The Patriots don’t have a game this weekend, but they remain in the headlines thanks to yesterday’s deal for troubled Tampa cornerback Aqib Talib.
The deal, which cost the Patriots a fourth-round pick in the coming draft (and got them back a 7th rounder) has been the subject of much debate and discussion already, with much of the talk centered around Talib’s considerable rap sheet. (Side note: Media folks relish digging up athlete’s rap sheets. But don’t ever bring up their own past transgressions or brushes with the law, that’s out of bounds.)
Critics of the deal have a two-pronged argument. The guy’s character, (or complete lack thereof) and the price paid by the Patriots for what could be a very short term rental.
On the other hand, if the Patriots didn’t make this deal, and it was later revealed that it was on the table, most of those same people would be killing the team for not addressing a weakness.
Some fans paint the move as a desperate attempt to save a “lost season.” Bingo? If you wanted to see a lost season, you should’ve tuned in to watch the Kansas City Chiefs last night. That’s a team on a lost season.
Pats add a headache to address a headache – Tom E Curran looks at what we know about Talib, and addresses the bleating voices who cry What about the children????
Different views of Talib deal – Mike Reiss collects a few different opinions on the move.
Catch up on all the views and news this weekend at PatriotsLinks.com.
The Celtics have their home opener tonight, and look to avoid a Lakers-like 0-2 start to the season. Dan Shaughnessy, when he’s not saying that Dwyane Wade was correct in calling Rondo a punk the other night, has a fair decent column on why we’re lucky to have the Celtics.
Of course, I did almost lose my breakfast over this:
Here at 135 Morrissey Boulevard, we are trained to afflict the comfortable. We are cynics. We question motives. We try to represent the interests of the fans.
Get all the Celtics news this weekend at CelticsLinks.com.
David Ortiz could hit the free agent market tonight at midnight if he and the Red Sox don’t agree on a new deal. Interest in Ortiz by the Texas Rangers has been reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Short-term possibilities out there for Red Sox – John Tomase looks at some possible bargains for the Red Sox in free agency.
NBC putting its faith in soccer – Chad Finn’s media column looks at NBC’s new deal with the Premier League, and a few other items.
Bob Ryan has found perfect home on NBA TV – My SB Nation media column looks at why Bob Ryan on NBA TV is one of those things that seemed to make too much sense to actually happen, but did.
Give Tommy Heinsohn points for passion – Bill Doyle looks at the 78-year-old Celtics analyst and his continued passion for the Celtics.
Molori Unplugged: Dave Goucher – John Molori talks to Bruins announcer Dave Goucher, who has plenty of time for golf these days.
If you’re a subscriber to Patriots Football Weekly, my column on the new two-man broadcast booth for Monday Night Football, and the history of the two and three-man booths on that telecast appears this week.