No, that’s not me being snarky.
Chris Gasper actually wrote “The worst 6-2 team in NFL history bumped its record to 7-2 at its intermission with a 55-31 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.“
I apologize in advance to Gasper if he is just being sarcastic. I’m having a hard time distinguishing what passes for sarcasm these days. (No, apparently Kirk Minihane isn’t leaving WEEI.)
Is this really the worst 6-2 team in NFL history? Worse than the 1999 Patriots, for instance, who went 6-2 in the first half, and then 2-6 in the second half? Or the 2009 Denver Broncos? Or any of these teams?
Again, maybe Gasper himself is poking fun that those out there who are making this kind of statement, if so, my apologies to Chris. I’ll try to keep my sarcasm detector better tuned.
Edit – Totally sarcasm.
Sticking with the Globe for a second, they debuted ‘Score’ today – a special 15 page PDF download (for subscribers) which features expanded coverage of the Patriots and NFL. It’s a nice little perk for subscribers, though the PDF is pretty bulky.
A look at a few of the top articles today:
What we learned: Patriots continue taking steps in right direction – Chris Price runs down what we can take from this one.
Rob Gronkowski Fully Returns To Form, Making Patriots Offense A Force Once Again – Michael Hurley has Gronk showing how important he really is to this team.
Gronkowski’s value to Patriots indisputable – Mike Reiss agrees.
Tom Brady’s not done yet – Karen Guregian says that the “Brady is done” and “Brady is on the decline” talk should be dismissed after yesterday.
Biggest win on Sunday? Evidence of offensive potency – Tom E Curran says that the offensive display was encouraging, but they need to be able to duplicate it.
Tom Brady has vintage performance, gets New England Patriots offense clicking in blowout win over Pittsburgh Steelers – Nick Underhill looks at a throwback game for Brady.
Get everything else at PatriotsLinks.com.
A few other items from the weekend:
Boston Needed Bill Russell’s Statue More Than He Did – Paul Flannery’s Sunday Shootaround is really good.
Ortiz For The Hall – This Sports on Earth column leads off with: David Ortiz doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, if you believe that the Hall of Fame has standards. It goes downhill from there.
Consider what even the most advanced of metrics cannot capture about Ortiz. There is the incalculably baller $250,000 white gold and diamond-encrusted necklace that he wears (on the field!). There is his ascetic dedication to fastidious head-bound follicle management that marks him as an apex example of Pristine Latino Male Grooming. There is his perfect “Uh, I dunno?” response to steroid use allegations. This set of criteria is subjective only if you discount the fact that Babe Ruth never hit a home run with 55 carats of ice on his neck.
Sure, it all sounds ridiculous, but the underlying reason why anyone is even discussing Ortiz’s candidacy is that we like him. He’s a cuddle-bear who hits baseballs dumb far and became an icon in one of America’s most historically racist sports towns. If being swallowed up by a David Ortiz hug isn’t on your bucket list, then I don’t know what sport you’re watching.
These Red Sox are indisputedly, irrevocably us – You might’ve heard Dennis and Callahan referring to this column from Gish Jen in the Globe yesterday. The column comes around to asking – Did we fail the Tsarnaevs somehow?