The Red Sox continue to cruise along, winning their seventh in a row last night, behind a resurgent Clay Buchholz. The magic number to win the division sits at six games with ten to play.
It is always satisfying to see cocksure loudmouths have to eat their words when it comes to the local teams, and this is especially fun with all the demands for the head of John Farrell earlier in the season, the proclamations that Rick Porcello is terrible or that Hanley Ramirez is a lazy bum who will be a disaster at first base.
They may not win the World Series this fall, but this Red Sox club has made the summer interesting.
The Patriots enter tonight’s game with the Houston Texans as a rare home underdog.
Patriots currently a 1-point underdog vs. Texans. Would mark just 3rd time since '06 they have been home 'dog ('14/Bengals; '13/Broncos).
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 22, 2016
With rookie Jacoby Brissett the likely starter at QB we could see some interesting stuff from Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels tonight. The Washington Post tells us that Brissett is perfect for the Patriots.
(Hey, have you heard that Brissett was mentored by Bill Parcells????)
The New York Times, which has mostly been on the right side of deflategate, allowed one of its writers to publish an infomercial for Exponent, the company behind the pseudoscience of the Wells Report.
The writer of the article has a history of anti-Patriots Tweets and articles, so that he choose to present things in this light is not much of a surprise.
The article essentially consists of Exponent giving a tour of its facilities and saying “we’re smart! we stand by our work!
None of the objections brought by critics were asked of the scientists. Nothing about the doctored photos of the gauges, etc. They emphasize that they did not allow their Boston office to participate in the study to avoid “fan bias” in their work (They don’t trust their own people?) but allowed a New York Giants fan to lead the work.
Elsewhere from the last week or two (I’ve been out of town):
Jim Donaldson: It’s a wrap after this final column – The longtime ProJo columnist accepts a buyout from the paper.
NFL Week 2 Finals: Season Off to Slow Start – NFL ratings aren’t great thus far. Thanks Roger!
The WEEI morning show “tryouts” are a sham. Despite being likely the least popular candidate, barring a huge surprise Gary Tanguay will get the gig alongside Minihane and Callahan. I hope I’m wrong. I’ve already put @OldTakesExposed on notice.
Why risk Jules getting hurt. Bring in a scrub QB. This is Belichick Hubris at highest form https://t.co/FKTOWNS7GE
— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) September 21, 2016
The funny thing is, Tom E Curran called this #hotsportztake exactly yesterday morning:
But you won’t see the hashtag #UnconventionalBill if Edelman starts taking snaps. It will be #ARROGANCE and it will be trending like a motherscratcher.
To the people who revile Belichick for what they see as a mumbling, smarter-than-thou pomposity, using Edelman at quarterback won’t be fun – WHEEEE!!!! – like it would be if some coach who’s cuddly with the media did it. It will instead be seen as an attempt by Belichick to show how smart he is. Another “Look at the big brain on me….!” moment in which he’s toying with an opponent like a cat with a mole.
Any bets on whether ol’ Yianni read Curran’s post and thought Yes! I’ve got my hottake for the day!