Friday Afternoon Links

A few media and housekeeping notes to wrap up the week.

We’re planning on posts both days this weekend, the Saturday post will likely be up around 2:00pm. It’s a another big weekend for Boston sports, and we’ll try to get as many links and stories to you as possible.

Patriots Daily will have College Scout tomorrow, followed by The Sunday Links. Since it is a home game on Sunday, they’ve also got posted the Patriots Buffet Table with food and drink suggestions for the game.

Michael Hiestand has a look at the NFL coming to Europe with the Dolphins/Giants game this Sunday. He also has ESPN/ABC shuffling up their NBA announcing crews.

Ed Sherman looks at Rick Reilly and Dan Patrick essentially switching places this week with Reilly heading to ESPN and Patrick to Sports Illustrated. Michael David Smith tells us who came out ahead in this “trade.”

Richard Sandomir has Taco Bell managing to bring sponsorship integration to new levels in this World Series.

John Maffei has Southern California sportscasters shedding the sports desk to go out and help report on the wildfires.

Michael Silver, previews the weekend’s NFL action, and tells us why London should be awarded a Super Bowl.

Tom Curran looks at the Adalius Thomas/Ray Lewis spat this week, and has a bunch of Joe Gibbs stuff heading into this weekend’s matchup with the Patriots.

Bill Simmons has a mailbag and his weekend NFL picks.

Dan Wetzel says that the Rockies are being outsmarted by the Red Sox in this World Series, pointing to the Matt Holliday pickoff at first from last night.

Meanwhile, here is the Countdown Daily for today from ESPN. (Can you tell I love these ESPN videos?)

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Sox Take Game Two, BC Stages Amazing Comeback

In stark contrast to game one, game two of the World Series was a pitching duel, as the Red Sox squeezed out a 2-1 victory behind 5 1/3 innings from Curt Schilling, 2 1/3 innings from Hideki Okajima and 1 1/3 innings from Jonathan Papelbon.

Get your stories and coverage this morning from RedSoxLinks.com.

David Scott was at Fenway for game two, and passes along some observations and some media tidbits from the week.

With the Patriots scoring over 40 points in the first half against Miami, on Patriots Daily, Bill Barnwell examines some interesting scoring and possession trends in the NFL. Check back this afternoon for our weekly roundtable discussion.

The Celtics made a couple of cuts yesterday, waiving guards Dahntay Jones and Jackie Manuel while keeping rookie forward Brandon Wallace, who might be headed to the Development League. Check out the Celtics news at CelticsLinks.com.

The Bruins scored a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks at TD Banknorth Garden, improving to 6-3 on the season. Check the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.

Boston College scored a huge win last night. They were behind and beaten up for much of their game on the road against Virginia Tech, but some late fourth quarter magic from Matt Ryan and a recovered onsides kick gave the #2 ranked Eagles a 14-10 win.

Check out the highlights from this one:

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And some commentary from the announcing crew:

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Schilling’s Last Call?

(Afternoon Links Provided by Guest Blogger: David Vidinha. Dave can be contacted at DVidinha@bostonsportsmedia.com)

After last night’s rout of the Colorado Rockies, Terry Francona will hand the ball to Curt Schilling in hopes of flying to Denver with a 2-0 series lead. The Sox offense, which is currently on fire, tore into Colorado pitching last night on their way to a 13-1 victory, and breaking some World Series records on the way. The Sox offense set a record for runs and victory margin in an opener. The Sox offense has now outscored opponents 43-6 in their last four games. Red Sox ace Josh Beckett wasn’t too shabby himself, allowing six hits over seven innings of work. Beckett struck out nine and walked only one (Spilborghs on two questionable balls) improving to 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in the postseason this year.

Meanwhile, Schilling who may possibly be pitching in his final home game at Fenway will look to keep the momentum in the Sox favor. The big right hander last pitched Saturday in Game 6 of the ALCS against the Indians. In that game Schilling was effective, allowing only two runs on six hits over seven innings; he struck out five and walked none on a way to a convincing 12-2 victory. Schilling faced Colorado earlier this season and was shelled for six runs on nine hits, but we saw just how relevant those games were last night.

