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Ramblings | 2010 Year In Review

Big Dan's RamblingsIt has been a great year for us here at Big Dan’s Ramblings.  I started publishing posts in May of this year and have seen a fairly steady increase of hits every week.  The posts ranged everywhere from recipes to product reviews to a stretch where we were updating almost daily on Red Sox news.  Over this time, I have slowly started to find my voice and figure out where I want to take this blog.  It is still a work in progress, but we’re getting there.

Next year, I am committing myself to posting at least one unique post every week in addition to a weekly wrap-up post.  The goal is to build a regular readership here that will grow into a fairly regular blog.

As a unique kind of review, here’s a list of the top five BDR posts from 2011 based upon the number of views each one received. Read more of this post

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Open Letter to Jack Wilson, President of the University of Massachusetts

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Mr. Wilson –

I recently read the following article on Boston.com – UConn scores by spending more – The Boston Globe.  As a UMass Amherst alumnus, I am extremely disappointed to hear that my alma mater is hurting so badly and slipping down the charts with regards to its academic and research performance.  This school, which has graduated myself, my wife, my sister, my brother-in-law, and my brother, was once one of the best institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts.  Now, from all accounts, it’s littered with run down buildings, sub par research facilities and students who are not necessarily the cream of the crop.

I implore you to follow UConn’s lead and empower the athletic department to start raising money for the rest of the university.  Make your flagship university just that – THE most sought after university in Massachusetts!  Build your OSU, your University of North Carolina, your Michigan! Read more of this post

Pedroia is Jolted by News

Boston Red SoxFrom Peter Abraham, Boston Globe:

Dustin Pedroia, much to his dismay, is human.

Dr. Lewis Yocum examined the injured Red Sox second baseman yesterday and informed him that the broken medial navicular bone in his left foot will need at least six weeks to heal, not the five weeks Pedroia was hoping for.

“He kind of scared me a little bit,’’ Pedroia said last night before the Sox played the Angels. “There’s nothing really that I can do. Just time’s got to heal me. He kind of told me I can’t play unless I feel no pain, which isn’t good.

“I didn’t realize how serious it was and how long it’s going to take.’’

Today marks 33 days since Pedroia was injured, well short of six weeks. He is scheduled for a CT scan in Boston Friday, which should give doctors a better idea of how well the bone has healed. Until then, Pedroia will be shut down from throwing, taking grounders or batting practice to give his foot some rest.

“I think the message has been pretty consistent,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “I think today maybe Pedey heard it a little bit better.’’

Pedroia is hopeful the CT scan will bring good news. But the idea that he could return on the next homestand is not realistic.

“Mentally I’m thinking I’m going to,’’ he said. “But who the hell knows?’’

Pedroia said his foot “felt weird’’ Monday when he tried jogging for the first time.

“Any time my foot pounds on that ground, it didn’t really feel good,’’ Pedroia said. “[Yocum] said you have to be smart, man. It can definitely hurt you in the long run.’’

Pedroia had been under the impression he could play through some pain. But Yocum said that wasn’t an option. If Pedroia fractures that bone again, he would be looking at surgery that could keep him out for parts of next season.

“You really can’t do that with this injury,’’ he said. “That’s hard to deal with. That bone can break off and they’d have to put pins in it. That would be a disaster.’’

Pedroia was distraught at first but eventually came around to the idea that it wasn’t bad news.

“Everything looks great. I’m ahead of schedule,’’ he said. “It’s just my schedule and their schedule were a little different. That was the only thing. I’m good.’’

Ellsbury moving ahead
Jacoby Ellsbury took another step forward in his return when he played six innings in center field for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox against the Rays at Fort Myers, Fla.

Ellsbury walked in the first inning, stole second, and went to third on a throwing error. He then scored on a sacrifice fly. He later grounded into a double play and had a single to right field.

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Stay of Execution: Orlando Wins Game 4

Boston Celtics Dwight Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Orlando Magic got a stay of execution in Game 4 of the Easter Conference Championship.
Orlando Wins Game 4
Dwight Howard and teammates celebrate Game 4 win.
Photo courtesy of Reuters

Magic stave off elimination with Game 4 overtime win in Boston‎ – USA Today
Magic take Celtics to OT and on to Game 5‎ – The Associated Press
Suddenly in Boston, no lead appears safe‎ – Boston Globe
Celtics Run Out of Gas – Boston Herald
Still some Magic left, Orlando stops Celts – NY Daily News