I’m going to give predictions for each division in the 2017 NFL season. I’ll start with the most important one: the AFC East.
1. Patriots (12+ wins)
The Pats are definitely winning the division, even with the loss of their most important offensive weapon.
2. Bills (6-9 wins)
Buffalo could pull off 9 wins, but I think it’s more likely they’ll end up with 7 or 8. The AFC West will be tough opponents. Their playoff streak (or rather, lack of playoff streak) will continue.
3. Dolphins (6-8 wins)
Miami will end up losing to the Bills at least once, and Buffalo will get the tiebreaker. Jay Cutler isn’t going to set the world on fire.
4. Jets (3- wins)
My #boldprediction for this year is that the Jets will have the number 1 pick in the NFL draft in 2018. They’re going to be absolutely abysmal.
Just something I came up with at work. I suppose it’s loosely based on Invincible, and a little touch of that one episode of Always Sunny in Philadelphia that makes fun of that movie.
My movie idea is “Next Man Up”, a sports comedy about a coach who’s considered so great that he can turn nobodies into stars. In fact, he could take a lacrosse player, or someone who isn’t even a pro athlete, and turn him into a star receiver. (Sound familiar?)
One of his star players gets injured for the season (in a much more entertaining way than it usually happens), and he decides to test himself by finding the least likely replacement possible. He holds a tryout, and hundreds of hopefuls show up. He ends up picking an out of shape, sloppy, clumsy grocery store clerk, who then has to train and practice with the team having never played football before.
I think this idea came to me partially because of the Edelman injury, which is a huge loss for the Patriots. But I think it could be a pretty funny movie if anyone actually decided to make it.
Julian Edelman most likely tore his ACL, meaning he’s almost certainly out for the season.
He’s one of the best players on the team, and pretty indispensable to the offense. Hopefully one of the young guys steps up. Austin Carr looked pretty good, albeit a bit slow, in the slot. Brandin Cooks could potentially fill much of that void.
Hopefully it isn’t as bad as it looked. But it looked horrible.
In the spirit of Robert Lee, I made a discovery the other day.
Well, well, well… Looks like we’ll have to take Joe Buck out of the booth. Wouldn’t want anyone getting offended, since he fought in the Alabama militia of the Confederacy.
Your call, Fox.
Isaiah Thomas got traded along with Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn pick for Kyrie Irving. The trade comes as a bit of a shock to me, considering that Cleveland is now trading its second best player to its closest conference contender, but at the same time they’re falling apart by the minute. I think Boston honestly comes out the better team, without the salary issues that come with keeping IT4 and debating whether to give him a max deal. Irving is even a better overall player than Thomas. Crowder is a decent at best player whose best attribute was his team-friendly salary. Brooklyn is finally improving, and has the potential to be a much higher lottery pick rather than first overall like last year.
But to my main point: Thomas was the heart and soul of this team. He’s the reason Horford and Hayward signed in Boston. He was the iron-balls champion of the fourth quarter. He is the singular reason why the Celtics’ rebuilding process ended up lasting one season before they were able to reach the postseason again. To be traded away now that they’re on the cusp of beating Cleveland really sucks.
To be clear: Irving is a better all-around player. He has demonstrated that he has the ability to be clutch, and is a better point guard (which works better now with Hayward) who can still score if he has to. The Celtics are definitely better now, especially defensively. But Thomas was the Celtics, and to see him go like this is shameful after all he’s done to bring Boston basketball back.
John Henry wants to change Yawkey Way to a different name, because Yawkey was a racist. Of course his suggestion is to rename it after David Ortiz, because Ortiz doesn’t have enough shit named after or given to him these days. The best part is that he called it a “haunting reminder” of the city’s “history of racial intoleramce”, as though he just bought the fucking team yesterday and hasn’t owned it since 2002.
Tom Yawkey was racist. That much is true. He gave Jackie Robinson a workout back before he was signed to the Dodgers, but he had no real intention of signing him and passed on other legends like Willie Mays, who probably would have gotten the Sox to a world series playing with other legends like Yaz.
But Yawkey was tremendously important to the Sox. The team was following the tailspin of losing every hall of famer, great player, even decent player from previous mismanagement (particularly Harry Frazee), and watching the Yankees buy up all of their talent to win championship after championship. They didn’t win a World Series, but they contended for several, and played in three, during his ownership. He prevented the Sox from the potential of moving out of Boston or perpetually feeding the New York roster with developing stars, which would probably be worse.
Yawkey was also a beloved member of the community of Boston, according to people who knew him at the time. His charitable contributions were enormous. The Jimmy Fund, truly one of the greatest organizations in our country, wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they are today without his constant support.
We can’t pretend that Yawkey’s only characteristic was that he was racist. We don’t have to and shouldn’t justify it. but at the same time we can’t say that it prevented him from doing anything good for Boston and for the Sox. We can find fault with literally any historical figure in any circumstance, and there can be an argument against momuments or public recognition of any of them. In this case, John Henry is clearly caving to social pressure from a very small minority of vocal protestors, many of whom couldn’t care less about the Sox or their history.
This has been a topic for the last several days. A bunch of Pats fans got photographed with Roger Goodell in a borderline guerilla attack, and suddenly everyone is up in arms. Dale and Holly with Keefe on WEEI couldn’t stop talking about it.
So it opened up the quesrion: would you take a photo with Roger if you were asked? Plenty of people had opinions. Here’s mine:
I would do it conditionally. If I were paid, or given some sort of merchandise for it, I’d do it (but I wouldn’t smile). I would do it for the chance to make some sort of face or gesture to show my displeasure for the man who tried to screw the Patriots for two years. I would never do it just to take a photo with a famous person or because I like football, nor do I think people should “get over it”. What Goodell did was wrong, and a blatant middle finger to Pats fans. He now finally has the gall to show up in Foxboro, and I hope they give him the welcome he deserves.