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Mastrodonato: Just like the Red Sox, Patriots’ postseason berth comes a year ahead of schedule

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Mastrodonato: Just like the Red Sox, Patriots’ postseason berth comes a year ahead of schedule

When Kiké Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly into a mellow October night to knock in the game-winning run and secure a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series, the Red Sox season was an instant success.

For the Patriots, the line is just as clear: when Brian Hoyer took the final knee on Sunday, securing a playoff berth for a team that entered the year with similarly low expectations, the season became a success.

At this point, it’s easy to make the call. No matter where the Pats go from here, the history books will reflect a year in which they surpassed expectations, developed a rookie quarterback and proved themselves to be a competitive team in a challenging conference.

The parallels between the 2021-22 Patriots and the 2021 Red Sox are uncanny.

Both entered the year coming off losing seasons, the Sox’ first in five years with their worst winning percentage (.400) since 1965, and the Pats’ first losing season in 20 years.

Both made significant changes in key leadership positions, with the Sox re-hiring manager Alex Cora and the Pats handing the keys of the offense to Mac Jones.

One key difference: the Sox barely spent in the offseason while the Patriots guaranteed about $160 million in a free agent frenzy. Still, each team was a slight betting favorite to qualify for the postseason and a distant underdog to win their respective division and league/conference.

The Red Sox got off to a hot start that wildly changed expectations, but they were exposed in July and August, only to regain ground with a solid finish on their way to the postseason.

The Pats got off to an ugly start but by mid-season they were rolling, with a seven-game winning streak enough for many national pundits to start discussing them as a potential favorite in the AFC. The Pats, too, hit a roadblock about ¾ of the way through the season, and it remains to be seen how they’ll finish.

For the Sox, making the playoffs wasn’t enough to call them a success. Because they had a commanding lead in their division for the better part of three months, to lose in the Wild Card Game would’ve been seen as a disappointment, despite low preseason expectations.

Expectations change throughout the year, and the Sox saw theirs grow leaps and bounds during the summer months. When they handled the Yankees down the stretch and then again to knock them out of the playoffs, the Sox proved themselves a successful team. By knocking out the Rays, they were more than that: the last team standing from their own division.

The Patriots are in a similar position.

With a potential Wild Card matchup against the Buffalo Bills lingering two weeks from now, we could see a third game between division rivals that’ll determine just how far the Pats have come. A win in the Wild Card Game, no matter who the opponent, should be enough to appease even the most jaded Patriots fans around the globe.

Just like the Sox entering the postseason, the Pats will enter as likely underdogs no matter who they face.

They’re not better than the Chiefs, and it’d be crazy to argue otherwise. They beat the Titans earlier this season, but Tennessee could secure the No. 1 seed and then get Derrick Henry back, and there’s no way the Pats would be favored in that game.

Are they better than the Bills, Bengals or Colts? Probably not.

The only team one could comfortably say the Patriots are better than is whoever gets the final playoff spot between the Raiders and Chargers, who will face off on Sunday night.

The reason we’re calling the Patriots’ season a success right now is because to expect them to win a playoff game against the majority of the AFC is not reasonable. They should be competitive, though. If they show up to the Wild Card Game and put up a stinker like they did against the Colts three weeks ago or the Bills two weeks ago, when they would’ve been beaten to pieces if not for a few key drops by Buffalo receivers in the end zone, there will be disappointment.

But the Pats arguably had a less impressive regular season than the Red Sox did.

Their biggest achievement in the first half was playing close games against the Buccaneers and the Cowboys, though they lost both of those.

Wins over the Chargers and Titans in the middle of the year were impressive, and while the wind-bowl game in Buffalo was one of the stranger football games we’ll ever see, the defensive performance and carefully crafted gameplan deserve some credit in a hard-fought victory.

Overall, the Pats have had an easy road. Of their 17 games, only six (or seven, if the Chargers sneak in) will have come against playoff teams, and they’re 2-4 in those matchups. They’ve had the 25th-most difficult schedule this year, according to PowerRankingsGuru.com.

Still, it’s a relief to see them competitive again. It was painful to watch them last year.

The same was said of the 2020 Red Sox.

Both teams reached the postseason a year before they were expected to.

