The Patriots assignment looks as difficult as Maxwell Smart facing down evil forces of KAOS this Sunday in Foxboro against the Tennesee Titans.
ProJo's Tom Curran takes a look Titans disruptive defense.
"It's controlled chaos," explained Patriots safety Aric Morris, who played for the Titans for three years. "They just go out, get a read and go. They live and die with it, wrong or right. They'll go 110 miles up the field, spin moves and stunts.
Chaos comes to Foxboro Sunday. The 3-1 Titans will be in Foxboro to face the Patriots, and an offensive line stretched to its limits by injuries will have to batten down the hatches for a three-hour tour of large bodies running fast in many directions.
Those wacky Tennesseans idea of a game preview is to sit down and play Madden 2004 Titans vs. Patriots. The Tennessean has the gamers results.
Quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and Adam Vinatieri added four field goals, helping the Patriots to a 33-28 victory over the Titans at Gillette Stadium. Brady's 51-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Deion Branch proved to be the decisive score.
Any OxyContin to go with this psychedelic tie? Thumbs up on the "little blues". These won't effect my hearing, will they?
Rush on 'Hillbilly' Heroin?
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh resigned from ESPN's Sunday Countdown show last evening after uproar over racial comments about Donovan McNabb.
Bob Brookover in the Philadelphia Enquirer reports on the fall of Rush.
McNabb said earlier in the day that it was too late for an apology...."It's pretty heavy," McNabb said. "It's something that I've been going through since I was young - through high school, through college, and through the NFL. You figure it would be over by now."
Democratic Presidential Front-runner Howard Dean weighed in on the Limbaugh controversy.
"Rush Limbaugh's comment this week about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is unacceptable," Dean said in a statement. "To imply that the success of an African American is an undeserved gift from a biased media is absurd and offensive."
The New York Daily News reports today that Limbaugh is under investigation involving a black market drug ring.
The moralizing motormouth was turned in by his former housekeeper - who says she was Limbaugh's pill supplier for four years.
Wilma Cline, 42, says Limbaugh was hooked on the potent prescription drugs OxyContin, Lorcet and hydrocodone - and went through detox twice.
Cline told the Enquirer she went to prosecutors with information about Limbaugh and others after four years of drug deals that included clandestine handoffs in a Denny's parking lot....In one missive, Limbaugh pushed Cline to get more "little blues" - code for OxyContin, the powerful narcotic nicknamed hillbilly heroin, she said
Could this be true? Maybe or has the liberal media just been very desirous that a white radio conservative race baiter not feel the pain?
Rush to Judgment
ESPN's Sunday Countdown is at it again. With rating sagging behind the FOX pregame show, ESPN has attempted to add some edge adding conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and convicted drug felon Michael Irvin.
Michael Irvin has brought some natty suits to the show and Rush has begun to show his true colors while interjecting race into his comments about Philadelphia Eagle QB Donovan McNabb. Rush had this to say on the Philly QB;
"I think the sum total of what you're all saying is that Donovan McNabb is regressing, he's going backwards. And...I'm sorry to say this, I don't think he's been that good from the get-go.
"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They're interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well; I think there is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn't deserve. The defense carried this team...
Who exactly is the 'media' that Limbaugh is referring to? Must be those liberal media folks now taking over the sports coverage in America. Next thing the liberal 'media' will promote a 7' 5'' Chinese center in the NBA and an African American/Asian golfer on the PGA Tour for the sake of diversity. What a pile of nonsense.
Rush should turn on his hearing aid so he can hear what he is saying. God only knows he is not thinking first before he speaks.
The Philadelphia Daily News's Phil Hofmann reports on the Rush fallout.
And so, on national television, McNabb was allowed to be reduced to a stereotype once again...Colleges that even bothered with him were recruiting McNabb only as an "option" quarterback; code word....coming out of Syracuse and see countless references to what an "athletic" quarterback he is; code word....You read the articles today...where McNabb is categorized, unthinkingly, almost reflexively, as a "running" quarterback; code word.
And now this Limbaugh. It is to the point now where it isn't even provocative anymore. It's just tired. It's such an old, stupid song.
Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer says ESPN got exactly what they expected from hiring Limbaugh.