The Rockies will counter with their 23-year-old hard throwing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez who went 4-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 15 regular-season starts, will look to do something opposing pitchers have had difficulty doing as of late, silence the Sox bats. With a fastball hovering around the century mark, Jimenez has been dominant in this postseason. Jimenez last pitched on October 12th, going five innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, striking out six, while walking four.

Tonight’s game will give us a much better idea of how this series will play out. Currently there isn’t a team in baseball that can mount any semblance of an offensive attack versus Josh Beckett. That leaves tonight’s matchup even more intriguing for two reasons. First, we will be able to see if the rest of the starting rotation will answer the call, and second, was Game 1’s abysmal performance by Colorado a side effect of the long layover or more realistically an example of Beckett’s dominance. Only time will tell.

Around the Web

All but one of the Red Sox starters scored above a B in John Donovan’s Game 1 Report Card.

On the night his favorite Red Sox player is pitching, Dan Shaughnessy answers your questions in today’s chat.

Tom Verducci credits the extensive scouting, not Colorado rust, as the main reason for the Red Sox Game 1 success.

Gene Wojciechowski has an open letter to Red Sox Nation.

Fox Sports Mark Kriegal asks the question “if the Rockies spent the past eight days engaged in simulated games, what exactly were they simulating?”

Jayson Stark (who picked the Rockies) talks up the Red Sox red hot offense.

Yahoo! Sports Tim Brown has a nice piece on “Big game Beckett” saying “Beckett has not just won four times in the playoffs, he’s shamed his opponents.”

CNBC’s Darren Rovell takes issue with Fox’s “shameless” moments in last night’s broadcast. Fox even manages to respond to Rovell’s “shameless” assertion.

The Yankees organization has officially appealed this announcement.

Howard Bryant throws a wet blanket on all the excitement after Game 1.

According to Matt Palmer of The Examiner in Washington, Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas had the “biggest ego inside the Raven’s locker room”.

“I enjoyed watching [Eli] play on Monday night because I got a chance to see him play live on TV, and being able to watch the game in mute. Because it’s an easier way to watch the game than hear some of those broadcasters.’’

That’s Peyton Manning’s view of the MNF crew. Those and more in Football Outsiders Week in Quotes.

Peter King made his weekly game predictions.

Dr. Z has his power rankings. Quick update on the Jets. They remained steadfast at #29. J-E-T-S, JETS!, JETS!, JETS!!!! I wonder if that season ticket holder will file lawsuits against the entire league now?

Belichick had some comments on Richard Seymour practicing.

Football Outsider’s Mike Tanier has his weekly NFL rundown.

Mike Reiss had his weekly mailbag.

Ed Berliner’s new venture, the Speeding Bullet Network is online with constantly updating video and audio sports discussions and opinions.

Tonight on TV

Boston sports fans will have a plethora of programming to choose from tonight. While Game 2 of the World Series will certainly garner a majority of the attention, one positive aspect of the ridiculous 8:30PM start times, is that you get the opportunity to watch a good portion of BC Football or the Bruins. The #2 Ranked Boston College Eagles will head down to Blacksburg, Virginia to take on #8 Virginia Tech. The game can be seen on ESPN starting at 7:30PM. Back here in Boston the Bruins will look to improve on their 5-3 record against the 5-4 Chicago Blackhawks. That game can be seen beginning at 7PM on NESN. For the rest of tonight’s matchups check here.

Beckett, Offense Shine in Game One Rout

The Red Sox rolled to a 13-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies in game one of the World Series last night, behind another sterling performance from Josh Beckett.

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Jeff Horrigan says that the rout reminds some of the four game sweep in 2004. Dan Shaughnessy notes that game one did nothing to dispel the popular notion that the Red Sox are going to win the series with ease. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox making a statement in game one. Gordon Edes says that the Rockies’ “baptism onto baseball’s biggest stage instead resembled a ritual drowning.” Jeff Goldberg notes that the Rockies crumbled on the ninth day since their last game. Lenny Megliola has game one turning into a cruel joke for the Rockies. Ron Chimelis says that the only thing brighter than Beckett might’ve been the Red Sox offense. Bill Ballou has the Sox providing Beckett with plenty of support last night. Joe Haggerty has the Sox getting the early lead in the Series.

Bob Ryan says that we shouldn’t be shocked if the Red Sox lose this series. History says that upsets happen. Bill Reynolds says this was the statement game for the Red Sox. Jon Couture examines the most lopsided score to open a World Series. Jeff Jacobs says that last night was about the Good, the Bad and the Impossible. David Brown looks at a rude awakening for the Rockies.

