Thornton: "Belichick to me is Dumbledore"


Thornton: "Belichick to me is Dumbledore"

Things got a little magical on Felger & Mazz this afternoon when Jerry Thornton from Barstool Sports tried to describe the plan for the 2012 Patriots defense, which continues to get shredded on a weekly basis.

There appeared to be no explanation in our realm of reality, so Thornton reached into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to find a comparison to Bill Belichick.

"I just try to remember that Belichick to me is Professor Dumbledore. He's this kindly wise figure in a gray robe who does things in a mysterious way. And as the stories went on, the kids got furious at Dumbledore and they couldn't stand the way he was doing things, but in the end, he had a plan. And I just keep trying to remind myself that Belichick has a plan. It's not always revealed to me in the time I'd like it to be, but he can't just be flying by the seat of his pants."

Felger and Mazz voiced some concerns over the quality of Belichick's assistant coaches, and primarily note the lack of experience from the defensive coaches.

But Thornton says Belichick isn't looking for pedigree when he puts together his coaching staff. It's more important, says Thornton, that a coach is willing to work hard and fit into the system that Belichick is trying to implement - AKA - The Patriot Way.

In the end, Felger - yes, Felger - brought it all home by saying that at some point in the future, Patriots fans will look back on this time in the franchise's history and say "what were we bitching about?" For all the questions about the draft philosophy and the porous defenses, the Patriots still finish at 14-2 or 13-3 and fans can remember that they had it pretty good in New England during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady years.

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.