The media is a strange, yet pretty predictable group. they’re almost always going to go against the tide, trying to buck popular opinion.
This means that nationally, where most people loath and despise Bill Belichick, writers and columnists are coming out and supporting the Patriots coach and his decision to go for it on fourth down Sunday night. It’s the edgy thing to do.
Locally, where most people respect Belichick and hold him in high esteem, the columnists are blindly savaging, mocking and insulting him (and enjoying it).
Neither side is enjoyable to read. Most are stretching too far either way to try and make their points. I suppose for some, perhaps the columns bashing Belichick serve as validation for their own feelings of frustration over the loss, but for me, it only makes me more mad.
Do they think people really want to read this garbage? After a day of peace and quiet yesterday, I’m ready to move on and think about the Jets and getting the AFC East under full control.
So I’m declaring this a “Fourth Down-Free Zone.” That actually wipes out about 80% of articles out there today.
Red Sox increase prices for some tickets - smart move by the Red Sox, sneak in a ticket price increase when Boston fans are ticked off about the Patriots. This is usually a day after Thanksgiving tradition, but with the uproar over Sunday night, the Sox managed to sneak this on in under the radar.
LeBron James’ numbers game at least raises eyebrows - Tim Weisberg’s NBA column looks at LeBron James’ announcement that he’ll ditch #23 because he doesn’t think anyone should be allowed to wear it, and choose #6 instead, which he associates with Dr J instead of Bill Russell.
No time, no chance - Brian MacPherson says that things changed for the Patriots Sunday night when Tom Brady no longer had time to throw the ball.
No running game equals no Super Bowl - Bill Burt says that the Patriots won’t win the Super Bowl because they cannot run the ball when it counts.
Bruins take another step backward - Mike Loftus examines another disheartening Bruins loss, this time 4-1 to the Islanders.
Respect Is Hard to Come By For Celtics - Paul Flannery’s look at why part of the Celtics problems of late might actually be a lack of respect for their opponents.
Rivers looks inward for answers to woes - Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics coach taking blame for recent losses, and vowing to get things straightened out.
Celts must stop ‘fense sitting - Lenny Megliola has Doc Rivers not afraid to call out his defense.
Red Sox may see pop - John Tomase has Sox pickup Jeremy Hermida’s hitting coach with the Marlins believing that Boston will see more pop from the former first round pick.
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