1) Tedy Bruschi was named AFC Player of the Week in his first game back since suffering a mild stroke earlier this year. Bruschi made 10 tackles as the Pats came from behind to beat Buffalo on Sunday night. Six of the tackles were within three yards of the line of scrimmage. Bruschi’s comeback story is inspiring and courageous, although a little unnerving to watch. Certainly the Patriots need him on defense, I just pray he isn’t risking more than his football career.
2) Jason Varitek was awarded the Gold Glove for American League catchers this week. Unfortunately, the honor was overshadowed by other events taking place within the Red Sox organization. Varitek has always been known first for his ability to call a game and make pitchers better. Second is his hitting ability from both sides of the plate (as long as bases aren’t loaded). These two skills may have caused his defensive abilities to be overlooked. Tek is one of the best at blocking pitches in the dirt and blocking the plate from runners trying to score. Congratulations captain!
3) The Boston Celtics opened the 2005 season with an overtime win against the New York Knicks. Ricky Davis and Paul Pierce led the Celts with a combined 57 points. Delonte West stole the show with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists, and one of the sickest blocks you’ll ever see. Even if you’re not an NBA fan, this team will be fun to watch.
4) The New England Revolution advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship by defeating the MetroStars 3-1 in the second game of the series. New England will host the championship match November 6th at Gillette Stadium starting at 3 p.m.
5) The Boston Bruins…should have stayed on strike or lockout or whatever.
So, major individual awards in two sports, and wins over New York teams in two other sports. Not such a bad week when you look at the big picture.
And now back to our regularly scheduled BLOGcast…
Theo Epstein is not coming back. His press conference told us nothing. And apparently he really did exit Fenway in a gorilla suit Monday to avoid the media.
Dan Shaughnessy, despite a ballsy appearance on WEEI this morning where he even fielded questions from callers, is still a douchebag.