Felger: Haynesworth 'one of the worst'


Felger: Haynesworth 'one of the worst'

For as bad as Albert Haynesworth may have been during his brief stint in New England, Michael Felger blames the Patriots for thinking that this leopard would change his stripes.

"I think the Patriots should be better than a bum like this," he said Tuesday on 'Sports Tonight'. "This is really one of the worst guys this league has to offer . . . They never should have brought this guy in.

"And what's aggravating is, the only reason they did is 'cause he gave them money back. He gave them a good deal, and then he kissed some ass on the way in. He said all the right things. And it just feels to me like, you can be the worst guy in the world but if you give them some money and say the right things, the Patriots will just bring them in."

Ex-NFL lineman Steve DeOssie agreed with Felger, at least on Haynesworth himself.

"He just didn't want to play," DeOssie said. "It was obvious from the get-go he just thought he could walk in and, I don't know, maybe contribute somewhat, but he didn't even give the effort to contribute.

"He did not even play . . . up close to his talent level . . . This is a guy that has a tremendous amount of talent and absolutely no desire, no respect for his teammates, no respect for what everybody else on the field is trying to accomplish, and it showed. It showed in the way he played."

Later, he added: "The guy was a bad guy with no respect for his teammates whatsoever. You can't be in that locker room and have that lack of respect for your teammates when everyone else is working . . . hard."

Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?


Tuesday, Oct. 25: Carlo for Calder?

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while having watched the Curious George Halloween special about eight times over the last three or four days thanks to my three-year-old son.

*Bob McKenzie with a great story in former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore talking a shift as an Uber driver as his hockey work has dried up.

*Alex Radulov is earning some early respect for his play from his Habs teammates and the fickle Canadiens fans, but let’s see how the whole season plays out for the notoriously combustible Russian winger.

*Zach Werenski has taken an early lead among his NHL rookie peers for the Calder Trophy, but it looks like it’s going to be a crowded field this year. Just a couple of weeks in, Brandon Carlo certainly looks like he could be in the conversation as well.

*Pioneering female goaltender Shannon Szabados has been cut from the Peoria team in the Southern Pro League.

*The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of advice for the Chicago Cubs about playing in the big games as the Cubbies get ready for their World Series close-up.

*A more mature David Perron is having greater success the second time around with the St. Louis Blues while contributing in many different areas.

*For something completely different: a really fun story of a Hollywood Reporter contributor recording the reactions of her 7-year-old son watching Empire Strikes Back for the first time. I was around the same age when Empire came out, so I’m sure my reactions were pretty similar to his at different points in the movie.

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.