Wednesday, January 11, 2006

BUSTING BRONCOS

There really are few surprises left out there about the Broncos and the Patriots. Both teams are familiar with the other and both teams are playing at a high level. Las Vegas always gives the home team three points to play with just for being the home team. So with the Broncos up 3-0 already, is there any razzle-dazzle or tricks on defense the Patriots can sprint on them? No, what the Patriots have to do is be an efficient machine on offense and defense. Make plays on offense to sustain drives and on defense dictate the speed and timing of the game by stopping the run early and keeping Denver in second and third and longs where they will not be able to attempt those quick-hit passes downfield that worked so well for them in the first meeting.

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CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC:

I definitely have too many loose thoughts bouncing around my head right now. Time to get them out:

Someone needs to tell the Boston College Basketball team that Seton Hall, Miami, and St. John are no longer on the schedule and if they do not start winning some conference games they will be at a huge disadvantage in March. Top ten team: what a joke!

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J.T. Snow: he is like Doug Mienkiewicz, except he returns the ball. Seriously, in the mold of Mienkiewicz and John Olerud, Snow should be a great fit at first in Fenway.

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Rickles, where is the Marion Butts jersey? Tell me you still have it! Still my all-time favorite Patriots backfield: Marion Butts at HB and Sam Gash at FB. Let me throw it up to Gil and Geno in the booth:
Gil: Pats offense is out on the field talking over at the 27. Scott Secules at QB, and they Gash n Butts in the backfield.
Geno: Gash n Butts? Someone better run a towel out onto the field!
Gil: Go back to sleep Geno.


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Even on FIFA 06 for Xbox my brother Marcus Bent sits on the bench. No wonder Everton is second division! I propose the new slogan for the Toffee fans: Get Bent on the Pitch!

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I should be in marketing. I really should. I just crack myself up.

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Six weeks to spring training and Andy Marte is still on the Red Sox roster. This kid just needs a chance to shine. I still see no reason to turn this kid around for a joker like Julio Lugo or part of a package for Jeremy Reed.

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Beckett, Schilling, Wakefield, Wells, Clement. Arroyo, Papelbon, Hansen, Delcarmen, Timlin, Mota, and Foulke. Nope, still do not see anyone in the A.L. East able to match-up with that pitching staff. That is a balanced group of veterans and young kids who throw some serious smoke.

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Great job by Jumbo Joe Thornton, throwing a hard check for the first in his career and getting escorted off the ice. All those fans who bought tickets must have loved hanging around for the rest of that stinker.

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The Celtics this year have redefined waiting until the last two minutes of the game to tune in.

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What gives with Big Al and K-Perk sitting on the bench three-quarters of the game? Danny Ainge needs to send a memo to Doc to keep the big gruesome twosome in the game until they both foul out.

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Bill Simmons is all concerned about Kobe not making a run for 80 or 100 points after having over 50 at halftime, but sitting out the entire fourth quarter. Come back to Boston where no one cares about pro basketball, Bill! Of course, that could be half the reason to leave.

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Did anyone else watch Orgazmo and wonder why no prominent pro athletes who are also Latter-Day Saints made cameo appearances? Were Steve Young and Danny Ainge too big-time to star with South Park creator Trey Parker? Heck, if Ron Jeremy stars in it, you know it is crammed with, uh, quality.

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