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Mazz status farewell

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 1, 2013 11:20 AM

... would never want to work anywhere but Boston.

Mazz Top 5 columns

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff March 1, 2013 07:24 AM

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

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The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.

Mazz status Celtics

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff February 4, 2013 10:41 AM

... loves the backcourt of Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley.

Mazz status on Super Bowl, take 2

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 14, 2013 10:14 AM

... now sees a Patriots-Niners title game.

Top 5 NFL story lines

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 4, 2013 08:08 AM

Tony's Top 5

NFL story lines in 2012

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Replacement referees Think they had a negative impact? Take away that Hail Mary against Seattle and the Packers have a bye, the Seahawks are out, Bears are in.
4
The Colts They released Peyton Manning, drafted Andrew Luck, temporarily lost their coach to cancer. And they made the playoffs.
3
Rookie QBs Along with Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson are in the playoffs. Maybe the best QB draft since 1983.
2
Adrian Peterson Fine, it's a quarterback league. But his story is almost every bit as good as Manning's.
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Peyton Manning So why is Manning No. 1? Because he changed teams. Many thought he was done. He's not.

Mazz status Super Bowl

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff January 4, 2013 07:12 AM

... predicts Niners-Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Mazz status on holidays

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff December 14, 2012 12:00 PM

... believes in the holiday spirit.

Mazz Top 5 Red Sox offseason moves

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 9, 2012 01:02 PM

Tony's Top 5

Best offseason moves in recent Red Sox history

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Signing Johnny Damon From 2002-05, Damon averaged 149 games, 16 home runs, 115 runs and 25 steals. His OPS was .803. Rock solid.
4
Trading for Curt Schilling The piece that put the Red Sox over the top in 2004. Most guys go to New York to win titles. Schilling came here.
3
Signing David Ortiz In 10 years, he's hit more homers than anybody but Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn or Alex Rodriguez. Jackpot.
2
Signing Manny Ramirez Find another $100 million free agent contract that lived up to this one. Anywhere. He was worth it.
1
Trading for Pedro Martinez Since he came in November 1997, only the Braves and Yankees have won more games.

Mazz status Avery Bradley

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff November 9, 2012 12:56 PM

... thinks the Celtics miss Avery Bradley.

Mazz's Top 5 most detestable Red Sox teams

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff August 29, 2012 08:55 AM

Tony's Top 5

Most detestable Red Sox teams

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2006 It was starting to come apart after a five-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees in August before Terry Francona intervened. Adios, David Wells.
4
1996 Mike Greenwell cleaned out his locker. Kevin Kennedy got fired. Roger Clemens left. Dan Duquette's purge.
3
1989 With Joe Price on the mound, Devon White stole second, third, and home. Asked by manager Joe Morgan for an explanation, Price said, "Go [expletive] yourself."
2
2012 The end of the 2011 season also qualifies here. Overpaid, underachieving, discontented. Thank heavens it's over.
1
2001 Still No. 1 on the Most Wanted list. Even in the wake of Sept. 11, they bickered. Might never be supplanted.

Mazz status Chandler Jones

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff August 29, 2012 08:54 AM

... thinks the Patriots' Chandler Jones is a freak.

Tony's top 5 baseball teams at midseason

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff July 3, 2012 08:41 AM

Tony's Top 5

Baseball teams at midseason

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Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper alone make them one of the most compelling teams in the game. But can they hit enough?
4
San Francisco Giants Is there an NL that can hit and pitch? If Tim Lincecum ever gets right, look out.
3
New York Yankees Injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte are an obvious concern. And remember, Mariano Rivera and Michael Pineda were hurt, too.
2
Los Angeles Angels Give it a little more time and they might very well be No. 1. Pitching. Speed. Defense. Power.
1
Texas Rangers Best team in baseball thus far might be suspect in the starting rotation. Time will tell.

Tony Massarotti status Austin Rivers

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff July 3, 2012 08:38 AM

... is glad Austin Rivers ended up elsewhere.

Mazz Top 5 things to do after Achilles surgery

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 7, 2012 11:38 AM

Tony's Top 5

Things to do after Achilles surgery

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Watching sports. Before, I told my wife this was "work." Now, I tell her it's therapy.
4
Bossing people around Of course, this is done in a passive-aggressive fashion by playing up any and all perception of helplessness.
3
The drugs. If I play my cards right, maybe I can even make a few bucks?
2
Sleep. Never realized that lounging could be so exhausting. Won't be long now before I'm a hoarder, too.
1
Eat. Maybe it's just me, but this seems like the perfect time for fried chicken and beer. Eat, drink and be merry!

Tony Massarotti ...

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 4, 2012 08:00 AM

... feels for Mariano Rivera.

Tony's Top 5 Things about April

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff April 2, 2012 01:07 PM

Tony's Top 5

Things about April

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The NBA playoffs Later than usual this year, but can't help but wonder now if the Celtics actually plan to make a little noise.
4
The Masters A tradition unlike any other, or so we're told. And it looks like Tiger Woods has his groove back, too.
3
The NFL Draft The Patriots have two selections in the first round and two more in the second. The wage scale is in place. Might they actually trade up?
2
Major League Baseball Yes, the season is too long. But the baseball season in Boston, specially, suddenly means something again.
1
NHL Playoffs Maybe the bruins will make another run. Maybe they won't. But the postseason in hockey does not disappoint. Ever.

Tony Massarotti ...

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff April 2, 2012 01:04 PM

... wants to keep Avery Bradley in the starting lineup.

Mazz status on Celtics

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 27, 2012 08:59 AM

thinks it's time to break up the Celtics.

Mazz Top 5 Red Sox story lines

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 15, 2012 08:34 AM

Tony's Top 5

Red Sox spring training story lines

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Shortstop Apparently, it's reached the point where the Red Sox have to trade their shortstop to trim payroll. Anyone feel good about that?
4
Carl Crawford After a poor debut season in Boston, he had wrist surgery. And now we know the owner never wanted him.
3
The bullpen No small story here. Jonathan Papelbon is gone and Daniel Bard is in the rotation. Welcome, Mark Melancon and Andrew Bailey.
2
Bobby Valentine The last time the Red Sox changed managers, they won the World Series. Will history repeat?
1
Josh Beckett By the end of last season, Beckett seemed to lose his focus and his fire. Can he bounce back - and stay healthy, too?

Mazz status on Patriots

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 15, 2012 08:32 AM

thinks the 2011 Patriots overachieved.

Tony's Top 5

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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About Mazz

Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".

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