Sean McAdam says that the Josh Beckett deal looks like a no-brainer now, even if we weren’t sure at the time. Tony Massarotti notes that in October, with Beckett on the mound, the Red Sox look bulletproof. Alex Speier says that the Rockies couldn’t touch Beckett last night. Nick Cafardo says that Beckett was so locked in last night he could’ve probably found Varitek’s mitt blindfolded. Art Davidson says Beckett is out of this world.

Jackie MacMullan notes that the offense has come alive at exactly the right time. Rob Bradford has Pedroia and Youkilis once again leading the way for the offense. McDonald has more on the success of the top two hitters for the Red Sox. Amalie Benjamin has Youkilis feeling very confident at the plate right now. Silverman has the offense setting records in bunches last night. John Powers says that getting off to a fast start helped the Red Sox put the Cleveland series behind them. Jim Donaldson says that two out hitting made the game easy for the Red Sox. Toland also looks at the 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup for the Sox.

Steve Buckley says that last night showed again that the NL is vastly inferior to the AL. Steven Krasner has Beckett going to his fastball early and often last night. McAdam has the offense seemingly scoring at will against baseball’s top teams. Paul Doyle says that the angst is gone for Red Sox fans. Haggerty reminds us that there is a lot to like about Mike Lowell.

Michael Silverman looks at Curt Schilling’s preparations for tonight’s start. MacMullan has Schilling settling into his new role this postseason. McAdam notes that Schilling is willing to do what it takes to get the job done in the postseason. Jennifer Toland has Schilling ready to take the ball tonight.

Krasner has Beckett living in the moment this postseason. Massarotti has Derek Lowe speaking highly of both Josh Beckett and his former team. Speier notes that the Red Sox are showing that change is good when it comes to building a team. Paul Jarvey has the injury to Wakefield messing up the Red Sox planned rotation. Kevin Gray notes that Jacoby Ellsbury has impressed at every level, whether it is terrorizing the NH Fisher Cats this season, or starting in the World Series. McDonald also has a look at the rookie sparkplug who routinely gets among the loudest cheers at Fenway Park.

Speier also has a piece on the rookie infielders Tulowitzki and Pedroia, who find themselves in the spotlight for this series. Bradford has Jon Lester hoping to write a triumphant final chapter to his recovery. Benjamin notes that in addition to Lester, being a part of the World Series roster is a big deal for Kyle Snyder as well. McAdam also has Snyder glad to get the role call for the Series. Brown has David Ortiz getting back on track last night. Jerry Beach takes a look at Francona’s way of managing.

Shaughnessy has Carl Yastrzemski still able to bring the Fenway crowd to its feet. Doyle has more on Yaz and the 1967 American League champions being honored again before last night’s game. Doyle has more on Yaz in The First Pitch.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at more offseason changes coming up for Fenway Park.

Reynolds laments that this Series is not even close to what we felt in 2004. George Lenker is also still in love with 2004.

Yesterday it was Brian McGrory lamenting the loss of the time when the Red Sox were lovable losers, today it is Steve Almond in the Globe telling us that being a Red Sox fan “means second-guessing every move the team makes, whining after every loss (and most wins), and generally reveling in the misery of defeat.” He also adds “Sox fans are actually happiest when pursuing their own despair. I’m sure they would never admit it, but after so long as exalted losers the thought of winning a second Series in four seasons must be unbearable to them.”

Are these people completely out of touch with reality?

The Herald notebook has Julian Tavarez seeing the handwriting on the wall as far as his future with the Red Sox is concerned. Edes’ notebook says that the Souther California wildfires may prevent Dave Roberts from having a role in the postseason activities with the Red Sox. Goldberg’s notebook has Snyder calling his activation for the Series one of the proudest moments of his life. Davidson’s notebook also looks at Snyder being added to the roster. Chimelis’ notebook has Schilling ready to go tonight. Ballou’s notebook has Pedroia’s only hit on the night a big one for the Red Sox. Couture’s notebook has more on Snyder rounding out the staff.

In Series Chatter Cafardo says that the Pirates might be making a play for Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell to be their new manager. The Projo Quick Pitch has Bronson Arroyo glad to be in Boston for the Series.

