Without A Curse Ep#663:The Red Sox Shouldn’t Emulate the Royals’ Championship Formula


Professional sports are a copycat industry, but the Red Sox shouldn’t try to replicate the Royals’ championship formula this offseason. The two teams exist in different financial realities. The Royals can afford to evaluate their young players over the long haul, and are forced to find undervalued assets in the market place. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have to win win now.

But one area where the Red Sox should try to follow the Royals’ lead is the bullpen. The hometown lacks power arms at the end of games, and that’s one of the keys to winning in October. As Wade Davis’ success has illustrated, all relievers are failed starters. The Red Sox should convert some of their pitching prospects in the upper minor leagues who fail to crack the starting rotation this spring into relievers.

Alex previews the World Series in the “Around the League” segment, and says the x-factor may be the managers. Bruce Bochy won’t put his team in a position to lose, whereas the same can’t be said for Ned Yost.

Alex also talks about the Dodgers’ hire of Andrew Friedman last week, and says it may be one of the biggest moves of the offseason.

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Purple Mafia Ep#179:59 Minutes, 59 Seconds

The Minnesota Vikings didn’t trail in Sunday’s game in Buffalo NY, until the final second remaining. In a heartbreaking 17-16 loss, the Vikings, after playing great defense, sacking Kyle Orton six times, couldn’t make stops on key 3rd and longs, along with a back breaking 4th and 20 on the final drive of the game.

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Purple Mafia Ep#178:The Trenches

We’ve heard many times that the game is won in the trenches, this could not be more true to what we saw Sunday. The Detroit Lions defensive line manhandled the Vikings offensive line, rendering Teddy Bridgewater almost useless. Joey also discusses the 25 year anniversary of the most infamous trade in Vikings if not NFL history.

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Purple Mafia Ep#177:The Dirty Stain

We were all so excited for Teddy Bridgewater to have his prime time debut on Thursday night, instead we found out we were getting a dirty stain on our nice new suit, named Christian Ponder. We all knew were in trouble when Bridgewater was ruled out, but there was always a chance Ponder would make the most of this opportunity, right? Wrong. www.thesportsstuff.com

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Purple Mafia Ep#176:Coming Out Party

Teddy Bridgewater, Jerrick McKinnon and the Minnesota Vikings had a coming out party Sunday afternoon vs the Atlanta Falcons, in a 41-28 victory at TCF Bank Stadium. Chants of “Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!” were heard as number 5 was about to take his first snap as a starter, and were heard throughout the game. Bridgewater didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but threw for over 300 yards, and looked the part of a veteran talented quarterback in this league. McKinnon, who’d shown virtually nothing the first three weeks, gave a shot in the arm to the Vikings running game, that they desperately needed in order to be successful as this season takes shape.

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Purple Mafia Ep#175:Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The New Orleans Saints, the dirty rotten scoundrels have injured another Vikings quarterback. Ok, maybe this time around, the Saints didn’t deliberately injury anybody, but the hatred remains. With Matt Cassel having several broken bones in his foot, like it or not, Teddy Bridgewater takes over, in what your host calls a blessing in disguise, find out why in this episode! Joey unleashes his wrath on Drew Brees on what he believes was a ridiculous roughing the quarterback penalty, which was crucial to the outcome of the game.

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Without A Curse Ep#659: The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour Should Elicit Cynicism From The Masses


Alex previews the final week of the season inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” and highlights the importance for the Red Sox to finish with a better record than they did in 2012. Though the results have been just as disappointing, the organization is in a better place now than it was then. Almost every player on the team right now might have a future with the club. The same couldn’t be said two years ago.

John Farrell should be commended for keeping the clubhouse under control this season, and quietly eliminating any brush fires that may have propped up. But his abilities as an in game manager are still up for debate, as his roster management is puzzling. Some of the issues people affiliated with the Blue Jays had with him have come up this year as well.

The Derek Jeter Retirement Tour closes its act in Fenway Park this weekend. All cynicism aside, it’s the perfect place for Jeter to end his illustrious big league career. The problem is, the coverage around Jeter makes it impossible to not be jaded about him at this point.

Alex talks about the wide open American League, and forecasts how the pennant races will shape up in the “Around the League” segment.

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Purple Mafia Ep#174:The Nightmare

Your host, Paladino Joey had a dream before last week’s game vs the Patriots, that the Vikings would be crushed, and that’s exactly what happened. The dream however, paled in comparison to the nightmare that would cloud this team all week, and for the foreseeable future.

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Without A Curse Ep#658: MLB Deals With Domestic Violence Just As Poorly As The NFL


Alex leads off this edition of “Without a Curse” with a commentary on what he deems the “most important week in professional sports in recent memory.” If anything, Ray Rice’s and Adrian Peterson’s actions demonstrate that the public needs to watch sports with a suspense of disbelief. A football game is no different than a movie, play or song.

Some people affiliated with MLB, including the commissioner himself, have spoken with an air of moral superiority over the last week. But Alex says MLB is in the same boat as the NFL in regards to its domestic violence policies. In some cases, it’s even worse.

As far as baseball news is concerned, the Red Sox successfully played spoiler to the Royals over the weekend. There were several encouraging signs, including Clay Buchholz’s continued spell of dominance and Xander Bogaerts’ hot hitting.

The biggest news from the last seven days involves Dustin Pedroia, who underwent season-ending wrist surgery recently. His offensive performance is on a clear decline, which leads one to ask if the Red Sox re-signed him because they like the contract or the player.

Alex talks about the effect that Chris Davis’ 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines will have on the Orioles in the “Around the League” segment. He also sends his well-wishes to slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was hit in the eye with a pitch Thursday. It was a scary moment indeed.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#129:New Wolves Order

The Hall and Oates of basketball radio are back, as your hosts “Paladino Joey and Marcus the “Forecaster” talk about the biggest and best trade in franchise history. The Timberwolves in late August traded Kevin Love to Cleveland, and in return have acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeous Young from Philadelphia. Joey and Marcus of course feature this trade, then talk about Rubio’s crazy demands, and wraps things up with the other major offseason moves in the NBA this summer!

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