Congratulations go out to Michael

Congratulations go out to Michael Felger, who edged out surprise candidate Seve DeOssie for having the distinction of making the most tracked TV and Radio appearances during the period of August through October. Felger managed an unofficial count of 51 appearances during that span, despite planning his wedding and taking a week off for his honeymoon. At an average of about $200.00 a pop, Felger likely pocketed a cool ten grand during this span. Good for him. Probably made for a nice honeymoon, too. DeOssie finished with around 44 appearances, while Felger nemesis Nick Cafardo weighed in with 39. Other noteworthy numbers were Ron Borges (31) Steve Buckley (29) Fred Smerlas (26) Michael Smith (23) and Scott Zolak (22). Keep in mind that these are not exact numbers as I likely missed some appearances, or added twice a couple times.

I’m also going to stop tracking all the appearances. It just got to be too much and too annoying. So Felger is the one and only winner of this award.

I snorted Pepsi through my nose after hearing the following exchange on WWZN. Caller: “If Pedro made 5 more starts and won them all, the Red Sox would’ve won 98 games and still finished out of the playoffs, so your point is moot.” Butch Stearns: “That’s not true, they win 5 more games it means 5 less losses so they would’ve had 103 wins.”

Steve Britt kills his chances for getting any exclusive interviews with Pedro…and just for the record, Pedro didn’t “quit” on the team in 2001. You might recall a little rotator cuff injury he had that was the whole reason why this season was so impressive. Jonathan Comey remembers Zito’s time on the Cape. Del Jones says that team success was the determining factor in Zito winning. From yesterday, a much talked about Mark Kreidler article explores how Zito’s pitching on the final day of the season, (at least partially motivated by the opportunity to pad his Cy Young stats) may have cost the A’s big time in the postseason. Also, Freidler notes that Zito was not Oakland’s best pitcher down the stretch of the final two months of the season. Tim Hudson was more dominant during that time.

Mike Fine seems to have enjoyed last night’s Celtics/Lakers matchup, calling it “a classic matchup of two superstars, prompting the participants to talk about the good old days when Celtics and Lakers game really meant something.” Rob Bradford looks back to the Celtics working out a 17 year old high school kid back in ’96. Gary Fitz looks at the Pierce/Bryant battle. Bradford also looks at Shaq vowing to be the undertaker of the NBA when he returns. Fine’s notebook looks at Phil Jackson, Tony Delk and faces in the crowd. Lenny Megliola thought it was a pretty decent game too.

Eric McHugh has the Ty Law willing to bet his entire paycheck on a game in which the receivers and corners would exchange roles. Christopher Price has ATLA. McHugh’s notebook contains a Bears preview.

Was Pedro robbed, or did

Was Pedro robbed, or did he bring it on himself? That’s the debate of the day. One caller to D&C this morning suggested that the Red Sox arranged their rotation so that he faced the other teams fifth starter every time out, while another said everytime he turned on SportsCenter he saw Barry Zito carrying his team to another big win. Gery Callahan takes Pedro’s side and blasts the writers who picked Zito because he’s “fun” and they’re “tired” of Pedro winning. Dan Shaughnessy takes the other side, blames Pedro, and compares him to Roger Clemens taking himself out of game 6 and Wade Boggs sitting to protect his batting average. David Heuschkel gets some quotes from several of the writers who voted for Zito over Pedro, and the Courant Yankees writer, who voted Pedro third. Tony Massarotti gets a few quotes from writers as well, but reports the issue right down the middle. Bob Hohler also plays it straight, but focuses more on Pedro’s bitterness at losing. Steve Buckley doesn’t play it straight, sides with Zito and even uses him to take a shot at Manny. Check out the paragraph that had I seen I isolated somewhere, I would’ve sworn it was written by Peter Gammons: ” Understand this about Barry William Zito: He didn’t win the Cy Young Award yesterday. He won it five years ago, when, as a member of the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League, he was putting his body through dizzying, exhausting workouts that astounded his coaches, teammates and opponents. In an age when we complain about athletes who too often lack the drive and ambition to take their talents to a higher level – hello there, Manny Ramirez” Had to get that Cape Cod League reference in there. I know this is about Pedro and Zito…but just curious, what “higher level” is Manny supposed to take his game to?

