Sometimes it stinks being right.
I took a little heat from some readers last week for emphatically stating that there was no way that the Jets or Jaguars would win yesterday. I didn’t think I was being too bold in making that statement, considering the teams and coaches involved. It seemed pretty obvious, in fact.
Back in August when the Jets traded for Brett Favre, Patriots fans smirked, knowing that the Jets season would now end with Favre throwing some bonehead, killer interceptions in the biggest moment of the biggest game of the season. Little did Patriots fans know that their playoff fate would also be tied to those interceptions.
The Patriots made their own bed this season. The losses to the Colts and at home to the Jets are the reason they’re cleaning out their lockers today instead of preparing for the postseason. Since the league was so uneven this season with so many really poor teams (and conversely teams with good records from beating up on the poor teams) that the Patriots 11-5 record just wasn’t good enough.
Boston fans can take solace in the fact that we two first place teams playing this winter in the Celtics and Bruins to bridge the gap to the summer.
Yesterday was a busy day in Boston sports, with the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics all playing, and the Red Sox making a couple of moves as well.
Tom E. Curran on NBCSports.com reported yesterday that Tom Brady is behind in his rehab and that his 2009 season would be in doubt if a second procedure became necessary. Peter King disputed that account on the NBC Football Night in America pregame show, and Shira Springer (Shira Springer!?) also disputes the account in the Globe this morning. Because there are apparently two different camps of sources out there on this topic, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com of course immediately jumps in and asserts that this MUST mean there is a rift between Brady and the Patriots. The Curran report also conflicts with what Charlie Casserly had reported on the CBS Pregame show last Sunday.
Chris Warner on PatriotsDaily.com reviews the frustrating end to the season for New England. Chris Price chimes in with the final 10 Things We Learned Yesterday column of the season for the Patriots. Michael Felger says that you shouldn’t be at all surprised at what Brett Favre did yesterday. (We weren’t.)
Check the rest of the coverage at PatriotsLinks.com – again with a new streamlined look and article previews.
Thus begins what is sure to be a fascinating offseason for the Patriots. Eric McHugh has a look at a few of the issues needing to be dealt with. Hector Longo says that the Patriots have to keep Matt Cassell with Brady’s situation unclear.
The Bruins won their eight straight game last night, 2-1 over the Atlanta Thrashers. Steve Conroy has Manny Fernandez turning in a “brilliant” performance in net for the B’s. Fluto Shinzawa has Cam Neely offering congratulations to Fernandez following the game.
The Celtics got back to their winning ways with a 108-63 thumping of the Kings in Sacramento. The 45 point win by the Celtics was the largest defeat at home in franchise history for Sacramento. Marc J. Spears has the Celtics getting back to business in the win. Steve Bulpett says that four quarters of the Kings was just what the Celtics needed.
Tim Weisberg says that the Celtics two losses last week aren’t about to derail their season. Bill Doyle says that the Celtics might need some bench help. Jeff Goodman looks at what the Lakers loss means to the Celtics. Bulpett looks at the strides made by Ray Allen in his second season with the Celtics.
Spears’ notebook has Kendrick Perkins returning to action for the Celtics, and has an update on Bill Walker and J.R. Giddens from the D-League. Bulpett’s notebook has more on Perkins’ return to the lineup.
Sean McAdam has the Sox reaching an agreement with former Marlins and Dodgers ace Brad Penny and bringing back former backup catcher Josh Bard. Amalie Benjamin also reports on the developments. Rob Bradford has Penny confirming the deal.
Robert Preer says that 3-D sportscasts might be the wave of the future.