Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Hello all... I first want to apologize for not posting the last few weeks. I've only had this site running for a short period of time and so I have some juggling to do to find time to do all the postings that I want. Another reason I have not posted much is how terrible the local media has been lately. In order for me to post and discuss what they say would mean that I would have to read them or listen to the radio. I have found this almost impossible lately. I'll most likely start posting again with regularity once the Celtics start up, as that is what I am most passionate about. I'll enjoy rubbing it in to my buddy Jay how the Knicks are terrible again, although I have reservations about my beloved Celtics as well. It will be very interesting to see how the 'Vin Baker Experiment' works out. I see it as going one of two ways: either great or awful. I don't think there will be any middle ground. The C's will either have a 50+ win season, or it will be a 30-35 win season. Either way, I can't wait for it to start.

As for my final assessment of the Red Sox season, I think disappointment sums it up. Not really any anger. It's tough to fathom that with 2 20 game winners, a possible batting champ, and a possible 40 save guy that this team falls this short of the playoffs (keep telling yourself there's a chance, Lobel). I also think some of the sports writers in this town have disgraced themselves over the last month. It again is unfathomable (my word of the day) that the media rips a guy who could be the batting champ. Then they go after Nomar simply because he doesn't talk to them as much as they would like. Any writer who uses personal vendetta's to rip a player should be fired on the spot. Sure, Manny made a mistake by not running out the ground ball. Maybe it is the biggest mistake a player can make. But it was just that. A mistake. Would everyone who has never made a mistake at their job please stand up? Anyone? Ok, how about this then? Would everyone who is the best at their job in their particular industry over the entire country please stand up. (sit down Shaughnessy). Still no one? Well that is what Manny will be if he wins the batting title. One thing I love about reading Bruce Allen's piece each day is that someone is finally pointing out the writer's mistakes and gaffes. So in a way, they are being held accountable at least on some level.

I'm also enjoying the Pats right now, but who isn't. I don't think I'd say I'm nervous about their defense, but I am definitely interested in seeing how they come out and play on Sunday. I can't imagine them not bouncing back. I also love that the Rams are 0-3. My friend Dan and I had a pretty good little argument this morning over why the Rams are struggling. I think a lot of it is that Belichick showed teams how to beat the Rams. The Rams have not won a game since the Pats beat the min the Superbowl. That includes pre-season. I know those games mean nothing and the starters are usually not in, but they still lost every single one. Belichick was able to show teams how to take the Rams receivers out of the game. As a result, Warner has to do some creating on his own and so far it has him 1 TD and 7 INT's this year. Maybe there is a reason the guy was sacking groceries a few years back. Dan thinks that Kurt is simply injured and that is why the Rams are losing. One thing we agreed on is that it is fun to watch them lose.

A few links today with local information...

In Gregg Easterbrook's column on ESPN, he gives this stat:
"Stats No. 5 Drew Bledsoe is on pace to throw for an NFL-record 5,424 yards. And if he doesn't, Tom Brady is on a pace to throw for an NFL-record 5,189 yards. (The season record, held by Dan Marino, is 5,084 yards.) "
It'll be fun to see how that plays out. Hopefully, they both remain on the record pace at least until the two teams meet. Also, in the same article there is a piece about how the blitz failed both teams in the game.

The Pats also managed to hang onto the top Power Ranking spot despite their less than great showing this week.

Bill Simmons writes a eulogy for the Red Sox.

I think I'm going to be purchasing a new Driver for my golf bag soon. I've got my choices narrowed down to the Titleist 975 J, or the Callaway C4. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who has either of these clubs and what your thoughts are on them. You can e-mail me at SportsScene@hotmail.com. Thanks.