Howie must be working on another book about the Bulgers, or maybe he spent too much time at Fenway with Castig and Obie last night, because based on the amount of time he put into today's CHB-like column about loser Patriots fans, he clearly is too busy to do any actual reporting for the Herald. Or maybe, he just needs a hug.
Adam Pieniazek will not be deterred; predicts the Patriots will win the Super Bowl.
Lewis Forman explains how the Fenway sold-out record has come at the cost of a piece of the soul of Sox fandom:
... It's less of a game and more a destination. It becomes classic blue hats vs. pink hats instead of right handed relief vs. left handed relief. Clam Chowder vs. gourmet pizza instead of a hot dog vs. a box of popcorn. People watching vs. GAME watching.
Papel-blog comes back from an extended blogging break:
The Red Sox are engaged in a three-game set to determine who will emerge in first place in the AL East, and I can't spend the duration of the series making jokes about Derek Jeter's sexual orientation in order to cope. And judging from what went down in Foxboro on Sunday, football is not going to be the stress-reducing distraction from the pennant race that it has been in previous years.
I would like to personally thank the Red Sox for at least temporarily, lifting the spirits of a grieving region. Jason Bay would not want us to cry, people. Jason Bay would want us to be happy. And Jonathan Papelbon would probably make some obscene sock puppets to get us laughing again if he thought that'd work. ...
And, of course, no matter what, we'll always have Debbie CHB Downer to tell us what to think:
Dan likes to portray New England fans as little more than infantile sycophants with a lack of perspective. ...
Indeed, harrumphs Soxaholix:
... Let me get this straight, the same fans who endured 86 years of Red Sox futility *and* years of the Patriots as also rans "are lost boys and lost girls"? ...
Isn't he supposed to be the sensible, rational one over at the Globe? In any case, he claims he doesn't get how people can be so fixated on football today. Huh?
... I'm not ridiculing or downplaying the Patriots, but let's not lose sight of the fact that it's still early September and the leaves haven't even thought of changing yet. Football is the intruder here. It is still very much baseball season, and the Red Sox have their biggest series of the season taking place right now. We don't need football 24/7 to keep us occupied. ...
Would the phrase I'm thinking of be "straw man"?
Vickie watched Brady after the hit:
... It was the closet thing I've seen in professional athletics to a little child trying to find the happy place where things hadnâ€™t reached the point of worst case coming true.
The instant realization that pulsed out from Bradyâ€™s spot on the field to all of us watching the television screen was what made that moment all the more gut-wrenching. We were all just trying to stay in our happy places for as long as we possibly could. ...
Mike Giardi writes:
... As I was driving home from the game, still not sure what the news would be regarding Brady, I was thinking how lucky weâ€™ve been to witness his rise from 6th rounder with an outside shot of making the team to a 3-time Super Bowl-winning QB and reigning NFL MVP. I can't think of any athlete that Iâ€™ve covered that I have enjoyed watching more. He makes good teams great, and great teams special. There are few you can say that about. ...
Leslie goes for some perspective:
... Whatever happens to the team going forward, though, nothing can be as disappointing as losing the Super Bowl in the final seconds after an otherwise unbeaten season.
Adam Hart, who works at NECN, provides a play by play of yesterday's game (with appropriate video).
The Outraged Liberal ponders who has really led the Patriots to success in recent years:
... Granted honesty and integrity are not crucial to winning football games. But my money is on Brady being the linchpin to the Patriots over the years, not the guy in the hoodie.
That about sum it up?
The Matt Cassel Era has begun.
Tom Brady took a borderline illegal hit from Bernard Pollard of the KC Chiefs in the second drive of the first game of the season. His left knee buckled a bit and he was helped off the field and to the locker room. His return is questionable.
Channel 4: Brady Says God Doesn't Value Him As A QB.
Picks Joe Montana for Heaven's All-Stars instead?
Are we going to have to start slapping I Heart New York stickers on our backpacks when we travel west of Worcester?
You certainly can't accuse the Herald of hiding Tomase's Tapegate mea culpa. In case you're busy, the basic idea is:
Nobody lied to me, I just jumped to conclusions, I feel terrible, will carry this with me for the rest of my life, but I'm a better person for it and, yes, I'm still covering the Patriots and no, I'm not telling you my sources.
