The Red Sox are not a good baseball team right now. If Glenn Ordway were still on the air, he’d have broken out the THEY’RE RUININ’ MY SUMMAH!!!! line a thousand times by now.
The airwaves are poison right now, so we turn to the writers for some interesting and measured analysis and reporting:
Red Sox digging historically deep hole with horrible start – Timothy Britton notes that the Red Sox run differential through 51 games is the worst it has been since 1960. He also adds:
Only one team in the history of baseball, however, has made the playoffs after submitting this bad a performance through 51 games — and the 1981 Kansas City Royals required a split-season strike format to get themselves in. They are, without a doubt, the worst team in baseball history to make the postseason, as they finished just 50-53 on the season. The point is, the 1981 Royals don’t really count.
Veterans leading Red Sox straight to last-place finish – Scott Lauber says that the five players with the combined nine World Series and $80.5 million worth of salary for 2015 are the ones that are killing this team.
Boston Red Sox should feel shock and anger at themselves while flying home to Boston – Christopher Smith says that it this were high school football, the coach would’ve ordered silence for the trip home last night.
Don Sweeney’s year out of hockey was revealing – Amalie Benjamin looks at how a one-year sabbatical from hockey in 2005 made an impact on the new Bruins GM.
Stevens catches up, C’s consider a stash – Chris Forsberg has a really good Celtics notebook with a look at the role of Brad Stevens in the Celtics player evaluation and the process the front office takes when it comes time to draft players.
Ex-NFL QB alleges refs routinely overinflate footballs – Tom E Curran looks at a report from Daniel Leberfeld who has a 12-year NFL QB talking about the nonchalance with which the NFL officials actually handle the footballs prior to games.
Because there is no protocol or standard. I wanted my footballs like Tom. Legal, but on the low end. Right at 12.5 PSI. I knew on a hot day to tell [the] ball boy introduce them to officials at 12 psi knowing they would expand by time 4:30 ET game would start, they would be right as rain when officials tested them. But officials would always screw them up inflating them to ridiculous levels or leaving [the] opponents’ ball in play despite our offense being on field at a change of possession. You just knew as a QB to stay on their ass during the game and manage it.”
The prodigal son returns to Patriots – Mark Farniella looks at the Biblical return of Brandon Spikes to the Patriots.
The not-so-good today?
Ron Borges thinks he has Bill Belichick pinned. The coach last week brushed off deflategate talk with a predictable “We’re on to 2015.” line. Borges column today is basically “DEFLATEGATE HAPPENED IN 2015!!!! WHAT DO YOU SAY NOW, GENIUS???
Shaughnessy thinks we should care about Cleveland and hope they get their first championship since Lyndon B. Johnson was President.
Why should we do that, exactly?
Over the weekend, Steve Buckley fingerwagged Patriots fans and told us they’re not going undefeated this season. OK.