Theory: Lucchino has Henry duped

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Theory: Lucchino has Henry duped

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

Who's ready for some irresponsible journalism?

Kidding. What Wicked Good Sports does isn't journalism. It's make believe. Which brings us to the following, "an interesting set of theories."

What if Larry Lucchino has John Henry duped?

Henry told Felger & Mazz neither "John, Tom or Larry" were direct sources for The Boston Globe's Inside The Collapse piece. He falsely cited reporter Bob Hohler as publicly ruling them out as his sources. Henry rejected the possibility Lucchino leaked personal information about Terry Francona. Then turned and said:

"One of the first things that I learned when I came here, Larry Lucchino said, 'There are no secrets in baseball.'"

Especially if Lucchino is the leak Roto-Rooter couldn't fix. And that can lead us to only one theory: Larry Lucchino has John Henry living in a cocoon of false reality.

But why? To secure his financial backing in a plot to wrest the Red Sox from Rich Levine & Co., of course.

Imaginary scene 1: Henry walks through the Red Sox clubhouse and raises an eyebrow at the empty beer bottles and grease-lined cartons of fried chicken. Lucchino corrects him; they are in the visitors' clubhouse.

Imaginary scene 2: Henry questions the exorbitant price of beer at Fenway Park. Lucchino assures him the prices are necessary to skirt prohibition laws.

Imaginary scene 3: Henry balks at entering a pact with LeBron James, believing he once heard Boston fans boo him. Lucchino hires an actor to play a doctor. It is determined Henry has a hearing problem.

Imaginary scene 4: Henry expresses disinterest in purchasing Liverpool because "Americans don't care about soccer." Lucchino, using a crudely drawn map, convinces him Liverpool is a town in Massachusetts -- seven-hours away via flight. "See, err ehh, Red Sox Nation, err, loves soccer or, ehhh, football as they call it."

Imaginary scene 5: Henry is hand-delivered his newspaper by Lucchino each morning:

Yeah. An interesting set of theories.

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

Felger: Sorry, Tom, but Jimmy G. and Brissett need to play Friday

If there's any Patriots quarterback who should be getting meaningful time other than Jimmy Garoppolo on Friday in Carolina, it's not Tom Brady. It's Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett, obviously, will be the Patriots backup the first four games of the year, and the team has yet to go through the annual preseason exercise of subjecting him to the situation under which he's most likely to see time during the regular season. Typically, Bill Belichick will yank the starting QB out of the first half of an exhibition game unannounced and tell the backup to throw on his helmet and get out there. Brissett has yet to go through it, and you have to figure it's coming in the next two weeks.

Other than that, Garoppolo should see all the time while the starters are on the field. He's had little success going against the opposition's starters so far this month and needs every rep he can get. He needs to go through the routine of starting a prime-time game on the road, which will be the case Sept. 11 in Arizona.

Where does that leave Tom Brady? Stewing, probably. It's clear he wants to play. It's clear he wasn't happy missing last Thursday against Chicago and is pining for work Friday. If you were wondering how Brady would feel about losing time in training camp to Garoppolo as the Pats got ready for the regular season, you probably have your answer. He's not a fan.

There is a case to be made that the team and Belichick, in particular, owes Brady some love. Deflategate was dropped in Brady's lap from the start, and while the coach skated, the quarterback's sentence has finally become a reality. The Pats should want to make Brady happy. He deserves the respect.

But, ultimately, we ask the fallback Patriots question: What's best for the team? The answer isn't even close. Garoppolo deserves every snap, save for that potential emergency exercise with Brissett.

As for Brady's feelings? He'll get over it.

Email Felger at mfelger@comcastsportsnet.com. Listen to Felger and Mazz week days, 2-6 p.m., on 98.5 FM. Watch the simulcast daily on CSN.

Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

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Draw with Earthquakes extends Revolution's winless streak

SAN JOSE, Calif. - David Bingham had his sixth shutout of the season and the San Jose Earthquakes tied New England 0-0 on Wednesday night, extending the Revolution's winless streak to five games.

Bingham, who was tied for second in MLS soccer with 12 shutouts last season, had three saves - including a stop on Diego Fagundez's shot in the 86th minute.

The Revolution haven't scored since a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Aug. 9, a stretch of more than 270 minutes.

New England (6-11-8) had beaten San Jose three straight times.

San Jose (7-7-10) has just one loss in its last seven matches.