Thursday, November 04, 2004

This week's NFL picks

Alright, after a brief vacation down at Walt Disney World with Pedro and Big Poppi, I'm back with this week's NFL picks. Both Hank the Crank and I went 3-1 last week. At least we had a winning week, huh!

Here we go:
HTC's picks:
Carolina -6 over Oakland
NY Jets -3 over Buffalo
Philly -1 over Pittsburg (sorry Greshy)
KC -3 over Tampa Bay

Crowe's picks:
Jets -3 over the Bills (yes, Hank you're right!)
Chargers -6 over the the Saints (Phillip Rivers who?)
Dolphins -3 over the Cardinals (Dolphins are bad, but the Cards on the road are worse...18 in a row here we come!)
Lions -3.5 over Redskins (Lions roll with the Fox pregame crew in town)


For the season:

HTC: 15-16-1
Crowe: 14-16-2




Saturday, October 23, 2004

Saturday's Smack!

Today is an historic day! It's October 23rd of 2004. Why is it historic? Well, it's the beginning of the end of the curse. Tonight at Fenway Park, game one of the World Series is on tap between the Red Sox and the St.Louis Cardinals. In just eight days, the Red Sox WILL find themselves back atop the baseball world. Nirvana will be reached and the world be right again.

Yes, I know many Red Sox fans believe the Curse of the Bambino ended with the unbelievable and yes, historic, comeback of the Sox from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS to defeat the dreaded Yankees. But, alas true historians, the Curse said that the Red Sox would never win another World Series after trading Babe Ruth to NY. After 86 years, the Curse WILL be broken now.

Now, we could sit here for hours on how much better the Red Sox bullpen is or about what a stud Curt Schilling is or about how home field advantage that the Sox will use to win the series. Yet, just believe! Blind faith. It's something most Red Sox fans live with but don't truly enjoy the fruits of its merit. If you truly have blind faith and believe good things come from faith, then this WILL be your year Red Sox fans!

I hit the nail on the head with the Red Sox in 7 over the Yankees (oh yeah, didn't exactly predict the exact now did we..ha ha..ha)!

Here's my World Series prediction: Red Sox in 7 (would you have it any other way than the Sox breaking the curse on Halloween night in Boston?)

Now, on to some other Saturday smack:

*** --- Are you kidding me? Senator John Kerry was taped hunting with a rifle two weeks before the election. Don't you think it's a little too late in the game to try and get some NRA votes. My guess is that it did more harm than good to your die hards Mr. Kerry.

*** --- Cher is giving political rallies in a disco now? The true sign that the apocolypse is coming.

*** --- Finally got around to seeing Mona Lisa Smile. Great "chick flick" but a brilliant job by Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles on people going through life and the differences on being who you want to be, who you should be and what others want you to be.

*** --- The true injustice of the week: ESPN letting Jon Miller and Joe Morgan do the radio call of the World Series instead of Dan Shulman and Dave Campbell. Soup and Shulman are the best radio duo, bar none, in the game today. Now, having said that, please do listen to every pitch of the World Series on Sportsradio 99.7FM and AM 790 the Score.

*** --- Who would you rather see in Playboy: Brittany Spears, Jennifer Aniston or one (or both) of the Bush daughters?

*** --- Battle of undefeated's at Foxboro this week with the 5-0 Pats hosting the
5-0 Jets. I'm a devout Jets fan, but even I realize that no matter what the outcome is Sunday, this is two levels equivalent to USC taking on Boise State in a BCS Sponsored Bowl. You can put them on the same field with unblemished records, but there's a big gap on where one is and where one wants to be.

*** --- A true leader puts in his time no matter what the stake or what the game. A true leader doesn't need let others do the work or make the decisions for them. A true leader just gets it done. Thank you Curt Schilling.

*** --- Finally, I recently discovered GAC on Direct TV channel 326. It's Great American Country for those unaware. Yes, now I'm a country junkie. Besides, who could resist Gretchen Wilson when she calls for the party!

