A few thoughts and observations from last night and the last week or so.
Games like last night are always so much fun. Whenever I see prediction sets like this:
— Justin McIsaac (@Justin_McIsaac) September 12, 2016
— NFL Media (@NFLMedia) September 11, 2016
— Charley Casserly (@CharleyCasserly) September 11, 2016
I have to smile. I bring these up, not because of any perceived “disrespect” being handed out, but because it’s fun to see unanimity of opinion be unanimously wrong.
If people haven’t figured out that Bill Belichick-coached teams thrive under these conditions, I don’t know what they’ve been watching for the last 15 years.
You look at those and you can understand why Julian Edelman feels underdog role is a media creation.
Bob Costas did a nice job at halftime on Thursday night eviscerating Roger Goodell and the NFL for their handling of deflategate.
NBC must’ve gotten a nasty call from the league offices, because they immediately lined up a softball interview with Matt Lauer that will air on Wednesday.
In the interview Goodell maintains that he is “100 percent certain that he got Deflategate right” and proudly touts his “independent investigation.”
Then on last night’s broadcast, when it came time for Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth to discuss Brady’s suspension and the “end” of deflategate, these were pretty much their comments summing up the affair:
Michaels: It was boring.
Collinsworth: It was bad for the league. And you know, I think it might’ve been as much about the commissioner having sole authority over disciplinary matters.
And then they waved to Brady on TV, laughed and moved on.
Very careful not to say anything negative about Goodell, the Dear Leader.
Belichick mismanaged the clock, the offensive line sucked, Bennett is a lazy dog!
Judging by Twitter, those were the hottakes coming out of the CSNNE studios following the game last night.
I’m glad I didn’t switch over to see for myself.
Despite the win, it might be a good time to largely avoid sports talk radio as well. (Of course, when isn’t a good time to avoid it?)
Here are a few of the top links covering last night:
SORRY, NFL; THE PATRIOTS JUST KEEP ON WINNING – Tom E Curran.
In debut, Patriots thrive in rare underdog role – Karen Guregian
The Red Sox took two out of three in Toronto this weekend, including a wild one yesterday.
Red Sox on verge of worst-to-first repeat – Evan Drellich
Powered by David Ortiz, Red Sox pad AL East lead – Peter Abraham