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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Week 2 Recap: Some Premature Evaluations...


If we're to believe the old adage that "actions speak louder than words", then the following statements must be true.  Carl Crawford's not sorry for his performance, Chad Ochocinco is, The Big East may have seen it's last days, and Boston Bruin supporters may have possibly reached the the pole position for the most hypocritical fan base in all of sports...

I'll have an explanation of all that,  a few notes from around the NFL (or maybe just Foxboro), and a numerical reminder to you all at how good I am at picking football games against the spread.  So get to readin' pimps, before big Vince tracks you down.  Just had to mention that so I could use that picture.  Too good...


Yep, that pretty much sums it up...
Red Sox Update
2 games up, 8 games to play

So the sky is falling in Red Sox Nation, with the home team attempting to narrowly avoid one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, and one of their highest paid players feels that's the perfect time to issue a written apology for his disappointing season long performance.  Really, Carl Crawford?  You thought now would be a good time to let the fans know that you'd already chalked this season up as a personal loss?  Now? With the Rays breathing down their neck and the pitching staff falling apart?  Talk about poor judgement...

It's just that you're the hottest chick I've ever
been with...and I had so much to drink...
Let's picture Carl Crawford as a man, and the 2011 baseball season as his lover, if you will.  What he just did, was let out the "Oh, I'm sorry..." or "Uh oh..." right before he was about the prematurely release his pleasure...if you know what I mean...and I know you do.  And that's just not the move, right there.  You wait, and then afterwards you say, "Wow, sorry. That's never happened to me before...".  Sure, maybe it won't be the "truth", but it's better to keep 'em thinkin' you had no idea that was even possible, rather than letting them in on the secret that you knew your performance was potentially flawed all along.  Not that I'd have any experience with that sort of talk, but based on what I've been able to glean from TV and movies, that seems to be the preferred course of action when found in this type of situation...one that I've obviously never found myself in...a point that I can't stress enough...

But in all seriousness, that attitude alone is a good reason not to have hope for the remainder of the Red Sox season, no matter how long it may last.  Hey, I wanna see them achieve as much as the next guy, but between the injuries and the attitude, does anyone really see it happening?  Either way, I'll be watching all the way down to the final out.  It's just that now, more than ever, I'm convinced there's no way that out comes any later than the ALDS.  Would love to be mistaken on this one, I really would.  But this is one of those rare instances where unfortunately, I doubt I'm going to be...

Prove me wrong, Red Friends.  Please, prove me wrong...

News & Notes
See, it's the shape of the building that prevents it from being loud...
*I've finally figured out why it isn't "appropriately loud" at Gillette Stadium during Patriots games.  The fans just don't know when to cheer.  IT gets plenty loud in that place, just not at the right times.  So here it is, friends, from me to you.  The four times you should be loudest when attending a New England Patriots football game.  In no particular order...

1) When the opposing team is inside the Patriots 20 yard line

2) When the Patriots have just scored or made a big offensive or defensive play

Right about now would be a good time to start going nuts...
3) When the opposing team has a 3rd down OR is going for it on 4th down

4) When dignitaries AND/OR past greats (Drew Bledsoe) appear on the field

They've got 2 of the 4 down (2 + 4), which is how I know that place can get loud, but it's those other two times you need to get loud, and NOT when the Patriots have the ball!  That's the time to be quiet, so the offense can hear themselves think and call out signals.  When the opponent is inside the 20, that's when you need to be loud.  Ya know, so their offense can't hear themselves think...

I only say this because this is often a topic of discussion up here, and this past Sunday I not once but twice saw CBS come back late from commercial, with the Chargers about to snap the ball inside the Patriots' 20, and it was evident that almost all the fans that end zone's seats were still sitting down.  I don't know, maybe in this age of high scoring shoot outs and fantasy points, people are just more excited for touchdowns than they are interested in trying to stop anyone from scoring.  That could be part of it.  Mostly, I just still think the average New England football fan just isn't that informed.  We forget, football is still a relatively new thing for most avid sports fans up here.  Sure, the Patriots have been around a long time, but they're popularity exploded, bringing an influx of all sorts of novice fans.  Nothing wrong with that, it's just that even after a solid decade of success, I still don't think they know how to cheer...

They're plenty loud, though, and with these simple guidelines I'm sure they can right the ship.  Which would be great, because a team this good deserves a much better home field advantage...

Your a good man, Drew Bledsoe. But you;re no Bill Parcells...
*And seeing as I mentioned Drew Bledsoe earlier, let me say this about his induction this weekend into the Patriots Hall of Fame.  Seems like a great guy, put up some great numbers, brought the Pats to the Super Bowl, but to me, he's just someone that Bill Parcell's used to turn this thing around.  Not meant as an insult, but I just think Bill was gonna win, with or without Drew, and he happened to do it with him.  Not shorting Drew's talents, it's just that I'd be hard pressed to put him any higher than 3rd behind Parcells and Curtis Martin, on a list of people responsible for that Patriots' team's success...

Glad he got his due, and I heard it was a great ceremony, but I just really don't think he had nearly the career that his numbers would suggest.  That's all...


*As for the active Patriots, Chad Ochocinco silenced his critics with a few nice grabs on Sunday.  OK, maybe not, but I think it's safe to say now that he's a working and effective part of this offense.  Which is good, considering Aaron Hernandez is sidelined for what could be up to a month with a sprained MCL (which I hear is in your leg)...

And while that's definitely a hit to a Patriots offense that only had 3 TE's on the roster, it's still tough to imagine that unit struggling in Aaron's absence.  Brady's on pace to throw for over 7,500 yards (absurd), for crying out loud.  And with the way he spreads the ball around, this may serve as a minor inconvenience, but by no means a major problem...

