Goodell’s evil presence edition

Bruins beat Nashville, 4 to 1.

The morning quote:
“It doesn’t mean a whole lot right now.”
Celtics coach Brad Stevens on his team taking possession of first place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

Our favorite article of the morning…
Comes from the Guardian: “Who’s to blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent slump?” Let the infighting and finger-pointing begin!

Looks like hell is a little chilly today.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell now claims he’ll bring his evil presence to Foxboro for the season kickoff in September. We’ll believe it when we see it.

It takes a lot for an immensely talented college player to be toxic to NFL teams.
But being caught on videotape hitting a woman will do it, as in the case of Oklahoma’s star running back Joe Mixon. The Patriots have told sources he’s completely off their radar screen.

News that makes us happy this morning. 
The Dolphins’ head coach Adam Gase says he wants quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be more free-wheeling and take more chances next season. We’re sure the Patriots would welcome that approach.

See you soon, Kyle.
The Red Sox sent their top starting pitcher of the spring, Kyle Kendrick, to the minor league camp yesterday. But given the fragile state of their rotation (cough, cough, Drew Pomeranz and David Price), he probably won’t be in Pawtucket for long.

Speaking of Red Sox pitchers.
As you probably remember, Boston traded promising young third baseman Travis Shaw to Milwaukee for reliever Tyler Thornburg over the winter. So far this spring, Shaw is hitting .314 with 3 HR and 9 RBI for the Brewers, while Thornburg has been a disaster. Just saying.

What you need to know about last night’s Bruins game:
Maybe the sky isn’t falling. Boston rode a hot start, and a strong performance by goalie Tuukka Rask, to a dominating victory over Nashville at the Garden. Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Noel Acciari, and David Backes scored for the B’s. It was Acciari’s first career NHL goal.

According to the number geeks at Sports Club Stats…
The Bruins now have a 74.1 percent chance of making the playoffs. We’ll take that number.

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