Quote of the day
"We've backed ourselves about as far as we can go." -- Red Sox manager Terry Francona, after Boston fell into a tie with Tampa Bay for the wild card slot
Red Sox Nation is now officially apoplectic. If Boston does complete the collapse, everyone will point to their dismal record in September, which is currently 6-19. But just as damaging will be that 2-10 start back in April. If they had simply started 5-7, they’d already be resting players for the postseason. Regardless, they’re providing good theater in this part of the country.
Football Pickoff produced relatively balanced scores this week, with 51% of active slates generating positive scores. Congrats to long-time Gurupie Perm Dude, who posted the top score of weekend with 13 correct picks and 459 points, including a double of Buffalo over New England.
I know it’s early, but imagine a Super Bowl between Buffalo and Detroit. Curiously, that almost happened once before. In January, 1992, Detroit lost to Washington in the NFL Championship game. Had the Lions won (and it wasn’t close), they’d have played Buffalo in the Super Bowl that year, and history would have been significantly changed. Either Buffalo would have interrupted what was otherwise an 0-4 Super Bowl in four consecutive years, or the Lions would have dropped off of the short list of teams that have never appeared in a Super Bowl (Lions, Browns, Texans, Jacksonville.)