Rockies

Kevin Cullen informs us that Coloradans will not lose sleep over the World Series. Donaldson says that the Rockies are not the only show in their town. Dom Amore has the Rockies offering no excuses for their play. Bill Doyle has the series getting off to a Rocky start. David Brown looks at how Clint Hurdle keeps perspective.

Bob Ryan has the Rockies magic touch deserting them last night. Jim McCabe says that last night was a Rocky horror show for the Colorado pitchers. Speier has the Rockies vowing to do a better job in game two. Michael Vega says that the Rockies are not down and out after the loss. Donaldson says that it seems pretty clear that the long layoff cooled off the Rockies.

Speier also has a look at Rockies rookie Ubaldo Jimenez, who will take the mound tonight, and is viewed by the Rockies as an ace in the making. McCabe also has a look at Jimenez, who he says is deserving of the start on baseball’s biggest stage. Amore says that the rookie is not fazed by the postseason. Couture agrees that Jimenez will be up for the challenge.

Kevin Paul Dupont has Colorado forced to go to the bullpen early and often last night. Powers has a look at Aaron Coo, who will start game four for the Rockies. McCabe’s notebook has Ryan Spilborghs getting the call at DH for the Rockies last night. Amore’s notebook has the Rockies treating the DH almost as an afterthought.

Patriots

Adalius Thomas and Ray Lewis engaged in a bit of a war of worlds this week, based mainly on Thomas’ comments about the way the Ravens do things in last week’s Sports Illustrated. Mark Farinella has a look at the back and forth. Karen Guregian has Lewis calling Thomas a coward, while Dan Pires has Thomas not backing down from the comments. Shalise Manza Young also looks at the situation. Chris Kennedy also has Thomas giving it right back to Lewis.

You gotta love Lewis saying on his radio show that if he’s got a problem with someone, he talks to them privately.

Mike Reiss looks at Richard Seymour returning to practice with the Patriots. Rich Garven says that the return of Seymour would be huge for the Patriots. Karen Guregian has Tom Brady ignoring the barbs of critics. Michael Parente wonders if the Redskins will be the team to cool off the Patriots. Robert Lee says that the Redskins present a top defense. Douglas Flynn has praise flowing between the two opponents. David Heuschkel has Joe Gibbs defending his “biggest underdog in the history of sports” line after Brady called him on it.

Guregian’s notebook has more on Seymour returning to practice. The Globe notebook has Belichick throwing some high praise in the direction of Randy Moss. The Projo notebook has more on Seymour.

Check in with CelticsLinks.com and BruinsLinks.com for the rest of your sports coverage.

The Wait is Over

(Afternoon Links provided by Guest Blogger David Vidinha. Dave can be contacted at DVidinha@gmail.com)

Around the Web

Bill Simmons relives Game 7 of the ALCS and the most fascinating Red Sox moment of the season.

Gordon Edes answered some final questions before tonight’s Game 1.


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Kevin Hench gives us the possibilities for this year’s World Series Goat.

Tom Verducci says that interleague play zapped some of the intrigue out of this World Series.

Ken Rosenthal makes his case as to why the World Series is going to be more competitive than you think.

Howard Bryant has his pick for the World Series.

Inside Edge provides us with some statistics about both teams hitters.

Amalie Benjamin speaks to a meteorologist to get tonight’s weather outlook.

Chad Finn goes “Nine Innings”

Great news for the Patriots.

The Media Circus is back.

Here’s a guide to World Series Half-Truths and Hyperbole.

Michael Silver has 32 Questions.

If you don’t have tickets to a Bengals game, have no fear, you can get in with cash.

Dan Lamothe has a blogger roundtable.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports tells us that the “evil” Patriots might indirectly help the NFL Network get wider distribution.

Mr Irrelevant has Redskins fullback Mike Sellers providing the Pats with a little bulletin board material. In the meantime coach Joe Gibbs is doing the complete opposite.

Some folks will be sitting on a second reason to root for Red Sox tonight.

John Donovan tells us that the Red Sox are no longer cursed. They are the MLB’s gold standard.

An NFL executive tells Vic Carucci that there’s two simple ways to stop the Patriots passing attack.

