Felger & Mazz

Felger & Mazz

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VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins slides on the ice as he scores the 3rd goal in the second period against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks during Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It’s time for the latest edition of Mazz’s Tiers! This week, Mazz decided to rank the athletes (or teams) that struggled against Boston teams in the playoffs! 

But before the Tiers, here’s a look at a few who could appear on the list…

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs have met each other in the Stanley Cup Playoffs four times since 2013. The Maple Leafs have fallen to the Bruins in all four of those series. 

Matt Ryan won the NFL MVP award during the 2016 NFL season and held a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51. He and the Atlanta Falcons would end up coughing up that lead to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots and lose the Super Bowl. 

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is sacked by Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during the fourth Quarter of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is sacked by Dont’a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during the fourth Quarter of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit was brought in to face Red Sox slugger David Ortiz with the bases loaded  in game2 of the 2013 ALCS. Ortiz would hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw from Benoit to tie the game at 5. The Red Sox would go on to win the game and the series. 

Roberto Luongo pumped the tires of Tim Thomas a lot during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Luongo probably should have focused on stopping pucks instead, as he and his Vancouver Canucks fell to the Boston Bruins in seven games. 

Kyrie Irving famously left the Boston Celtics in free agency during the summer of 2019. Since he left the team he has struggled against them at TD Garden, especially in the 2024 NBA Finals where he and his Dallas Mavericks couldn’t win a game at the Garden against the Celtics. 

  • Tier 1

    VANCOUVER, BC – JUNE 15: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on during Game Seven against the Boston Bruins in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    The Toronto Maple Leafs

    Roberto Luongo – Vancouver Canucks

    Roger Clemens – New York Yankees

    Kyrie Irving – Dallas Mavericks

    Peter Carroll – Seattle Seahawks

    Kyle Shanahan, Dan Quinn, Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons

    Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees

  • Tier 2

    New England Patriots v Indianapolis Colts

    INDIANAPOLIS – NOVEMBER 15: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball in the third quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts

    Isiah Thomas – Detroit Pistons

    James Worthy & Magic Johnson – Los Angeles Lakers

    LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers

    Billy Cundiff – Baltimore Ravens

    Jon Kasay – Carolina Panthers

  • Tier 3

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams watches warm ups to the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams watches warm ups to the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on September 08, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers

    Sean McVay – Los Angeles Rams

    Mike Martz – St. Louis Rams

    Joaquin Benoit – Detroit Tigers

    Donnie Moore – California Angels

    Fausto Carmona (Roberto Hernandez) – Cleveland Indians

     

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