Ciao!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

NFL picks (Crowe vs. HTC)

here ya go:

Hank the Crank:
Atlanta +4 over KC (I can pick Atlanta right? This is the best bet this week).
New England – 6 over the Jets
St Louis -6 over Miami
Seattle -6 over Arizona


Crowe's picks:
Raiders -3 over Saints
Ravens -6 over Bills
Chiefs -4 over Falcons (just to spike HTC)
Bengals +6 over Broncos

season:
HTC: 11-12-1
Crowe: 8-14-2

Thursday, October 14, 2004

NFL picks (Crowe vs. HTC)

here we go for week 6. please let us win a game this week since last week, we sucked. hank the crank and myself a combined 0-7-1. ouch!!!!


HTC's picks
Jets -9 over San Fran (Ok I hate Crowe’s team, but I am not a moron)
Jacksonville +2 over KC
Eagles -8 over Carolina
Minnesota -3 over New Orleans

Crowe's picks
falcons -6 over chargers (san diego's coming on but vick has to have a breakout week sometime!!!)
saints +3.5 over vikings (vikings on back end of two road games)
lions -2 over the packers
jaguars +2 over the chiefs (chiefs coming off the bye but the stronger play is the jags coming off a bad loss at the chargers)

last week:
HTC: 0-3-1
Crowe: 0-4

season:
HTC: 8-11-1
Crowe: 7-11-2


Sunday, October 10, 2004

Red Sox vs. Yankees ALCS Preview

One more time!!!

That's right, it's October again, so that must mean Red Sox vs. Yankees in the ALCS. For the second straight season and third time in six years, it's Boston vs. New York for the right to head to the World Series.

And baseball wouldn't have it any other way.

This is the way it's supposed to be. These two teams battled through seven electrifying games in last year's ALCS. They battled all off-season long for Alex Rodriguez and Curt Schilling. They excited us for 19 regular season games (11-8 Sox by the way!). And now, the American League Pennant is on the line.
Let's break it down:

Catcher:
Jason Veritek vs. Jorge Posada

Veritek is the heart and soul of this Red Sox team. The edge goes to Tek defensively. Offensively, Posada gets the nod.
Edge: I'll call it a draw.

1st base:
Kevin Millar/Doug Mienkiewitcz vs. Jon Olerud/Tony Clark

Millar's cowboyed up in the 2nd half to be an offensive catalyst. Mienkiewitcz will play every game defensively. Olerud's not what he was a few years ago in Seattle and Toronto.
Edge: Boston

2nd base:
Mark Bellhorn vs. Miguel Cairo

Bellhorn may strike out alot but he grinds out starting pitchers by being patient and comes up clutch every few games.
Edge: Boston

Shortstop:
Derek Jeter vs. Orlando Cabrera

Cabrera has saved the Sox defensively in the ALDS vs. the Angels with two great plays in game one and a run saving play against Figgins in the 10th in game three. Having said that, Derek Jeter is Mr. Clutch for the Yankees.
Edge: Yankees

3rd base:
Alex Rodriguez vs. Bill Mueller

A-Rod has been on fire since nestling himself in the 2-hole behind Derek Jeter. Plus, he gave the Yanks the ALDS in game four: double, steal and scoring on a wild pitch. That's why he's the 2nd best player in the bigs (kudos to Mr. Bonds).
Edge: Yankees

Outfield:
Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, Trot Nixon (Gabe Kapler) vs. Hideki Matsui/Bernie Williams (Kenny Lofton)/Gary Sheffield

Manny's the MVP of the league and Damon is arguably this team's usnsung MVP. But if there's one guy I don't want to see with a bat in his hand for NY, it's Gary Sheffield.
Edge: Yankees (very slight)

Designated Hitter:
David Ortiz vs. Rueben Sierra

What a great matchup! Sierra can get it done every once in awhile. Ortiz has got it done all year long.
Edge: Red Sox

