2019 MLB Hall of Fame Class

Every year players become eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the plain and simple reason they retired 5 years earlier. That’s the about the only simple part of the process. To be enshrined forever they need to get 75% of the voters to say yes. If they get between 5 and 74% of the vote they are allowed to remain on the ballot for the next 10 years. If they get less than 5% they fall off the ballot FOREVER!

There is an ass ton of politics involved in this process. Most of it revolving around biases on the writers. I’m only going to address those to say that they too often get in the way of accurately reflecting who indeed should be a Hall of Famer or not. And, each voter only gets 10 votes. So that totally makes it more political.

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Ronan’s First World Series!

Another Red Sox World Series you say? Sure. Beating two 100 win teams on the way too it? Even better. First one without my Dad, ouch. First one with my son, AWESOME. Even though at 14 months he’ll have no clue it happened, this is maybe the first instance where I’m going to need him more than he needs me.

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NFL: Week 2

So in week 1 we learned somethings. Nothing that will call definitive, but a few quick notes…..Last week I was 8-6-1 Against the Spread and 8-6-1 on Over/Unders. 

  • The Bengals could be very, very bad and I had them on the edge of the playoffs.
  • The Colts are going to be fucking terrible until Andrew Luck returns and even when he does, they are likely to just be middling.
  • The Steelers are still arrogant, but it’s probably going to work out for them most weeks.
  • I think the Saints and Bronco’s are going to be as bad as I originally thought. Sure, the Bronco’s held on for a win, but I really feel had the Chargers taken the reigns off of Rivers earlier they would have won.
  • Patriots lose was shocking (to me) as it happened, but KC executed a hell of a game plan to perfection.
  • Texans are already playing the the QB shuffle and that’s never a good sign.
  • The Giants offense relies way too much on Beckham, Jr.
  • The Raiders looked like the best prepared team in the league.
  • The Rams are a mirage, that’s how bad the Colts are, they can make the Rams look good.
  • Hold the horses on the Jags, yes the defense is legit, but let’s wait until Bortles has to DO something before deciding they are good.

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Week 1 is here, LITERALLY!

IT IS HERE! NFL Kickoff night is literally here, in both time and space!

I don’t know how a lot of the football stadium situations work across the country, but here in Boston, Gillette Stadium is nowhere near Boston. (Well, relatively, the shortest route via Google Maps is 27.2 miles.) So while Boston Proper gets the parades, it doesn’t get the games. Since 1971 Foxboro, Massachusetts has been the home to the Patriots. And a splendid home it has become. It just means that the city doesn’t tend to get the festivities of an event like the NFL Kickoff driven by Hyundai.

Until today!

Christopher Columbus Park, in my North End neighborhood, will host a gated event showing “America’s Game: 2016 New England Patriots” at 11 AM and then at 12 PM Guster will perform. Former Patriots Willie McGinest and Rodney Harrison will be in attendance.

I swung by on my walk to work this morning and this was the scene.

I’m not going to lie, it’s a pretty cool event to have hosted in my neighborhood, just outside the Joe’s I go to a lot and the park where Ronan will be running around in soon enough. And the fact that it marks that the NFL is back is just the icing on the cake.

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Ronan Inspired Reboot!

Maintaining consistency in creating content for Hooking Foul has been my biggest challenge. Often times I pick it up, run with it for a while, put it down, not meaning to leave it for months and yet, here we are again, months have gone by without a post. Even though I’ve started some fun, great stuff, I haven’t finished any of it.

I’m fairly certain that this is going to change over the next couple of weeks, months and years going forward, as will the scope of Hooking Foul in general.

One: because football is back.
Two: because of this guy.

Everyone please meet Ronan Driscoll Sullivan. Born August 12, 2017 at 8:43 am measuring in at 8 pounds 5 ounces and 20.25 inches long. Mom and baby are both doing exceptionally well, considering the huge physical toll pregnancy, labor and delivery are for both Mom and kid. I honestly don’t know how Kelly did it, but I am amazingly proud of her and lucky to have her as a partner on this adventure. Continue reading

2016 Patriots Season Preview!

My Dad’s relationship with football was much different than my own. He tried out for his high school team, got soundly run over in what I can only imagine was an Oklahoma drill, and walked off the field, never to return. This experience colored his view of football, which resulted in him not being anywhere near as passionate a football fan as we was a baseball fan. Sure he’d watch a game if it were on and he mostly understood it conceptually, he just wasn’t invested. It probably didn’t help that the Patriots weren’t any good, didn’t exist until he was 11, and were never on TV due to blackout rules, but I truly think his brief playing experience was the key to how he felt about football.

My Dad, My Sister and I at the Patriots Hall of Fame.

My Dad, My Sister and I at the Patriots Hall of Fame.

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2016 NFL Season Preview!


FINALLY, NFL week 1 is here. It feels like we have been waiting for years! Thursday Night we will see the Super Bowl rematch and we will be off for another 17 weeks of NFL action! As a preview of sorts this week we start with predicting the record for each and every team! 

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The Price of doing business

David Price sure isn’t pitching like we all thought or hoped he would. OK, lets be fair, no one can earn back the value of Price’s 31 million dollars a year unless they make 35 starts and go 35-0, and even then he hasn’t cured cancer, so it’s still not enough value. (To be clear that is no knock on Price, he should sign the best deal for him, and he did. I also have no expectation of him curing cancer.) So what is a reasonable expectation for Price?

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Patriots Training Camp Preview, Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of our Patriots Training Camp Preview! If you missed parts 1, 2 or 3, click the number to check them out!

How do you improve on having the best TE in the league? By adding a guy that had 53 catches and 439 yards in 11 games playing with a mediocre QB and who is the same size as the guy you already have.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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