Ryan Hadfield

Opinion: Bruins-Canadiens series already an all-time classic

P.K. Subban has already proven to be a tremendous heel in Boston. Credit: Getty ImagesWe often confuse “best” and “favorite” to mean the same thing. These qualifiers offer praise, but they are mutually exclusive to one another. For instance, Mad Men is the best show on television right now. It...

Friday, May 2, 2014, 2:03 PM

Opinion: Major League Baseball replay system shouldn't be dumped just yet

Red Sox manager John Farrell barks at umpires in New York last weekend after coming up on the wrong end of the stick when it comes to MLB's new replay system. Credit: Getty ImagesUser errors aside, Major League Baseball’s problem isn’t its new replay system on its own. “Replay issues” are simply...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 1:29 AM

Opinion: Why Red Sox fans weren't all that upset Jacoby Ellsbury fled to Yankees

Jacoby Ellsbury will face his former teammates for the first time this weekend. Credit: Getty Images"Obviously, I’ve had to see it from the other side a number of times. He did everything tonight. He hit. He stole bases. He made a great catch in center field, and that’s why we went and got him,...

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:26 PM

Opinion: Bruins are a victim of own success in public forums

We should enjoy this run by Brad Marchand and the Bruins. Credit: Getty ImagesTuukka Rask will win his first Vezina Trophy (best goaltender) this season, Patrice Bergeron should win the Selke (best two-way forward), and there are whispers Zdeno Chara is a strong candidate to take home the Norris (...

Friday, April 4, 2014, 4:49 AM

Opinion: Dick Vitale continues to breathe life into college basketball

Dick Vitale isn't slowing down despite being 74-years-old. Credit: Getty ImagesWhat comes to mind when you think about college basketball? I suspect most people would respond with answers like the Duke Blue Devils, or March Madness, or maybe even vivid imagery of the late, revered Jimmy Valvano...

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:41 PM

Opinion: Sportsisms - Making sense of 'ELITE QBs' and '1a starters'

Jon Lester is once again considered an "ace." But he's just a bad start or two away from getting that "1a" tag, again. Credit: Getty ImagesAthlete-and-coach-Speak is something the media and fans make fun of on a consistent basis. For the uninitiated, what I’m referring to is how a player or coach...

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 11:45 PM

Opinion: Aaron Hernandez still feels like a problem for Patriots fans

For several years, Aaron Hernandez was "one of us." Credit: Getty Images“Big shocker: The Patriots are beating up on the crappy AFC East again! Kind of like Aaron Hernandez wailing away on that guy in prison, huh?” Roughly 14 versions of this awful joke will be told next season, because, as you’ve...

Friday, February 28, 2014, 12:52 AM

Opinion: Is David Ortiz getting a raw deal in contract negotiations with the Red Sox?

David Ortiz is one of the main reasons the Red Sox aren't sitting on 96 years without a World Series crown right now. Credit: Getty ImagesChances are you’ve participated in a conversation about David Ortiz and his contractual aspirations with the Boston Red Sox this week. Everyone has an opinion,...

Friday, February 21, 2014, 12:57 AM

Opinion: Boston sports fans should root hard against these guys

Seeing Tyler Seguin win a Cup going forward would sting Bruins fans, well, forever. Credit: Getty ImagesDuring a Monday Night Football game 1998, we saw the Patriots tune out their head coach, Pete Carroll, in the final moments of a game against the Dolphins. I’m not saying that in a figurative...

Monday, February 10, 2014, 12:11 AM

Opinion: At your Super Bowl party, avoid these types of people

The Super Bowl brings out the best (and worst) in all of us. (Getty Images)Fans often find themselves at the mercy of outsiders whenever sports cross over into the mainstream culture.These outsiders aren’t bad people per se; they just don’t grasp, care about or understand sports. This is of...

Friday, January 31, 2014, 3:39 AM

Opinion: Cheer up Patriots fans, it's not all football doom and gloom

Rex and Ryan and Bill Belichick will once again be part of our lives in 2014. Credit: Getty ImagesThere will be plenty of time to sit at the bar, alongside fans of the 31 other NFL teams who aren’t crowned Super Bowl champion, wondering “WHAT-IF?” The fact is that it usually ends this way, feeling...

Monday, January 20, 2014, 8:56 PM

Opinion: From Brady-Manning I to Brady-Manning XV, the two QBs know drama

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning attend the Ermenegildo Zegna Flagship store opening April 13, 2004 in New York City. Credit: Peter Kramer, Getty ImagesOn Sept. 30, 2001, just seven days after he replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe in the final minutes of a Week 2 loss to the Jets, Tom Brady started his...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 12:52 AM

False Start: Overreation on Wilfork, Gronk, Austin Collie, Aqib Talib

Vince Wilfork is lost for the season after suffering an injury last Sunday in Atlanta. Credit: Getty ImagesThe False Start is a weekly football column consisting of nonsensical analysis about how we, as consumers, think about the New England Patriots and the NFL – excuse me, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL...

Saturday, October 5, 2013, 2:12 AM

Hadfield: Mending fences with the Red Sox and lusting over the NFL

Boston has fallen back in love with baseball and MLB after some rocky years. Credit: Getty ImagesBreakups are tough. You almost always hang on for too long. Maybe part of you feels guilty. Maybe you’re secretly hoping that, with time and a little compromise, you can recapture the magic that made...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 3:59 AM

The False Start: Peyton Manning's greatness should be appreciated by all

Peyton Manning is on pace for a record-breaking season in 2013. Credit: Getty ImagesThe False Start is a weekly football column consisting of nonsensical analysis about how we, as consumers, think about the New England Patriots and the NFL – excuse me, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. This week’s...

Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:22 AM

The False Start: It ain't over 'til it's started

The king of fast food journalism, ESPN's Skip Bayless. Credit: Getty ImagesThe False Start is a weekly football column consisting of nonsensical analysis about how we, as consumers, think about the New England Patriots and the NFL – excuse me, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. PREGAME: Every football...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 9:14 PM

The False Start: The NFL is back ... be excited

Aqib Talib doesn't like watching football. He's about the only one. Credit: Getty ImagesThe False Start is a weekly football column about how we, as consumers, think about the NFL – excuse me, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.PREGAME: Every football fan’s mental state right now – HERE WE GO! HERE WE...

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 9:19 PM

Hadfield: Postgame handshakes among the more ridiculous NFL traditions

The cameras never stopped rolling when Eric Mangini and Bill Belichick exchanged postgame pleasantries. Credit: Getty ImagesLet’s talk about manners, media perception, and handshakes. Yes, handshakes, because I’m not sure when it happened, but The Postgame Handshake is most definitely a thing we...

Monday, September 2, 2013, 6:47 PM

Hadfield: Why I hate Fantasy Football and you should too

There will be Patriots "fans" at bars this fall who will be rooting for these guys. 'Nuff said. Credit: Getty ImagesYour fantasy draft was this weekend, wasn’t it? Was it fun? Were there a lot of drafts? Did someone accidentally pick Michael Crabtree, unaware that he got hurt this offseason? Did...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 4:04 PM

Hadfield: Manny Ramirez and Randy Moss leave strange legacies in Boston

Manny Ramirez is all but retired from baseball after the Rangers released the former Sox slugger this week. Credit: Getty ImagesManny Ramirez was released from the Texas Rangers late Tuesday night, just days after reports that Randy Moss is close to signing a deal to become an analyst for Fox...

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 7:44 PM