The good news…Dennis and Callahan have been talking Celtics the last few mornings. The bad news…most of the talk is about how unwatchable the NBA is, and how Dennis focuses on Vin Baker the entire time he’s in there. They disagreed with accounts that last nights Celtics/Lakers affair was a ‘great’ game. They agreed with a caller who called the game “horrible’. Peter May disagrees, and gushes over the game. He also includes the crucial detail that Shaq had Celtic-green toenails. Steve Bulpett covers the game and similarly enjoyed it. Carolyn Thornton has the game story for the Projo. Shira Springer writes about the game being an “an epic, almost endlessly entertaining clash.” Jackie MacMullan catches up with Shaq, and humanizes Superman, who contemplates the end of his career. Rich Thompson has a look at one of last night’s heroes, the scorching hot Tony Delk. Bulpett’s notebook has Shaq talking Celtics and Vin Baker. Thornton’s notebook reports that Shaq feels he needs to bulk up a bit to handle the pounding he gets. Springer’s notebook has Jim O’Brien urging the officials to give Antoine more calls when he drives to the hoop. Michael Muldoon says Kobe is no Jordan.

After Ted Johnson was the focus yesterday, today it’s Ty Law. Tom Curran says Law will accept any challenge, and also writes about his brush with identity theft. Michael Felger notes that Law can talk with the best of them. Nick Cafardo reviews the state of affairs and looks ahead to the second half of the schedule, including a look at each upcoming game. Alan Greenberg has a look at the Right Tackle position with Robinson-Randall and Jones competing for the starters role. Greenberg and Curran were on FSNE’s NE Sports Tonight yesterday, and it made for an entertaining show. Hector Longo looks at the Pats three headed monster at tight end. Cafardo’s notebook contains the third Ty Law piece of the day. Curran’s notebook has Belichick’s thoughts on Bears linebacker Rosevelt Colvin. Felger reports in his notebook that Chris Chandler will be the Bears starting QB this Sunday. Leigh Montville provides his weekly picks.

Hall of Fame honored Kevin Paul Dupont writes about last night’s Bruins loss to the Red Wings. Stephen Harris has the Bruins happy to get a point with the OT game.

Bill Griffith has extensive media notes, including Randy Cross’ thoughts on the Patriots, word on NESN leaving the Red Sox broadcast crew hanging for a bit more and his thoughts on the Felger/Cafardo/Borges media war. Jim Baker notes that this Monday will be the 500th episode of Monday Night Football.

ESPN has Wizards/Lakers at 8:00 and Grizzlies/Kings at 10:30

WEEI’s Dale & Neumy are

WEEI’s Dale & Neumy are reporting in the noontime hour that they have learned Barry Zito has beaten out Pedro Martinez for the AL Cy Young award. Derek Lowe finished third. They are the first, as far as I can tell, to be reporting this news. No word on WWZN where Eddie is encouraging people to call in and sing badly for Celtics Tickets. Update As of about 1:20, WWZN is also reporting Zito as the winner. The McDonough group did reveal that former Pedro adversary George King voted for Martinez for the Award. Most of Zito’s votes came from the West coast, though one of the Yankee writers also voted for Zito. Will McDonough expressed his dismay at the outcome, feeling it was a huge injustice. WEEI’s Big Show seemed to spend a lot of time validating Zito’s selection to the furious callers. Pete Sheppard was the only one outraged at the Martinez snub. Glen Ordway and Bill Burt and Steve DeOssie think Zito was the correct choice based on his facing better competition out West and also because his team was better and involved in more big games. Also, Ordway thinks Pedro made a huge mistake in his comments after his final start about shutting it down, and expressing that he thought he deserved the Cy Young.

Eric McHugh reports on the Patriots Right tackle competition. David Pevear looks at the persistence of Robinson-Randall and Ted Johnson in reclaiming roles on the Pats. Buddy Thomas says we still can’t determine who is better, Brady or Bledsoe. Chad Finn tries to figure out the NFL. Tom King has ATJA. (Another Ted Johnson Article) The Mooseman hands out the mideason grades. McHugh’s notebook looks at Brady and Belichick covering each other.

Tim Weisberg says this Celtics team is tough to figure. Mike Fine has a look at the still-maturing Kobe Bryant.

WWZN has also launched its new website.

