Sports Centralby Cian Fahey
- We've moved to The Sports Central
- Avery Bradley's stuttering start to Boston Celtics career is no more
- New England Patriots - a case for keeping Brandon Lloyd
- Tom Brady's contract extension puts pressure on New England Patriots to perform in short-term
- Jeff Green's approach epitomizes Boston Celtics Post-Rajon Rondo
Most Valuable Player:
Originality is never easy with this award in Boston. The 2011 NFL regular season once again proved that Tom Brady is the most valuable Patriots' player. Brady is the difference between winning and losing for this team and he will continue to be so long as the defense struggles. Brady's record setting season is only being eclipsed by two players at the very top of their games, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. While last year's unanimous league MVP potentially may not receive a single vote this year, he remains an elite player at the position which drives this league.
With the AFC East crown locked up for the New England Patriots thanks to a victory over Tim Tebow and the Broncos in Denver yesterday. The Patriots will now have their sights set on the overall number one seed in the AFC.
The Patriots will have had a bitter sweet feeling watching the Baltimore Ravens falter to the San Diego Chargers last night.
Gilbert Arenas became an infamous figure in Washington because of his off-the-field issues. However his talent on the court is undeniable.
In recent years, that talent has represented fair value because of the huge contract that he was signed to. After recently being amnestied by the Orlando Magic, Arenas cleared waivers and is now available to be signed by any team.
West is now expected to sign with the Indiana Pacers after his proposed move to the Celtics collapsed.
However, losing out on West is not really losing at all. It is understandable why Danny Ainge was interested in acquiring West, but the risk with the 31-year old heavily outweighed the reward.
However after the revelation last week that Trent Williams and Fred Davis would be suspended for the rest of the season after failing drug tests, the Patriots trip to Washington should be a lot more comfortable than they originally thought.
Davis is a huge loss as he has been the team's go-to guy for the most part this season, while Williams is of course a vital cog in the offense being the team's starting left tackle.
After the Chris Paul debacle, the one in Boston opposed to the one in New Orleans with David Stern, the Boston Celtics essentially have no choice but to let Rajon Rondo go.
Rondo has been a somewhat temperamental player during his time in Boston, while he remains a key cog in the machine that is Doc Rivers' roster, he is not totally expendable to the team.
It is no secret that the Los Angeles Clippers may be willing to let Chris Kaman go in a trade during this off-season as the team builds around Blake Griffin. Kaman will be a hot commodity on the open market provided that the team is able to re-sign DeAndre Jordan.
With Jordan and Griffin, Kaman will become expendable to the team.
The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts' long standing rivalry won't look right today without Peyton Manning facing off against Tom Brady.
Furthermore, the fact that the Colts are a winless team without Manning, and the Patriots are enjoying a three game winning streak during which time they have scored at least 30 points in every game, could make this rivalry irrelevant today.
Despite their reported best efforts to trade Rondo, Danny Ainge came out today and claimed that the team were not interested in letting Rondo go.
How Rondo reacts to all this won't be seen until the season begins.
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