New Year’s Eve Eve Top 10

Quite a bit going on yesterday with Jason Bay agreeing to terms with the Mets, and the Pro Bowl rosters being announced.

Bay was a nice player here, a professional guy who hit for power and drove in runs, but wasn’t the type of guy you build your lineup around. Despite his durability over the course of his career, there was also apparently something in his physical that prompted the Red Sox to move on. Speaking of moving on, I think most of us had moved on from Bay a couple of weeks ago, so all these columns and talk about Bay this morning are not nearly as interesting as the media seems to think it is.

As for the Pro Bowl selections…the NFL is trying their hardest to make the selections an “event.” They had a show dedicated to the Pro Bowl last night, where the selections were announced. The most notable part of that show however, was a rambling interview with Colts president Bill Polian, who took shots at his own fan base, intimating that they were too stupid to understand what was really important, and outlined what he felt was really important: he stated that he didn’t think 16-0 was of any significance, (“inconsequential” he called it) and that they had set two goals this season – the first was to get to 23 straight regular season wins, and the second was to get the most regular season wins this decade. No mention of the Super Bowl. (You can see a similar rant on the Colts web page.)

Anyway…on to the links.

They looked coordinated on offense - Albert Breer notes the improvement in play-calling for the Patriots on Sunday. (Of course, the picture with the column is actually of defensive coordinator Dean Pees.)

‘D’ is the key to Pats’ surge - Rich Garven looks at lineup changes on the other side of the ball that have made a difference for the Patriots.

They finally grasped The Patriot Way - Tom E Curran says that the team is finally coming together.

Patriots drop back to the pack - Karen Guregian isn’t optimistic about this team.

Cold, Hard Football Facts That Defined The Decade Of The Patriots - Kerry Byrne with 81(!) numbers that stand out for the Patriots in the last ten years.

Life Comes Full Circle for Jason Bay, Mets - Alex Speier looks back at how the Mets deemed Bay utterly expendable seven years ago.

Pioneers and Racism in Major League Baseball - Scott Coen with some thoughts after the passing of former baseball writer Lester Rodney.

Mental lapses are proving to be a real headache - Gary Washburn looks at the Celtics recent struggles.

Goal within reach? - Kevin Paul Dupont has Tim Thomas still dreaming of Olympic gold.

Rink can freeze out Mother Nature - Rich Thompson looks at how rain won’t deter plans for the Winter Classic.

  • Paul

    30 days hath September/April, June, and November/All the rest have 31.

    Don’t stay up too late tonight.

    • Bruce

      That’s why there are two Eves up there.

  • Dave
  • NS Webster

    “16-0 we did not feel was a historic achievement,” Polian told Eisen. “What was important to us…was to set two records. One, for the most consecutive regular-season games won…. And secondly, for the most games won in this decade. And I don’t believe that anybody can catch us now, no matter what happens this week. We felt those were both extremely historical milestones that were worth going out there and risking everything for.”

    Wow…those direct quotes really read like a desperate rationalization by somebody who doesn’t believe what he’s saying.

    I think it’s fair to say that nobody cared about the regular season streak, or even most wins in a decade – especially with just one SB win.

    For him to make some bizarre claim that 16-0 was not a historic achievement – when it’s a signature achievement in ALL OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS – makes no sense at all.

    He knows the team screwed it up, he knows they lost their chance at history, and now instead of just being frank about it, he’s grasping at a variety of irrational claims.

    • Classless

      What I’m glad about now is that Polian finally validated my belief about the Colts: that they’re more concerned with stats and regular season milestones. They truly strive to be regular season champions, which is extremely laughable. Who the hell cared when the Patriots broke the consecutive victories record? Nobody. Nobody cares when the Seattle Mariners broke the baseball regular season record either.

      Nobody remembers the #1 seed in any sport unless they lose in the 1st round, something the Colts are very familiar with.

      • Paul

        So you’re saying the Colts as a #1 seed have lost in the first round of the playoffs? That is historic. I didn’t think you could lose when you have a bye week.

      • Curtis

        Obviously the Patriots cared about that stupid consecutive wins record, they put out a DVD commemorating it! And they still have a banner hanging at the stadium signifying that they won all their REGULAR SEASON games in 2007…leaving out the loss in a particulary big playoff game.

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