Tonight on TV

It’s safe to assume that a majority of New England homes will be tuned into tonight’s Game 1. The game will be broadcast on Fox. That means at least four more games with good friends Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. First pitch is scheduled for 8:23PM.

Sox and Rockies Set To Go

Game one of the 2007 World Series is set for Fenway Park tonight, and the morning papers are filled with stories of every type about the Series.

Tony Massarotti gives us his Five keys to the series as the teams set to open tonight. Michael Silverman brings us the Series matchups – position by position. Steven Krasner tries to answer the question Who are these guys? McAdam also looks at the matchups for the series. Mike Fine also tries to tell us who the Rockies are. Garry Brown says that the experience of the Red Sox gives them the edge. David Brown says that experience isn’t a factor.

Gerry Callahan says that the Red Sox will steamroll the out-of-their-class Rockies in five games. Dan Shaughnessy says that no one is taking the Rockies seriously in this series. Sean McAdam says that the Rockies won’t be strangers for very long. Jeff Horrigan says that the Red Sox aren’t just happy to be in the World Series, they want more. Jeff Goldberg notes that a second World Series title would really cement how much the Red Sox have been transformed in the new century. Alex Speier looks at a non-deal that worked out for both teams this spring. Couture says that this series will be won by the Rockies in 6.

Bob Ryan looks at the sore shoulder (or is it his back) that has Tim Wakefield sitting this series out. Steve Buckley has more on the painful decision keeping Wakefield out of the series. Amalie Benjamin has more on Wakefield getting left off the World Series roster. Joe McDonald also reports on the downer for Wakefield in being unable to play. Lenny Megliola looks at the seriousness of the injury for Wakefield, who could’ve put himself at risk by pitching. Paul Jarvey has more on Wakefield being unable to shoulder the load any longer. Jon Couture also examines the tough decision that led to the knuckleballer being left off the roster.

Jackie MacMullan has a look at Terry Francona, who is totally immersed in his trade, agonizing over the tough personnel decisions, even to the detriment of his health at times. Tony Massarotti has Josh Beckett on a quest to be the best, and doing it his way. Gordon Edes has Josh Beckett on a Bob Gibson-like postseason run. McDonald looks at the matchup of Beckett vs Francis to open the series tonight. Fine also looks at the pair of aces that will go head-to-head tonight. Ron Chimelis says that Beckett should win the American League Cy Young. Joe Haggerty says that Beckett is the best there is.

Michael Vega has a piece on Dustin Pedroia, who has gone from struggling rookie to key component this season. Michael Silverman has Jon Lester getting ready for his game four start in place of Wakefield. Krasner has Jonathan Papelbon wondering how the Red Sox can be 2-to-1 favorites with the Rockies on such a roll. Ron Chimelis has a look at both teams getting ready to play ball. Jarvey looks at a pair of rookie infielders who could have a big impact on the series. Bill Ballou says Manny was right and next year is here already.

Benjamin has Eric Gagné glad he was able to post a scoreless inning his last time out, in game six of the ALCS, and grateful for the chance to win a World Series. McAdam notes that Gagne won’t be the only native of his country playing in the series, as it will feature two Canadians, Gagne and Rockies ace Jeff Francis. Bradford has good luck charm Parlay the Parrot being returned to the Sox bullpen after being found in a NU freezer. Mike Petraglia has a look at Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan. Haggerty has a piece on the intensity of Kevin Youkilis.

Yahoo! Sports has launched the Rox & Sox Blogtoberfest for the World Series. Dan LaMothe from the Red Sox Monster blog is one of the writers.

Rob Bradford has a key to this World Series appearance for the Red Sox their being able to forget 2004. Edes examines the blueprint that guided the Sox to repeating their success in getting back to the World Series this season. With only eight players remaining on the roster from the 2004 series, Bradford charts the whereabouts of the rest of that squad.

Stan Grossfeld has kids allowing their children to stay up late on school nights to watch the Red Sox in the postseason. Kerry J. Byrne offers up some tasty eats for the series.

Edes’ notebook has Francona in line for a contract extension after the season. Horrigan’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury staying in the lineup for game one. Krasner’s notebook looks at the trade that wasn’t from this past offseason, which nearly had Rockies first baseman Todd Helton coming to the Red Sox. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Wakefield being unable to pitch in the Series. Chimelis’ notebook has Ellsbury getting the start in centerfield for game one. Jarvey’s notebook has Francona with some praise for the Rockies.