Bench:
Red Sox get the edge for no other reason in that they will use their bench a lot in this series. Reese, Mienkiewitcz, Kapler and Roberts will see more time for defense and speed than Enrique Wilson, John Flaherty and Bubba Crosby.
Edge: Red Sox

Starting Pitching:
Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, Bronson Arroyo, Tim Wakefield vs. Mike Mussina, Jon Lieber, Kevin Brown, Javier Vasquez/El Duke

Schilling and Martinez are the horses. They'll set the tone where the Yankees home field could be negated. Two caviats: Schilling's ankle and Pedro's head against NY. Kevin Brown's last two starts give the Yankees a big boost of confidence.
Edge: Red Sox

Bullpen:
Two of the best closers in the league in Foulke and Rivera. Mo's the best of all-time though. Quantrill has struggled down the stretch. Gordon has been the go-to-guy to get to Rivera. The questions are Heredia, Sturtze (who's been very consistent) et al in a big spot. For the Sox, can Timlin get after it every night as Francona has used him in the ALDS? Myers, Lowe and Leskanic need to come through in clutch time for the Sox to win.
Edge: Draw (if they can get to their respective closers, they'll be ok. But, can they get there?)

Managers:
Terry Francona vs. Joe Torre

Torre over the past 8 years has been the prince of postseason. Francona will have to pass the Grady Little test: will he make the right move with his pitchers at the right time. If you leave your starter in too long, you will be gone like Little.
Edge: Torre

Intangibles
Yankees have the home field and history. Red Sox have the curse to motivate. If history tells us anything, the Yankees always find a way to win.
Edge: Yankees

Series prediction:
Red Sox in 7

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Why is this year different?

So, the Red Sox are on their way to the ALCS for the 2nd straight season. One Big Poppy long shot last night brought that to fruition. But, I ask you long suffering Red Sox fan, how many of you lost the faith when Vlady Guerrero sent shockwaves across New England with a granny to the right field stands?

Believe me, I was with you for a brief moment. A 6-1 lead thrown away after a brilliant Bronson Arroyo performance to get them in a position to win easily. But easy is not what this team is all about. Mike Myers and Mike Timlin struggled and alas a 6-6 tie was born.

Yet, even with that distress, I never lost faith. Just ask "Mr. Aldo Montoya himself (a.k.a fellow Score producer Nick Cattles). This year IS different. Not only does this team have the attitude carried over from last year that they can rebound from anything. They are the most well equipped team left in the playoffs to deal with adversity. This team now has the horses to carry out that attitude.

Let's start with the lower level heroes from Friday.

First up, Derek Lowe. I didn't see any pouting. No sulking. I just saw a guy, who I would've liked to see earlier in the 7th during the bases loaded crisis for a ground ball instead of a Vlady blast, who got the job done. Reward him by using him in the ALCS again in the pen.

Next up. Orlando Cabrera. What a great play in the 10th to get the Sox out of a 2-on, 2-out Angels rally. Nomar's not getting Chone Figgins out on the chopper to short. Cabrera did. And let us not forget the two great plays in game one to help out Curt Schilling.

Keith Foulke. Didn't have his best stuff on Friday. Yet still was able to strike out Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus in the 9th to get out of a jam.

Terry Francona. He chose not to pinch run for Ortiz and it came up big time in the 10th. Enough said there.

Mike Scioscia. Yes, he's a Red Sox hero this morning. How in the world do you leave you're closer, Troy Percival, in the pen when the game's on the line. I get the lefty-lefty matchup with Jarod Washburn vs. Ortiz, but Angels fans have a lot to criticize this Saturday morning. If I were an Angel fan, I'd much rather see K-Rod or Percival take on this task. But, heck, I'm not an Angels fan, so thank you very much Mike!!!


