Hillary won coin flip. Did not defer.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 26, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Pats can clinch this week? Is that hyperbole or stupidity?
On with Zo and Beetle -- @ZoandBertrand today from 11-1. Sox and Pats can both clinch their divisions this week. Good times.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Since I said the Red Sox aren't winning close games after a 1-0 loss vs. Orioles, the Sox are 10-0, most of them close ones. You're welcome.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 25, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Memo to Patriots fans: Deflategate is your friend. It has given birth to absolute truths that serve only to magnify and solidify that local notion that Bill Belichick and the Patriots are 10 times better and smarter than every other NFL team.A decent enough column ensues from here (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band lyrics aside), but I think Shank overstates something towards the end:
The first-place, 3-0 Patriots will enjoy a well-deserved day of rest Sunday, but a message has been delivered to NFL America. It is not a comforting missive for the 31 franchises that hoped to prosper when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell dropped the hammer on the Team Everyone Loves to Hate. The Patriots are on a mission. They are kicking butt and taking names. The 2016 Patriots are waging war on the rest of the NFL and the commissioner who overly punished them for driving 68 in a 65-mile-per-hour zone.
This cannot be a great feeling for Brady. Deflategate has established that any Jimmy, Jacoby or Matt can play quarterback for the Patriots and still win. Belichick and the Patriot Way are the big winners.I don't think you can use a three game span like the most recent one and dismiss the contributions of one of the top quarterbacks in NFL history.
On second thought, since I don't feel like erasing the previous sentence, Shank's not dismissing Brady, he's simply discounting it and attributing the team's success to the team. Seriously, it didn't kill me just now to agree with Shank! Still, I think that point's fairly debatable.
Points awarded to Shank for being consistent on this point (not Deflategate as a whole, where he once called Tom Brady a cheater and gave it its own column):
The Patriots would secede from the NFL if they had anywhere elso to go, but they don’t. They will settle for winning another Super Bowl and rubbing everyone’s face in the dirt. Tom Brady is taking his punishment and it’s Scorched Earth Time here in Hatriot Nation. Our long national nightmare is over.Back to the original column:
Feel the fire. Embrace the hate. Deflategate is the Patriots’ friend.Did Shank just channel the Emperor from Star Wars?
Friday, September 23, 2016
But the No. 1 story line of the night was Belichick. We keep thinking we have seem the ultimate demonstration of his greatness and then we see something that tops the last one. We thought the opening-night win at Arizona would stand as the Hoodie’s favorite non-Super Bowl win, but Thursday’s shocker against the Texans was even better. It was a game won by all the boring things Bill loves — special teams, defense, and mistake-free offense.He'll be signing a different tune as soon as the Patriots lose their first game.
“I’m so proud of the way our guys competed,’’ said Belichick. “A real satisfying win. The whole week the coaching staff did a tremendous job.’’
When an intrepid sort noted that Bill was climbing the ranks of career wins for coaches, Belichick said, “Today is not about me. It’s about the team, the players, the assistant coaches, and all the credit they deserve.’’
Houston loses the toss. Pats defer. Of course.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 23, 2016
Afterall, Pats only have one QB and he is a rookie
Things change quickly. Time to trade Jimmy G for a couple of first round picks.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 23, 2016
Houston Texans: "Oh, no!!!! We suck again!!!!''— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 23, 2016
Game is effectively over, but nobody leaving Gillette. Too much fun watching Pats rub foes' faces in the dirt.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 23, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Firm hired by Ted Wells speaks to NY Times: It's The Wells Report In Context . . . In Context.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 21, 2016
Surprise Conclusion: Pats were doing it.
Rehash radio, part infinity:
On with @ZoandBertrand with Jarod Carrabisstarting at 11. Not much Sox to argue about now. They will never lose again.— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 21, 2016
Reporters used to get basic facts correct, like spelling people's names:
This really just happened https://t.co/yUam1AeFty— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) September 21, 2016
@Dan_Shaughnessy you literally asked me how to spell my name and still got it wrong. that's the press box difference.— Jared Carrabis(@Jared_Carrabis) September 21, 2016
That's just Shank's way of him letting you know you're not important to him. If you're reading this, Jared, he's insulting you right to your face. Stop falling for this shit and treat Shank as he ought to be treated - as an enemy. Think 'Godfather' here. Maybe you ought to talk to Kirk Minihane about that angle.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
call it a fluke.
Here we go. Red Sox and Patriots. Hand-in-hand into history. Again.
Sunday in Greater Boston was one of those days that make all the hard living worthwhile. It was a day to put traffic, weather, taxes, the cost of groceries, and nonstop road and bridge repair (did I mention traffic?) on the shelf. It was a day to soak in the warm waters of first place and speculate on great sports moments in store in the upcoming weeks.
Playing without Tom Brady, without Gronk, without Rob Ninkovich, and finally, without Brady’s backup, the Patriots beat the Dolphins in their home opener. It was more Next Man Up and Let The Fools On The Other Side Beat Themselves again. More than ever, Super Bowl LI in Houston — a showdown with Roger Goodell, who would deliver the trophy — appears to be the Patriots’ manifest destiny.