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Red Sox Game 6 Fenway parkThe Boston Red Sox are one win away from clinching the World Series title, and there is no better place to make that happen than back on home ground at Fenway Park in Boston! The Red Sox pulled off a win last night at Game 5 of the series in St Louis, beating the Cardinals 3-1.

Last night’s win moved the Sox ahead in the series 3-2, a much needed boost and a pivotal win for the Sox. Wednesday, October 30th the Red Sox take the field in front of their home crowd in hopes of bringing home the title, which would be the first time since 1918 the Sox have won the World Series at Fenway Park!

John Lackey will be taking the mound on Wednesday night for the Sox, while rookie Michael Wacha will be pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Be there to watch history be made! Red Sox vs Cardinals World Series Tickets for Game 6 are available now; there is a huge variety of seats to choose from for this game. From affordable bleacher and grandstand seats to premium field box and pavilion club seating, check out the selection at the Boston Red Sox World Series Game 6 Tickets page.  Fenway Park in Boston will be bearded out, join Red Sox Nation for this exciting game!

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This summer is jam-packed with tons of major events, tours and exciting sports action.  In the MLB, there have been 3 perfect games thus far (only 2 are official), the NBA Playoffs are tied at 2-2 between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Blackhawks have won their first Stanley Cup since the 1960’s.

Here are some more popular Events:

Sports
The New York Yankees are in 2nd place in the AL East and are playing great baseball.
The Boston Red Sox are in third place in the AL East trying to catch up with the Yankees and Rays.
LA Lakers fans will get to see the NBA Championship in Los Angeles as the series will require 6 or 7 games.
The Boston Celtics will look to upset the Lakers on in LA to win their 18th NBA Championship.

Concerts
Lady Gaga has extended her tour to include additional US cities.
Fans of rock legends, KISS, will get to see the band in a worldwide tour!
If you have young kids, they are probably bugging you for Justin Bieber or Jonas Brothers tickets.
Roger Waters has unleashed additional concerts on his tour.
Dave Matthews Band announced that next summer (2011), they will not tour so fans of DMB are crazy for tickets this year!
Aerosmith live at Fenway Park concert with J Geils Band.
Rock band, Tool, is also on tour this summer.
Country music fans get to see Rascal Flatts live on tour this summer.
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New England Patriots

New England Patriots

5. They’re still mentally tough.

Will the Patriots experience a Super Bowl hangover? No way, not here. Not with Belichick’s philosophy of “today, not yesterday or tomorrow,” and especially not with Tom Brady’s competitiveness and demeanor.

At training camp, the competitive juices are already flowing; there is yelling and clashing. The motto going around camp is “finish” and that alone signifies that the team is already in focus.

The hunger is there, just as always, and should that fail there’s always BSPN to light another fire under their feet.

One other good thing is that incoming players have already picked up Patriotspeak, which is to say they’ve picked up on the mindsets and attitude of what it means to be a Patriot. One only needs to listen to Fernando Bryant and his excellent imitation of a broken answering machine:

“I just want to go out there and make plays whether it’s at safety or linebacker, whatever you want to call it, I’m fine with it.”

As any coach will tell you, half the work of their job is selling the player on the system and the philosophy. This is not the case in New England, despite the Super Bowl meltdown and the overblown spygate issue.

Bryant’s auto-recital is a great sign: The Patriots’ system and philosophy have survived everything.

4. The offense is the same, and possibly even better.

Can someone explain to me just how Donte Stallworth’s departure is going to stall the offensive machine?

Not only did he start the year as the No. 3 option, but in the second half of ’07, his productivity on the charts sank so fast, it made the Titanic’s nose dive look lame.

In his spot, the Patriots have two good receivers competing: Chad Jackson, who is poised for a breakout year, and Jabar Gaffney, who has caught some big-pressure passes (’07 vs. Ravens and ’08 vs. Chargers, amongst others).

But this is beside the point, because we should expect the focus of the offense not to rely on WR sets so much this year, but rather develop more balance. This should bring more rushing and more TE sets.

This definitely will not be the same offense as last year, and that should set a few teams back on their heels.

3. The defense is younger.

Most pundits out there seem to harp on Asante Samuel’s departure, along with his 16 interceptions. One writer has even gone as far as to call it a “cavernous void.”

Samuel’s legendary reads and gambles will be missed, but he covers just one part of the field.

The biggest change to the defense has been youth and speed. I would be surprised if Mayo doesn’t prove to be an immediate impact on the field with his triple threat (power, speed, and smarts).

What people don’t seem to realize is that Mayo got picked at No. 10 because he was largely under the radar as a semi-declared junior. His college numbers are similar to most draftees at that position, and don’t forget that he was in the highly-competitive SEC.

