What happened this weekend? It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Yeah the Sox put themselves in an 0-2 hole but they were coming back to Fenway where they were 56-25…plus it was the Angels, right?
Yeah the Pats were on the road facing the undefeated Broncos, but they are coached by a Belichick deceitful, which usually bodes well for the OG Hooded One. At least the Celtics improved to 2-1 with a 100-93 preseason win over the Nets. Newcomer Rasheed Wallace thinks the C’s can break the Bulls regular season record of 72 wins…but I digress.
While fans in Boston are whining about the Sox finally losing at the hands of the Angels and the Pats now 3-2 with Brady looking shaky how about we look at the bright side! Yeah, I know, not very Boston of me.
Let’s start with the Sox. Did anyone really think the Sox would eliminate the Angels (Ok,so maybe we did solely because of It’s Always Sunny in Philadlephia)? Boston was under-.500 on the road this season, bats disappeared for long quiet stretches and outside of Lester you really couldn’t depend on the pitching staff down the stretch. Moving forward the Sox have a solid young nucleus with Lester, Beckett, Buccholz and Dice-K not to mention Papelbon and Bard in the bullpen. The Sox have shown a willingness to spend money every offseason even if it’s on mediocre players (hello Julio Lugo and JD Drew…thanks for the homerun yesterday though) and the Farm System continues to churn out talent either for solid trading chips or inexpensive players. The Sox definitely have some re-tooling to do before they can compete with the Yankees, however with Dice-K coming back healthy and Buccholz taking the next step I would say that is a pretty impressive makings of a rotation. Gotta imagine Tim Wakefield will be back next season and that the Sox will do their usual thing where they sign a veteran coming off an injury let’s say Ben Sheets.
The Pats also aren’t as awful as we all feel today. Remember when we ripped Josh McDaniels in the preseason? The team is 3-2 on the season with both losses coming in close games on the road against two of the best teams in the conference at this point. It obviously doesn’t help that the losses were to the Jets and Josh McDaniels but we have to focus on the big picture.
Tom Brady is still shaking the rust off a pretty debilitating injury (and his bodyguards shooting at paparazzi during his wedding), and the inexperienced defense will only get better with time. Not to mention the fact that Jerod Mayo went down with a knee injury to start the season and Richard Seymour was sent to the UFL, er, Oakland Raiders, right before Week 1. The Patriots will host a winless (hungry?) Tennessee Titans next week followed by a trip to London to face a winless Tampa Bay Bucaneers squad that just looks awful. At worst the Pats should be 4-3 heading into the bye before a Divisional game at home against the Dolphins. I think that’s the week the Pats will finally turn it on. If the Pats get to the halfway point at 5-3 or 6-2 with a 2-1 record in the division I’ll be feeling good about the playoffs.
Anyways, in related Boston news, Papelbon and Brady suck. Let’s trade ’em.