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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Bill of Goods I'll Gladly Buy...


OK. So, I said last week that I would be using Pootie Tang references in order to describe and analyze the New England Patriots' draft picks. But I won't. And, matter of fact. I never actually planned on doing that, either. Not either part. Mostly because I was only using Pootie last week as a transitional device. But mostly because trying to break down the reasons as to why Bill Belichick does what he does has long ago been proven a fruitless enterprise. I do have some thoughts, though. If for no other reason than to occupy my mind and prevent me from making disparaging and deflecting remarks about the good Reverend Dr. Martin Luther Rivers, and his struggle for racial equality...

So, yeah. There'll be that, and a few other thoughts. With a stress on "few". Enjoy...


Bill Belichick is a freaking enigma. This much is already clear. So for anyone to say that they know exactly why he does what he does, is just foolish. Which is why I won't even try to explain why he used such valuable draft collateral on a player that isn't likely to ever see the field in a game of consequence. I will tell you that I wouldn't of done it. But what is that? I'm an idiot, and he's a genius. At least when it comes to this...

So, yeah. I don't get it. But at the same time, that uncertainty and/or confusion doesn't bother me. Sure, we didn't get some flashy stud that we as fans could have dreamed about plugging in an already potent lineup. But it is an already potent lineup, and I do have virtually blind faith in Bill and his ability to assemble a team that's going to contend. Which is why my analysis on this topic would be basically useless. Pootie Tang references or not. I don't even look back and think "this is who we cudda had, GUY!", anymore. Mostly because you never know how Bill would have even chosen to use a particular player who may be dominating for another team...

That's tough for me, too. Because I've always thought of "general manager" as the type of job where you couldn't be completely results oriented (even if your job depends on it. Yeah, big reason why those jobs must suck). Yet, here's Bill Belichick. Guy goes against the grain at virtually every turn, yet still finds himself as one of the most successful coaches and player personnel guys of all time...

Maybe that says more about the Teds being paid big money to analyze the players and predict the picks at about a 30% clip (KIPAHHHH!). I don't know. But I do know this. Whatever Bill does, usually results in RESULTS! And while, from even an amateur analyst standpoint, I understand that's some pretty weak sauce. Just to toe the company line, and such. I'll just evoke the Hooded One and tell you that it "is what it is". Because that is what it is, my friends. And you know this...MAN! Which is a Friday reference, as I'm sure you're well aware. Not quite Pootie Tang, but I'm happy with how things ended up. Which is only appropriate considering my analysis of the draft. A nicely wrapped bow, if you will. And even if you won't. So there...


Boston Red Sox
Overall: 19-19 (1.5 games back in AL East)
Last Week: 3-2

As for the Red Team, the good and the bad continue to completely balance each other out. Hence the .500 record. One problem that has possibly shown itself as "identifiable", though (other than Clay Buchholz and his impending retroactive DL stint), is the play of the "young guys". Namely, Will Middlebrooks (.197), Xander Bogaerts (.252), and Jackie Bradley Jr (.219)...

Now, I know batting average isn't the be all end all. But I included those stats because they just so happen to be representative of how each of those guys is performing at the plate, right now. And their collective lack of production is bogging down the offense. Simple as that. And until they start to hit, and until this offense starts to hit consistently from top to bottom, the Red Sox will likely remain a .500 team. A record that's unlikely to get them anywhere, despite what people are saying about the "down year" occurring in the AL East...

Thankfully, this is a grind. And the Red Sox have proven themselves a capable franchise that seems committed to winning. So, I continue to have faith that they'll make the appropriate changes in order to stay in the hunt. I mean, I'm all for "long term". And I know they are, too. But there comes a point where it isn't good for anyone for them to be regularly trotting out a trio of .200 hitters. And I'd be surprised to learn that management isn't on the same page with the fans on that one, too...


And there you have it, friends. All I've got for ya this time around. Hope you enjoy the pones, this weekend. I've been slackin' on that area of my pimpin' this year, for sure. But hopefully I'll be able to slang down a bet or two, come race time. Oh, and another reminder. If you're not watching Fargo, yet. You really should be. And enough of that "but I haven't seen the movie" bull shit. Although, if you haven't made time to watch one of the best films in the last 25 years, then maybe this series just isn't your speed. Meh, whatever. It's not gonna get cancelled. So I guess I don't need you Teds on that front. Your loss...

Per usual, check Twitter for any pertinent updates or Interweb happenings. Otherwise, have a fine week. And I'll catch you Teds next time...

#BAGSMUNMAN