His insertion into ILB moves Thomas outside to where he is at his best as a pass rusher. When you add recently-hired Dom Caper’s excellent skills at creating innovative pass-rushing schematics to the mix, you get a really different approach, and definitely different looks.

Wheatley has been a nice surprise, as he has been holding his own against first string in the absence of Webster, who has been held out of recent practices. He’s looked especially strong against Moss, where he appears unintimidated and extremely competitive.

Don’t forget Merriweather, who is poised to have a breakout year. He has demonstrated that he is serious by taking steps to address his butterfinger problems.

Another great acquisition is Tank Williams, who is yet another hybrid (ILB/CB) who could rush or drop back, causing confusion for opposing offenses.

My guarantee here is to expect an exciting, dynamic, and attacking defense with potent sub packages.

2. Every game is a Super Bowl, but they know how to deal with it.

Last year, as an undefeated season became more and more probable, other teams were gearing up to play the Patriots as if it were their Super Bowl. This was especially true for the teams that were not going to end up in the playoffs.

Of course, the Patriots anticipated it, but it is one thing to anticipate it and another to experience it. This time around, however, they have that experience under their belt and have already started adjusting and anticipating it.

Their PUP list is larger than usual, with people going on and off of it. Harrison has come off it, and expect Vrabel and Welker to come off it just in the nick of time.

Players are also sitting out practices (except for walkthroughs). This makes for a well-rested squad for the regular season, ready to take on those “Super Bowls” with experience and confidence.

1. They’ve already evolved; other teams are going to have to adjust again to keep up.

For a lot of people, last year’s Super Bowl spelled the death of the Patriots dynasty, including Mr. Gap-Tooth himself (he claims that “The Win” hasn’t gone to his head, so we must conclude it got there through his tooth-gap).

Why? It was the perfect blueprint for how the potent offense can be derailed with a smart defensive game plan. What many people mistook for an aggressive rushing Giants defense was actually disguised to cover what eventually and frequently ended up as one-on-one matchups overpowering on the edges to create collapses up the middle.

However, you can trust that the Patriots know that opponents will study that strategy to death, and consequently they will depart from last season’s offense.

I would be surprised to see the three wide set used more than a handful of times in the entire year.

People are wondering who is going to get cut as far as the deep RB corps goes, but don’t be surprised to see them stick with five RBs and multiple backfield looks (with a smaller TE group).

One thing people overlook about LaMont Jordan is his ball-catching ability, so don’t be surprised to see him used in a Faulk-like capacity, or as a TE hybrid. Imagine them both being used on the field!

Also, expect to see Moss work out of the slot more. I don’t anticipate another undefeated season, but as they say “never say never.”

I expect at least a 15-1 or a 14-2 season. Regardless of what happens, the NFL is a quarterback’s league, and as long as the Patriots have Brady, anything can happen.

One way or another, I am happy to predict another season of suffering for the Hatriots.

They are the two biggest players on the Dallas Cowboys‘ roster, even though they are obviously not the most well-known.

Just how big are they? Well, it’s reflected in their physiques — and their nicknames.

Flozell “The Hotel” Adams, the 340-pound left tackle, and Leonard “Bigg” Davis, the 353-pound right guard, were both Pro Bowl offensive linemen last season. They help do the dirty work, protecting Tony Romo and opening holes for running back Marion Barber.

Adams could have been a free agent during the offseason after 10 years with the Cowboys, but never hit the open market. He instead signed a $43 million contract through 2013 that virtually guarantees he will play his entire career in Dallas.

When Adams decided to stay, that meant Davis got to remain at right guard, where the former No. 2 overall pick and Texas native flourished in his first year with the Cowboys. Davis had six disappointing seasons in Arizona, the last three at left tackle for the Cardinals.

“That kept this thing with continuity,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “He’s such an anchor and means so much to us, Leonard Davis, that Flo’s departure might have disrupted that.”

The Cowboys will return with all five starting offensive linemen, including two-time Pro Bowl center Andre Gurode, guard Kyle Kosier and tackle Marc Colombo.

Adams has been to four of the last five Pro Bowls, missing only in 2005 when he was limited to six games because of a knee injury. Those are the only games the 33-year-old Adams has missed in his career.

No player has been on the Cowboys roster longer than Adams. Only linebacker Greg Ellis, the first-round pick in 1998 before Adams was drafted in the second round, has been in Dallas as long.

“It’s amazing when you think about that, because guys get shipped around a lot over the years, especially after the first four or five,” Adams said. “I’m still working as hard as I always have, and I’m just hoping to do the best I can.”