So, now it's on to New York (epic!) or Minnesota. I want the Yankees for another round. Let's rehash last year's baseball tragedy. Let's put more salt into the open wound. Let's get Grady Little to throw out the first pitch. It's the only way you move on and enjoy the baseball Nirvana.

After the last two games, the Yankees appear to be getting things back in order in NY. But, let's crank it up. I'll take Curt Schilling and Pedro "oops I meant to say the Yankees are my bitch instead of my daddy" Martinez in NY anyday. Yes, the Yanks lineup is the best in baseball offensively. Yet, we've got the horses on the mound to get the job done.

Attitude and the means to back it up. The difference last year to this year. It's easy: Curt, Keith, Orlando and Doug. We're better up front starting pitching wise. We're better at the back end of the bullpen. We're better defensively.

We just need to make sure that we tell Terry not to keep anyone in too long. Maybe Grady can send him a note to remind him.

ALCS preview in extended mode later this weekend after the Yankees clinch against the Twins. Included will be the roster battle. Can someone please send me Ramiro Mendoza for the ALCS roster??? But, alas..another story for another time.

Remember, you'll hear every game of the ALCS and World Series as well as all the games this weekend (Saturday: Astros/Braves Gm. 3 at 12:40pm on 99.7FM; Yankees/Twins gm 4 at 4pm on 99.7FM and AM 790; Cardinals/Dodgers Gm 3 at 7:30pm on 99.7FM and AM 790). If there needs to be a game 5 for the Yankees, it would be on 99.7FM Sunday at 7pm.




Wednesday, October 06, 2004

NFL picks review

so, Mr. Gresh, start thinking about that skirt! Yes, after four weeks, HTC and myself are at .500 for the season.

HTC: 8-8 (last week 2-2)
Crowe: 7-7-2 (last week 2-1-1)

Crowe's picks for this week:
falcons -7 over the lions
broncos -5.5 over panthers
saints -3 over bucs
cardinals +1.5 over 49ers

Hank's picks for this week:
Buffalo +7.5 over “Da Jets”
Arizona +2 over San Francisco
Miami +14 over New England
Seattle -6 Over St Louis




Saturday, October 02, 2004

An Open Letter to Pedro Martinez

Dear Petey,

Ok, now I get it. It took awhile to get there but now it is clear. Very clear. I now fully understand what you're doing and what you're going through this season.

It's a tough transition to go through. It doesn't matter if you're a top notch, million dollar ace or a corporate exec or a guy just trying to get through his everyday job on a daily basis.

You're not the new guy. You're not the vocal guy. You're not the guy with the brazen bravado and the wherewithall to use it. You're not that guy who dominated the Yankees with 17 strikeouts on a Friday night in New York. You're not that guy who took the team on his back and led them to ALDS glory against the Indians. You're not that guy who everyone loves and adores for being you.

Are you one of the top guys in your field? Absolutely. But the problem is that you've been taken for granted all these years in Boston. Here's the resume in Beantown: 117 wins, never having had a double-digit loss year, two Cy Young Awards, you led the league in ERA in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. You won the triple crown for pitchers in 1999 while also being named the All-Star Game MVP. And going into this season, you led all active pitchers in ERA; 50th all time amongst all pitchers.

Not bad, huh? Well, guess what Petey? Some fans think you as worthy as your "little friend" Nelson. You're just not worth the big bucks anymore!

In general, everything you've done doesn't matter any more. It's what have you done for me lately. For that, you've lost four in a row. And for that, you are now considered a has-been and not a guy that will take the Red Sox to baseball nirvana. That job's now taken. You no longer are needed to fill the position, according to some.

It's like the Bush-Kerry campaign. It no longer matters that President Bush has kept America's homeland safe from a terrorist attack every day since the tragic morning of September 11th. It doesn't matter that he took down Saddem Hussein. It doesn't matter that we are now more informed on intelligence matters than at any point in our history. It plainly just doesn't matter. Senator Kerry likes to say about Iraq: "wrong war, wrong time, wrong place." In this case, it's wrong guy, wrong time, wrong idealogy."

