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Macrh Madness: The Teams Of The Final Four Are Set

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The March Madness Final Four Has Been Set

Two number 1 seeds [1 Gonzaga] and [1 UNC] make it to the Final Four along with 7 South Carolina and 3 Oregon.  It was a stunning [Sunday] as the last two games of the Round of 8 [Elite 8] concluded.  With both fast offensive plays and hard-fought physical defensive plays, this years [NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament] gave us a lot to talk about.  In the end most people’s Brackets were busted as two gifted lower seeded teams made it to the Final Four.  7 South Carolina made a name for themselves as this was the first year in team history to make it to a Final Four.  3 Oregon played with heart as they fended off a very good 1 Kansas Team, to make it to the Final Four.

Lets not leave out the number 1 seeds, as they had quite the journey.  1 Gonzaga made team history as well, as this will be their first Final Four appearance.  1 UNC had to fend off a very good 2 Kentucky Team to make it to the Final Four.  This was no easy task yet the Final Four Teams went through the gauntlet and came out stronger and more determined than ever before.

Looking back on it the upsets that really stand out are the 1 Villanova upset, the 2 Duke upset, the 2 Arizona upset, the 2 Louisville upset, and the 3 Baylor upset.  These upsets really changed the Tournament standings.  More importantly they were Bracket Busters.  The Elite 8 was something that we had never expected.

The match ups that really took our breath away and made us bite our nails were 7 Michigan vs 2 Louisville, 8 Wisconsin vs 4 Florida, 3 UCLA vs 2 Kentucky, 1 UNC vs 2 Kentucky, and 7 South Carolina vs 4 Florida.  These were the match ups that we will be talking about for the rest of the year.  They had buzzer beaters, overtime, fast paced scoring, and great physical defense. The Tournament made us stand up and cheer or yell at our TV’s.  They made us squirm on the edge of our seats or bite our shirts as we grind our teeth.  These were the games where if you looked away for a moment, you would miss something.  These games made us stay in our seats till a time out gave us a bathroom break.  They made us wait till half time for a smoking break, and even then we had to hurry back to catch-all of the action.

This year’s Tourney gave us everything and now that it is down to 4 Teams, it will give us a champion.  I can’t wait for [Saturday] and I bet you can’t too.  I’m sure the games will be exciting and history making.  It has all led up to this [Saturday] when we find out who the last two Teams will be.  Will it be the fast paced offenses of 1 UNC or 1 Gonzaga; or will it be the physical defense of 7 South Carolina; or will it be a tempo game of the two of 3 Oregon.  We’ll just have to wait and see!

The Final Four Bracket:

  • 7 South Carolina vs 1 Gonzaga
  • 3 Oregon vs 1 UNC

Both games are on Saturday on CBS.

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The last two months have been a whirlwind. There are no words that can truly describe what has happened to us as a website.

We went from a site that was getting an average of 2-3k viewers a week to getting that in a single day on average since the start of June. Since the start of June, we have been a credentialed member of the media to several of the teams in the area and look to increase that in the Fall.

Ultimately everything we create is meant to be read/consumed by our readers, you.  Often it is tough to get a vibe on what is or isn’t working in terms of content. That is why we would greatly appreciate if you guys give your thoughts in the comment section of this post to help us curate better content.

One thing we are looking forward to in the Fall is more reader/writer interactions. We will start doing Q and A’s related to all the Boston sports teams as well as a live Fantasy Football podcast where we will take your lineup questions.

The launch of the Fantasy podcast has yet to be decided, but expect it ahead of week 1 of the NFL season with a draft podcast. We will also be launching a Fantasy Football league to run alongside it if interested in joining fill out the contact form below with your information.

Trifecta Network is a growing platform, we will always be free and made for our readers. We appreciate your readership and want to build the best product we can to ensure the best Boston sports experience in the city.

You may have noticed more video content on the site, it is an area we are looking to improve, but not focus solely on. Many sports sites are going away from traditional writing, a move that I believe is a mistake.

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Boston Red Sox: Realistic Trade Deadline Possibilities

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Third Base for the Red Sox has been a void for the last few months, and these names could help them fill it.

As we normally do, every Trade Deadline year after year the Red Sox always throw their hat in the race for the biggest name on the market. This season, Jose Quintana has been the biggest name that was moved and to no surprise the Red Sox checked in on him at some point in the season. With names like Sonny Gray, Todd Frazier, and David Robertson all potentially on the move, I assess the realistic opportunities for the Red Sox to cash in and find their missing puzzle piece at third base. These are some players that you may not of heard of that are likely on the radar for the Red Sox this season:

Jed Lowrie playing infield for the Oakland Athletics.

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the former Red Sox infielder may find his way back into Boston. With Oakland exploding their team quicker than anyone in the bay area can fathom, most of the Athletics players become a target for trade opportunities (as we saw with Doolittle and Madson). In Boston, Jed Lowrie makes sense.

Lowrie is probably the most obtainable of this list. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. He’s on pace to have one of his better seasons since 2014, but this is only due to injuries. Lowrie is notoriously injury prone, and his low cost can provide a valuable third/short/second option without moving an important player. He was a platoon player while in Boston before ultimately losing his job completely to Jose Iglesias, then Bogaerts, then Will Middlebrooks so platooning is nothing new to him. With Oakland owing him $6 million next year, you would expect the Red Sox to take part of the contract and give up a fringe prospect for him and to Dave Dombroski, this is pocket change. Prepare for the return of Jed Lowrie in Boston.

Josh Harrison at bat against the Miami Marlins.

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

While this is more of a stretch than a reality, I still want to talk about it in case it happens (making me look smart). Harrison has been a sort of Brock Holt style player for the Pirates since breaking into the league in 2011. A career .282 hitter, he doesn’t wow you with flashy power and high RBI totals. Instead he provides a reliable bat that in the lower half of the lineup.

Despite being a very reliable part of the Pirates lineup, and a potentially good fit for Boston, he is under contract through 2020. If the Red Sox plan on moving Devers like they did with Moncada, they better haul in a bigger return than 30 year old Josh Harrison. But if Dombrowksi pulls the trigger and decides to go with Harrison expect him to move to a different position if he sticks around. He might even end up at pitcher. Who knows.

Eduardo Nunez taking batting practice before the 2016 All Star game. He represented the Minnesota Twins for the American League.

Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants

The former Yankee (and All Star, believe it or not!) is yet another player that provides flexibility when it comes to filling holes, but once again – all we are focusing on is third base. Red Sox Nation may be hesitant to see another former Giant taking reigns over third base but I promise you that Nunez is nothing like that dude that the Sox just DFA’d. In 67 games this year Nunez is just a tick under .300, batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, so the tangible of stealing bases makes him more of an attractive pick up.

Nunez is also signed through this season – potentially making him an even better suit for Boston with prospects waiting. His numbers aren’t flashy, but they’re maybe the most respectable of this list considering he has spent some time on the disabled list. With the Giants in free fall, and more than likely selling the house in two weeks, I would put my money on Eduardo Nunez as one of the first to go.

With the deadline two weeks away, I think these three guys could end up in Fenway Park playing third base really soon. While the main point of focus is finding another reliable arm in the bullpen, it is necessary to find a major league ready third baseman who can provide a tangible that Marrero and Lin can’t at this early in their careers – and that is to hit with consistency. Check back in on July 31st and see the madness unfold.

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