The Genius is back at

The Genius is back at it. Ron Borges sets out again to drive Bill Belichick out of town. Telling us all that Belichick “utterly failed” this year, and that anyone with half a brain could’ve seen the troubles this team was in for. He goes after him for not spending money on quality free agents, he attacks Tom Brady by saying:

“The wisdom of relying on a young quarterback’s production seemed particularly suspect when one considers that while Brady’s 28 touchdown passes tied his predecessor Drew Bledsoe for second-best in Patriot history, only seven of them came in the team’s seven losses.

Brady threw 21 touchdown passes and only five interceptions in New England’s nine victories, including 11 TDs against defensive weak sisters Chicago, Buffalo, and Minnesota, but had only seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in the losses.”

What a way to twist numbers to make them appear to be to his advantage. I wonder if Borges was that particularly idiotic caller to the Dale & Neumy program yesterday asserting that Brady was dreadful and tried to make the exact case that Borges does above. He was shut down with statistics showing that that sort of ratio is the norm among NFL QB’s. How about these stats from Borges’ idol, Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe threw 15 touchdown passes and zero interceptions in Buffalo’s eight victories, including 7 TD’s in two games against “defensive weak sisters” Chicago and Minnesota, but had only nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions in the losses. So Bledsoe threw nearly half of his TD total in victories in TWO games. Brady threw half of his in four games, while Borges attempts to make it look like three, not mentioning that they played Buffalo twice. Other QB’s have similar numbers. Brett Favre is almost identical (slightly worse, even) to Brady: Wins -21 TD’s, 7 INT’s, losses: 6 TD’s 9 INT’s. How about Steve McNair? Wins – 16 TD’s, 4 INT’s. Losses – 6 TD’s, 11 INT’s. Borges is nothing but an agenda-driven fraud. He’s a genius alright. Draft David Terrell over Seymour or Belichick is an idiot. Belichick is an idiot for sticking with Brady over Bledsoe last season. Rams will win the Super Bowl 73-0. A number of readers have been collecting the factual errors that he puts into his columns, the Globe has had to print a number of retractions in response to things that Borges has written, usually they’re buried where you’re not going to see them. A few have sent them in to me, and I lost a few of them when I had a computer upgrade a couple months ago. If you’ve got them still, send them to me again, it might be fun to put up a page full of them…

Elsewhere, a couple more even-keeled Patriot wrapups are given by Tom Curran and Alan Greenberg. Over at the Herald, Michael Felger has a look at things that need to be addressed in the offseason. Kevin Mannix hands out his report card for the final game, hands out a lot of generous grades considering that the team really only cranked it up the final ten minutes of the game. Jim Donaldson repeats his rant from FSNE last night, where he said this team is closer to 6-10 then it is 10-6. Michael Parente suggests that the Patriots should’ve targeted the whole season, not just September. Bill Burt credits the win Sunday to the appearance of the Super Bowl Trophy on Saturday. Rich Thompson catches up with a couple disappointed Patriots. Tim Weisberg is confident that Belichick will right the ship. Hector Longo writes that the team showed its character finally. Nick Cafardo reports that Tom Brady won’t need shoulder surgery in the offseason. George Kimball writes about the team knowing where to assign the blame. Christopher Price wraps up the season. Cafardo’s notebook looks at falling ice at Gillette and Felger’s notebook looks at Brady vowing to not let down in his enthusiasm ever again.
The Globe’s story on Bill Parcells likely going to Dallas by Will McDonough and Nick Cafardo has a strange sentence, after laying out the terms, the source is described as having “personal knowledge of Parcells’s thinking”. How nice. Are they employing psychics at the Globe these days? Mind readers, perhaps?

Steve Buckley attempts to stir up Boston fans’ paranoia of New York. Yawn. Surprised that postcard didn’t come back postage due when he mailed it in to the Herald.

Tony Massarotti reports that the Red Sox may be close to a deal with third baseball Bill Mueller, and has some updates on trade talks with the Expos. Bob Hohler takes a good look at Mendoza, the bullpen and the Yankees. An article in the ProJo has no name attached to it, (McAdam, perhaps?) but it looks at the Red Sox/Yankees feud and reminds us: “Boston has not won it all since 1918.” Gee, thanks for that vital bit of information. David Heuschkel writes about the latest edition to the Red Sox bullpen. Massarotti likewise has a brief piece on Mendoza.