The saddest part of all this is that it's not even you're fault. You're being blamed for not being Curt Schilling. You're being blamed for not being human. You're being blamed for now voicing your opinion about why the Yankees are "your daddy."

If you go out and win in the playoffs, all will be forgiven. If you go out and lose, you will be booed unmercifully out of town. Hey, get rid of the bum, he's not worth the money. That's what they'll be saying all around New England.

Don't you think you deserve more than that? Don't you think you've earned more than that? Don't you think you are worth more than that? You are arguably the greatest pitcher in Red Sox history. And now, we the fans, are willing to let you go without concern.

Pedro, you have every right to leave. In fact, it might be the best thing to do. Then, and only then, may you truly be appreciated to the fullest. It would be the toughest decision you may ever have to make. You say you love the team, the town and the fans, yet you are being taken for granted.

There's an old adage, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Red Sox fans of Roger Clemens sure do. Well, there's also another old adage, those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it.


P.S. When you make your decision, drop me a line. I sure could use the advice and the insight.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

hank the crank

getting ahead, as he needs to do, here are hank the crank's nfl picks for week 4:

Miami +5.5 over the Jets.
St. Louis – 4 over San Francisco
Washington -2.5 over Cleveland
New England -5 over Buffalo

HTC: 6-6 (3-1 last week)
Crowe: 5-6-1 (1-3 last week)

and here are my picks for the week:
Tampa Bay +3 over Denver
Houston +2 over Oakland
Panthers -3.5 over Atlanta
Arizona +3.5 over New Orleans



Monday, September 27, 2004

nfl woes

alright, not a great weekend for the kid and the nfl picks. maybe i should learn my lesson with htc's falcons. three weeks in a row now, i've picked them to win and for the second time, they've come up on the short end of the stick with covering the spread (something htc should be very familiar with).

also, how bad are the dolphins? are they trying to reverse the "undefeated" season by not winning at all. that offense is going absolutely nowhere. feeley, fiedler, heck bring back don strock while you're at it.

now, while we're talking old school. what the f*** is up with pedro martinez talking about the yankees being his daddy! yes, pedro, the yankees have come up with a new philosophy when it comes to hitting you. instead of being patient and waiting you out, the bronx bomers are now slugging at every first pitch knowing full well that you're fastball's not as good at the start of games anywhere. hey petey, i know the yanks are in your head. yes, i know you're only a five hundred pitcher against the 26-time world champions. but please, i beg of you, don't let the world know that you fear the yankees. you may think the yankees are your daddy. you may believe in your heart of hearts that you want them to disappear. yet, you don't have to let the clubhouse, the organization and the rest of the free world know you fear them. be like schilling and bring it! don't fear anyone. show me the old fearless pedro of years ago. please, i beg of you, give me the fearless pedro that didn't worry about his arm falling off coming out of the bullpen to shut down the indians back in the late 90's.

take the cowboys tonight against the redskins!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2004

weekly picks vs. HTC (hank the crank)

here we go for week # 3:

dolphins -1 over the steelers (come on, gresh is a steelers fan, how good can they be!!!)

lions +4.5 over the eagles (home dog keeping that early season good feeling alive)

falcons -10 over the cardinals (cards on the road..yes a big number, but have to go with the flow. i've picked hank's falcons three weeks in a row now. pats should've had 43 points vs. the cards "d" last week)

raiders -3 over the bucs (gruden bowl 2 is a yawner)





what the f***!!!

thursday morning...11:17am....four things to ponder and make you say...what the f***!!!!

*** --- do we really care if brittany spears' latest wedding is real or not? c'mon...what the f***....she did it again. the career's over ms. spears..time to move on to the b-movie career brit.

*** --- so, let's see..the red sox are on the heels of clinching another playoff spot..they have arguably two of the top playoff pitchers 1-2 in the rotation and all we can bitch about is terry francona and how he's going to mess this up. how about living in the moment and enjoying two great wins the past two nights! c'mon..what the f***!!!