As Dennis and Callahan pointed

As Dennis and Callahan pointed out this morning, despite the Celtics winning last night and playing the Lakers tonight, and the Bruins playing the Red Wings, people are going to be talking about the Bill James hiring, whether Pedro can get the Cy Young, and the Patriots. That’s reflected in the newspaper coverage. Baseball and Football rule and are on a higher plane than Basketball and Hockey. So accordingly, there are several articles on the Red Sox. Art Martone gives us some background and information on James and sabermetrics. Bob Hohler has a look at the James hiring for the Globe. Joe McDonald writes that James will be just “one voice in a chorus”. Onto Pedro and the Cy, Tony Massarotti says there should be no debate. Pedro deserves the award. Hohler does a comparison of the candidates. Massarotti reports in his notebook that the Sox have placed a call to free agent second baseman Jeff Kent. He also touches on James and possible coaching candidates. David Heuschkel has a story on Dan Duquette’s new job — as head of his sports academy. Those who will be involved with the academy, either financially or as instructors include Pedro and Ramon Martinez, Peter Gammons, Tommy Lasorda, Carl Yastrzemski and Pat Williams, a former NBA executive. Duquette had some thoughts on the GM search and possible renovation of Fenway: “”I think the dynamics of the new ownership group are coming into play in the [GM] job search,” Duquette said. “J.P. Ricciardi grew up in the shadow of the Red Sox and elected to go back to Toronto. Omar Minaya turned them down. You have to wonder about that.” He laughs at the notion that Fenway Park can be renovated, something the new owners have been examining for months. “Whatever,” Duquette says in a dismissive tone.

Ted Johnson is the hot Patriots topic among the papers. An article in every paper. Alan Greenberg has a article on Johnson proving that he still belongs. Michael Felger writes that it’s like old times for the Patriots linebacker. Nick Cafardo also rights about Johnson again having a big impact, he’s taking more of leadership role, being vocal in play calling. Tom Curran writes about the importance of team identity, and how that fits into the Bears struggles this year. Mark Murphy has a piece on Greg Robinson-Randall and his return to the starting lineup, that’s also the lead topic in Cafardo’s notebook. It’s also noted in there that the Patriots are trying again to get a new deal done with Tebucky Jones. Curran also reports that Willie McGinest will be fined by the NFL for his hit on Drew Bledsoe. Bill Reynolds has some interesting excerpts from Patriots linebackers coach Pepper Johnson’s book on the championship season. Among the tidbits is the information that had Belichick thought that Bledsoe was completely healthy when he returned, he likely would’ve gotten his job back. Murphy also has a short article on rookie tight end Daniel Graham. Another topic that was hot during the press conferences yesterday, was whether Belichick has a doghouse for players who fall out of favor. Michael Gee writes about this topic. Ted Johnson is also a topic in Curran’s notebook in the Projo. Felger’s notebook looks at the successful lineup changes, and has a note that the 45 yard Kevin Faulk TD has been reviewed and ruled a lateral, meaning it is now in the books as a rushing TD rather than a pass for Brady.

Steve Bulpett and Shira Springer file the game stories on the Celtics exacting revenge on the Bulls for the opening night loss. Bulpett writes about the mutual appreciation between Bulls rookie Jay Williams and Salem native Rick Brunson. Dan Hickling’s notebook in the Projo looks at rookie J.R. Bremer. Springer’s notebook focuses on former Uconn product Donyell Marshall fitting in nicely with the Bulls. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Antoine Walker finding the right balance in his time between Chicago and Boston. Jackie MacMullan writes about Lakers coach Phil Jackson striving to be more positive.

TNT has Celtics/Lakers at 7:30 and Pistons/Nuggets at 10:00. NESN has Bruins/Red Wings at 8:00. (ESPN2 Nationally) ESPN has Cincinnati/Louisville college football at 7:30. FSNE has New England Tailgate at 7:00. HBO has Inside the NFL at 8:00.

