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The Plaxico Burress Sweepstakes!

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The Plaxico Burress Sweepstakes!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Do you guys and gals remember Plaxico Burress?

He was that marginally talented receiver with a head fun of bricks who shot himself in the leg at a night club and then went to jail because carrying weapons and firing them in a night club, even if it is an accident, is often frowned upon.

On a side note, someone should also look into bringing charges against his parents for naming him Plaxico. Seriously parents, think before you name your kids. Just because a name is different doesn't mean it is good or cool. This is borderline child abuse.

Anyway...where were we? Oh right, Mr. Burress.

He is getting out of jail next week and there is talk about him continuing his NFL career this season, assuming players and owners get over their petty arguments and there is a season, and apparently a few teams are interested.

Michael Vick spent a good amount of time in jail and is now thriving in the NFL and teams with a need for a receiver who isn't afraid to pack some heat are sniffing around Plaxico. If the NFL has a season, where would he fit in?

Here's a few teams that are interested and reasons why Plaxico could thrive there.

Baltimore Ravens

Burress has spent time in jail....and many believe Ray Lewis should have, so they have that in common. If you remember, years ago Lewis was accused of murder but got off by making a plea and testifying against his buddies.

It could potentially be a match made in heaven, especially when it comes to team costume parties.

Plaxico shot himself in the leg and rumor has it they used crude methods to replace his leg in prison. Supposedly he's got a peg leg like a pirate. Ray Lewis, much like a parrot, never ever shuts up when you want him to. They'll be fast friends.

Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick would welcome Plaxico with open arms. Perhaps having another guy on the team who made a terrible, idiotic mistake will take away any of the lingering talk of Vick's dog fighting ring. The two could give talks to their teammates about how bad jail is, detail all the lessons they learned and talk about how much they missed their mansions while in jail.

This would also be a huge boost for Eagles head coach Andy Reid. He could finally live out his dream of re-enacting that movie The Longest Yard with his ever growing collection of ex-convicts.

Vick has a much better arm than Adam Sandler. Not entirely sure Andy Reid is a better coach than Burt Reynolds though.

New York Jets

The Jets, as an organization, seem to love grabbing headlines more than grabbing titles and signing Plaxico would be about head line grabbing score for them and they'd have another receiver Mark Sanchez could under throw a ball to in a critical moment of a game.

Plaxico used to play for the Giants and is already accustomed to the New York night life, as the hole in his leg can attest to, and he can always bring his gun when the Jets play the Patriots and challenge those guys dressed like Minutemen on the sideline to a shooting contest!

Plus, Rex Ryan looks incredibly similar to the Big Boss Man, a wrestler who dressed like a prison guard, so maybe he could keep Plaxico in line.

Oakland Raiders

Just look at facts. Al Davis will sign ANYONE. You have to believe the Raiders will be in the mix.

Seriously, why is Al Davis still allowed to make decisions. And how is he still alive?!?!

New England Patriots

We know what you're thinking.... it is crazy to think the Pats would be interested. But Bill Belichick is a vengeful, vengeful man. He will probably sign Burress and then just bench him every game while Brady and Welker throw footballs at his head.

Yeah.this could be BIG trouble for Burress. Belichick is an angry man.

Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

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Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game. 

Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

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Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

HOUSTON - Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.