Welker regrets, Rex doesn't -- Who's right?

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Welker regrets, Rex doesn't -- Who's right?

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

If Wes Welker could go back in time, he wouldn't make fun of Rex Ryan.

If the Patriots receiver could rewind to the happy days before Jan. 16, he wouldn't mention feet once in his press conferences, let alone 10 times.

If Welker could return to the schoolyard where Ryan and Antonio Cromartie were pushing around his buddy Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, he wouldn't push back. He'd walk away.

"It's just not worth it," he said.

Not after losing to Ryan's team in the playoffs, anyway. No, Welker has officially joined the wave of second-guessing that's washed over New England.

Belichick might regret benching Welker; Vince Wilfork does regret the benching of Welker, Patrick Chung regrets the fake punt; Brady regrets the pass that David Harris intercepted; Brady should regret the hair and the Uggs; the Patriots all now regret their lack of urgency.

Pretty standard stuff after getting pushed off the road to Dallas.

Except the Jets don't regret a damn thing.

Rex Ryan burdened his team with such lofty expectations that they could only end up owners of the ballsiest Super Bowl prophecy in recent history, or inevitable failure. He boasted, he joked, he taunted, he made threats, and he promised a Lombardi Trophy to the city of New York.

They beat the Patriots, sure. But then they beat themselves.

On Sunday, the Jets lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship. There are plenty of things -- not just on that day, but throughout the season -- that the heartbroken Ryan could have regretted. But he never backed down, not from anything.

"Our goal for next year, Ive got news for you, it wont change," the coach said. "It will never change. Were going to chase that Super Bowl. Were going to chase it until we get it. Then, well chase it after that again.

"I would change the outcome of this game and thats the only thing I would change. We dont need to apologize to anybody. Well be back, youll see."

So the contrast between franchises followed both teams to their graves this season.

And who would you rather be? The guy with the hangdog mug, spilling regrets during his presser? Or the guy who hides failed promises under new vows more pressure-laden than the last?

With both teams bounced from Super Bowl dreams, there's really only one answer: Everyone regrets Uggs. Everyone.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

Quotes, notes and stars: Pomeranz 'made one pitch that hurt' Red Sox

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

QUOTES:

"He pitched as we had anticipated at the time of the trade.'' - John Farrell on Drew Pomeranz.

"I had a good curveball and I was locating my fastball a lot better. I was in a lot better counts all night, but I made one pitch that hurt us.'' - Pomeranz on his outing.

"He was able to limit the damage against a very good offensive team. He pitched well enough to win. I just wish we could have put more runs on the board for him.'' - Jackie Bradley Jr. on Pomeranz.

 

NOTES:

* Until Monday night, the Red Sox had won their last six series openers.

* Drew Pomeranz has allowed four or fewer hits in 12 of his 18 starts this season.

* Eleven of Travis Shaw's last 15 hits have been for extra bases.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. had his 25th multi-hit game.

* Sandy Leon is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with runners in scoring position.

* The Red Sox are 21-21 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

* Dustin Pedroia (walk, single) has reached base in 28 straight games.

* Xander Bogaerts has 133 hits through 97 games. Since 1940, only Wade Boggs (134 in 1983; 135 in 1987) and Adrian Gonzalez (135 in 2011) had more.

STARS:

1) Justin Verlander

Verlander has enjoyed a bounce-back season of sorts this year, and the Red Sox got to see it up close Monday night as Verlander limited them a single run over six innings.

2) Jose Iglesias

The former Red Sox shortstop haunted his old team with a two-run homer in the sixth to put the Tigers ahead to stay.

3) Drew Pomeranz

The lefty absorbed the loss, but pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out seven.