All posts by Jack Corsi

Just your typical Bruins, Eagles and Sox fans. Die-hard college football, ultimate fighting and professional wrestling fan too. I host "Corsi's Crease" from 4-6 on Thursday on 89.5 WSKB at Westfield State University.

Whats Going On Here

It has been a while since I graced the pages of the blog that I created a couple years back. So here is a status update for the site, the BrotherShip was on hiatus for a bit but is now back, and although the site is now longer really staffed, I am going to power ahead. Captain Jack never gives up, and he never surrenders.

I will be taking on pretty much everything on this website from here on out. Things are going to change drastically. The big thing is the sites name, the “Sports” part is most likely being dropped. I am going into this change open minded, and will now have a blog for the masses. Give the people what they want, and they come back.

So whats being added in? Music, movies, pop culture and fashion(no its not, I have zero idea about that stuff). Go big or go home right?

I took a role with a Red Sox blog, so if Tommy does comeback he will continue to be the Sox guy. If Hacksaw comes back, he will continue to work as my wrestling guy. Both of those guys have great stuff in the new facets, so I welcome them back with open arms. Uncle Rico and I have something in the works for a podcast, so I am keeping that fella around. The others, they are ghost, they never really cared about the site.

In the coming weeks, there may be a new logo, the logo might just drop the sports part. I haven’t decided. The site will be configured in a new way. Lunch Time Heroics is not going anywhere, I love that stuff, I know the readers did too.

But for those who thought we were gone and forgotten, think again. Back, stronger and even more handsome than ever.

So until the next time I write, keep being handsome and look for the changes to come!

-Jack

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The 3rd Week

Good things come in 3’s, and well it’s week 3 of the Shamrocks season so I guess that’s a good thing. A team who’s looking to make that adage a reality is the the White team, looking for their third W in a row. The old White-Black rivalry is renewed, while Green takes on Blue.

Standings
1. White 2-0
2. Black 1-0-1
3. Green 0-1-1
4. Blue 0-2

The white and black rivalry dates back to my days in the league. White and black played one of the most intense and passionate hockey games ever. I’m glad to say I was a part of that one, and glad to say I was a part of the winning black team that day. Enough about that game, let’s get back to reality here. White comes in unbeaten, and with a hefty streak going against black in the regular season. Black comes in with some major momentum after beating Blue last week. The phrase to use in this one will be “Cooler heads prevail”. So if you can’t figure that out what I mean then I’ll explain it in 5 words. Stay out of the box. Whoever stays out of the sin bin wins this one folks. Captain Mario Dafonte was quoted in saying about this week’s game, “No one has knocked us of our game yet, so I’ll just say this I don’t care whose next”. Big words from the Captain there.

Blue and Green battling for supremacy. Blue put up 3-4 last week and it wasn’t nearly enough. Green didn’t really show up, some blame coaching there(I might be with them). Green has to come together as one or they will die as individuals(Any Given Sunday reference). A lot on the line here, neither can afford the L to be quite honest.

My picks
White 5-4
Green 6-2

I won’t be in attendance this week, I’ll be at America’s favorite ballpark. But hey who knows maybe there will be a recap of some sorts this time around.

Week 2 Shamrocks

Alrighty my friends, it is time for this weeks preview of the upcoming Shamrocks hockey games. This weeks set has Black against Blue, and Green against White. I’m not 100% on the times, but I’ll start in the order that they were mentioned in.

White is atop the league as the only team with a victory. Black and Green follow with a tie apiece. And Blue sits in the cold, dark cellar in last after being blown out last week.

Black comes in as the heavy favorites this week. Coming off last weeks deadlock with Green, they’ll look to put up a 10 spot against Blue. Blue looked depleted early on against white and will look to bounce back. Blue needs an early spark in this one, a quick power play or a cheap goal. All the momentum is firmly behind black, but if Black gets ahead of themselves they could be in massive trouble. This could finally be the week Black breaks its regular season losing streak. Hopefully it is, I think they’re tired of being compared to that winless Lions team from years back.

