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  • April 18, 2014

    Celtics Player Power Rankings - Season-Ending Edition

    Celtics Player Power Rankings - Season-Ending Edition by Matt Martinelli

    There was a time 20 years ago, when the Celtics missed the playoffs for the first time since Larry Bird began playing, that they gave out shirts to all the fans for being “the best fans in the world.” That motto was repeated a lot as the Celtics closed out a losing season on Wednesday. In those 20 years, the Celtics have now gone through three of these “rebuild and hope for a good draft pick” seasons. It’s fair to say that fans know how it goes now. We’ve been ranking players all season at The Improper based upon their salary and on-court value… More>

  • April 16, 2014

    Q&A: Being Craig Breslow

    Q&A: Being Craig Breslow by Matt Martinelli

    Craig Breslow, 33, is one of the few pitchers who is a legitimate threat every year to have an ERA lower than his IQ. The Red Sox reliever and Yale graduate has thrived out of the bullpen, posting one of his best seasons last year in Boston’s run to a World Series championship. A Connecticut native, Breslow started the Strike 3 Foundation, which provides money for pediatric cancer research and will hold Sip Happens May 19 at the Boston Children’s Museum. The Improper Bostonian is one sponsor of the food and wine tasting, which still has ticket… More>

  • March 21, 2014

    Q&A: Being Saer Sene

    Saer Sene, 27, is a third-year player for the New England Revolution, who has seen his first two seasons with the Revs conclude with season-ending injuries. Sene made his mark in 2012 with 11 goals in his first season. He added 5 goals last year in the Revs' run to the playoffs. New England started this year 0-2, and will open its home season on Saturday against Vancouver at Gillette Stadium… More>

  • March 17, 2014

    Raising the stakes on the Pats-Broncos rivalry

    Raising the stakes on the Pats-Broncos rivalry by Matt Martinelli

    There hasn’t even been an entire week of NFL free agency yet, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t felt like a full week for fans of New England and Denver. Last offseason, the NFL arms race was quite clearly between San Francisco and Seattle. The two top NFC teams one-upped each other with signings or trades on a daily basis. The end result was the two teams meeting in a heart-stopping NFC Championship that turned out to be the “real” title game of the NFL season… More>

  • March 04, 2014

    Top 20 Red Sox Storylines of Spring

    Top 20 Red Sox Storylines of Spring by Matt Martinelli

    It's been 125 days since the Red Sox won their third World Series this century, 91 days since Jacoby Ellsbury left for the Yankees, and 17 days since Red Sox pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. On the flip side, it's 27 days till the Red Sox open their season in Baltimore, 29 days until The Improper's Red Sox Issue is released, and 232 days until the World Series is tentatively scheduled to start. Yup, it's spring training, a time when writers will come up with more numbers than the Sloan Sports Conference as a gimmick to write … More>

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