Quite a bit of baseball

Quite a bit of baseball talk on a cold rainy day in sports radio. Eddie Andelman started off his show railing against the Red Sox owners and the letter they sent out recently to season ticket holders. Eddie is not happy nor impressed with the new ownership and management group of the team. Dale & Neumy spent much of their show looking at various statistics, mostly related to baseball and specifically making the case for Pedro Martinez receiving the Cy Young award. At the end of the show, they had two interesting items. One, the Red Sox are going to hire Bill James. Very interesting move. I can’t help but wonder though, what the reaction would’ve been had Dan Duquette done this. Ridicule over hiring another “statman”, I suspect. (Yes, I realize sabermetrics is a bit more complicated then just a bunch of numbers.) The second was what Drew Bledsoe has spent his bye week doing. He’s in LA, testifying, no not at the Winona Ryder shoplifting trial, but in the lawsuit between sports agents Leigh Steinberg and David Dunn. Some interesting material in an entertaining article by T.J. Simers who gives the word that Bledsoe “couldn’t even tell the jury for sure whether he has been married “five or six years,” which had to leave the good citizens on the jury wondering about the strength of his recollection the rest of the morning.” Think Drew will be getting a bit of a chilly reception back home from Maura? The whole article is definitely worth a read, though free registration is required. Ralph Frammolino has the more “newsy” version. Glen Ordway joined by Chris Collins and Steve Buckley for continuing election coverage. Sean McDonough was joined by Steve Burton and Kip Lewis. Red Sox talk continued here, with GM search talk, as well as the possibility of Roger Clemens returning.

Jonathon Comey wonders if a Super Bowl rematch is in the making. Eric McHugh hands out the midseason grades. Up in Vermont, they’re a little confused about this whole Bledsoe/Brady/Bills/Patriots thing. (again, free registration required) BuffaloBills.com has a “Where are they now?” article on Fred Smerlas.

Mike Fine has a look at Mike Port, who continues to plug along and do his job. Alan Greenwood says the Orioles are interested in making Port their GM. Lucchino says he would give the Orioles permission to talk to Port if they ask.

With the off night for

With the off night for most of the sports world, The Globe does the right thing and has a lengthy feature lined up to fill the void. Stan Grossfeld once again provides the writing as he looks at four legends of Boston sports, and gets the secret of their longevity. He has a legend from the 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. Perhaps most amazing to me was Milt Schmidt. 84 years old, out playing golf in the rain, sipping a Bud. There are several old hockey stories that are fascinating, and amusing. He also has a steady girlfriend. Johnny Pesky is next, and attributes his health at age 83 to changing his diet. He talks about surprising the current players by spearing a line drive, or with his footwork around third base. He still craves that Red Sox world championship. Gino Cappelletti got his championship last year with the Patriots — in the broadcast booth while recovering from quadruple bypass heart surgery.The youngster of the four, Gino at 68 is one of the Football hall of fame’s most glaring omissions. He was the AFL’s all time leading scorer. He exercises and eats healthy, and like the others in this series he is still right near is playing weight. Finally Bob Cousy, 74, who every other day heads over to Holy Cross to work out in the morning. In addition he eats light, takes his vitamins and has a glass or two of red wine every night. Great job by Grossfeld and the Globe here.

Gerry Callahan says that it sure looks like Tom Brady was on point and correct with his comments after the Green Bay game. He accepts the leadership role and is growing into it at the age of 25. Michael Felger wraps up the first half of the season with awards and disappointments. Jim Donaldson blesses us with some of his thoughts and observations on football. Nick Cafardo uses some quotes and information from his appearance with Matt Light on WWZN yesterday to put together his article today on the melding of the offensive line. Michael Gee feels uneasy that the people are buzzing about the Patriots again. Felger’s notebook also looks at the O-line play.

Bob Hohler reports that the Sox new GM will likely come out of the current crop of candidates. He also reports on Lucchino confirming interest in Tom Glavine and Jim Thome. Lucchino also was given the chance to re-state a quote he had said about Glavine being in the “twilight” of his youth. He quickly amended the comment. Just wouldn’t do to say anything close to something Dan Duquette would say…Joe McDonald reports on the Red Sox re-signing Alan Embree, who says a big part of his decision was the fans. David Heuschkel and Tony Massarotti also report on the signing. Massarotti also reports on the GM search, an award for Manny Ramirez, and some coaching candidates. Hohler also reports on Embree in a second article of the day. John Tomase asserts that the Cy Young should go to Pedro, without question, but that he could get passed over. Meanwhile, the ever-reliable George King takes Lucchino’s quotes from yesterday and runs with a story in the NY Post that the Red Sox could be after Roger Clemens.

Peter May castigates Paul Gaston (rightly so) for his steadfast refusal to allow the Celtics to carry more than 12 players on the active roster, even with Kedrick Brown out for what could be another month. Mark Murphy reports that Antoine Walker isn’t worried about his shots and shooting. May’s notebook has the team looking for revenge against the Bulls tonight. Murphy’s notebook looks at Donyell Marshall’s role with the Bulls among other notes. Jim Baker has the TNT crew blasting the Celtics.

