The Red Sox will be in the World Series for the third time since 2004 as they will face the St. Louis Cardinals starting on Wednesday night.
It has been a season of constant surprise – of the pleasant kind – so unlike what happened the season prior. It’s a team that no one thought would be here, (and when we say no one, we mean no one.) It’s a team that has been doubted all season, but has answered those doubts at every juncture.
While people outside of Boston are annoyed that there is yet another local team playing for a championship, here we’re appreciative of this group because while we have come to expect success, we did not expect it from this team. It’s a bonus.
Of course, that’s the fan perspective. From the media side, literally minutes after the team clinched the World Series berth on Saturday night, Gary Tanguay was on CSNNE asking Lou Merloni and Tony Massarotti “Does this game shake your confidence in John Farrell heading into the World Series?”
Spring’s shortcomings long forgotten – Gordon Edes looks at all that this team has overcome.
Red Sox, Cardinals match up well against each other – Nick Cafardo thinks that the Red Sox might’ve finally met their match in this series.
‘There are no brakes’ : Xander Bogaerts arrives on big stage – Alex Speier looks at the quietly historic postseason the Red Sox phenom is having.
Slight edge goes to Red Sox – But John Tomase says that the Cards will be the Red Sox biggest challenge yet.
Get more at RedSoxLinks.com.
The Patriots lost their second game in three weeks yesterday afternoon, falling to the hated New York Jets 30-27 in overtime. The end of the game was marked by confusion over a call that was made for the very first time in an NFL game yesterday, a 15-yard penalty on rookie Chris Jones during a failed Jets field goal attempt in overtime.
NFL muddled explanation of fateful rule change – Tom E Curran was out in front last night in showing how, while the call made was correct, the confusion over the interpretation of it was well-founded since the league saw the need to update the wording on NFL.com soon after the game regarding the rule.
Misinterpretation costly for Belichick, Pats – Mike Reiss places the blame on the head coach for not knowing the rule.
Reiss did go back and look at the game-tying kick by Stephen Gostkowski in regulation and observed that the Jets did the same thing:
On play, Coples lined up in same spot at C. Jones did. Coples looped behind player to his right. One-handed push. Player flips over snapper.
But he also has Belichick taking responsibility for the play:
Bill Belichick: "It's our job to understand the rules and whatever the bottom line is we didn't do it properly."
Gresh and Zo this morning talked extensively about this rule and play, and noted that the video that the NFL showed to the team in the preseason was the one that included the second-level wording. They also think that the Jets or the Saints reported to the league that the Patriots had done this before, and that perhaps Rex Ryan even tipped off the officials just prior to the kick, knowing he’d get the call, and get a free 15 yards. (Which would be why the officials didn’t call the push on the kick above noted by Reiss.)
I did like this exchange:
@RonBorges One is a possession rule. One is a personal foul penalty gifting yards. Exceptionally weak comparison, but a common one.
All I know about this incident is that had this rule been called in the Patriots favor, and there was the ensuing wording changes on the NFL web site and so forth that there would be national noise approaching tuck rule/spygate levels.
Instead, we get Jets fans like Fred Toucher on the air saying to Boomer Esiason that the Boston media won’t let this go and are just a bunch of homers who are trying to capitalize on angry hoards of fans.
What we learned: Near misses, ill-timed errors mark surprising loss to Jets – Chris Price looks at what else we can take from the game other than the push rule.
Get more at PatriotsLinks.com.
Obviously had the Patriots played better in the second half, they would not have been in the situation where the call would’ve made the difference in the game. That’s on them.