September 21, 2017

The Sunday Links – August 26, 2007

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The glow is still on the Pats complete-game win over the Panthers on Friday night, so let’s open up the Sunday papers to see if the local scribes share our optimism.

And right on cue comes Shalise Manza Young of the ProJo, who is just busting over the Friday play of Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Hey Shalise, did you just predict a Super Bowl win on August 26th? I like your spunk. Manza Young continues an upbeat morning by welcoming back Laurence Maroney. What the hell are ‘jitterbugs’, by the way? Any affliction with the word ‘bugs’ in it has to raise your eyebrows, even if you don’t have any eyebrows. Perhaps he has a FAQ on his MySpace page.

The ProJo finishes up its morning coverage with an uncredited (at least on-line) story about a group of Carmelite nuns who include the Pats in the daily prayers. Somebody Up There Likes The Patriots. If you think I’m snarking this piece, you’re nuts. Too risky. 

Over at the Herald, John Tomase demands that the Pats start the season now, after Friday night’s balanced performance. John, frankly, Shalise went as far as to predict a win in a game that won’t be played for five months, and the best you can come up with is “start the season”? Come on, Tomase, get on the bandwagon!

Foot dragger Tomase then follows with the day’s notes, including a vote of confidence from Bill Belichick to Stephen Gostkowski, and more comments from the coach as to his 4th and 1 challenge to his offense on Friday night. 

Speaking of the Herald, I’m kind of surprised there’s no Mike Felger column on Randy Moss this morning. After all, Felger’s been on every television and radio show in New England with his big ‘scoop’ on Moss (I think I saw him on ‘Daily Devotions’ this morning, calling Moss a ‘dog’), and he can’t file a column with his own paper? I thought he might want to, you know, get his big ‘scoop’ down on paper, because I’m sure he’s proven there’s no chance that Moss’s absence is simply a precaution by the Pats to ensure the receiver is ready to start the season. He has to have proven, with diligent digging backed up with attributed quotes, that Moss is holding back against the organization’s will. Otherwise, why would Felger, a highly trained investigative journalist, be shouting from the rooftops on this one? I mean, what reason would he have?   

At the Globe, Mike Reiss has Ellis Hobbs and the Pats secondary awaiting the return of Asante Samuel while boosting rookie Mike Richardson, who turned an impressive camp performance into some first team snaps on Friday night. Reiss has more Belichick on Gostkowski in his Pats notebook, and he chats with some guy named Bill Parcells in his weekly Football Notes. What does a toll collector know about running a NFL pre-season? 

Finally, David Heuschkel of the Courant has a solid piece on the Pats improved run defense against the Panthers. For other news, try

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  1. david clemeno says:

    One thing nobody seems to mention about Gostkowski are the kickoffs. Yes, the FG inaccuracy this pre season is a legit concern (not just media conjuring), but fer krissakes, the kid’s kickoffs are booming for the most part. That is a HYOOOGE weapon on special teams. How many touchbacks did the Cats have on Friday? How many did they run out from 3 or 4 yards deep? There’s nothing like putting the opponent on their own 20 – 25 after putting up some points.

    I’m guessing they get his inaccuracy issues worked out — I mean afterall, they JUST missed; they weren’t like my typical tee shots. That kid’s leg is a major weapon for the Pats; with time we all around here may be saying “Adam who?”

  2. I agree about the kickoffs, and as a field goal kicker, he was sensational when it counted last year. I think Pats fans ought to have confidence in the guy based on that alone. He’s probably just going through a bit of a rough spot at the moment, so what’s wrong with talking about that? I’ve always thought kicking a football must be like hitting a golf ball. Head down, swing through the ball. You pick up habits and pretty soon your swing is all effed up. Gostkowski is obviously more like a pro golfer in that his adjustments are/will be minute. Nobody’s claiming he’s Ian Baker Finch, though.

  3. Kick in the Pants says:

    I haven’t heard Felger’s “scoop” on Moss because it’s gotten to the point if I see or hear Felger I change the channel.

    The way I see it Boston has completely descended into a larger-than-needed pool of sports hacks, who all try to out-do one another with their own rantings & ravings. This all happened because the newspaper hacks, who see their business heading to the toilet (or already in it), primp and preen for radio and TV time; you see radio clowns trying to muscle into TV. There are way too many of these rodeo clowns, all armed with prestigeous Connecticut School of Broadcasting degrees.

  4. shovelpass says:

    ‘Kick in the Pants’ is absolutely correct in his assessment of the Boston sports media. The good news is that with so many choices out there, it is now easier than ever to tune out the Wrong Borges’ of the world, and still have plenty of outlets left to get all the info we want! Felger is an admitted ‘cheese-head’. As such, no comment he makes about the Patriots can be taken seriously.

    Q-Now that Vinny is back to play 3rd QB, which ‘Matt’ is going to play backup to Brady?
    I like the new one.

  5. Felger has been spouting his drivel on the national outlets as well.

    He may be right, who knows? But fans don’t care one wit about the opinions of media members. At least smart fans don’t. If Color Me Felger has some information on Moss dogging it that he’d like to share, I’m all ears. If, as I suspect, it’s more bluster than fact, that would explain precisely why he won’t put it down on paper. Radio and TV is entertainment you know. Newspapers are journalism. Or so they say.

  6. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    To Shovel-pass: Thank you, re: Gutierrez (the new Matt). My man crush on the Gute is no secret to anyone who has been reading my own hack-like rantings on this blog.

    Yes, the newspaper industry (of which I am a part, though not as a sportswriter) has hit a rough patch, but I am of the opinion that sports fans will ALWAYS want incisive, occasionally hard-hitting journalism about their favorite teams. Now, if only we had more of that in the Bosstown media … however, Gaspar and Breer — as many have pointed out — are showing promise, and Reiss, I think, has proven himself above-average (though the Globe got pantsed by the Herald this Sunday vis-a-vis the Patriots).

    As far as “The Ghost” goes — yeah, I’m desperately trying to make “The Ghost” stick as the kicker’s cognomen, since I have a difficult time saying Gostkowski after my third beer — even a Coors Light — but I seem to recall his starting off a little spotty, but by Week 3 it was strictly, as Crocodile Dundee might say, “No worries, mate.” This year should be no different.

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