White and Green will be an interesting matchup this week. To win this one, Green needs to bang home a lot of rebounds. Get the first shot then follow up on the rebounds, that’s a key to victory for them. White can win by playing a methodical pace, slow the game down in portions of the first and second. Then when you get to the late games try to combat the speed. This one is a battle of contrasting styles so the intensity should be high. Rich Shipman(Green goalie) has to be big, the former Mansfield Hornet has been a stinger in Whites side in the past. If he continues the hot streak against white, Green should take this one.

Picking time!
Green 6-3
Black 7-2

The rink is cold, I’ll tell you that much!

 

Week 1 Is In The Books

And just like that the first week of the Shamrocks season has come to a close. Black and Green finished in a 4-4 tie(called it, not a big deal) and White beat Blue 5-1(only off by 2 goals). So not only a successful on ice week but picks wise I say I’d did pretty darn good.

Starting with the opener, it was a fierce and thrilling tilt until the final buzzer(which never sounded). Black stormed out to a first period lead, that grew to 3-1 by the end of the first frame. Green was able to storm back to tie it toward the tail end of the second period. But Black stepped on the toes of green late in the second to go up 4-3 heading into the third. Green was able to get the equalizer after a non-call slash/trip and a turnover. Neither team could really muster anything late in the game as well. Both teams really left it out on the ice in this one.

White crushed Blue 5-1, really wasn’t a close one. After 1, White led 2-0 and really controlled the pace of play. They actually controlled it enough to the point where I went home, no need to stay when you know the outcome is going to end in a certain fashion. White had the legs and blue didn’t, it really is as simple as that. Blue has a short bench, that could really hurt them as the season progresses.

So after week 1, I believe here is how the standings shape up.
1. White 1-0-0 2 PTS
2. Black 0-0-1. 1 PT
3. Green 0-0-1 1 PT
4. Blue 0-1-0 0 PTS

I wasn’t able to catch up with anyone from green after the game. But their spirits seemed high as they left the Vet, and they mentioned needing a veteran leader in the locker room. Black also seemed happy with the result, Forward Mike Patjane, when asked about squandering the lead, said, “Oh jeez, the missed call hurt but hey you can’t get them all. We will have to put that past us”.

Chris Arnaudo of Black brought up the good spot his team is in after week one. Arnaudo said, “Hard fought game. One of those where you feel like you should have got two points out of it but you’ll take the tie. Good start, they’re a tough opponent so a lot of positives to take from this one”.

I was able to talk to both Captain Mario Dafonte and Assistant Captain Steve Neal of White. Neal said, “White team was a wagon, we’re going to run the table this summer”. I like Neal’s confidence after week 1.
Dafonte brought up the positives from the victory, “We just have a lot of skilled players that know their positions. Were a well oiled machine and all the parts are working together. Pass shoot score baby thats tonights story. dont sleep on white lightning”. White lightning is the nickname Dafonte gave this team years back, and somehow it stuck.

Next week, we get the matchups of White-Green and then Black-Blue. Hopefully we get some competitive games, the preview will be rip, roaring and ready to go by the latest of Thursday morning.

Oh lastly, I will not be retracting anything I say about any team this season. If you don’t like it well tough. The only way to prove you’re worth is with wins, if you don’t then be prepared to get criticized.

Until then, stay handsome.

 

Hockey Night In Franklin Is Back

Thursday nights in the town of Franklin just got a little colder. Why is that? Is the Ice Age upon us again? No, no it is not. Then why is it going to be colder? Hockey Night In Franklin makes its triumphant return as the Shamrocks season begins at tomorrow night. Plenty of big storylines going into the season, as the Black team looks to three-peat and reign supreme again over the league. Let’s take a look at some of the teams then makes some picks.

Black comes into this regular season campaign looking to continue their reign of terror. One thing to note is black hasn’t won a regular season game in about 2 years, dating all the way back to the 2015 season. Black hopes to gain some leverage with a couple W’s to boost their already oozing confidence. Black is a tight knit group, as well as experienced group. I believe they only lost one or two guys from last seasons team. So the comradery that’ll be in that locker room should be at an all time high. But with some recent infighting, there could be a change on the horizon for this team.