Rockies

Jim McCabe has the Rockies squeezed in the tiny visitors clubhouse at Fenway, but not feeling tight as the Series opens. Brendan McGair and Joe McDonald look at Rockies backup catcher Chris Iannetta, a native New Englander from Providence, and the first Rhode Island native since Davey Lopes to play in the World Series. Brown looks at Rockies MVP candidate Matt Holliday.

Jon Couture says that the Rockies are not concerned about their long layoff. Peter May has more on Todd Helton, finally enjoying a World Series appearance after 11 years with the Rockies. Megliola has the Rockies not in awe of Fenway and the World Series. Brown says that the Rockies can play both sides of the ball. Joe Haggerty welcomes the Rockies to town with a look back at their last visit.

In McCabe’s notebook, he chats with Rockies assistant Walt Weiss, who had some moments on the big stage in his career, including against the Red Sox.

Easterbrook Strikes Again

We’re glad to see that reprimand from the ESPN Ombudsman has really shaken up Gregg Easterbrook.

We’re rapidly reaching the point where we’re just going to totally ignore Easterbrook and his clearly clouded and slanted efforts to stir things up. After all, by writing this, we’re giving him more attention.

But we couldn’t just let this one go unchallenged. There’s no way we could go through the whole piece, if Easterbrook is attempting to ward off being challenged simply by overwhelming potential detractors with words, he may have succeeded, since many of his arguments lack any semblance of reason. This thing reads like a written filibuster.

His premise this week is that the November 4th Colts/Patriots game in Indianapolis is going to be an epic battle of good vs evil.

Argument for the Indianapolis Colts as paladins who carry the banner of that which is beneficent: Sportsmanship, honesty, modesty, devotion to community, embrace of traditional small-town life, belief in higher power, even love of laughter.

Beyond the absolute absurdity of this statement, ask the Steelers (and some other teams) about the Colts and their sportsmanship:

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The Colts are the defending champions, so they obviously play well on the field. Yet after winning the Super Bowl, they have remained humble and appealing.

From a Bill Polian chat on Colts.com earlier this month:

Q: Why are there so few Monday Night games in the RCA Dome?

A: NBC told us they don’t like us at home, because we tend to win by rather large scores and that doesn’t make for good TV.

Polian’s words just ooze humility. He’s appealing, too:

In visits to New England, Polian has been demonstrative in the press box, swinging his fists, throwing off his suit coat and pounding the counter in front of him.

Last year, when Patriots backup quarterback Doug Flutie scrambled around during the last play of a 40-21 Colts win at Foxborough, Polian said, “Break his leg.”

And of course, let’s not forget this gem from last year, as reported by FoxSports.com’s Jay Glazer:

According to the sources, Polian was upset that speakers were set up too close to the field. After voicing his displeasure, a Jets operations employee talked to Polian about the issue. It’s unclear what transpired between the two but Polian eventually grabbed the Jet by the lapels of his suit jacket and jacked him up against the wall of the tunnel.

Humble. Appealing.

Through prior years of postseason frustration, they never complained or pointed the finger outside their team.

From a Tom Curran article on NBCSports.com last October:

In the past few years, the Colts have lodged frequent complaints with the league about the Patriots. Last week, the Colts reportedly asked the league to talk to the Pats about the shoddy condition of the turf at Gillette Stadium.

During the 2003 regular season, Indianapolis complained that Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest milked a late-game injury to allow a Patriots substitution. McGinest was later involved in a stirring, game-ending fourth-down stop of Edgerrin James. During the 2003 AFC Championship, Polian went ballistic while watching the Patriots strong-arm Indianapolis receivers. A “rules emphasis” was instituted in 2004 that was dubbed the “Ty Law Rule” after the Patriots corner who picked off Peyton Manning three times that day.

Their players are active in community affairs and don’t carp about being assigned to a nonglamorous Farm Belt city with an antiquated stadium.

Nope, they find other things to do:

These Colts Arrests Are Starting to Pile Up

Their coach, Tony Dungy, smiles in public and answers honestly whatever he is asked: He never yells at players or grimaces at bad plays and, when defeated, doesn’t act as though it’s the end of the world. Although religious, Dungy said on the night he won the Super Bowl that God doesn’t care about football games, which shows perspective.