It’s not an uncommon sentence to say over the last 20 years, but the Red Sox and Patriots are winners again.

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Spy X Family Chapter 63 Read Manga Online And Release Date

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Spy X Family Chapter 63 release date is announced, it is set to release on 29th May 2022. Fans are very excited about the series and are eagerly waiting.

There will be some delay in the RAW release and the release of the translated version. This Countdown will help you track the release of Spy X Family Chapter 63.

NOTE: IF THE COUNTER IS STOPPED THEN THE CHAPTER IS ALREADY RELEASED

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We all love manga, right? Have you ever read Spy X Family? If yes then this article is for you. It is a Japanese anime series made by Tatsuya Endo. The story revolves around a guy who has to perform a mission and for that he makes a fake family.

But, little does he know that the girl he hired to be his daughter is a mind reader and his fake wife is an assassin. The story is really fascinating for the readers who love mystery, action, and comedy. In this article, we are going to talk about the release date of the upcoming chapter 63, along with the spoilers as well the details about each character. 

So without wasting time, let’s get started.

Spy X Family Chapter 63 Release Date

Spy X Family is a very famous series and was first released on 25th March 2019. However, its upcoming Spy X Family Chapter 63 is announced, and it is set to release on 29th May 2022. 

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Spy X Family Chapter 63 Raw Scan Release Date

As the release date for Chapter 163 of Spy X Family is set for 29th May, Many people are wondering if they could find the raw scan of the chapter.

Well they could, this is because the raw scan of a particular chapter releases 2-3 days before the release of the actual chapter. Therefore you can find Spy X Family Chapter 63 Raw Scan on Internet communities such as 4chan and Reddit.

Spy X Family Chapter 63 Highlights

Though the series is new, it is gaining popularity and receiving love from the people. Some believe that the majority of the manga series do not receive much popularity but this series is breaking their misconception.

The name of the guy who had to form a family is Loud, who makes up a fake family that includes his wife, Yor Forger and Anya as his daughter. But they are hiding something as they have a mission of their own. 

Spy X Family Chapter 62 Recap

The Spy X Family Chapter 62 begins with Damian and his colleagues participating in the drill of a conflict. The small kids were acting as though they were determined to save the world from foes. Be that as it may, when he returned home, Damian got a slap from his dad.

He was furious that Damian had been playing disaster area games with his companions once more. His dad expressed that there was no conflict and that he ought to just contemplate harmony. That evening, he contemplated how huge of a scoundrel his dad war.

Along these lines, the following time the young men participated in the conflict preparing games, Damian wouldn’t join his group. That day, it was all over in the news that the Eastern districts were to do battle with the west. All of a sudden, every one of them heard a bomb impact in the city. The radio reported that the Ostanian armed force had crossed the line and sent off assaults against the eastern territories.

Spy X Family Chapter 63 Expectation

In the accompanying chapter, fans can expect to see the continuation of the tale of the conflict. Despite the fact that youngsters in war is a weighty idea for a satire manga to deal with, Spy X Family Chapter 63 won’t let us down.

Damian is a kid who is exceptionally enlivened to serve the dirt with his solidarity. This is the justification for why he generally took part in such exercises in school also. Presently, the following section will investigate how he joins the conflict in the west.

Spy X Spy Chapter 63 Read Manga Online And Release Date

In spite of the fact that his dad’s words have made a home in his heart, Damian wouldn’t leave the chance of being a piece of a real conflict. Hence, after a long showdown with himself, he chooses to face the challenge. In any case, the young man probably won’t accomplish something as gallant. He could require saving from a senior expert in the following section.

Where Can You Spy X Family Chapter 63 Online?

In order to read the manga online, head on to MangaPlus by Shueisha to read the latest chapters for free. The first 3 and the latest 3 chapters are free to read but due to licensing issues, the chapters in between can’t be accessed.

Spy X Family can also be bought on VIZ. We recommend you to read the manga from legal sources so that the creators can get as much support as they need.

Stay with StanfordArts Review for more updates.

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Winderman’s view: Jimmy Butler makes his stand, plus other Heat-Celtics thoughts

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Observations and other notes of interest from Friday night’s 111-103 NBA playoff victory over the Boston Celtics:

– Yes, Jimmy Butler had to call it a night at halftime of Game 3.

