December 30, 2011

A few notes and thoughts from the world of sports:

I know Rob is gonna agree with me on this: for the Atlanta Falcons to complain about Drew Breese running up his passing totals in the last five minutes of last week’s game is a joke. Hey Falcons, if you didn’t want that to happen maybe you ought to have played a better game the first 55 minutes?

Jane Leary’s “The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood” is a great read. I’d like to get her book on Sandy Koufax one of these days, hear that’s great as well.

A tip o’ the hat to GM Ben Cherington of the Red Sox. I think he’s done a great job so far this off-season doing the kinds of things that will help Sox fans forget about the “Great Collapse of 2011”. Until I heard the news of the Sox making a deal for the Oakland A’s closer I thought Andrew Bailey was the guy fighting Old Man Potter in “It’s A Wonderful Life”. But with Mark Melancon (aquired from the Astros for the equivalent of a bag of balls) to take Daniel Bard’s place as set-up man and Bailey replacing Jonathan Papelbon as closer, the Sox have two young guns at the back of the bullpen that hopefully will serve them well for several years. With Bard now in the rotation they just need another back of the rotation starter and they should be OK.

Hard to believe we’re just a couple of weeks away from the start of a new PGA Tour season. I’m predicting a couple of wins for Tiger but no majors. Adam Scott wins at Augusta, Bill Haas wins the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy the British Open, and Luke Donald the PGA.

‘Fess up: how many people actually missed the NBA not having any games played in the months of October and November?

I’m no hockey fan for sure, but the Boston Bruins are one popular team in Boston right now. They started off slow defending their Stanley Cup, but have righted the ship and are playing well. Who would have thought at this point last year they would be behind only the Patriots as the most popular team in Beantown right now.

Filed in: Golf & Sports by The Great White Shank at 00:27 | Comments (3)
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  1. Doug:

    That’s right. Dale Arnold of WEEI Sports Radio
    said that the Bruins are second to the Patriots in popularity at this point. Probably because of that dramatic fall of the Red Sox season. I hope new management cleans things up in 2012.

    Cubby.

    Comment by Ron "Cubby" Myerow — December 30, 2011 @ 9:39 pm


  2. Yeah, I agree. Sean Payton did what was best for his team and what was best in this instance was to take the opportunity to put this thing and all of its attendant hoopla behind them. He also did what was best for the legion of Saints and Drew Brees fans who came to the game or stayed up late to watch it. Unfortunately, another hoopla (Staying ahead of Brady) has entered the realm but one hoopla is better than two.

    Comment by Rob — December 31, 2011 @ 10:36 am


  3. Thanks for the comments, Cub and Rob – a happy 2012 to you both!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 2, 2012 @ 6:28 pm


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