“Another day in the City, what a freaking grind just for another dollar”
That was one of my father’s lines when he would walk thru the door at the end of the dayafter driving home from the City.
It was usually followed by “hey Marge what’s for supper? And grab me a cold beer…………..please dear”
Fields corner in Bostons' Dorchester neighborhood, this is where my Dad is originaly from.
Sully has family from here as well...that's why we sometimes call each other cuz
My Dad was an avid yet critical Red Sox fan.
At the age of 7 in 1959 I saw my first game at Fenway. I was in awe and later learned that I saw Ted Williams play. Thru the 1960’s I must have been to Fenway a hundred times with Dad, my brother and buddies.
Dad would not ever see the Red Sox reach the promised land as his death pre dated the 2004 championship by 15 years. He would call these guys today a bunch of prima donnas a bunch of overpaid babies.
Fenway in the 60's ready for the Patriots Same view today
I remember him telling me that Ted Williams was a war hero and he was getting paid $100,000.00 to play a game for a little over half a year and he was the only player worth it. None of these other ball players would ever be worth that kind of scratch. They called it scratch back then because you had to scratch your way along the straight and narrow and scratch for every thing you had.
If my Dad saw the contracts of today’s players… two hundred million for 5 or 6 years of playing a game he would have been cursing.
here is pilot Ted
The Red Sox were traders at this year’s deadline.
I’m coming to terms with that.
Former Patriots TE and now mid day sports radio talk show host Christian Fauria laid out the 8 steps to recovery on his show last week.
Most of his co hosts and callers were angry and shocked that the Red Sox traded away 4/5 of their starting rotation and other pieces. Fauria told them to calm down and listen because there was hope for each of them…nobody need to jump of the Tobin
be aware of where you are along the eight steps:
1.shock and anger
3.slight up tick
4.reluctance to talking about it
5. measured acceptance
8.getting back on the bus
A week removed I’m currently hovering around 3,4 and 5…I go back and forth.
This is baseball and you can’t tank for Andrew Wiggins or suck for Luck to get a good draft pick…MLB doesn’t work that way. You have to build from scouting, low A, AA, AAA and try to manage these kids, keep them out of trouble and keep them healthy so someday they can be a productive member of the Major league team.
The Red Sox won the WS last year and finished 5th the year before. They are destined to finish last again this year. This isn’t the Florida Marlins…or is it?
Opening day rotation Today’s rotation
Jon Lester (Oak) Clay Buchholz (highest ERA in MLB)
John Lackey (St. Louis) Brandon Workman maybe a 4-5
Clay Buchholz Ruby Delarosa needs work
Jake Peavey (San Fran) Alan Webster needs control
Felix Dubront (Chicago) Joe Kelly 100mph but where's the plate
Brandon Workman Anthony Ranaudo just a kid but bright future
Only time will tell…and heal the wounds of we Red Sox fans that are spoiled by the 3 championships of ’04, ’07 and ’13. But as Mo pionted out Monday and Radatz on Sunday, we are a spoiled and greedy bunch.
Maybe this team of young guys will be fun to watch…maybe they will play hard and maybe they will win…games and the hearts of the fans…again
Is this step six?
ON to the NFL... the North divisions
AFC North, last season final records
Cincinnati 11-5 3-3
Pittsburgh 8-8 4-2
Baltimore 8-8 3-3
Cleveland 4-12 2-4
Cincinnati defends the division championship with Andy Dalton playing with a new contract (6 years 115 million) . AJ Green is a stud, Gio Bernard wants the ball on every down in every situation. Geno Atkins has been taken off the PUP list and hopes to lead the Bengal’s D. How good are they…Shorty says they could make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh is coming off an 8-8 season and Ben Rothlesburger still has a big arm. Bens arm is almost as big as his two main receiving weapons 5-10 Antonio Brown and 5-9 Lance Moore. Heath Miller is back at TE and Le’Veon Bell at RB. Ex Patriot LeGarrette Blount is ready to take every carry available and pound defenders by running over them. Blount is a workhorse, listed at 6-1 and 250 but 250 is without lunch and dinner for a week. I like the Steelers, and Shorty sees them winning this division.
Baltimore took a step back last season and could fall further. Joe Flacco gets paid like an elite but is not. He has all the weapons at receiver and TE and has a stable of RB’s behind him and hopefully an improving O Line but Joe has to step up and be the man. The defense will play well but this division has no gimmys anymore. The Ravens have a brutal schedule with the week 11 bye. The schedule looks like this: Cin, Pitts, @ Cleve, Carolina, @ Indy, @Tampa Bay, Atlanta, @ Cin, @Pitts and Tenn. Playoffs? Doubt that.
Cleveland made headlines in the off season with the drafting of Johnny Manziel late in the first round. Brian Hoyer will most probably be the starting QB for the Browns and with Gordon not expected to win his appeal it will be the Browns defense that carries this team in’14. The other first round pick, CBJustin Gilbert will play opposite Joe Haden and make this defensive backfield good.
But shorty says not good enough to be even dreaming of the playoffs.
Final standings ‘13
Green Bay 8-7-1 3-2-1
Chicago 8-8 2-4
Detroit 7-9 4-2
Minnesota 5-10-1 2-3-1
Green Bay won this division with Aaron Rodgers watching 7 games. Healthy, Rodgers is the best QB in the NFL today, giant arm and can throw on the run and he has WR’s Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb just waiting for him. Lacy and Starks will carry the ball and this team will score with anyone. This defense should be improved over the one that surrendered 26 ppg in ’13. Shorty likes the Pack to win the division.
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall has declared that Jay Cutler would be the NFL MVP in 2014. Shorty doesn’t agree. The Bears did score a load of points in ’13, only Denver and New England scored more offensive points. Aiston Jeffery and Marshall both were over 1000 yds and combined for 189 catches and can be a nightmare for defensive backs but sometimes Cutler makes bad decisions and the ball doesn’t go where it should. He isn’t a disciplined as the elite passers ( Brees, Rodgers, Brady and Peyton Manning) and can’t be included in this bunch. MVP? No I doubt it very much, playoffs??? Just maybe squeek in.
Detroit the big tease. The Lions took a TE with the 10th overall pick and book ended their frustrating draft by taking a kicker at 229. The need was on defense, and they didn’t really address that. Calvin Johnson is the best receiver on the planet, Golden Tate is a nice complementary player as long as there is a sideline to escape to. Pettigrew is a decent TE and why draft Eric Ebron we will never know. Stafford can heave the ball for a load of yards by sending it in the direction of Johnson…easiest play in the NFL. Stafford will easily surpass 4,500 yards but 19 Ints will be the downfall of this team.
Shorty has the Lions out of the money again.
Minnesota will stage a QB battle to see which guy, veteran Matt Cassell or rookie Teddy Bridgewater gets to hand off to Adrian Peterson. Norv Turner’s job is easy. The WR’s, Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jarius Wright and Jerome Simpson will be asked to block down field and will get rewarded with an occasional pass their way. This defense gave up 30 ppg last season and that won’t get it done. Sorry Vikings fans. Shorty says nah.
The NFC North will play the AFC East and the NFC South
Green Bay 11-5
Next week the AFC West and the NFC West and the post season Shorty picks.
thanks for the visit and I'll take a page out of Jeff's book here with some parting humor
Bill Cosby said,
I sometimes wonder if clouds look down at people and say
"hey Jerry, look at that one over there...it kinda looks like an idiot"