– Yes, he hardly was his typical aggressive self in Game 4 and 5.

– No matter what the Heat did, or did not, offer on their injury report, the issue there is real.

– The knee, or something connected to the knee, has not been right.

– But this effort also showed plenty of who Butler is and what he is for this team.

– With his team facing elimination, he mustered.

– In the scoring column.

– On the boards.

– With his passing.

– And on the defensive end.

– The 2020 bubble seemed to be the height of playoff Jimmy, in that Heat run to the NBA Finals.

– But what these efforts, particularly Friday’s, show is that there still is plenty there.

– Even as some point to his age.

– Or the remaining years on his contract.

– He remains a force.

– LeBron James once walked into this arena in must-win Game 6 and showed out.

– Considering Butler’s bum knee, the mere fact he showed up with this type of effort showed plenty.

– Too many years left on a contract that run through the 36th birthday?

– Not an argument on this night.

– Just a study in perseverance.

–True to his word at the morning shootaround, Heat coach Spoelstra stayed with his starting lineup of Bam Adebayo, P.J. Tucker, Butler, Kyle Lowry and Max Strus.

– Even with Lowry slowed by his hamstring strain.

– Even with Strus arguably entering amid his worst NBA slump.

– With the start, Tucker moved past Giannis Antetokounmpo for 99th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– With their starts, Butler and Lowry moved past Buck Williams for 77th on the NBA all-time playoff list and tied Kevin Johnson for 76th.

– With his start, Adebayo tied Shaquille O’Neal for seventh on the Heat all-time playoff list.

– The Celtics opened with their when-healthy usual of Al Horford, Robert Williams III, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.

– A pair of quick Tucker fouls had Caleb Martin entering as the Heat’s first reserve.

– Gabe Vincent then followed.

– Then Duncan Robinson, in the wake of the Heat’s 5-of-8 start from the field.

– With Victor Oladio entering at the start of the second period, making it nine deep.

– Which left Dewayne Dedmon again removed from the equation, as also was the case in Game 5.

– Lowry’s first assist came 71 seconds in. He did not have one in Wednesday night’s Game 5.

– He then converted a 3-pointer with 9:02 to play in the opening period, his first points in two games.

– Lowry’s first assist moved him past Sam Cassell for 45th on the NBA all-time playoff list. His third moved him past Julius Erving for 44th.

– Butler’s second point moved him past Sam Perkins for 77th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s first 3-point attempt moved him past former Heat guard Mario Chalmers for 76th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s third assist moved him past Pau Gasol for 71st on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s 17th point moved him past Hal Greer for 75th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Butler’s second free-throw attempt moved him past Chris Paul for 59th on the NBA all-time playoff list.

– Spoelstra was asked pregame about the success of the Celtics with the short roll of guard Derrick White.

– “Yeah, you just have to have ultra-awareness on the weak side,” he said. “It’s almost like you have to visualize that he’s a 7-footer. You would never allow a 7-footer just to go untouched through the lane. So it’s just a different dynamic.”

– Spoelstra added, “We’ve been able to manage that before. Most teams eventually do get to that against us, particularly in the playoffs.”

– Considering the Celtics were down 3-2 before eliminating the Bucks in the previous round, Celtics coach Ime Udoka was taking nothing for granted.

– “We’ve been in this position before, Game 6 against Milwaukee,” he said pregame. “We understand Miami’s mindset coming out. Have to match that intensity, sense of urgency and physicality they’re going to bring.”

– He added, “We’ve talked about being the hunted – the hunter, earlier in the series against Milwaukee. Now we’re on the other side.”

– Udoka did not exactly reminisce pregame about being in 11th place in the East as late as Jan. 16, but he did take time to reflect.

– “We weren’t even thinking that far down the road honestly. We were thinking about getting healthy, understanding the system we were trying to put in place,” he said. “We always had glimpses of success. We were just trying to be consistent for the most part, understanding that we were really good defensively all along. Offensively trying to get our guys on the same page, get them to understand what we needed from them. That was the goal at that point.”

