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Thornton: "Belichick to me is Dumbledore"

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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.

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

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Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.

Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.