Adams has been a constant, fending off blockers and protecting a dozen different quarterbacks — from Hall of Famer Troy Aikman to Romo. Adams is one of the team’s strongest players, and by the count of coach Wade Phillips allowed only one sack all last season.

“You don’t have to worry about him, I think that’s a good statement,” Phillips said. “Sometimes you tend to overlook him because they do a good job all the time.”

While the Cowboys roster has been overhauled the past few years, Jones hasn’t had to worry about left tackle, considered the most important for protecting quarterbacks from defenders.

“I’ve appreciated him for a long time,” Jones said with a smile.

Davis was signed to a nearly $50 million, seven-year deal when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2007. The Cowboys wanted him to play guard, and to have as protection should Adams not be at left tackle for some reason.

Davis would have been willing to move back outside, if needed. But he’s happy that Adams stayed and he can remain at guard, the spot he’d now like to play the rest of his career.

“There is no jumping around. Guys have got to take me on. There’s no running around, so to speak,” Davis said. “And, for the most part, the guys I am playing against, I have more athletic ability than those guys.”

But other defenders better watch out when the 6-foot-6 Davis starts moving around. Even with his big body, Davis is so agile that the Cowboys likely will have to do more pulling blocks this season.

“Leonard is a real football player that can dominate in a lot of areas,” Phillips said. “We found out that’s what he can do besides just dominating a defensive tackle. He can pull and help us on off-tackle plays and even outside plays.”

It’s official. The 2008 Major League Baseball season has entered the stretch run.

August is upon us, and sports fans turn their attention to the final months of the baseball season.

The trade deadline has come and gone, and every team has played their 100th game of the season.

Now is a time when teams start separating themselves from the rest of the pack.

It’s a time when we’ll find out who are the contenders and the pretenders.

From now until the end of the September, nearly every baseball game will be important.

Basically, it’s going to be an exciting time to be a baseball fan.

Trying to predict every division winner and the two wildcards will be next to impossible. Every division could go down the wire, except for the American League West. The Los Angeles Angels are running away with that division.

The remaining divisions will be dogfights with two to three teams currently in the contention for the title. Expect the same kind of battle for the wildcard spots in each league.

The opportunity to make the playoffs is there for several teams, and it’s up to them to take advantage of it.

Some teams took care of that in recent weeks by pulling off some big trades.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs each bolstered their pitching rotation by signing CC Sabathia and Rich Harden, respectively. Others turned their attention to improving their offense. The Chicago White Sox took that route by trading for future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr.

The New York Yankees followed a familiar script by pulling off several trades in attempt to bolster their lineup for the stretch run. The Yankees picked up Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ivan Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers.

There was saga between the Boston Red Sox and Manny Ramirez. Instead of coping with Ramirez’s antics for another postseason run, the Red Sox traded the disgruntled player to the Los Angeles Dodgers in part of a three-team trade with the Pirates. The Red Sox got Jason Bay from Pittsburgh, and the Pirates got four minor league players.

Finally, several contenders decided to keep things status quo. The Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Minnesota Twins were a few of the teams that fell into that category.

Did these teams take the necessary steps to reach the playoffs?

Unfortunately we have to wait until the end of the regular season to answer that question.

Until then, we can sit back and follow some amazing story lines for the stretch run.

Can the Rays continue their amazing season make the playoffs?

Can the Yankees extend their playoff streak to 14 consecutive seasons?

Will the winner of the National League West make the playoffs with a winning record?

From all indications, it is shaping up to be one of the most exciting stretch runs in baseball in recent years. Baseball fans need to strap themselves in and enjoy the ride. It should be an exciting one. Get great Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees tickets at Front Row King.

The Celtics are quickly becoming a gerontologist’s dream – as well as an even better team and a more serious championship threat. Last night, the final piece of the puzzle tumbled out of Waiver Heaven at 6 p.m. as Sam Cassell became a free agent. He has signed a contract with the Celtics, according to his agent, and will bring the paperwork up with him today from Baltimore to join his new team.

“He had some personal business he had to attend to in Baltimore. There was a death in the family,” agent David Falk said last night. “But he will be on his way up there and everything is done. He is really excited.”The Celtics don’t expect Cassell to be available at practice today. It’s more likely that his first session with the team will be at tomorrow morning’s shootaround. It’s not known whether he’ll be able to play against Detroit tomorrow night; he has been out because of a sore wrist.

Cassell, 38, a 15-year veteran with two championship rings (Houston, ’94, ’95), joins a team already featuring fellow 38-year-old P.J. Brown, signed last week, as well as 30-somethings Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard, James Posey, and soon-to-be 30-somethings Eddie House and Brian Scalabrine.