*** --- since when did radio become the trial ground of just putting random things on the air at any given time without reason or explanation. i mean, c'mon..this isn't cbs news. what the f***!!!

*** --- so, chris riley's too tired to play the rest of the ryder cup after winning a morning session with tiger woods. hey, chris..pack your bags and go back to obscurity. and oh yeah, take your partner tiger with you. he's now exhausted after losing the ryder cup. imagine what he'd do if the americans actually put up a fight. what the f***!!!

and oh yeah, what the f*** is up with the column!!! i'm out.



Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Red Sox suck

Alright, it's now 3 and counting. can someone please take tim wakefield out of the rotation already!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

this week's nfl picks

alright, here's what i've got in my on-going battle of the pigskin picks with HTC, my arch nemesis: hank the crank:

falcons -2 over the rams (let's see if htc's falcons can actually cover this week!)

lions -3.5 over the texans (joey harrington keeps it going)

eagles -3 over the vikings (t.o. over moss in primetime)

bengals -3 over the dolphins (feeley, fiedler, griese, strock..it really doesn't matter)

don't forget to sign up and make your picks online for the score's gridiron challenge. just log onto www.scoreamfm.com now!!! we'll have a HUGE announcement coming soon about our grand prize.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

welcome!

welcome to the return of the online columns here on the score's website. it's something we used to do back in the day. this is my version, which i'll try to update a couple of times a week. please feel free to either post on here (see below) or email me at john.crowe@citcomm.com

one thing before we start with a couple of quick hits. i know most of you are looking for more of an explanation on our presentation on-air this week. as i've mentioned to those of you who have either emailed or called me, amy lawrence is no longer with the station. i can't provide any more information than that. that will be left to our boss, david bernstein, who handles all of our personnel matters at the score. he can always be reached at david.bernstein@citcomm.com or by phone at 401-433-4200, ext. 275. as with everything we do, feedback, praise or criticism are encouraged. it only helps us give you a better product.

now, with that having been said. how about those j-e-t-s!!! after fumbling the opening kick-off, pennington and crew regrouped nicely. with curtis martin looking refreshed and youthful, the jets offense should be able to get it together enough to take on the chargers in san diego
(a game which you can hear on 99.7fm the score at 4pm after red sox-yankees game 3).

this should be a great weekend of baseball with the sox in new york with first place on the line in the a.l. east. arroyo vs. el duke in game one and pedro going in game 3. i like the sox chances. let's hope the don't waste it by not taking care of business against the devil rays at fenway before the yanks series.

nhl hockey is no more. i don't think we'll miss it, even though i'm an avid hockey fan. blow up about 10 teams, make the season shorter and the playoffs more meaningful with only the stanley cup finals a best of seven series and maybe..just maybe, hockey can be successful again.

it's time for cbs to take dan rather off the air. he's the face of cbs news and in the current state of the scandal with the authentication of the papers disputing president bush's service in doubt, he needs to be taken off the air. you can't take aim at the president with documents that just don't prove to be real. their own experts say they're not real. please don't blatantly show you're not as biased as we know you are. the media is prohibitively democratic. it's been that way for years in its reporting and biases. now, it's time to step up and do the right thing by letting everyone know just how biased you tried to be. it's time for dan to go.

lastly, the apprentice and last comic standing are awesome. and as jay london says..."thank you."

i'm out until the next time!

i am out.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

saturday stuff

alright, it's 6:25 in the morning. yes 6:25am!!! up working some olympic coverage, so time for some saturday stuff, quickstyle:

*** --- alright, the u.s. men's team doesn't win gold in olympic basketball. so who didn't see this one coming? the team has no shooters and half of the nba's best opted out before the games. how about this...take the "team" that loses the nba finals and send them to the olympics that year. any "team" can win the gold for the u.s. if it is indeed a team, not a collection of players just thrown together at the last minute.

