Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Forget It, He's Rolling

I get that very impression after reading Shank's latest Globe effort, an effort whose quality exceeds many recent Globe offerings. I'm enjoying the positive / decent writing combinations right now (a whole week? Really?), as you'll never know how abrubtly it will end. I sometimes forget that the person who writes stuff like this:

We are 13 games into the 2010 Patriots season and it would appear that we are watching Bill Belichick paint his Sistine Chapel. He is a real man of genius with plenty of masterpieces on his résumé, but this one is looking like the best of them all. I’m betting he likes this team more than the undefeated warriors of 2007.
...used to write stuff like that not too long ago:

Unfortunately, New England’s easy win, coupled with the Jets’ pitiful performance, has righted the football universe and now most prognosticators believe the Patriots will stuff the Jets in their new stadium this weekend. Belichick has lost some of his motivational weaponry.

The Patriots are all about spin and staying on message, and it does not serve the cause to have Belichick stand at the podium on Wednesday of Jets week and hear, “Given how poorly Mark Sanchez played Monday night, how do you prevent your defense from taking him lightly?’’

Old Laughing Boy didn’t like that one, not one bit. He’s best served when surrounded by doubters and lightweights buying into the myth of Jet supremacy.

“When you are out there playing against these guys, there’s a certain level of intensity that these rivalries bring out,’’ said Brady. “And it’s not just another road game for us. They’re a division opponent. We know how hard it is playing a division opponent on the road.’’

Division opponent. I love that one. It’s so understated. The Jets are a divisional opponent the way the Yankees are a divisional opponent.


mike_b1 said...

How the worm turns.

Here's what The CHB said a year ago, after the infamous 4 and 1 call:

"This was as bad as anything the Red Sox ever did. Had it been a playoff game, it would be right up there with Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner, Aaron Boone, and History Derailed in Glendale, Ariz.

"And Bill Belichick played the part of Grady Little. ...
Too smart for his own good this time. The sin of hubris."

And earlier this year, after the Browns loss:

"On the same acreage where Belichick failed in his first stint as a head coach — in a chess match against the apprentice who turned on him ... the Patriots looked ill-equipped and ill-prepared. They were outplayed in the city where Belichick always will have something to prove. And they were outcoached by Fredo Mangini, a man Belichick despises more than anyone else in football."

And after Brady's season-ending injury: "Laughing Boy Belichick."

It goes on and on. The CHB raps BB for his approach and strategy, then lauds him for the same.

Two personalities. One body. Just like Sybil.

Anonymous said...

The Worm is Also a Stooge!

A stooge is generally defined as a person that is under the control of another. Shank is under the control of ignorance. No matter how hard Shank tries to be liked (when he actually researches and works at his trade), he undoubtedly relapses into his ignorant stupor. Shank is addicted to shameless idiocy.

• Stooge (comedian), a member of a comedy double act who feeds lines to the other comedian = Shank trying to be funny?

• Stooge, a shill, a confederate who acts as if s/he is one of the spectators, in a magic trick or a confidence trick = now that’s funny “confidence trick”

• Stooge sort, a recursive sorting algorithm (look this up = kinda of funny)