Patriots-Jets rivalry not the same

With both the Patriots and Jets going into Sunday’s game at 3-3 and tied atop the AFC East standings, just a few years ago this game would be the talk of both huge media markets, and a must-see-game on television, especially with Jets coach Rex Ryan running the show. But, things just aren’t that way this time around — it’s just another regular season game.

There isn’t much of a rivalry between the teams anymore. The Patriots have won three straight division titles (the three year’s Ryan has been head coach), and also nine of the last ten. While the two teams come in with the same record, there is no denying the two are not in the same category. The Patriots have one of, if not the best offense in football, while the Jets are still searching for an identity and have a quarterback in Mark Sanchez who has a completion rating of 49.7 this season. The continuous story line with the Jets this year has been when Tim Tebow will take over as quarterback and making matters worse, the team has been depleted by injuries. The Jets are a mess, and have no business beating the Patriots on Sunday.

Even if the Jets weren’t playing good football on the field, there was always Ryan running his mouth, but even that has gone away. When he first came to the Jets, Ryan was always good for a bulletin board post for the Patriots, like in 2009 when he said, “I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s, you know, rings. I came to win. Let’s just put it that way. So we’ll see what happens. I’m certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else. . . .” Then came him guaranteeing wins and Super Bowl’s, none of which have come true. Ryan’s act just isn’t working anymore and he knows it. Both the New York and Boston media baited him in his press conferences this week to say something sound bite worthy, but he wasn’t going for it. Even the man who once fueled the rivalry, wants no part in it right now.

Simply, the Patriots aren’t on the same level as the other teams as the rest of the AFC East, even with all four teams with 3-3 records. It’s not as much the Patriots getting better, more of the rest of the division getting worse. No one has been able to challenge the Patriots in the division, as it seems the Patriots have wrapped up division titles in early-mid December every year. Sunday’s game had the ability to be one of the most hyped Patriots-Jets games in recent years with both teams looking to seize control of the division, but with the Jets inconsistent and at times poor play, along with Ryan’s new, subdued attitude it should be just another regular season division game.

For full Patriots coverage visit, Patriotslinks.com.

Patriots’ losses are rest of AFC East’s gain– Shalise Manza Young has the state of the AFC East, with Miami, Buffalo and New York each looking to capitalize on the Patriots’ poor start.

Jets’ Rex Ryan shows respect for Bill Belichick– Amalie Benjamin has a much more humble Rex Ryan than in the past.

Jets not in crisis– Jeff Howe looks at the Jets, and how they are still finding their identity, six weeks into the season.

How the Patriots and Jets continue to force each other to evolve– Christopher Price  looks at how the two teams sometimes build their rosters specifically for when they play one another.

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Bird’s Rookie Year – Game Three vs Cavs

We’re always looking to add to the site here at BSMW, and I am hopeful you enjoy this new feature.  Justin Barrasso will be perusing the box scores of the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird years, starting with Bird’s rookie year in 1979-1980.  The opportunity to reconnect with the Bird era is always fun, especially during his early years in the league.  We’ll be posting the box score as well as some commentary each game day as we re-visit the ’79-’80 season.  Enjoy.

Celtics (2-0) vs. Cavaliers (1-2)
Wednesday, October 17
Boston Garden

In only the first week of the season, this matchup already featured two teams moving in completely opposite directions.  The Cavaliers, who languished near the bottom of the standings all season, came into Boston already under .500, while the Celtics were poised to make a statement to the league, but it wasn’t just the two teams that were moving in counter directions.  The game also pitted two of the NBA’s most recognizable superstars in Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Larry Bird.  Though Bird was only in the third game of his career, this marked the final game of Frazier’s storied career.

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More Patriots-Seahawks fallout

The Patriots suffered one of the worst losses in the Belichick-Brady era on Sunday to the Seahawks and as expected sports radio was blowing up on a number of topics Monday. Obviously the poor secondary play was the leading topic of discussion, but also being discussed was the trend of losing close games, Brady’s play, Belichick and the coaches needing to take more accountability on defense and then comments made by Seahawks players following the game, particularly defensive back Richard Sherman. (It should be noted one of the tweets has been removed from his account)

Many have over-reacted following the loss proclaiming what an average team the Patriots are, Brady and Belichick are losing their touch, etc. Taking a step back things are not as bad as they seem. The Patriots have lost three games, by a combined four points. This is not even close to a disaster, just a few plays in each game that need to be made to turn losses into wins. Their losses to the Cardinals, Ravens and Seahawks are not as bad as they look on paper as their combined record is 11-6. Most importantly, the AFC is wide open this year. There are only two teams with winning records (Ravens and Texans), and both of those teams have suffered season-ending injuries to their top defensive players. The Patriots will get better as the year goes on, playing their best football in December and will once again be there in the end.

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Sure, man, whatever– Gerry Callahan looks at the post-game comments made by Anthony Sherman, a guy most people never even heard of until Sunday.

Patriots can’t cover flaws vs. Seahawks– Chad Finn says the Patriots once again struggled to close out their opponent on Sunday.

Patriots report card– Ron Borges has his grades for this week.

Patriots are now mired in mediocrity- Tony Massarotti says the Patriots aren’t anything special so far this year.

Patriots show trouble at the top– Mike Reiss says Belichick and Brady are largely to blame for the loss.

Tom Brady not to blame for Patriots’ struggles– Chris Gasper says it is not Brady’s fault, it’s on the secondary.

Why drafting and developing defensive backs continues to be a struggle for Patriots– Christopher Price looks at a major issue, which has hurt the Patriots over the recent years.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Chris Serino who lost his battle with cancer on Monday. Serino coached college hockey at both UNH and Merrimack followed by acting as both athletic director and hockey coach at Malden Catholic. He was one of the good guys and will certainly be missed.

