Brady should maybe not mention cheating


Brady should maybe not mention cheating

By Mary Paoletti

Tom Brady is accusing the Colts of... cheating? Oh boy.

I dunno if that's a good thing to be harping on after a win. Not because I don't believe the Patriots QB-- I do. And that's saying something because I'm notorious among at least two people for scoffing at Senator Brady's post-game political speeches.

It's just that, when "Patriots" and "cheating" enter the same hemisphere as each other.... well...

Eek, A Penis!

Brady's smarter than to expect sympathy though. I think. Recent research does show that quarterbacks aren't as cerebral as people might think.

What's most likely going to happen is a certain segment of Patriots fans will be more belligerent and self-righteous than usual. Beer sales in the Northeast will triple. When the Pats earn their next loss people will say that it's somehow Adam Vinatieri's fault. And the rest of the country will be Google searching that South Park episode and laughing at Belichick and company.

So maybe New Englanders should just be happy that the Colts lost despite their "cheating." Yeah. Probably.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.