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March 30, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Big money deals

On Friday a trio of big name stars in the NFL and MLB agreed to big money contracts with their current teams.

In the NFL the Dallas Cowboys re-signed quarterback Tony Romo to a six year extension worth $108M. This deal once again proves that Jerry Jones is terrible at putting a team together when there’s a salary cap involved. While good, Romo has continuously proven to be not good enough and as long as the Cowboys are paying him top dollar they will continue to disappoint.

In Major League Baseball the Tigers signed Justin Verlander to a seven-year $180M contract, a deal that could earn the best pitcher in baseball up to $202M. The San Francisco Giants also locked up their franchise player in catcher Buster Posey to the tune of a nine-year $167M deal.

Verlander and Posey are players to build a franchise around and unlike Romo are worth every penny they are being paid. Expect Verlander and Posey to keep their respective teams in contention for the foreseeable future.

No animosity

The Bruins say they do not hold any ill will against Jarome Iginla for choosing to play in Pittsburgh over Boston.

“That was his entitlement,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “He’s got a no-trade clause, and when you look at what Pittsburgh’s done, you’ve got to respect the guy’s decision. It was his decision to make and he made that. It’ll be at the end of the year he’ll see whether he made the right decision or not. Certainly there’s no animosity here. We’re a good team. If he came here, he would have made us better. He’s not here because he went somewhere else. We turn the page because it’s about us right now, it’s not about him.

Andrew Ferrence echoed his sentiment.

“You can do fantasy hockey all you want. You can do that with any guy around the league,” Ference said. “We’d love to have Stamkos, he’d probably help our power play. I’m sure you could keep doing that, but until something happens, until someone is putting on your sweater, I don’t think there are too many guys who get wrapped up in it. It makes for good TV, I guess, and it’s fun for people to speculate, but within the locker room, we have what we have. If something gets added, it gets added. I don’t think too many guys get wrapped up in it.”

Lester in rare air

John Lester will start his third straight Opening Day for the Red Sox. The last Sox pitcher to start three straight openers? Legend Pedro Martinez from 1998-2004.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru and David Willis