Warrior Serino dead– John Connolly and Jim Clark have an outstanding piece on the late coach.

 

Bird’s Rookie Year – Game Two vs Cavs

We’re always looking to add to the site here at BSMW, and I am hopeful you enjoy this new feature.  Justin Barrasso will be perusing the box scores of the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird years, starting with Bird’s rookie year in 1979-1980.  The opportunity to reconnect with the Bird era is always fun, especially during his early years in the league.  We’ll be posting the box score as well as some commentary each game day as we re-visit the ’79-’80 season.  Enjoy.

Celtics vs. Cavaliers

October 13, 1979

Saturday – Cleveland Coliseum

Thirty-three years ago today, Larry Bird recorded his first 20-point game in the NBA.  The Cavs, led by new coach Stan Albeck, the Cavs had no answer for Bird, who poured in 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting as the new-look Celtics won again, 139-117.

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Bird’s Rookie Year – Game One vs Rockets

We’re always looking to add to the site here at BSMW, and I am hopeful you enjoy this new feature.  Justin Barrasso will be perusing the box scores of the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird years, starting with Bird’s rookie year in 1979-1980.  The opportunity to reconnect with the Bird era is always fun, especially during his early years in the league.  We’ll be posting the box score as well as some commentary each game day as we re-visit the ’79-’80 season.  Enjoy.

Celtics vs. Rockets

October 12, 1979

Friday night – Boston Garden

The 1979-1980 season began with high hopes for the Celtics.  Fresh off the worst season in team history, the C’s had room for improvement.  They had just finished 29-53 and, with John Havlicek now two years into retirement, pinned their hopes of returning to relevance in the hands of a rookie forward from Indiana State.  The team hired a new coach in Bill Fitch, who became the first “outsider” to be named a Celtics head coach since Red Auerbach was hired twenty-nine years earlier in 1950.  In-between Red and Fitch, all of the head coaches (Bill Russell, Tommy Heinsohn, Satch Sanders, and Dave Cowens) were all former Celtic players (Russell and Cowens managed to do both as the player-coach, examples of Auerbach’s innovation and willingness to do whatever it took to win).

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Meterparel out at WEEI, Patriots to face 12th man

A quick post this morning, as I’m packing up and heading out for a week off…

ESPN’s Beano Cook, dead at 81, was one of a kind – Chad Finn looks at the life and career of football commentator Beano Cook, who died earlier this week in his sleep.

In that column, Finn also reports that Jon Meterparel is expected to leave WEEI shortly, though he will remain as the voice of Boston College football and basketball.

“Meter” has done the morning flashes on the Dennis and Callahan show since 2000.

Mosquitoes disrupt Friday Night Football Frenzy – Bill Doyle looks at how the threat of eastern equine encephalitis and the West Nile virus have altered the coverage of high school football on Charter TV 3.

Media roundup: Celtics’ Jeff Green drawing unfair criticism from media members – My SB Nation Media column this week looks at the coverage of Jeff Green’s contract by media and bloggers. The commentary has been a bit harsher than called for, in my opinion.

The Patriots will face old coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon (4:00, CBS) Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analysis). This is the network’s “C” team.

Catch all the Patriots coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

We’ll be launching a new feature this Celtics season at BSMW. Justin Barrasso has collected copies of the official box scores from Larry Bird’s seasons with the Celtics. This year, we’re going to replay Bird’s rookie season, by posting the box scores and some added media coverage and thoughts from that game, and post them each day that corresponds with that game from Bird’s rookie season of 1979-80.

The first post will be going up later today, as Bird made his Celtics debut on October 12th, 1979 against the Houston Rockets.

Pete Carroll to face old foe, a new name in Red Sox managieral search

As Tom Brady and the Patriots prepare for their trip to Seattle this weekend (Brady’s first game in Seattle), it is also a chance for Pete Carroll to go against the team he coached for three years from ’97-’99. Much of the talk on sports radio this week has been about Carroll and his time in New England, and he even appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning.

When it comes to the game itself, it will be interesting to see if the Patriots will be able to run their no-huddle, fast-paced offense with the crowd noise which comes with playing in Seattle. Seattle’s defense is ranked at the top of the league so Brady and the offense will certainly have their hands full, but with how bad the Seahawks’ offense is it shouldn’t take much offense to come home with a win.

More balance paying dividends for Patriots offense– Shalise Manza Young looks at the new-look Patriots offense and how well its been working, making it even more difficult for opposing defenses.

Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick like night at day– Jeff Howe looks at the two coaches and their different styles.

One scout’s breakdown of Patriots-Seahawks: Run key for both teams– Christopher Price begins to preview Sunday’s game.

Patriots determined to win turnover battle– Mary Paoletti says the turnover battle is the key to winning Sunday’s game.

For full Patriots coverage visit Patriotslinks.com.

The first name has come out in who the Red Sox will interview for their managerial opening, and it isn’t a name many people were talking about. Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach will reportedly be interviewed by the team next week. The Red Sox were said to be interested in him last year, but the Dodgers would not grant permission for him to speak with Boston. The news was first reported by the Boston Herald.

Manager choice not as important as roster moves– Tony Massarotti says the way the Red Sox rebuild the roster is much more important than who they hire as manager.

John Farrell not alone on Red Sox’ list– Michael Silverman updates the Red Sox’ managerial search.

Searching for (and finding) J.D. Drew– Rob Bradford catches up with J.D. Drew and touches on a number of subjects including his time in Boston.

Who will, and who won’t return to the Red Sox– Sean McAdam looks at how the Red Sox roster might look next year.