Danny Picard

Sports Reporter

Danny Picard: Patriots Josh Gordon marriage makes ton of sense

There is absolutely no reason to be upset about the New England Patriots trading for Josh Gordon. None whatsoever. This is the NFL. Contracts don’t have to be guaranteed. Players can be cut at any time. And the Patriots’ transaction record is no exception to that rule. Acquiring...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 5:09 PM

Danny Picard: Phillip Dorsett has earned the trust of Tom Brady

If Tom Brady has any say, then he’s already found his No. 3 wide receiver when Julian Edelman returns from his four-game suspension.   And he goes by the name of Phillip Dorsett.   The Patriots acquired Dorsett in the trade that sent quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 5:32 PM

Danny Picard: Trent Brown is most important next man up for Patriots

Never before has the “next man up” philosophy been so important. A slogan-turned-religion has never carried this much weight. But we’ll soon find out if Trent Brown is up for the task. If you haven’t been paying attention to the New England Patriots’ offseason, then...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 5:57 PM

Danny Picard: Patriots should lock up Dez Bryant

It feels like we do this every year. "The New England Patriots need another wide receiver." OK, “need” is a little strong. So let’s try that again: It “wouldn’t hurt” if the Patriots acquired another wide receiver. We’re just a little over a...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 5:39 PM

Danny Picard: I was wrong on JD Martinez - so was the rest of MLB

Part of the responsibility of this job is admitting when you’re wrong. So, here you go. I was wrong about J.D. Martinez. In fairness though, so was the rest of Major League Baseball. Martinez, who turns 31 later this month, signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Boston Red...

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 8:13 PM

Danny Picard: No surprise here if Eric Decker plays huge role for Patriots

Certainly, after all these years, you wouldn’t expect Bill Belichick to find a diamond in the rough before the start of a season. There’s no way the Patriots would ever be able to bring somebody in during training camp and turn him into an impact player during the upcoming season....

Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 4:10 PM

Danny Picard: Red Sox Dave Dombrowski - The job is complete

Dave Dombrowski’s job is pretty much done here. I’m not running the guy out of town. I’m actually doing the complete opposite, pointing out that the success of this current Red Sox group no longer depends on front-office moves. Dombrowski did his job. Now it’s time...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 8:39 AM

Danny Picard: Patriots fans need to get over Jimmy Garoppolo

At some point, everybody here in New England needs to get over Jimmy Garoppolo.   He’s in San Francisco. And he’s not coming back.   The funny thing is, even if he was still a Patriot, he would still be Tom Brady’s backup in 2018.   If you’re still...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:35 PM

Danny Picard: Locking up Marcus Smart a no brainer for Celtics

On the same day that Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors, it was reported that the Boston Celtics were in serious talks with restricted free agent Marcus Smart about a four-year deal that would pay him somewhere between $10 million and $13 million per year.   By the time you read...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:41 PM

Time is now for Red Sox David Price to get locked in

So much for that hundo I put on David Price to win the 2018 AL Cy Young award. In fairness, he was +2500 before the season began. And considering he was lights out in the previous postseason — as a reliever, of course — combined with the possible incentive of opting out of his...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 12:41 PM

Hanley Ramirez is no longer the Red Sox problem

So let me get this straight. Either Hanley Ramirez is dealing crack, or he’s not. Did I get that right?   Seems like a pretty vague assessment of the guy’s current status. But that’s the result of the questionable evidence in front of us. Either he’s involved in...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 4:01 PM

Danny Picard: Celtics should push hard for Kawhi

What exactly does Kawhi Leonard want?   Everyone seems to think they know. They tell us he wants to play in Los Angeles. They remind us that he quit on his team in San Antonio, that he doesn’t want to play for the Spurs anymore.   They all know him so well, we might as well just...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5:53 PM

Danny Picard: Celtics do not owe Kyrie anything

Kyrie Irving is a smart guy. He thinks ahead. He seems very calculated in his decision making.   Those aren’t bad qualities to have as an NBA point guard. Those are also not bad qualities to have if you’re an elite NBA point guard who can opt out of his contract and become a free...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 4:54 PM

Danny Picard: LeBron to Celtics not as crazy as you think

No, I don’t think it’s crazy. In fact, it makes too much sense.   LeBron James to Boston. Make it happen.   When NBA free agency begins, it’ll be James’ decision. Does he stick with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $35.6 million player option, or does he...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:44 PM

Emergence of Celtics Jayson Tatum a glorious takeaway

Don’t expect me to sit here and cry about the Boston Celtics’ Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.   Being one win from the NBA Finals and then losing at home, that hurts. But considering the circumstances, I’m more than willing to tip my cap to LeBron James and move on...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 6:49 PM

The Celtics are the Golden State Warriors of the East

I already told you I didn’t see this coming. Not with Kyrie Irving out for the rest of the season.    But now that it’s happening, it’s time to face the facts: the Boston Celtics are the Golden State Warriors of the East.   That’s right, I said it. The...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:09 PM

Hey Brad Marchand - Your last lick should be your final lick

The Boston Bruins need Brad Marchand.   Let me make that perfectly clear, before you accuse me of trying to run him out of town. That, I am not.   The Bruins need Marchand. So I will not even listen to a conversation about a potential trade. I don’t care what you have coming...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 5:43 PM

Danny Picard: Terry Rozier draft pick was a steal for Celtics

Raise your hand if you saw this coming.   Put your arm down. You’re a liar.   You had no idea Terry Rozier would be dominating like this for the Boston Celtics in 2018, let alone in the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Unless your name is Danny Ainge, of course.   Ainge drafted Rozier...

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:44 PM

Picard: Celtics playoff success nothing but a tease

It feels like the biggest tease of all time. The Boston Celtics are one win away from defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in their first-round playoff series and advancing to the second round, where they’d be taking on the No. 3-seed Philadelphia 76ers. And regardless of all the praise, Philly is...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 2:29 PM

Picard: Rob Gronkowski embarrassing Patriots, exposing Tom Brady

He might have announced that he is coming back next year on Tuesday night, but Rob Gronkowski humiliated the New England Patriots over the weekend. In what was a major plug for Monster Energy and the sport of motorcycle racing, Gronkowski met with the media on Saturday at Gillette Stadium while...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:18 PM