Let’s go to the runners up in the Blue team. Blue is a mystery team to me. They will really live and die with the play of their backend and goaltender. Blue needs consistent play there to be successful, if they’re lackadaisical then well kiss that title bid goodbye. They do have some big time players upfront so they will have to show up huge every week. If they can remain consistent and out of the box then Blue could be heading back to the promiseland.

A team who has been very inconsistent the last few years is the Green team. Green comes in almost every season and has a great start and an alright finish. But when the playoffs hit they’re like the Dallas Cowboys at home. By that I mean they are the top dog and then lose in remarkable fashion. They need to remain consistent, if they do that there Golden. Really not much else I can say about them beside that.

 

Last team to talk about is the White team. White has a lot and I mean A LOT of big personalities on their team. They have to come together as one cohesive unit and not play as individuals. There is plenty of Club hockey talent there that can flow well. But when there’s to many cooks in the kitchen, a meal can’t be made. I think that’s been White’s problem over the last few years. Those personalities break down, make bad mistakes and it has cost them. Maybe this time around they stay as a collective unit and make some ruckus in the postseason.

Week 1 pits Black vs Green and White vs Blue. So without further adieu, here are my picks.
Tie 4-4 between Black and Green
White 5-3

Right now looking at the rosters, I have to say Green is the favorite. So they’re my pick to go all the way.

Let’s play some hockey.

Papi Playing Again?

Pedro Martinez has everyone in the Bay State booming with words of a possible Big Pali return. Oh mylanta. Don’t do this to me Pedro. Not know, not ever. Martinez said Ortiz is working out and looks to be on playing shape, which makes me believe a comeback could happen. But will it?

NO. Not a chance in hell David Ortiz ever returns to baseball. Ortiz said he was nagged by foot problems toward the end of his career. Even to the point that he was essentially playing on “stumps”. If that’s the case then there’s a snowballs chance in hell that he comes back.

Would I love an Ortiz comeback? You bet I would. I just don’t think it’s feasible to have a guy at his age come back and play. People say “Well Favre did it”. Well Favre didn’t completely walk away, he took two weeks off and got back after it. It seems to me Ortiz just recently got back into it and is just playing games with our hearts. Also you can’t compare football and baseball, just can’t do that.

So with that I say Papi if you do comeback, come back ASAP. The Sox could use your bat. Otherwise, stop toying with Red Sox Nation’s emotions. As well as don’t say any more to Pedro, he can’t keep his trap shut, God love Pedro but hush.

Stay handsome.

Is Oregon State Returning To Elite Status?

College baseballs tournament began this past weekend, and like in most tournaments the number 1 national seed looks dominant. The Oregon State Beavers this season went 49-4 in the regular season campaign. The Beavs finished the year with an astounding 19 game winning streak and a PAC-12 title, an impressive finish to the year.

Coach Pat Casey’s Beavers look to go back to the title game for the first time since 2007. 2007 was the year they finished going Back to Back(oh man, oh man) in Omaha. To me this Beaver club is arguably one of the best that we have seen in the past couple years. These guys have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 27-3, a score that their football team usually loses by. What’s really astounding is that they went 22-1 in non-conference play, and 27-3 in conference. And now with the Super Regional at home, they’ll look to continue to be hometown heroes in Corvallis.

This team has been led by sophomore Nick Madrigal. But after being slowed by a bone bruise, the Beavers have looked to guys like Steven Kwan, also a Sophomore. They have also looked at Michael Gretler, a Junior, who delivered a big time homer to push their lead in the clincher against Yale. This team is well rounded but has been sloppy by Coach Casey’s terms.

They will get the winner of the Clemson-Vandy game that will be played today. I’m not sure if the winner of that would travel to Corvallis since it’s supposed to be a “neutral site” but the Beavs I think have the edge over both. A key in college baseball is consistency, something Oregon State has lacked in with some of its stars. But big time players show up to big time games, so maybe this is what the doctor ordered.

If Casey wants to return to the promise-land, he needs the Beavers to be as good as they were in 06 and 07. If that happens then they return to College Baseball royalty. Watch the Beavers try to build their dam in the super regionals coming up later this week. Should be a great matchup regardless who they face.