Flip Saunders – RIP

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Another famous sports coach not named John Farrell has been fighting for his life. Flip Saunders, the GM and Coach of the Timberwolves, has succumbed to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We sports fans often view athletes and coaches as commodities to criticize on TV or trade to other teams. It was ironically through the trade of Kevin Love, which Saunders refused to make with the Celtics, that I learned a lot about the character of the man. Saunders held out despite huge public pressure, and later received a much better trade package. In his decision as a sports professional, I learned a lot about his character. Saunders was a man who did what he believed was right even in the face of public pressure.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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John Farrell Defeats Cancer

Red Sox John Farrell has always been a class act. And now he’s cancer free.

Gordon Edes details his treatment:

At times, John Farrell said, there were seven different medicines coursing through his veins. Days when he was in a hospital bed for seven to 10 hours connected to IV tubes — what would normally be six months of chemotherapy crammed into eight weeks because of the aggressive nature of the malignant cells that had invaded his body.

What I found inspiring was that former Sox manager Terry Francona called Farrell each day. They say baseball is America’s favorite past time. In their friendship we see the best of America.

For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
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Patriots Embarrass Colts

In what may be more embarrassing than former Jet’s QB Mark Sanchez’s infamous fumble, the Colts drew up a play that was both technically illegal and unsuccessful.

SBNation columnist Rodger Sherman laments:

I am so thoroughly baffled by the thing that the Indianapolis Colts just did. There is no part of of my mind that comprehends what it was. I have no clue what they were trying to do, and they did not do whatever they were trying to do well.

Here is a picture of the play. Poor Chuck Pagano.

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For Boston,
Ryan Bilodeau
http://www.ryanbilodeau.net