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Red Sox Bandwagon Has Plenty of Open Seats

If September of 2011 didn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth as a Red Sox fan, then you just weren’t paying attention.  I’m sure there were plenty of fair-weathers (the old school term I prefer instead of pink hat) turning on their flat screens on September 30th wondering what the hell channel the Red Sox game was on.  My bet is those are the same fans that jumped off the bandwagon and are currently trashing the team whenever prompted today.  Truth be told I don’t really care if those fans come back.  Sure they may have had something to do with the Red Sox payroll ballooning up over $150 million, but it has been proven time and time again that it doesn’t take that kind of money to have the honor of raising the Commisioner’s Trophy so I am good with the faux-fans disappearing.

As I read content from other blogs and sports websites, there seems to be a great deal of Red Sox bashing going on.  I am not going to sit here and defend what happened in September, but what I will say is this team is still stacked.  I will be doing plenty of roster posts during spring training, but for a quick pragmatic synopsis; the Sox had to replace their closer, number 7 and 8 hitters, and number 4 and 5 starters from opening day last year.  I wouldn’t say that is completely detrimental to what was being touted as possibly the greatest team ever assembled going into last season.

Sure the bandwagon had to stop for gas and everyone had to get out and stretch their legs, however when it came time to get rolling again it seems a large number of folks decided not to continue the voyage.  I’m okay with this, it gives all of us die-hards a little more leg room.

Even the greatest of Red Sox fanatics’ patience was tested  last fall.  Nobody liked what went down, but the fact of the matter is the team as constituted is still very talented.  There are questions with health, the bullpen, and the back end of the rotation, but find me a team in baseball that doesn’t have any of these issues…you can’t.

So sign me up for another 162 game grind.  The AL got stronger in the off-season, so it will be a battle for the Sox, but that doesn’t mean the season is lost.  Hell Vegas has them at 8-1 only behind the Phillies, Yankees, and Angels.

Maybe with the fair-weather Red Sox fan population decreasing I can actually buy a weekend game ticket for a June game without having to go to the secondary ticket market.  Unfortunately they will be crowding up The Cask N’ Flagon again by then if the Sox are in first place.

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Gronk Ditches The Walking Boot

Gronk showed up to media day today without the walking boot that he has been wearing since the AFC Title game. This is great news for Patriot fans. We need Gronk to be at leaast 85% for the game. Once adrenaline and the pain killers kick in, he should be ready to dominate on Sunday. I hope he shoves his size 16 shoe right up Antrel Rolle’s Ass on Sunday. That dude has been doing a lot of talking, and Gronk is just the guy to shut him up. Right now Gronk is considered day to day, but I don’t have any doubt that he will play and be the beast we have come to expect. Only 5 more days until Superbowl Sunday!!!

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Tom Brady Goes to the Superbowl Every Other Year

Here’s a fun fact for you to marinate on this weekend.  Tom Brady has nearly completed his 10th NFL season and will compete in his 5th Superbowl.  In other words, he’s going to the big game 50% of the time and winning them at a .750 clip (3-1).  Chew on that Peyton, Eli,
Rodgers or whomever.

In full disclosure, this is Tom’s 12th NFL season but he didn’t start his first season or in 2008 when he tore his ACL.  Boom 9 days, go Pats.

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Are Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s Legacies Still in Question?

Going into the Denver game there was a lot of talk about what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s legacies would be if they were to drop their 4th playoff game in a row.  At the time I thought it to be a little overblown, frankly it kind of pissed me off.  Sure it had been since the 2007 AFC championship that they had won a playoff game, but come on, they had already won 14 playoff games together which qualifies them as a top echelon tandem on its own.

Now that they have won 2 more games(16 total) they could lose their next 3…4…hell they could never win another playoff game(obviously the Tobin Bridge might get a little crowded if this were to happen) and still go down as one of the greatest coach/quarterback tandems in the history of the game. 

Below is an overview of every quarterback with 10 or more playoff starts:

Quarterback

Games Started

Wins

Losses

Percent

Bart Starr

10

9

1

0.900

Jim Plunkett

10

8

2

0.800

Tom Brady

21

16

5

0.762

Terry Bradshaw

19

14

5

0.737

Troy Aikman

15

11

4

0.733

Ben Roethlisberger

14

10

4

0.714

Eli Manning

10

7

3

0.700

Joe Montana

23

16

7

0.696

Kurt Warner

13

9

4

0.692

John Elway

21

14

7

0.667

Roger Staubach

17

11

6

0.647

Phil Simms

10

6

4

0.600

Ken Stabler

12

7

5

0.583

Steve Young

14

8

6

0.571

Donovan McNabb

16

9

7

0.563

Bob Griese

11

6

5

0.546

Fran Tarkenton

11

6

5

0.546

Brett Favre

24

13

11

0.542

Jim Kelly

17

9

8

0.529

Mark Brunell

10

5

5

0.500

Steve McNair

10

5

5

0.500

Craig Morton

10

5

5

0.500

Danny White

10

5

5

0.500

Peyton Manning

19

9

10

0.474

Matt Hasselbeck

11

5

6

0.455

Dan Marino

18

8

10

0.444

Warren Moon

10

3

7

0.300

Notables without 10 starts:  Drew Brees 5-4, Johnny Unitas 6-2, Joe Theismann 6-2, Aaron Rodgers 4-2

 There is a good chance Tom Brady could end up as the quarterback with the most career playoff starts, most career playoff victories, and in the top 5 of playoff winning percentage.  Even if he lost his next 3 playoff games, Brady would still be tied for 10th with John Elway in winning percentage, right behind Montana.

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AFC Championship Flyover

 

For most of the season we’ve all seen the banners and signs of MHK and anyone that has moderately followed the Pats this season is aware of the impact owner Robert Kraft’s late wife Myra has had on the team.  The banner and signs honoring her were taken to another level before last Sunday’s AFC championship battle by displaying her initials on the wing  along with a “Go Pats” logo on the underbelly of the aircraft that performed a flyover at Gillette as the Star Spangled Banner was wrapping up.

Most of us watching it on tv probably missed it, blinded by Steven Tyler’s diamond studded Pats scarf.  Go Pats!

 

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