Jim Baker looks at the Sunday Patriots coverage. Bill Griffith has Phil Simms’ thoughts on the Patriots and a look ahead to the Bowl games. Joe Sullivan doesn’t like Tommy points, and says good thing hitting doesn’t involve hustle or Manny would be in trouble. Is that a joke? What defines hustle? Hours of extra batting practice and film study of at-bats and of opposing pitchers? Is that hustle, or is hitting simply a skill that you don’t have to “try hard” to be good at? John Molori examines why college sports are not covered by the Boston sports media.

FSNE has Celtics/Grizzlies at 2:00. ESPN2 has Spurs/Wizards at 8:00.

With the last “Patriots Monday”

With the last “Patriots Monday” upon us, there was understandably a ton of Patriots talk on air. Eddie Andelman began his show with funeral procession music, and immediately started doling out the “blame pie”. Dale and Neumy were more analytical, looking at what the team needs for the future. Dale wants a stud running back. I e-mailed to the show the following: “Of the top 10 rushers in the NFL this year, guess how many will be in the playoffs. Guess. One. Ricky Williams, Tomlinson, Holmes, Henry, Portis, McAllister, Dillon, Jamal Lewis, and Fred Taylor are all out. Tiki Barber. That’s it. One guy.” (Thanks, Aaron) Dale did read it on air and acknowledged the point. There was an unusually high number of nitwit callers allowed on air today. (Brady stinks, etc) So many, in fact that I think Bob Neumeier’s brain turned to mush towards the end of the program. A caller was trying to make the point about tie breakers. Dale eventually got what the caller meant, after another caller clarified it somewhat. Essentially what the original caller was trying to say was the unfairness of the current system when it comes to wildcard teams that has you breaking two tied teams in a division before you move onto the conference. Then once you get past the division teams, you go to the conference record. The example was that the Patriots and Dolphins were tied record wise,, and the tie between them was broken by the division record before the wildcard standings were tallied. The point that the caller was making was that the Browns, who don’t have to break a tie in their division essentially get a free ride to the second round of the tiebreakers, mostly because their division isn’t as strong as the AFC East. Even though Miami might have a better conference record than Cleveland (they don’t) which would give them the edge in that first tiebreaker, they get knocked out prior to that because of a worse divisional record than the Patriots. So theoretically, even though both Miami and New England could potentially hold a tie breaker advantage over Cleveland, only one would get a chance to because one would be knocked out going through the tiebreakers within the division. Neumy couldn’t grasp the point and kept saying the division record meant nothing. Bill Belichick on the Big Show with Greg Dickerson, Fred Smerlas and Steve Nelson talked about getting younger on defense and also that they’re not necessarily stuck in the “cheap free agent” mold of doing business, seeming to indicate that they’ll spend money on the right free agents. Smerlas wants a “killer back” added to the team. Nelson thinks they need a lot of upgrades, especially on the aging defense. A pass rushing end would be ideal.

Another quick quiz. Which team in the NFL played the most games against teams that finished .500 or better? Both the Patriots and Raiders played 13 out of 16 games against teams .500 or better. That’s a tough schedule. The Raiders were a sharp 9-4, while the Patriots were 6-7. Only one other team in the entire NFL (The Jets at 7-5) had more than 6 wins against opponents with a .500 or better record.

Ron Hobson looks at the rousing finish without a storybook ending. David Pevear looks at the glimpse of Patriot magic we saw yesterday. Eric McHugh says life is not fair, and looks at what went wrong. Rob Bradford looks at the sweet and sour day. Tom King notes that a miracle went for nothing.

Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback has a few Patriots notes, some more on Parcells and doesn’t have the Patriots in his top 12, though Miami remains in there, and the 6-10 Vikings are in the mix as well. Ron “Genius” Borges has it all figured out for MSNBC.