FSNE has Celtics/Bulls at 8:30. ESPN has Kings/Knicks at 7:00 and Nets/Bucks at 9:30

John Meterparel rejoiced over his

John Meterparel rejoiced over his strong showing in the best play by play guy poll. The Touchdown Twins joined Dale and Nuemy on WEEI’s midday show. A bit of an amusing moment when Dale told “Danny from Quincy” that if he wanted to co-host to go call the other guy. This was a reference to Eddie Andelman yesterday recruiting callers, including Danny to co-host his program. Danny told Dale he shouldn’t always be slamming his former partner, and was promptly disconnected. Speaking of Eddie, he and Jageler were joined by Damien Woody and Matt Light, along with Nick Cafardo. Light revealed that Joe Andruzzi’s nickname among his linemates is “our little fat guard”. Danny from Quincy got a mention on this show too. Glen Ordway was joined by Steve DeOssie and Michael Felger, and promised in addition to football, that there would be plenty of election talk. Pete Brock, Michael Smith, and Bill Simmons joined Sean McDonough, who feels that the Embree re-signing by the Red Sox spells the end for Urbina. Bob Ryan called to talk about the new ESPN program.

Jon Couture just can’t figure out the Patriots. Del Jones says give Daniel Graham some love. So does the Patriots website which encourages you to go to NFL.com and vote for Graham as the top rookie of the week. Tom King wonders if we’re in for another Patriots run. Ron Chimelis says we all need to respect Drew. Chris Kennedy looks ahead to the rest of the road trip. The Mooseman has hope. Tuesday means another addition of Gregg Easterbrook’s Tuesday morning quarterback.

Mike Fine has Jim O’Brien looking for better defense from his squad. Rob Bradford has a piece in the Lowell Sun about a former local high school star getting engaged to a famous coach’s daughter, and also has a couple interesting Celtics notes at the end.

Almost straight A’s for the

Almost straight A’s for the Patriots in Kevin Mannix’s Report Card. Tom Curran cautions against thinking this team has solved all its problems. Alan Greenberg agrees that we shouldn’t all assume that they’re back on track. Ron Borges writes glowingly about the Patriots, and is sure to point out that he isn’t criticizing Tom Brady for the sideways passes. OK, so it’s a positive article. But read it again. Zero credit to Belichick and Crennel for coming up the scheme that totally confused not just Bledsoe, but the entire Buffalo offense, which was being touted in a Rams-like manner the last few weeks. Bills guard Ruben Brown, a severn year NFL veteran said “We hadn’t seen that, No offense has seen that.” Any mention of the coaching in this article is simply to say they must’ve realized how stupid they were being and went back to the things that were working.

Mark Murphy notes the little things that helped the Patriots get back into the win column. Michael Smith looks at what the Patriots did on offense to control the game. Paul Kenyon notes that the Patriots didn’t do anything different on Sunday….except execute. Hector Longo credits Tom Brady with backing up his talk earlier in the week, and lumps Drew along with Manny Ramirez and others he calls not “a clutch team player”. Bill Reynolds says the game Sunday simply showed the difference between the Pats and Bills as teams…and that the better team usually wins. Bill Burt says that was more like it. Karen Guregian writes about the Pats answering their doubters. She alludes to Nick Cafardo (not by name) saying last week that he thought the team had tuned out Bill Belichick. George Kimball has the Bills licking their wounds and Bills offensive players still talking about the defensive scheme used by the Patriots. But a note for Kimball and the rest of the Boston media…Belichick and Crennel never coached together in Cleveland…Michael Smith’s notebook has Belichick pointing out a few things that still need to be improved. Murphy’s Herald notebook has Belichick praising Ted Johnson, and Curran’s notebook in the Projo looks at the postgame meeting between Bledsoe and Belichick.

Other than the Patriots, pretty scant sports coverage. Steve Bulpett writes about the Celtics addressing their defensive issues. Shira Springer writes about a Kedrick Brown setback in the Globe, and Bulpett’s notebook also has word on Brown and also takes a shot as Will McDonough’s assertion over the weekend that a new arena down the line for the Celtics is a ridiculous notion. Bulpett provides evidence that indicates that the owners are looking at that possibility for the future.

