Another win for Boston.

By Dan Gartland
November 09, 2018

Another win for Boston

Massachusetts State Lottery

An 84-year-old Massachusetts man used his Red Sox fandom to get rich quick. 

Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, Mass., won the $100,000 jackpot in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s “Mass Cash” game by playing the numbers of five Red Sox players. 

The game requires players to pick five numbers between 1 and 35, and Aylward went with 11-16-19-22-25. Those numbers correspond to Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello and Steve Pearce.

If I was a Red Sox fan playing players’ jersey numbers for good luck, I definitely would have gone with 24 (David Price) and 28 (J.D. Martinez). But that wouldn’t have won the drawing, so it goes to show what I know. 

Sometimes the rules can be tough to understand

The Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders played an absolutely outrageous match in the MLS playoffs Thursday night—so outrageous, in fact, that the players didn’t know what was happening. 

If you don’t know, many soccer competitions employ the “away goals” rule in elimination games. It’s pretty simple, really. In a two-game series, if the teams score the same number of goals, the team who scored more goals on the road is the winner. MLS uses this rule, but it does not apply to goals scored in extra time (or overtime for you non-soccer fans). 

Portland’s players thought their extra-time goal in Seattle last night had won them the match. Incorrect. The match had to be decided by penalty kicks, which Portland won. 

Bill Belichick continues to be an evil genius

How do you get your players to stop stealing their gear? Make it as ugly as possible.

Just how ugly could they be?

Oh god.

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This is certainly an interesting storytelling device

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WHY ARE YOU STANDING SO CLOSE?

This enormous wolf from r/gifs

Don’t do this

This guy would be a megastar if he was on American TV

A good song

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