Here's your mistake, Rush. You stepped out of your radio comfort zone, where "Dittoheads" either echo your twisted view of America or you can cut them off. You stepped into a place where your bluff - and that's all it ever has been - is easily called.
But why is anyone surprised? This is the same man who once told an African American caller to "take that bone out of your nose and call me back." The same man who once said, "Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?"
Gray Cloud Lifted
Ron Borges looks at the 'kick it' or 'go for it' 4th down decision at the end of Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
As the ball fell harmlessly to the ground with 37 seconds to play, everyone in New England immediately knew the field goal would have been the wiser choice.
But would it have been?
"The strategy was to make one first down, which would ensure us being in field goal range," Belichick said yesterday. "We talked about the field goal range before the game and during the game on that particular day, on that particular field, in the direction that we were going. We felt like the secure area was from the 35-yard line in.
Argue all you want about what you would have done. Make your case, but there is Bill Belichick's case, and it's a strong one. Going for it on fourth and 3 with 43 seconds left was not only the higher-percentage play, it was the right play.
Michael Smith looks at the troubles of Tom Brady.
What impressed Bill Belichick most two years ago about Tom Brady, you may recall, were his game-management skills.
Today, on the two-year anniversary of his first pro start, and two days after throwing two incompletions on a four-play, potential game-tying drive in the final two minutes of a 20-17 loss at Washington, Brady doesn't seem to be managing things quite as well. At times this season, some of his decisions with the ball have been questionable.
Tom Curran in the Providence Journal compares the Redskins loss to last year's San Diego loss.
The similarities between Sunday's loss to the Redskins and last year's loss to the Chargers are amazing. Tom Brady got picked off when Chargers corner Ryan McNeil ranged over and picked off a pass intended for Donald Hayes at the Chargers' 12 in the third quarter. Then Brady got picked off at the Chargers' goal line on a horrible throw that would have had to pass through three Chargers to get to Hayes, who probably would have dropped it anyway.
Sunday in Washington, there were three interceptions, a fumble, a missed field goal attempt and a failed fourth-and-5. They even ran the requisite bird-brained draw.
The Boston Herald's Ed Gray comes out with a look at Mike Cloud.
Running back Mike Cloud, forced to sit out the first four games of the regular season due to a league suspension, rejoined the team yesterday when the Patriots were granted a one-week roster exemption that will allow the former Boston College running back to take part in this week's practices.
"Physically and mentally, I think I'm ready to go, I really do believe that,'' said Cloud, who will also be coming back from surgery on a right calf injury suffered in late July. "If they give me the opportunity this week to go out there and play, I'll make the best of it. I'm going to help out the team.''
Dog Day Afternoon
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo jumps right to the second guessing in the Patriots 20-17 loss to the Redskins Sunday.
Tom Brady sat in his chair sideways...One can only guess what Brady was thinking. Was it his three interceptions? Was it his inability to drill a pass to Daniel Graham on fourth down as a wide open Larry Centers stood at the first-down marker? Perhaps it was the play-calling. A draw play on third down? Why not the trademark dink-and-dunk rather than longer passes with 1:45 remaining and New England on the Redskin 45? Why not a 55-yard field goal attempt with Adam Vinatieri's ability to connect in clutch situations?
Tom Curran of the Providence Journal sums up the loss.
The Pats didn't lose because they missed the myriad players who are injured. They didn't lose because of the failures of their replacements. They lost because of three Tom Brady interceptions, a fumble by Kevin Faulk and (to a lesser degree) a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri.
Michael Felger of the Boston Herald looks at the Pats loss.
It was a game that was gift-wrapped for the Patriots like so many others in the past two-plus years. For the first time in what seemed like a very long time, however, Tom Brady and the Pats couldn't figure out how to get the wrapping off and take the present home.
The Boston Globe's Ron Borges looks at the resilent Patriots.
They had excuses but refused to use them. They had reasons to feel sorry for themselves but were angry at themselves instead....The scrappy Patriots did all they could not to settle on seeing their record slip to 2-2 but with five starters out on offense, four on defense, and Brady bothered by both a bad right elbow and a sore throwing shoulder, they were asking too much of themselves to hold off the NFL's top-rated offense. Too much, but not by much.