Cassell played with both Allen (Milwaukee) and Garnett (Minnesota) and has 115 games of playoff experience, one of the main reasons for the signing. He also has some gas left in his tank; this season, he has had games of 35 and 32 points (the 32-pointer came Jan. 15 against the Suns) and six other games in which he has scored 20 or more points. He is averaging 12.8 and is almost automatic (89.1 percent) from the free throw line.

“He’s a proven player,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. “We’re just going to wait and see where he fits in on our team. He’s coming in with the right frame of mind and he just wants to help. He knows how to play. He’s terrific at the end of games. He can still really play.”

Cassell has appeared in only 38 games this season and has not played since Feb. 20, when he injured his wrist. He nearly was dealt to Memphis at the trading deadline, but when that fell through, he sought a buyout from the Clippers so that he could join a contending team. After a few days of what Falk called “sometimes hairy” negotiations, the buyout was completed last Thursday. Because the NBA is closed on weekends, the 48-hour period for him to clear waivers did not end until last night.

The Celtics are Cassell’s eighth NBA team. In addition to the Clippers, Rockets, Bucks, and Timberwolves, he has played for the Suns, Mavericks, and Nets. He has been involved in deals for Charles Barkley, Jason Kidd, and Stephon Marbury – as well as Shawn Bradley. Boston became the logical destination once the buyout was worked out, although there also was interest from Dallas and Denver. But the chance to rejoin Garnett and Allen, as well as play in the Eastern Conference, was too good to turn down.

He also fills a demonstrable need – an experienced, quality backup to Rajon Rondo. Celtics executive director of basketball operations Danny Ainge has maintained all season that the team was fine at the point guard position, but the opportunity to get a battle-tested Cassell to help out Rondo was a no-brainer. Even Rondo himself thinks it’s a good move.

“He coming in only helps me,” Rondo said. “He’s been playing a long time. He knows a lot about the game. In that aspect, he can help me as well. He can help more with leadership. He’s been to the conference finals. He knows what it takes to get there. He can groom me and help me along.”

Garnett and Cassell teamed with Latrell Sprewell to lead the Timberwolves within two games of the 2004 NBA Finals. The coach of that team, Flip Saunders, will be in town tomorrow night with the Pistons, perhaps facing his old point guard. Saunders has been effusive in his praise for Garnett this season – and is happy at the way things turned out – and he’s saying the same things about Cassell.

“Any time you can add a veteran guy, that’s always a positive,” Saunders told Detroit reporters earlier this week. “One thing about Sam – he’s not afraid to take big shots. He’s probably going to a perfect situation. At his age, when you get in those type of playoff situations, you probably need to have your minutes monitored a little bit. He’s not going to have to play 30 minutes a game.

“I’m happy for him. He wants to finish with a ring, because he started with a ring. That’s always been his ambition.”

For someone who usually lets his intimidating stare from the mound and a blazing fastball speak for him, Jonathan Papelbon used his words on Tuesday to let everyone know he wants a long-term future in Boston at the right price. Papelbon has already set standards in a Red Sox uniform, saving a franchise rookie record 35 games in 2006, the third-most by a rookie closer. He followed that up with 37 saves last season and has a 1.62 ERA in 135 career games. His 72 saves in his first two seasons are the most by a Boston pitcher.

Papelbon laid the groundwork for a new contract following his perfect fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at City of Palms Park.

“It’s a tough situation for me right now because, basically, I’m at a point to where I feel like the position I’m in, there’s a certain standard that needs to be put in place here,” Papelbon said of looking for a long-term contract. “I feel like, with me being at the top of my position, I feel like that standard needs to be set. I’m the one to set that standard, and I don’t think that the Red Sox are really necessarily seeing eye-to-eye with me on that subject right now, but hopefully we can get somewhere.”

Mariano Rivera, with a Yankees-record 443 saves in his career, signed a three-year, $45 million contract in the offseason.

The right-hander believes when his new contract is done, he should be in the same class as the best relievers in the game.

“We’re chugging away at this thing and we want to get it done, believe me,” Papelbon said. “We can move on, but at the same time, I feel a certain obligation, not only to myself and my family to make the money that I deserve, but for the game of baseball.

“Mariano Rivera has been doing it for the past 10 years, and with me coming up behind him, I feel a certain obligation to do the same.”

In his third big league season, Papelbon made $425,500 in 2007. The right-hander will sign for this season at a salary set by the team.

“Yeah, I’m at the mercy of the club right now to a certain extent, but it’s just a matter of ironing out the numbers,” Papelbon said. “We haven’t ironed them out yet, and hopefully we can get to a mutual agreement. I don’t want to renew. I don’t want to. But if I have to, I have to. It’s just the cold, hard facts of it. And if I have to do that to set the tone, that’s what I’d do. We’ll figure something out.