According to most of the population of New England, it seems that the Patriots are DONE as a playoff contending football team.
The game has passed Bill Belichick by both as coach and GM, Tom Brady doesn’t have WEAPONZ and is disgruntled at the organization, Josh McDaniels is incompetent, and Bob Kraft is CHEAP.
Coming off that Monday night drubbing at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, I can understand a certain amount of consternation at the possibilities for this team. I also understand the schadenfreude that non-Patriots fans and media are enjoying right now.
But this is over the top. I have not seen a week like this. The piling on and glee with which not only national analysts like Marshall Faulk and Trent Dilfer have engaged in is distasteful enough, but even usually level-headed local reporters have seemingly done the heel-turn and declared Gillette a disaster area with no hope of survivors.
Some look at Sunday’s night’s game and see no way the team can turn things around in time. John Dennis, in his chat yesterday, said he thinks the Cincinnati game will be even worse than the KC game. Hard to imagine.
The media would rather be three months early on a burial than two seconds late. Their eagerness to bury and take shots at Bill Belichick and the Patriots is childish and unattractive.
Based on the pathetic showing of Monday night, a bit of smug satisfaction was to be expected. I’m not sure I expected it to snowball into The Patriots are a 5-11 team!
Can they turn things around and beat the Bengals on NBC Sunday night? It won’t be easy, but yes, they can. Will they? I sure hope so, I don’t know if I can take another week of this.
Get all the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.
Tuning in: Root canal better than watching Patriots – Bill Doyle says that since “it’s like pulling teeth trying to get anything insightful out of Belichick” we need to rely on the nuanced expertise of people like Steve Young, Tony Dungy Trent Dilfer, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait to hear Cris Collinsworth weigh in on this.
Derek Jeter’s website promises candor, but should we believe? – Chad Finn looks at Derek Jeter’s new website and whether it can be what it says it will be.
If you haven’t checked out Matt Chatham’s site Football by Football which is a similar concept, you should do so, it’s one of the best new sites out there.
Dennis & Callahan Edges Toucher & Rich, While Sports Hub 3d, WEEI 5th in Summer Ratings – If you missed it earlier in the week, Finn looked at the summer ratings book, and Dennis and Callahan and Minihane edged Toucher and Rich by .1 to finish second in their time slot, while T&R finished third.
It’s the end of an era at the Boston Herald:
Sports editor Hank Hryniewicz is calling it a career. Congratulations to him.
Maine broadcaster Bruce Glasier dies at age 69 – I grew up in NH, but my dad always got his weather from WCSH Channel 6 in Portland. Thus I got many of my early sports highlights from Bruce Glasier. Even though my dad isn’t a sports fan, I got to see the highlights because WCSH, unlike the Boston channels, did their sports report before the weather, rather than after it. Many Larry Bird highlights were narrated by Glasier in my home.
Enjoy the weekend.