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April 30, 2013

Crunch Time

Tebow axed

The Tim Tebow experiment is officially over in New York. The Jets released the quarterback on Monday, just four days after selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Tebow was the odd man out as the Jets are going with Mark Sanchez as starter with Smith and Greg McIlroy as the backups.

“We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward.”

Tebow did not work out in his one year with the Jets as he was seldom used in a struggling offense completing six of just eight passes attempted for 39 yards to go along with 102 yards rushing on 32 attempts.

Lossequals gains

The Bruins may have actually helped themselves out in dropping the season finale to Ottawa on Sunday. The loss locked the Bruins into the No. 4 seed and they will square off with No. 5 Toronto in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

This is probably the only matchup that should make Bruins fans feel confident given their lackluster play over the last two months. Toronto is a poor mans version of Boston, not as tough, not as good in their own end and inferior goaltending (not a good sign for a team that relies on its goaltending).

A matchup with the Islanders or Senators would have been much tougher on the Bruins, who should dispatch the Maple Leafs and head on to the second round.

With that said, the Bruins still need to step up their game. The stretch run of the season was abysmal and if Boston plays the way it did over the last month of the season Toronto could sneak in and pull off an upset.

It’s a clean slate for the Bruins now, they got the matchup they wanted, they have enough talent to make a run towards the finals and its up to them to turn their play around.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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