If you need to feel better, be sure to check out the Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel newspapers. They are killing Wannstedt and the Dolphins. Terms like “Choke”, “Losers”, “Underachievers”, and “Soft” are everywhere. The Palm Beach Post says of the Dolphins: “The choke’s on them.”

Like Bob Lobel told us

Like Bob Lobel told us over and over last night, I’m just glad I’m not a Miami fan. Starting with the game pieces, Nick Cafardo provides the story in the Globe noting that that genius caps have been put away. Tom Curran rues the grinch that stole the playoffs. Alan Greenberg notes that yesterday was as much a Miami collapse as it was a Patriots comeback. Michael Felger gets a lot of reaction from the players after they realized that the Jets were going to knock them out of the playoffs. Mike Lowe notes that the magic was back, but a good win ended up spoiled. Onto the columnists, Genius Ron Borges looks at how the Patriots got the idea of using Kevin Faulk the way they did from watching the Raiders. (In seriousness, Borges had perhaps his best column in years yesterday. A few cheap shots at management and Belichick, but was actually telling people to cheer for the team instead of booing them.) Kevin Mannix says too little too late and looks ahead for this team. Jeff Jacobs looks at how different three 9-7 teams can be. Jim Donaldson says that Pats went out like champions. Bob Ryan tells Tom Brady to go and get some well deserved rest. Steve Buckley writes about all the Patriots fans in Giant Stadium yesterday. Kevin Paul Dupont surveys the scene inside the players tent during the Jets/Packers game. Lenny Megliola, one of the few media members who on-air gave the Patriots a chance yesterday, laments that the win was nice, but not enough to salvage their year.

Karen Guregian writes about Mr dependable, Adam Vinatieri. Rich Thompson tries to allow Dave Wannestedt to explain himself and his curious moves at the end of the game. Michael Smith writes that the comeback provides a little comfort in the big picture. Shalise Manza Young notes that Ricky Williams only had 14 yards in the fourth quarter. Jim Greenidge also notes that Williams ran out of room in the second half. Paul Kenyon looks at the impressive performance of Tom Brady, playing in obvious pain. Ed Gray says the fourth quarter defense revived memories of last year. John Powers notes that this type of last season loss is nothing new to the Dolphins. Michael Parente looks at the huge role Kevin Faulk had, as does Alan Greenberg, Steve Solloway and Howard Bryant. I’m wondering if Faulk could be a late bloomer, sort of the way Troy Brown has been. Dan Ventura looks at the Patriots frustration in the position they put themselves in. Steve Buckley gets a few Terry Glenn thoughts on having Patriots fans root for him again. Why didn’t Buckley ask him how he felt about getting the Pats an extra draft pick yesterday? Mark Murphy looks at a relieved Matt Light, who was able to contain Jason Taylor finally. (With help) Dan Pires asserts that Belichick should’ve brought out the Super Bowl trophy right at the beginning of the season. Kevin Paul Dupont has another look at Vinatieri. Parente adds that Vinatieri gives the Patriots hope for the future, knowing they’re in great shape in close games. Manza Young records the Dolphins’ harsh words about their own performance. Ian Clark chronicles the words and actions that sparked the Patriots to action yesterday. Tim Weisberg looks at the two heroes of the day. Bill Griffith looks at the TV coverage from yesterday. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Anthony Pleasant using biblical references to fire up the Pats. Felger also notes the Pleasant speech in his notebook, and also looks at some gamesmanship involving the temperature controls in the locker rooms. Curran’s notebook is about Faulk and also about Matt Light finally stepping up against Jason Taylor.

Bob Hohler has a detailed look at the Red Sox signing of Ramiro Mendoza. Tony Massarotti has a smaller article on the subject. Sean McAdam also weighs in on Mendoza. David Heuschkel notes that the grass might be kept longer at Fenway next year, now with three sinkerball pitchers on the staff. Gordon Edes looks at the comments he and Shaughnessy discussed with Lobel on “Sports Final” last night.

Peter May looks at the issues facing the new Celtics owners as they take control of the team. Steve Bulpett says the road has made this team weary.

NESN has Bruins/Devils at 7:00. ABC has 49ers/Rams on Monday Night Football at 9:00.