The defense has been good, too, despite the high total of points against.  That's just a side effect of having an offense that scores so many points and gives the opposing offense so many opportunities.  They're still getting good pressure up the middle and covering relatively well on the outside.  And hey. 4 turnovers and a goal line stand, right?  Can't ask for a much better defensive performance than that...

Gronk is a BEAST.  If needed, he can help shoulder the load with Hernandez out.
Maybe ask his brother (fellow TE Dan) to help, too...
Now, it's on to Buffalo, for that much hyped battle I predicted on Friday would be taking place.  I'll preview that this Friday, though.  So stay tuned for that.  I'd imagine I'll have some jokes about how the city of Buffalo sucks, and I'll probably mention Frank Reich and Don Beebe just for kicks.  So you're gonna wanna make sure and check that out...

Oh, and did I mention I can win you money, too?  Because that's an even better reason to tune into my picks than some lame joke about Don Beebe...

NFL Picks
Last Week: 12-5-2

Overall: 23-15-2 (.600)

NCAA Picks
Last Week: 8-6-0

Overall: 16-7-1 (.688)

See?  Even if you're not done for jokes about semen jumping ship, there's still reason to come back once in a while and check out my picks.  And if you don't enjoy them, I've been known to drop a pun or two, when I find it suits me, so at the very least come back to check in on that...

The debate is over. Now the ACC has is the best basketball conference in the country.
*Syracuse and Pitt jumping from the Big East to the ACC has been a big story this week, and as someone who attended Syracuse, here's my take...

Syracuse saw the writing on the wall, and realized that in a world full of football "super conferences", the Big East wasn't going to survive.  So, with that being the case, they decided to get out, and found a comfy landing spot in the ACC.  They're now assured to remain in the BCS picture long term, which the Big East is most certainly not, and considering that's where all the good TV money comes from, it's a mighty nice place to be...

Hey, I love the old rivalries as much as the next guy, especially when it comes to hoops, but to remain a player on the National level, you need you're football program to be on solid footing.  Again, that's where all the money is.  The fact is, due to it's lack on any sort of football prowess, the Big East as a conference wasn't long for this world, anyway.  Not unless 2 or 3 programs miraculously stepped up, and fast.  But that's not going to happen.  Eventually, the conference will likely remain, but as a "basketball school ONLY" shadow of it's former self (Marquette, Nova, G'Town etc.).  It's a shame that's how it has to be, but when the league put all it's eggs in the basketball basket, this is something that had to fear may come to pass.  Without football, there just isn't the audience, which means their isn't the TV money.  And without that, you don't have a viable BCS conference...
Ahhhhh! Kill it! Killll itttt!

Sorry it had to end this way, and I know it's due in part to Syracuse's own football inadequacies that this had to come to pass, but I'm glad the Orange made the move when they did.  Not just because it ensures their place on the National sports stage for many years to come, but because now we get to beat Duke on a yearly basis.  That's right, Cameron Indoor.  There's a louder building on the block, now.  So bring your Rat on up here, see how he likes the cold...

RIP Big East Conference (1979-2011)

Nice work, gentlemen...
*And finally, this week, props to 98.5 The Sport Hub for grabbing the National Sports Radio Station of the Year Award.  Quite the amazing run they've had.  One that would probably be even more impressive if they were to say, add a certain blogger to their stable of talent, but that's another discussion for another day...

Shame on their fans, however, for polluting my twitter feed the other day with all this "Bruins fans are loyal, Red Sox fans aren't" bull shit.  Really, Teds?  Are you really trying to play that card?  "Your team" takes a 20 year sabbatical from the local sports scene, and now has a fan base composed almost entirely of PinkHats and you guys are saying that fans aren't loyal?  Wow, can honestly say I'd never see this day...

You want some Meth on that Pinkberry, sir? What am I, a Mary?
Of course I want Meth on my Pinkberry!
Set aside the fact that these people are essentially mocking themselves for a minute, and just soak that in.  Bruins fans, criticizing Red Sox fans, for not being loyal to their team.  Just hilarious.  It might be an accurate observation, but those re're's are throwing pucks in glass homes.  Stick with a team for more than just a playoff run, and then maybe we can talk.  Until then, stick to tweeting about how much you love that the young players on the Bruins are party animals.  Ya know, so it can be on the record when you turn on them for missing games due to DUI...

Freakin' Bruins fans.  Guess I was hoping they would have gone away by now...


And speaking of, I'm gone til Friday.  Be sure to check back in on the picks, and most likely an update on whether or not the Red Sox "blew it", or were able to effectively consummate themselves a little playoff spot...

Until then, friends.  Unless in the meantime, I catch you on the flipman...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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5 comments:

Frosco said...

I didn't realize Kevin Pittsnogle was a Bruins fan.

Anonymous said...

With all these teams bailing on the Big East, has their ever been a bigger face palm moment then what TCU must be feeling right now....where ahhh, where you guys going?
ASTIN

Brett Ferruccio said...

Well, Anonymous Astin, those Horned Frogs should just ask that guy responsible for the "C" in their name why they're going through all this turmoil. I'm sure HE has all the answers.

Note: 25 to 1 HIS answer will be, "It's all part of my plan for you." That crafty deity. I say we follow the lead of The Invention of Lying, when dealing with "the man in the sky"...

"We've got to stop that evil bastard before he kills us all!"

OK, maybe that's a bit extreme. But, yeah. Screw TCU. Nobody cares about them.

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