As the final minutes of yesterday’s 38-20 win by the Patriots over the Philadelphia Eagles wound down, while the Eagles were piling up garbage yards and a garbage TD, talk among some Patriot media (looking at you, Chris Gasper) continued to be about draft busts Jermaine Cunningham and Taylor Price and why they couldn’t get on the field even at the end of another blowout win.
In a twist from last Tuesday, Gerry Callahan criticized Bill Belichick for taking Tom Brady out of the game too early, and asking in a mocking tone about the tiebreakers. So the Patriots put up 34 points on the Chiefs last week, and that was too many points, but 38 on the Eagles wasn’t enough? OK Gerry. Meanwhile, Gerry’s protegé, Jon Meterparel was crowing about the Patriots giving up 400 yards to Vince Young. Who was that last night complaining that Brady only completed passes to four receivers?
Just a couple of examples of some of the miserable media personalities we have in this town, who win not let fans enjoy any win.
Enough of them. Here’s some coverage from this morning:
Ten Things We Learned Sunday: After all these years, Deion Branch remains Tom Brady’s most reliable target - Christopher Price has Branch’s performance just one of the high points from yesterday. Ron Borges has the best and the worst from yesterday, and so does Mary Paoletti. Karen Guregian gives us the Play of the Game.
Better than one could’ve dreamed - Greg A Bedard gives the Patriots defense credit for improvement and making adjustments. Jay Greenberg has the defense making big plays at the critical moments. Michael Hurley says that this defense is taking the term “stats are for losers” to a new level.
Tom Brady quiets critics with big day - Karen Guregian has the Patriots QB answering questions about his health. Bob Ryan says this wasn’t one of Brady’s transcendent days, but it was impressive enough. Chris Forsberg looks at the surgical precision of Brady. Mary Paoletti has Brady always looking for improvement. Ron Borges has Brady reconnecting with his steady wideouts.
Comeback route is run - The Globe notebook had Deion Branch getting back into the passing rotation. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has the offensive line getting Brady time. The Patriots Journal has Julian Edelman with another strong all-around performance.
Veterans are up to speed - Gary Washburn says that putting together a bench will be Danny Ainge’s top job.
A drive down Route 66 - Peter May has six questions about the Celtics and the 66-game NBA season.
No worries from Ray Allen - Steve Bulpett has Ray Allen feeling good heading into the shortened season.
Open or shut: How Celtics can keep their window open - Paul Flannery looks at how the Celtics can keep their championship window open just a crack.
In working order - Mark Farniella has a good piece on Mansfield native Jen Royle, who has been working weekends at WEEI, while working during the week at MASN covering the Orioles. She is a candidate to replace Heidi Watney at NESN.