I never said Tom Brady was finished.
You knew the Patriots would bounce back big this week!
We were only criticizing what was happening on the field!
Oh, so its the media’s fault the Patriots played poorly in their first four games?
It’s the Bengals! Wake me when they actually win a big game.
And on and on and on. There is a lot of walking back of #hotsportztakes coming through.
I’m also fond of The team finally listened to the media, and is doing the things we wanted them to do all along narrative coming from the likes of Tim Benz.
AL&Cris are jabbing all the fan/media criticism of the wk.Yet NE is winning doing all the things fans and media have been begging them to do
— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) October 6, 2014
Yes, thank you sports radio, for all your brave criticism of the last week. We owe ya one!
As Benz noted, Al Michael and Cris Collinsworth spent a good chunk of last night’s broadcast pointing out the volume of criticism and cynicism that had been aimed at Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots over the last week, since the debacle in Kansas City, and how much of it was over-the-top in terms of reality.
I’m not much of a Collinsworth fan, but it was good to hear someone actually attempt to inject a bit of perspective and rationale to the situation.
Get all the reaction and coverage from the game at PatriotsLinks.com.
A few media columns, items for today:
Tom Brady a hot topic on NFL studio programs – Chad Finn looks at the chatter over Brady on the networks yesterday.
Sunday Night Football’s Al Michaels still at top of his game – Yesterday, Finn had a feature in the Sunday paper on the NBC broadcaster.
Turner Sports to rotate Anthony, Hill and Webber in place of Kerr – Richard Deitsch looks at the TNT NBA broadcast plans and a bunch of other media items.
Bob Ryan’s Memoir will be in stores tomorrow. I’ve been working my way through it, and as you would imagine, it is fascinating. It starts with Dave Cowens deciding to retire from the Celtics in Ryan’s hotel room, and continues on a heavy Celtics/Red Sox theme for much of the book.
Ben Golliver of SI.com talked to Ryan about the book:
The Globe Magazine ran an excerpt from the book: Bob Ryan on Larry Bird: ‘He possessed a total game’