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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Split Decision: Red Sox Win, Patriots...Um...Lose

    After a long two weeks of nothing but team unity (Team USA) that is, tonight it was back to hometown pride and routing for the Red Sox and Patriots...not that I ever stopped routing for the home team, but for a couple of weeks the entire country was the hometeam.

    So, tonight I sat down to watch two of my favorite teams, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. What a night, right? Flipping between baseball and football while enjoying a brew and relaxing after a long week of work, it really doesn't get any better.

    Let me start with the good. After a day off, the Red Sox finally got into the winning ways in Toronto as they dropped the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-4. On the bats of Jason Varitek and Dustin Pedroia who each sent one out of the Rogers Center, the Red Sox grabbed a much needed win.

    For his part, Paul Byrd looked solid and finished with a line of 6 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs and 4 SO's.

    Was this a must win for the Red Sox? No. Was it a nice win to get? You better believe it. With the Rays looking back and laughing at the rest of the pack, now would be as good a time as any to make a run at the top spot in the AL East.

    Here's the boxscore for the game.

    And so then, what about the woeful New England Patritos? That's right I just spoke about our beloved Patriots and called them woeful. Let me put it out there right now, this dreaful start that the Patriots are having is NOT a result of Tom Brady not being in the starting line-up. Sure it hurts the team, but Tom Brady has nothing to do with giving up TWO special teams touchdowns. He has nothing to do with Donovan McNabb throwing for 180 yards and a touchdown.

    Of course, Tom Brady's absence did have something to do with the disasterous play of the offense, but it wasn't the only thing. Is Matt Cassel still on the team? Aparently he is going to be for a while, given that he played a majority of the game. Gutierrez looks like the odds on favorite to be Brady's back-up this year especially after his "decent" showing tonight, 12-16, 199 yds. and two TDs. And Kevin O'Connell was no where to be found tonight, not sure what that's about, but I am sure Coach Belichick will not characterize that move at all.

    Overall, it was another poor performance from a team that is the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl this year. I'm not sure I would book my tickets to Tampa just yet, let's give them a couple of series with Brady under center to see what happens.

    Patriots fall 27-17 to the Eagles. Click here for the boxscore.

    By the way, is it time to freak out yet? In case it is, here are the top 2 results from YouTube when I searched Freak Out. ENJOY!!

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