*** --- so, how about them jets!!! sure threw eli manning for a loop friday night. welcome to ny kid.

*** --- check out that american league wild card race. have you checked out the records of the red sox, angels and rangers the past 10 games? 9-1, 9-1 and 7-3. should be a great week as both the angels and rangers head east to fenway.

*** --- it's the republicans turn this week in new york. should be interesting to see the president deliver his acceptance speech in the round at msg.

*** ---manny ramirez is hands down, the best right handed hitter in the game today. you may knock man-ram for the now and again miscue (i.e. lack of effort), but there's no denying the work ethic he puts into his hitting.

*** --- can we please move forward now on whether john kerry deserved his medals or not? can the man lead this country through its most difficult stage in its history. that's the question i want answered by america's electorate.

*** --- the nhl players and owners are still squabbling over contract issues. the cba ends on september 15th. seems to me if hockey goes away it'll be like a tall tree falling in a desolete forest. will any care?

*** --- football is back for real tonight. #1 usc takes on virginia tech. nice to see the nfl and ncaa screwed mike williams from playing any football this year. how about this, let the kid pay back the money (if any) for the agent and let him play football.

*** --- hey paul hamm. enough. stop the whining already.

*** --- ok, sun's coming up. that means i'm out!

Saturday, August 14, 2004

the pats are that damn good!

so, being in new england and being a ny jets fan does get tough these days. i mean, the patriots have now won two of the last three super bowls and the jets aren't exactly coming off a great season. so, after preseason game number one, things haven't exactly changed. patriots rout the eagles 24-6 and the jets lose in new orleans 23-13. now results in week one of the exhibition season don't mean much, but it's what you see in the games that count.

here's my view: the pats are that damn good. brady throws for a td pass in his only series. dillon runs well. heck, even putting troy brown in as a cornerback even works a bit as he's in on one tackle. right now, bill belichick can do no wrong. the super bowl champions not only have gotten younger, (i.e. ty warren and vince wilfork taking over for the raiders duo of bobby hamilton and ted washington), they've gotten deeper (corey dillon is the new #1 back supplemented now by kevin faulk, fred mccrary and mike cloud instead of antwoine smith) but there is one weakness: the backup qb.

rohan davey has matured through his nfl europe championship winning season. now, pats fans must wait and see which rohan will take over the backup role left by damon huard heading to kansas city. friday's night win offered both versions. first half action saw davey not able to hit the side of a bus, nevermind an open receiver. second half action saw him look confident, capable (2 td's) and quite hard to tackle on the move by the eagles.

with cliff kingsbury the other backup at #3 (barring a jim miller comeback), don't be surprised if big bill signs another retread veteran just to be safe. he already brought the aforementioned miller and the now cut kurt kittner into camp. belichick is never quite comfortable with his "53." it's more a work in progress at the moment. always looking to get better in every area.

as for my jets, well..... if we could learn how to tackle and be more penetrating on both sides of the lines, that would be a great thing.

time will tell.


Thursday, June 24, 2004

trade?

or do i smell a trade with seattle? swift for jefferson?

seattle gotcha

this just in...the seattle supersonics have just picked robert swift!!! take that danny ainge. so much for sure things!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

nba draft...blah..blah...blah

so, the 2004 nba draft is upon us. just hours away now. and you know what? who the f*** cares!

our very own boston celtics have three picks in the first round (15, 24 and 25). it's a no-brainer that they are going to pick robert swift, the high schooler out of california. the c's are the only team that has worked swift out in the weeks and days leading up to the draft. they've already told swift's people that they will take the youngster. after that, it's anyone's guess as to who danny ainge might take. chris humphries out of minnesota would at least be someone we know what kind of game he brings to boston. maybe not a sure-fire nba'er, but at least an american college kid with a game we've seen and a name we can pronounce.