– He added, “But we did see good things early on at times. Just up and down, inconsistent a little bit. But we were always optimistic if we got healthy and our defense would carry over, offensively we’d continue to improve. The good signs were we played really good against the big teams. We had some poor losses against some of the lesser teams. For the most part we were competing against the best teams. That bodes well for the future.”

– David Ortiz was among those in the crowd.

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Carlos Correa finds missing power in Twins’ 10-7 victory over Kansas City

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Carlos Correa started Friday’s game against Kansas City having reached base in 16 straight games, raising his batting average from .200 to .280.

“I’m getting my walks, I’m getting my base hits,” the Twins shortstop said before the game. “It’s just the power that’s missing a little bit.”

He took care of that on Friday while extending his on-base streak to 17 games.

Correa broke a 4-4 tie with a 432-foot home run into the Twins’ half of the bullpen to lead off the fourth inning, and Nick Gordon and Gio Urshela each drove in a pair of runs with two-out hits as Minnesota snapped a two-game skid with a 10-7 victory over the Royals in front of 21,841 at Target Field.

The Twins broke open a 6-5 game in with four runs in the eighth inning — three with two out — to extend their American League Central lead to five games over idle Chicago. Correa’s homer was his third this season, and first since May 4.

After resting his sore right ankle for three straight games, second baseman Jorge Polanco started the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning — part of the Twins’ 15-hit attack — and Trevor Larnach drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Luis Arraez, batting leadoff while Byron Buxton rested his sore right knee, went 2 for 5 with a walk, run scored and RBI.

After Yennier Cano gave up two runs in the ninth on MJ Melendez’s solo home run and a run-scoring double by Emmanuel Rivera, Emilo Pagan struck out Nicky Lopez for his team-leading seventh save. Twins starter Bailey Ober lasted only three innings, leaving with a 4-3 lead after throwing 60 pitches. Trevor Megill (1-1) pitched 2⅔ innings for the victory.

Brad Keller (1-5) took the loss, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in four innings.

The Twins broke out big in the first inning. Arraez singled sharply to right to start. Correa followed with a rocket to deep left-center that was tracked down by Andrew Benintendi, but Polanco followed with a towering home run into the plaza in right field for a 2-0 lead.

After Max Kepler grounded out to second, Gary Sanchez singled and Trevor Larnach walked ahead of Urshela, who singled to center to score Sanchez and sent Larnach to third. Nick Gordon, playing center field in place of Buxton, then slapped an opposite-field single to left to score Larnach and make it 4-0. The Twins, however, left the bases loaded when Arraez struck out.

Ober set the Royals down in order in the second, two on strikeouts, before the Twins loaded the bases with two out in the second on singles by Max Kepler and Sanchez and a walk by Larnach, but Urshela grounded out to first to end the threat. The Royals quickly took advantage.

After putting runners at first and second on one-out singles by Nicky Lopez and Whit Merrifield, Bobby Witt Jr. doubled off the scoreboard in left-center to plate two, and Witt Jr. scored on a single by Hunter Dozier to make it 4-3.

Ober never came out for the fourth, leaving after throwing 60 pitches with a drop in his typical velocity. Left-hander Danny Coulombe, fresh off the injured list, allowed the first three batters he faced to reach on a single to Ryan O’Hearn, walk to Rivera and a game-tying single by Lopez.

Lopez stole second before Merrifield lined out to Urshela at third – he lept high to stab a rocket bound for the left-field corner – and Benintendi reached on a walk to put runners at first and third. Baldelli replaced Coulombe with Trevor Megill, and the big right-hander coaxed a 5-4-3 double play grounder by Witt Jr. on his first pitch to keep the game knotted.

Correa then homered to start the Twins half of the fourth, and Polanco scored on Larnach’s sacrifice fly to give the Twins a 6-4 lead.

Twins right-hander Joe Smith started the seventh and gave up a leadoff home run to Witt Jr. to make it 6-5, then walked Dozier before getting a 4-6-3 double-play grounder from Melendez. He then walked Carlos Santana, bringing left-hander Caleb Thielbar to pitch to lefty O’Hearn. The designated hitter popped to first baseman Arraez on the first pitch he saw to end the inning.

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