Ben and Steelers were un-Patriotic

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Ben and Steelers were un-Patriotic

By Michael Felger

A half-dozen thoughts on Super Bowl Monday:

1. Phew. For you Patriots fans who were mindful of your place in this era and concerned about Ben Roethlisberger joining the all-time great conversation alongside Tom Brady, rest easy. Roethlisberger and the Steelers are out of the discussion. For now.

It was there for them, though. Despite how poorly Roethlisberger had played for most of the Packers 31-25 win, he still had a legacy-enhancing moment in front of him at the end of the game. He had the ball at his own 13-yard line with 1:59 left on the clock and a timeout in his pocket, needing a touchdown to claim his third Super Bowl championship.

Certainly, it was a tough situation. No gimmie. So its not like his performance on that drive was an abject failure. Still, had he marched his team down the field and put the ball in the end zone on that possession, he simply would have had to be considered on par with Brady perhaps even beyond him. And Roethlisberger vs. Peyton Manning wouldnt even have been a discussion.

Alas, Roethlisberger and the Steelers went nowhere. And now theyre where Patriots fans wanted them all along.

Out of the conversation.

2. Its hard to imagine that Tom Brady winning the MVP award could carry with it less excitement than it did on Sunday. And for good reason. I think we all agree that it was more enjoyable around here when other quarterbacks were winning MVPs and Brady was winning championships.

3. The Bruins made the right call shutting down Marc Savard. It was right for the player, most importantly. But its also the right call for the team. The Bs have been waiting for Savard to return to form for nearly 11 months. But it wasnt happening. Not this year, anyway. Savard needs his space the Bs need to get their team together. And with Savards cap space now available to them, theres no excuse for them passing at the trade deadline again.

4. Toss up for the queasiest moment Sunday night: the Go Daddy commercial revealing Joan Rivers, or Cameron Diaz feeding A-Rod popcorn (I think) from a luxury box? Poor Cameron. I mean, really. At least Giselle had the decency to feed Brady on the vacation under a palm tree. But in one of Jerry Jones suites on national TV? Yuck.

5. Finally, the only highlight of my recent trip to Dallas was visiting Dealey Plaza, the site of the Kennedy assassination. (What does it say about Dallas that the citys top attraction is a murder site?) Its all still there. The Book Depository. The sixth-floor window. The grassy knoll. It hasnt changed a bit. You can put your hands on all of it, although the actual window Oswald shot out of is behind glass.

Anyway, go stand on the grassy knoll and then go stand up on the sixth floor. If you still think the window was the only place the bullets came from, or if that was the most logical place to fire into the convertible from, then you probably think Matt Walsh acted alone, too.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.