In Boston Towne we are enjoying a little
I borrowed that name from one of my favorite musical artists from an album he did in the mid 70’s back in the day.
it's almost unfair the amount of paradise and lunch we have here in Boston... just when things look bleak
The Patriots have struggled this season, looking for some identity in the post dynasty era.
TB 12 is still here as is iconic HC Bill Belichick (now 5th all time in wins as an NFL head coach passing Chuck Knoll)
The last hold over from the SB 39 team other than Brady was big Vince Wilfork, now done for season. Bleak...but wait
At 4:25 PM the Pats kicked off vs The then unbeaten New Orleans Saints. Unable to sustain a 10 point halftime lead the Pats were up against the wall with time running out.
Brady was able to drive the team 70 yards in 70 seconds with no time outs to beat the Saints with a 17 yard corner pass to rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 sec left for a improbable 30-27 win.
Brady was hit frequently and sacked 5 times by the relentless Saint’s D and his passing was off for most of the day but came up big when he needed to.
The real stars of the game were D backs Talib and Arrington who shut out monster TE Jimmy Graham, no catches, no yards, no heartache, no remorse.
Injuries to Talib, a reported hip flexor issue, Danny Amendola with a head injury, Jerod Mayo with a shoulder and chest injury which will most likely end his season, Edelman with a knee and possible concussion and RT Dan Connelly with a concussion will put more pressure on Brady to find a way vs the Jets version of Ryan D this weekend.
Welcome back to Stephen Ridley 20 carries for 96 yards and 2 TD’s
inspite of the bleakness
The Pats are 5-1 with Brady, smoke and mirrors and the beatable Jets 3-3, Dolphins 3-2 and Steelers 1-4 coming up before the bye.
How good are they? Who knows… but here in Paradise we will enjoy this free lunch.
The John Farrell Red Sox turned the bleak Bobby V Red Sox 67 wins into 96 wins from 2012 to 2013
Facing the Tampa pitching was going to be the undoing of this team, at least that’s what the experts said but it wasn’t… in a 3-1 series win.
The Tigers starting pitching was going to be the undoing of this team…
Anibel Sanchez totally dominated the Sox with 6 no hit innings and 12 K’s, the Tigers bullpen was equal to the task and beat the Sox 1-0 in game 1
Game 2 Cy Young leader Max Sherzer no hit the Sox into the 6th and had 13 K’s and a 5-0 lead when things seemed to change.
In Paradise the situation changes…suddenly it’s a 4 run game and then the bases are loaded and Big Papi, David Ortiz is at the plate. The Tigers go to their closer Benoit a right hander to face the left hander Ortiz. First pitch is an 85 mph grapefruit down the middle to the fastball hitting Ortiz. Ortiz said after, I knew he wasn’t throwing a fastball on the first so I sat on the offspeed and got it…bang a Grand Slam…tie game.
Koji has a 1,2,3 top of the 9th
Somehow Jonny Gomes gets a hit and goes to 2nd on the throw, third on a wild pitch and scores on Salty’s walk off single…Lunch.
Only in Boston
check out Boston sports writer and radio personality Gerry Calahan's column about David Ortiz
More Lunch in Paradise, a 4 PM start for Game 3 with Lackey and Verlander facing off.
Verlander comes a s advertised, a stud fastball pitcher that can crank it up to the high nineties when ever needed and doesn't need to be coddled with a pitch count. His 8 innings with 10 K's, 4 hits and 1 earned run should and would win most of the time.
John Lackey, part of the chicken and beer debacle of the '11 Sox and one year removed from Tommy John surgery at the age of 33 has been solid all year for the Sox. His sub .500 record the direct result of no run support. John is an intense man, not necessarily a nice man, has spent his 4 years in Boston as a guy many fans wish would just go home...
Lackey's line in game three: 6 2/3, 8 K's, 4 hits, ZERO runs and a W
The bullpen of Breslow, Tazawa and Koji shut the door on the Tigers.
ahhh Boston is sports paradise
I have to post this in advance of game 4 but will be back to comment in the morning.
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