Patriots QB controversy?!

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Patriots QB controversy?!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

The Patriots are on a bit of a slide and, as is the tendency with New England sports fans, everyone is overreacting. Trade Welker for Tim Thomas! Fire Bill and bring in Joe Paterno! Paul Pierce isnt doing anything; can he catch a football?!

But by far the most absolutely ridiculous group of fans is the surprisingly large group that wants Brady benched.

Wait, excuse us? You want Brady benched? In your mind the Patriots have a better chance to win with Tom Brady sitting his chiseled behind on the bench? As soon as we heard this we made a pie chart highlighting the percentage of people who believe this that might be stupid.

This same group of people thinks that rookie Ryan Mallett, he of the three pre-season starts where he looked great in one and awful in the other two, should start over Brady. Anyone who wants Mallett to start over Brady must have been fed nothing but peanut butter and lead paint sandwiches as a child. Here is a quick comparison chart for you people on Team Mallettt, assuming you can read:

Idiots. Plus, how it is Bradys fault that the Patriots are mediocre? Oh, wait, we understand your logic now.

Obviously it is Brady's fault that the defense is so awful that they can't hold a lead of any kind and might even give up 40 points to a local Pop Warner team full of pimple faced teens. When we look at Bradys totals this season he doesnt have a single interception.

Is Brady the one dropping passes left and right so that the quarterback is forced to only throw to Welker and The Gronk?

Is Brady making awful, uncharacteristic game-costing coaching decisions?

In case youre really stupid, the answer to every question is a resounding NO!

The issue here is that Brady has set standards so high that if hes just great instead of super great people get all pissy because hes not throwing 20 touchdown passes per game. Also, New England sports fans as a whole are ungrateful, short sighted, unappreciative fools. Sure Brady is on pace to break Dan Marinos record for most passing yards in a season despite having just two receivers, but yeah, he should totally be benched.

You buffoons are drunker than the Red Sox pitcher staff if this thought has ever entered your mind.

Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

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Towles accounts for 4 TDs, BC runs past Wagner, 42-10

BOSTON - Quarterback Patrick Towles passed for two touchdowns and added two more on the ground as Boston College defeated Wagner 42-10 on Saturday.

Jon Hilliman ran for two more touchdowns for the Eagles (2-2), who won their 25th straight game against a Football Championship Subdivision opponent.

Wagner (2-1) wasn't rattled early, scoring on its second drive of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. But after the Seahawks pulled within 14-10 early in the second quarter, BC took control, and scored the final 28 points of the game.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio expressed discontent this week with his team's inability to run the ball consistently over its first three games, after establishing that identity during his first three seasons in Boston.

BC had just 44 yards rushing in last week's 49-0 loss at Virginia Tech, its fewest since 28 at N.C. State in 2015. The Eagles entered Saturday ranked second from last in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rushing at just 124.4 yards per game.

They had 188 yards rushing at halftime against Wagner, and finished with 300 yards on the ground for the day.

"We wanted to emphasize running the football today and we did that," Addazio said.

Towles said the success on the ground helped relax the entire offense.

"That was big for us," he said. "We've traditionally been a good running football team here. It hasn't been to our standards the first few weeks of the season. I know that's one thing we really focused on this week was getting out there and really running the football well."

Towles' day ended after three quarters. He was 9 of 16 for 157 yards passing and rushed seven times for 46 yards. Hilliman rushed 19 times for 83 yards, and Davon Jones also rushed 12 times for 90 yards.

After giving up the early score, Boston College's defense tightened, holding to Seahawks to just 89 total yards in the first half, and -2 yards in the third quarter.

The Eagles outgained Wagner 490-107 in total yards for the game.

Wagner coach Wagner coach Jason Houghtaling said after some early stands, the Seahawks' defense started to show fatigue as the game progressed.

"We wanted to try and run it, but we knew it would be an uphill battle," he said. "The defense started to wear down. The longer they were on the field, the size of the offensive line, the physicality of the running backs, absolutely I think it wore down."

THE TAKEAWAY

WAGNER: The Seahawks held their own early with a FBS opponent, which should give it a boost going into its conference schedule.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles wanted to begin breathing life into what had been an anemic offense at times in their first three games. BC established the run early, and was able to get touchdowns in the red zone - a positive with the meat of the ACC schedule still remaining. But penalties remain a concern. The Eagles had seven for 85 yards on Saturday, including a few that took away big plays.

UP NEXT

WAGNER: The Seahawks return home next week to host Sacred Heart in its Northeast Conference opener.

BOSTON COLLEGE: The Eagles continue their four-game home stand next week with a visit from Mid-American Conference Buffalo.

© 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015.