Manny Ramirez expressed similar sentiments and was ridiculed across the country. Tony Dungy says it, and it’s perspective. Got it.

The team’s star, Peyton Manning, stands for love of family, constantly appearing in public with his brothers, father and mother.

Do commercials really count as public appearances?

Manning is happily married and a major donor to a children’s hospital. Manning spends a lot of time at children’s camps and events, and he constantly makes fun of himself. Ladies and gentlemen, representing Good, the Indianapolis Colts.

I’m convinced. Now, onto the Patriots:

Argument for the New England Patriots as scoundrels in the service of that which is baleful: Dishonesty, cheating, arrogance, hubris, endless complaining even in success.

We’re all familiar with the public version of Spygate. Can you please give just one concrete example of the other items? Just one? Please?

The Patriots have three Super Bowl rings, but that jewelry is tarnished by their cheating scandal.

Only according to you, Gregg. Oh yeah, maybe Peter King too. Great company.

They run up the score to humiliate opponents — more on that below — thus mocking sportsmanship.

The Patriots scored a whopping seven points in the second half on Sunday. Way to run it up. Easterbrook’s arguments later on in the piece about this subject are even more absurd. When the Colts run up the score, they’re “Grinding out the clock” and could score a lot more if they wanted to. When the Patriots do it, they’re God-hating Communists.

Later on, he also observes:

Stat of the Week No. 2: At one point, Tennessee led Houston 32-7 and held a 311-34 advantage in offensive yards, yet the Titans ended up needing a field goal on the final snap to win.

Maybe the Titans should’ve “run up the score” a little more.

Their coach snaps and snarls in public, seeming to feel contempt for the American public that has brought him wealth and celebrity. Victory seems to give Bill Belichick no joy, and defeat throws him into fury.

“Seeming.” Meaning, “I have no clue, and thus will project onto him what I think he feels.” As for no joy from victory, clearly this is untrue. Anyone who saw the photo of Belichick tossing his headset in the air Mary Tyler Moore-style after an OT victory in Miami a few years back knows better.

Fury…how is that demonstrated? Explain please. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the guy worked into a fury.

Belichick and the rest of the top of the Patriots’ organization continue to refuse to answer questions about what was in the cheating tapes — and generally, you refuse to answer questions if you have something to hide.

Or if the questioning is redundant and idiotic.

The team has three Super Bowl triumphs, yet its players regularly whine about not being revered enough.

Examples please? And “Whining about not being revered enough” is far different from the “no respect” thing a few players like to bring up as a motivation tool.

The team’s star, Tom Brady, is a smirking sybarite who dates actresses and supermodels but whose public charity appearances are infrequent.

This from a middle-aged guy who runs pictures of cheerleaders with his column.

As for the public charity appearances…just because the camera isn’t there, doesn’t mean they are infrequent. Somehow, that actually seems more honorable, doesn’t it? Anyone using Tom Brady in any way to support an evil side of anything exposes himself as an absolute fraud.

That constant smirk on Brady’s face reminds one of Dick Cheney; people who smirk are fairly broadcasting the message, “I’m hiding something.”

Another “what the hell does this even mean” moment.

The Patriots seem especially creepy at this point because we still don’t know whether they have told the full truth about the cheating scandal — or even whether they really have stopped cheating. They say they have, but their word is not exactly gold at this juncture. Ladies and gentlemen, representing Evil, the New England Patriots.

In the Good vs. Evil narrative of the Colts and Pats, running up the score is a telling factor: It reveals a team’s sportsmanship or lack of same, and whether a team shows sportsmanship in public might offer insights into its character in private. New England is scoring so many points the Patriots offense looks like cherries and oranges spinning on a slot machine. The Flying Elvii stand plus-159 in net points, by far the best scoring margin in the NFL. This is supposed to be impressive. But I think it’s creepy, and New England’s creepy on-field behavior is only underscoring the seediness of the Beli-Cheat scandal.

Seriously…the creepy thing here in Easterbrook. The way he has behaved from the start with this…he got publicly criticized by his own ombudsman, for crying out loud, in a piece in which she condemned his “twisted logic” and pronounced him guilty of “manufacturing extended false analogies” in his previous Spygate piece.

Kissing Suzy Kolber (established Patriots haters) also go after Easterbrook for this ridiculous column.