice and is going to get even more involved in the community than he already is in Tampa.
*Riggins talks about his hockey memories from playing in the celebrity game at the NHL All-Star game while promoting a new movie.
*The experienced, still-dangerous Henrik Zetterberg isn’t slowing down for the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Hockey News.
*A former chef for the Bruins is one of the finalists for the Ultimate Men’s Health Guy in Men’s Health Magazine.
*Connor Hellebuyck may be able to buy some time for the Winnipeg Jets, but they have a serious between-the-pipes problem.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots are looking thin in the secondary as they head into their third and final day of practice before Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.
Both Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle) and Eric Rowe (groin) sat out the session, as did linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle). Undrafted rookie defensive end Harvey Langi was also a non-participant as he recovers from injuries sustained in a car crash last week.
Asked if Friday's practice was a possibility, Gilmore said, "We'll see." He did not give any indications that his symptoms had improved or that he had been cleared for practice as he works through the league's concussion protocol.
Rowe was spotted in the locker room on Thursday, but he has not practiced since aggravating his groin injury in Week 4. He was injured initially during a Week 2 win over the Saints.
Roberts suffered an ankle injury when teammate Alan Branch landed on his lower leg during a loss to the Panthers in Week 4. However, he was healthy enough to play in Weeks 5 and 6. It's unclear as to whether or not his current ailment is related to what knocked him from that Week 4 loss to Carolina.
Here is Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's game between the Patriots and Falcons:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
LB Jordan Tripp
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
K Matt Bryant (back)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)