It’s interesting for me as a Red Sox fan to look back on their most memorable moments in my lifetime and not many would be from the World Series. I can hear the haters chuckling, but they have won two championships in the last nine years. There’s the Carleton Fisk ‘stay fair’ homer against the Reds in 1975 and on the other end of the spectrum—Bill Buckner’s ball between the legs in ’86. But the Sox pounded the Cardinals and Rockies in their last two Series, so it’s in the American League Championship Series that I have the fondest memories.
The best, of course, was rallying from 3-1 down in the ALCS against the Yankees in 2004. A similar rally against the Indians three years later was almost as good, but the grand slam from David Ortiz to erase a 5-1 deficit with two out in the eighth last night against the Tigers has got to be pretty high on the list.
The thing about Brady---
Over the last two seasons Patriot tight ends had caught nearly 300 passes, through the first five games this season they had caught just five. With Aaron Hernandez rotting in jail and Rob Gronkowski trying to figure out when he’ll return from injury; Tom Brady has had to figure out other ways to move the ball and score points. He’s doing so with a group of receivers who you need a roster to know their names and who lead the NFL in drops. Yet, here they are 5-1 after knocking the Saints from the ranks of the unbeaten. Granted, the Patriots are winning a lot more with their defense than they are their “O”, but the old warrior still has it and that was never more evident than on that final drive yesterday.
Just when you think things can’t get any harder to figure out in the Big 12 Texas lays out OU and Baylor escapes with one from Manhattan. As K-State found out—when Texas wants to run the ball they can be a real load…now the Sooners know too. Texas should be ashamed of itself for the obvious inability to consistently motivate and focus—that was a good team that ripped Oklahoma.
On the other hand, the Sooners were exposed by the Longhorns and suddenly there are all sorts of questions in Norman. Baylor couldn’t run the ball against a defense that’s given yards on the ground all season. The Bears have a great quick-strike vertical passing attack, but are questionable defensively.
Is Texas Tech the answer? The Red Raiders have yet to get into the teeth of their schedule; their best win was at TCU which had problems putting Kansas away last weekend. I don’t know, these could swing wildly as the season progresses, but here’s my Big 12 rundown at the halfway point.
1. Ahhh, wait a minute…I had that right here….let me get back to you
2. Baylor—fortunate to win at KSU, still a work in progress
3. Texas—hard to get BYU and Ole Miss out of my mind
4. OU—bad game, or a real step backwards for Blake Bell?
5. Oklahoma State—finish with Texas, Baylor and OU
6. Texas Tech—the league’s great unknown
7. TCU—good “D” no “0”, QB Casey Pachell set to return from injury in a few weeks
8. K-State---incremental improvement, will Bill Snyder settle for one quarterback?
10. Iowa State—never an easy out in Ames
11. KU—better effort at TCU, still hard to find a win left on their schedule.