yet, i shudder to think, it almost seems as if the celtics are now doomed to repeat their most recent past. did we forget not so long ago that the celtics had three picks in the first round only a few years ago? joe johnson, kedrick brown and joseph forte ring a bell? oh yeah, not one of the three was given a chance in boston and not one of three panned out.

i implore danny ainge to state the obvious: if you want to blow this thing up, then blow it up. trade paul pierce, get younger players, draft three unknowns and just live with the fact that boston will rebuild for the next three to five years. danny, we can take it. we've lived with lower expectations for the bruins since 1972. at least that would be better than the farce of trying to put a bunch of unknowns around a superstar like pierce who has no interest in wasting the best years of his nba life in a city where the nba team isn't cared about and has no legitimate chance of winning a championship.

no, these are not the days of waiting for the celtics to wave their magic red auerbach wand and pull a robert parish/kevin mchale for joe barry carrol deal out of their ass. it's not going to happen.

instead, the drama around the league is much more intriguing. will dallas give up the farm to get shaq? will kobe be the only one left in l.a. next year? will tracy mcgrady end up in houston? will the cat merely call disneyland his nest for a quick reststop?

hmmmm...let's see. in the time it's taken me to write this, i've already spent more time thinking about the nba than the entire nba playoffs.

that right there should speak volumes.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

saturday, june 12

ok. i hate my computer since i just wrote an entire column and it crashed while trying to publish it!

i may be back later to try to recreate it.

ARGH!!!

Monday, June 07, 2004

monday, june 7

so, smarty jones doesn't win the triple crown. sure seemed like the streak of no horse winning the triple crown would end until the very end of the stretch run of the belmont stakes when birdstone stole a million dollar win away and left horse racing triple crown-less for yet another year. let's make it 27 years and counting.

yet, before we start screaming about the emperor wearing no clothes. first, let me admonish the horse racing world. how on earth can you apologize for winning? that's exactly what the owners of birdstone did. owner marylou whitney and jockey edgar prado both said they felt sorry that their horse won the race. are you serious?

can you imagine for one second, the yankees apologizing for aaron boone's home run that kept the red sox from moving on to the world series and possibly ending the vaunted curse of the bambino?

maybe the florida marlins should feel bad they took advantage of the cubs inability to close out a series?

or maybe the patriots should apologize for sticking it to the rams and marshall faulk for not letting them continue their dominant season back in 2001?

in sports, no one should ever apologize for winning. if you don't want to win, don't play the game. period. end of story. exclamation point!

you don't get handed championships. if they did, the red sox would be the people's paper champion. for we all know, everyone in new england loves the red sox. now to truly reach the mountaintop, you must first earn it. only then are there no apologizes necessary.


Saturday, June 05, 2004

saturday, june 5

so as the red sox prepare to break their four game losing streak tonight in kansas city, we step back from the sportsworld to pay homage to one of our greatest presidents of all-time.

former president ronald reagan has passed at the age of 93. the news is now making its way across the globe as we speak. now, whether you're a republican or democrat, you have to give the former baseball announcer, actor and president his props. he guided this country, and the world, through one its most difficult times.

just coming off the 60's and 70's that brought us vietnam and watergate, president reagan took office in the midst of the iran hostage crisis. who could ever forget the announcement that the hostages would be let go and we saw that giant yellow ribbon wrapped around the superdome in new orleans for the super bowl?

soon after, an economy boom that penned the term "reagonomics" and yuppie-dom wasn't too far away. even despite the iran contra contraversy with oliver north, president reagan's legacy bore out the first president george bush term in 1988.

whether you liked him or not, president reagan always took the optimistic approach to the world. the cold war should be over and it was. the berlin wall should be down and it is. a new era was born.

after four years of former president jimmy carter in the white house, president reagan brought a fiery leadership and charisma back to pennsylvania avenue.

it also brought this then 12 year old into a whole new world of politics and has kept him a republican every since.

prayers and best wishes to his family and godspeed to the one and only, ronald reagan.