Jets Vanquished, Patriots Fans Can Now Move On

Now that the New York Jets have been silenced for the season, Patriots fans can now look forward to a quiet couple of weeks before the Super Bowl, and then the start of Red Sox spring training.

Even with the Jets eliminated, you may want to turn away from football completely for the next couple of weeks as the “Steelers Dynasty” talk heats up (Ron Borges is all over that this morning) and the Roethlisberger vs. Brady comparisons are hashed out.

I’ll get this out there. I thought I could root for the Jets yesterday, as the idea of the Steelers getting their third Super Bowl title since the Patriots last won one is sickening, but once the game started yesterday, the hatred for the Jets trumped all. I can respect the Steelers as a franchise and organization that has been consistently great for many, many years, and they have a great tradition there in Pittsburgh. That’s worthy of respect.

Nothing about the Jets is worthy of respect.

All that said, go Green Bay!

First Super Bowl was bittersweet – Mark Farinella has a very nice look back 25 years ago to the Patriots first Super Bowl trip, and his experience covering it. I do hope though, that Mark knows how pretentious this paragraph sounds:

Rubbing elbows with celebrities is no big thing for me after some 30-plus years of covering the NFL. I’ve seen the great and the near-great over that time. Remember, I stood next to Gisele Bündchen in the bowels of Qualcomm Stadium on the very day when she first met Tom Brady. I wasn’t impressed. He was, apparently.

Lining up the Patriots’ biggest needs – Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots biggest offseason needs.

Rapoport’s postseason awards – Ian Rapoport applies high school-yearbook style awards to the 2010 Patriots.

High-flying Celts fear looking down – Steve Bulpett looks at the Celtics odd issues with the weak sisters of the NBA.

The Celtics About To Perk Up – Alan Segal with a look at the imminent return of Kendrick Perkins to the Celtics. (with audio interview with Perk.) Gary Washburn also has a look at Perkins this morning.

What to watch in 2nd half – Peter May looks ahead to the major storylines of the second half of the season for the Celtics.

No alternative: Why Crawford’s deal looks even better in light of Wells trade – Alex Speier notes the extremely high price the Angels paid for Vernon Wells.

Dropping Carl Crawford to Fifth Creates Potent Red Sox Lineup, Keeps Sluggers in ‘Normal’ Slots – Tony Lee looks at why batting fifth might be the best spot for Crawford.

Just thinking: Rays not Idiots – John Tomase looks at the Rays landing Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon.

Big hit sends Savard home for tests – Stephen Harris has the Bruins center reeling after yet another big hit to the head.

Snowy Friday Media Roundup

How many snowstorms this week have we had? I’ve lost count.

After Jets-Patriots, A Vain Attempt To Avoid The Sports Media – Here is my SB Nation Boston media column, with a look at the aftermath of Patriots/Jets, and examining more garbage from Tony Massarotti.

Jackson takes hit on his credibility – Chad Finn has a look at the ridiculous comments, spin and backtracking this week from ESPN’s Tom Jackson, who picked the Patriots to win the game, then afterwards said he only picked them to fire up the Jets, and then backtracked to say that he actually did think the Patriots would win. Kirk Minihane also goes after Jackson.

Jets run may not be done – Bill Doyle’s media column has CBS’ Phil Simms and Jim Nantz weighing in on the AFC Championship game.

A pair of WEEI hosts have engaged in media-on-media crime in the last 24 hours:

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Both are worth a listen, though in the John Dennis rant, one of his primary targets is Tony Massarotti. That’s a tough one – who to side with?

Rosy memories – This was a good piece from Buddy Thomas, who catches up with former Ohio State and Bears running back Bobby Watkins, who grew up in New Bedford and still lives in Dartmouth.

Ken Powers In Trouble Again

Remember Ken Powers? Fired from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for plagiarism in February 2005 after being sent home from the Super Bowl?

Well, it seems like he steals more than just words.

Reporter accused of $100,000 theft

UXBRIDGE — A well-known Central Massachusetts reporter is facing criminal charges that he stole $100,000 from a Sutton golf course where he worked as the pro shop manager.

Kenneth P. Powers, 49, of 36 Abbott St., No. 4B, Worcester, is scheduled to be arraigned in Uxbridge District Court Jan. 28 on one count of larceny over $250. A criminal complaint was issued Jan. 11.