Thursday, February 17, 2005

Bledsoe says: "Now, gods, stand up for bastards!"

OK, it was really Edmund in King Lear, but do you remember when Drew was the franchise for both New England and then Buffalo? When did he go from the solution to the problem for two different teams? The three-year Bledsoe experience comes to an end in Western New York. Where does Drew go? Obviously, quarterback needy teams such as Arizona, Dallas, Oakland, Cleveland and Chicago are at the top of the list of likely landing spots. I’ve long maintained that Drew needs to take a year off. Get some good self-analysis, let the body and mind recover, and get back to the basics. A year as the number two quarterback on a team which could put his strong arm to use once he’s recovered would be the perfect place for Bledsoe. Oakland worked for another former #1 overall pick by the Patriots at quarterback, Jim Plunkett. I believe Drew should be thinking of joining up with Al Davis and leading the Silver & Black in 2006.

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In these heady times of three super bowls in four years, the genius coach, our own Joe Montana at quarterback, and Rodney, Tedy, Richard, Ty, Mike, Willie, and the rest of the amazing defense, it is important to remember what this team was in the days before Bledsoe and the Tuna. Incompetence beginning at the top, extending through the front office, into the coaching staff, onto the field, and mounting fiscal problems marred the Sullivan years. Victor Kiam was a joke at owner. James Orthwein wanted to move the team to St. Louis. Parcells, Bledsoe, and Kraft were the saviors of this franchise in the early 90’s. Without all three of them, there would be no dynasty.

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You’ve got to love Trot Nixon. Great job bashing on A-Rod without putting down any other Yankees. Though I detest the sworn enemies from the Bronx, there is no doubt that I, like Nixon, respect the Yankees. Derek Jeter, despite being the most over-hyped, over-paid, and over-rated baseball player since Joe DiMaggio, at least plays the game right. He hustles, he has a good attitude, and he leaves it all out on the field. I’d love Bernie Williams if he had been a Red Sox. Ditto for Rivera and Posada. Giambi, Sheffield, and A-Rod are truly chumps to the core, but Jeter, Rivera, Posada, and Williams are ballplayers.

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The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins safety Arturo Freeman could be a possible cut by March 1st due to his $3.3 million cap number. Hmmm. A solid veteran to add to the Patriots defensive backfield? A starting safety to pair with Rodney Harrison and allow Eugene Wilson to move to cornerback? Possibly. It bears watching.

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After tonight, the sports malaise truly sets in. No Celtics for a week. No Bruins until next fall at the earliest. No Red Sox games for another couple of weeks. Boston College’s #6 ranked basketball team is never on television.

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