Bruce Allen: Umâ€¦.so that's it?
Dan Kennedy deconstructs Tomase's deconstruction and wonders: Where were the editors?
David Scott conducts what is probably the first liveblogging of a newspaper column.
... My instinct tells me it's the Herald capitalizing on the publicity that this whole incident has generated. Tony writes angry column. Fans can't help but read it. They respond by commenting and talking about it with others. More papers are purchased. More ads are shown online as more pageviews are generated. The comments fly in on the page. People return again and again to read them, creating even more page views and thus ad views. The column gets analyzed on blogs and on sports radio. ...
Dan Shaughnessy Watch is amazed by Massarotti's column today:
His column today was the nastiest, most ignorant piece I have ever read. It tops even Shank's 38pitches parody. ...
A Northeastern journalism professor wants answers.
Bruce Allen tries to sort out the whole issue involving the Herald Patriots reporter and what did or didn't happen in New Orleans in 2002.
Willie Gary and three Rams fans allege the Patriots cheated in the 2002 Super Bowl by taping the Rams before the game and that that entitles them, other Rams players and the 72,922 fans who attended the game to $100 million. Gary played a total of 7 games with the Rams.
Krissy reports somebody at South Station yesterday was selling T-shirts reading:
GIANTS SUCK, TOO!
Preferably in suppository form?
Yes, The Loss truly sucked, Dan. We get it. But this isn't Baltimore in 1970 after losing three championships in three different sports in one year to New York. So enough with The Curse/Grady Little/Joe Namath crap, you tired old hack.
Of course, like the Patriots last night, it was mostly ineffectual. Jerad Lewis reports that some of his Giants-fan friends were set upon by a pissed-off woman after they left his home last night:
... When they left my house in Somerville, I'm sure that they were very proud to be wearing their Giants sweatshirt and beaming from their team's exciting win. You probably didn't want to see that, but what good did getting in their faces and calling them names, kicking a rear view mirror off his car, and eventually throwing a few punches, do for you? Does that make the Pats loss any more bearable? I feel so bad that my friends were jumped leaving my place. The best that I can take away from the game last night is that the Patriots are still going to be one of the teams to beat next year. ...
Rhea Becker and Robert David Sullivan both work in buildings along what would have been the victory parade.
Becker is tired of victory parades:
... Whenever a Boston team wins a big sports contest like the World Series or the Super Bowl, they have a big parade that sails right past my office. It's a pain in the butt. The sidewalks clog up for hours with fans. The confetti litters the streets. People paint their faces ungodly colors. I'm not a sports fan. So sue me.
Sullivan: Patriots lose. HA-ha!
... I can't take another victory parade trapping me inside my office building. The first time they won, I had a doctor's appointment scheduled on the morning of their parade, and when I went back to the office, I made the mistake of exiting Park Street station through a turnstile that wouldn't let me back in. Too late, I saw that Tremont Street was a solid, if rather doughy, mass of Patriots fans. I had to squeeze my way through the crowd and take refuge in the nearest building (it was cold that that February!), which was the St. Paul Episcopal Church. The church let people in the front door but wouldn't let anyone all the way through the building to escape out the back door (bastards!). ...
Macy's is a huge company. Surely, somebody in its IT department would know how to do a database select that excludes people with Massachusetts Zip codes when they send out an e-mail ad for this garish, hideous thing, this awful glass chunk that you can see after the jump. So the only conclusion one can reach upon learning that Macy's actually e-mailed an offer to residents of Massachusetts this morning to buy this, this thing is that Macy's hates New England (at least, past Stanford). Or as Pomsmith, who forwarded it, writes: "Filene's and Jordan's are turning in their graves."
OK, are you ready?
Not that it's necessarily a reason to vote against her, but Hilary Clinton did seem a bit, oh, I dunno, up in our grill after last night's game. The Massachusetts Liberal discusses how she probably could have been more diplomatic than telling Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Deval Patrick how they could "redeem themselves" tomorrow by "voting for a winner."
And what if they do, and it's not Ms. Inevitable?