Bob Hohler looks at the possibility of Tom Glavine hooking up with the Red Sox for next year, while Michael Silverman writes about the Sox making one last effort to reach out for Billy Beane. Silverman also writes about John Henry Williams going to trial and that it looks as if Barry Zito will nudge out Pedro for the Cy Young.

Bill Griffith looks at the weekend numbers. Jim Baker has similar information and rejoices at the end on Ex-WBZ employee Bob Neumeier calling the Sports Final antics childish. John Molori has word on Vin Baker out of Seattle, and previews an HBO documentary on OJ and the issue of race that will air next Tuesday.

Patriots cornerback Ty Law may have picked the pockets of Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds on Sunday, but he was a victim himself recently of identity theft and $20,000 out of his bank account. Darren Rovell of ESPN.com’s Sports Business section has the story. Jonathan Hoskins obtained a birth certificate and social security card for Law and then was issued a drivers license from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Ohio. He then walked into a bank, made two $10,000 withdrawals from Law’s account, and hung around a bit and signed autographs. Hoskins will serve just one year in jail. Law’s credit report will reflect the incident for seven years.

Basically zero for live sports on TV tonight. ESPN has its Tuesday night lineup of original programming. ESPN classic does have World Series film from the 1948 Boston Braves at 7:00 and a Bill Walton SportsCentury at 8:00 & 11:00.

Dan Pires hopes this is

Dan Pires hopes this is the start of something good. Chad Finn wrote yesterday that things didn’t look good for Drew and the Bills. Eric McHugh says that Belichick schooled Bledsoe once again. He also writes about the time-tested ingredients that once again worked for the Patriots. Chris Kennedy provides a well-balanced game story. Tom King asks “Drew who?”. McHugh’s notebook looks at the return of Smith and Faulk to the gameplan. Pires also has a notebook-type column. Peter King, in his Monday Morning Quarterback has a few Patriots items. Len Pasquarelli wonders if there might be more to come from the Patriots in his “Morning After” column. Clark Judge reviews the game for Fox Sports.

With Bledsoe losing yesterday, WEEI listeners were “treated” to multiple calls from Al from Everett today. Eddie Andelman chose the fact that several Patriots went to dinner with Bledsoe as a tangent to go off on. E-mailer Robert reports that Eddie is ticked off about the dinner. His reasons….A) Somebody could have poisoned their food B) A known bookie could have been eating in the same place C) One of them could have gotten jumped and had a bottle smashed over their head. For a little 20/20 hindsight, you can read what the experts said before the game on Patriots All Access, courtesy of John Molori. Glen Ordway and the boys (Smerlas and Nelson) spent much of the afternoon fending off the Bledsoe bashers coming out of the woodwork.

A few items of note tonight on the ESPN Classic Schedule. At 6:30 there is the NFL Films highlights of the Patriots/Packers SuperBowl. At 8:00 & 11:00 there is the Bobby Orr SportsCentury. At 9:00 there is a Red Sox/Orioles game from 2001, which I can assume is the Hideo Nomo no-hitter. ABC has Packers/Dolphins at 9:00.

Stuff keeps trickling in, I’ll

Stuff keeps trickling in, I’ll likely have several updates today, just adding stuff as I get to it.

A must-read is yesterday’s article by Tom Curran, which has Pete Carroll relating how Drew got totally rattled before the final “Tuna Bowl” and came to sidelines in a panic during the game, saying “They know exactly what we’re doing out there, they know the whole game plan. . . . ” This was the game where the Pats were 6-2, and ended up finishing up at 8-8.

A couple of outside articles for perspective. Jerry Sullivan in the Buffalo News totally castigates coach Gregg Williams for being out-coached and for leaving Bledsoe in the game right down the end. He adds: “It was a mismatch from the opening whistle, perhaps the most one-sided, big-game coaching matchup since Bill Parcells and Belichick undressed Marv Levy’s guys in Super Bowl XXV.” Another article, this one in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Scott Pitoniak says that Bledsoe was rattled yesterday, and at times, looked like Rob Johnson. ouch.

Also from yesterday is Dan Shaughnessy with the inevitable Babe Ruth/Roger Clemens/Drew Bledsoe comparison. “But hubristic Bill erred when he dealt Bledsoe to a division rival. It was the football equivalent of telling Roger Clemens he was in the ”twilight” of his career. And let’s not forget a transaction 82 years ago when the Red Sox sold their best player to a division rival from New York. That one hasn’t worked out too well, either.”