January 2011. The New York Jets traveled to Foxboro to face the red-hot New England Patriots in a divisional round playoff game. Just a month earlier the Patriots had beaten the Jets on that same field 45-3. However, the playoff matchup was a vastly different story. The Jets physically and mentally beat New England en route to a 28-21 victory that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate.
The Jets confused the Patriots, beat them physically, and forced them into uncharacteristic mistakes. Since that day, the two franchises have gone in opposite directions with the Jets losing the AFC Championship game and missing the playoffs the next three seasons while the Patriots went to three straight AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. Continue reading Patriots and Jets: Two Teams Heading in Oppositte Directions »
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It never gets old winning the AFC East. At the start of every year, we have to listen to all the “experts” talk about how the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets are all primed to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Granted the Bills actually have an impressive defense, and if they only had a legitimate quarterback they might pose a challenge int he future. But every year in December it’s the Patriots who sit atop the AFC East and remind everyone that it is still their division to lose. This of course is just the first goal of every year for them. The ultimate is still winning the fourth Lombardi Trophy in February.
- I’ve compared this team to the 2003 team on a couple of occasions, and Sunday’s win was very reminiscent of their 31-0 win over the Bills in week 17 of that season. As you may remember the Bills embarrassed the Patriots in week one by the same 31-0 score. It came after Belichick cut long time captain Lawyer Milloy and the critics hounded Belichick for the way he coached his team. Similarly this year the Dolphins made it look easy in an upset win during week one of the season. Then the Dolphins did what the rest of the AFC East does when they beat the Patriots, they opened their mouths
. The Patriots used the remarks as bulletin board material, and they clearly didn’t quit in the second half as they outscored the Dolphins 27-0. Sunday was a friendly reminder that if anyone is trying to unseat the Patriots they’ll have to pry it from Brady and Belichick’s cold, lifeless fingers.
Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East »
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The Red Sox were pretty active in the final day of the Winter Meetings, trading for Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and signing Justin Masterson to a one-year deal for $9.5 million.
Well it looks like the Red Sox are certainly making big news in the offseason, but is it for the right reasons? First and foremost, the Red Sox missed out on a huge addition to their pitching rotation when Jon Lester signed a 6-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Lester would have been a huge presence in the Red Sox clubhouse and would have given them the veteran leadership that they needed in the rotation.
Second, I’m not entirely sure I agree with the Red Sox decision to trade Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for Porcello. Continue reading Right Idea? Red Sox Bring in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson »
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One of the biggest stories following the Patriots 23-14 win in San Diego was a second half hit delivered by cornerback Brandon Browner. On the play, Browner delivered a jarring hit on Chargers’ tight end Ladarius Green forcing the ball to pop up in the air. Patriots’ safety Devin McCourty caught the ball out of the air and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown in what looked to be a game changing play. However, on the play a flag was thrown for a helmet to helmet hit on Browner, negating the interception and touchdown plus giving the Chargers a 15 yard gain due to the penalty.
Upon review of the hit, Browner led with his shoulder and there was no helmet t helmet contact. It was a textbook hit, exactly how the NFL teaches defenders to hit. This led many observers to believe that this was a “reputation call” on Browner because he has accumulated a high number of penalties in his career. It also begs the question: why aren’t these calls reviewable? Continue reading Brandon Browner Hit Calls League Review Rules Into Question »
Tags: Brandon Browner, Chargers, Devin McCourty, Ladarius Green, Patriots
There is no hiding the fact that this one stings. We had to tentatively say good-bye to the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff in July when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. With that there was still the sliver of hope that a deal could be worked out. Even Jon Lester himself said he wouldn’t rule out a return to Boston.
“Yeah, why not? I mean this is what I know. This is what I love.” is what Lester’s response was when asked in July if he’d consider a return to Boston. Unfortunately his fate was decided back in the Spring when the Red Sox failed to sign him prior to the start of the season. Continue reading Jon Lester: Thank You, and Farewell »
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Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a 6-year $155 million deal Tuesday night. The deal features the highest per-year salary at $25.83 offered to a pitcher in free agency with a vesting for a seventh year.
Sources said that Lester rejected the Red Sox six-year $135 million offer with no options for a seventh year. Many believed that the Red Sox were still a possible home for Lester throughout the day on Tuesday, but their offer was not aggressive enough.
Theo Epstein, former Red Sox general manager, and current general manager for the Cubs, proved that he has not lost his deal-making magic that helped Boston win two world series in 2004 and 2007. Continue reading Jon Lester Signing: Theo Epstein Proves He Has Not Lost Deal-Making Magic »
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