From Tim Healey of the Boston Globe comes the tale of second-year Patriot center Bryan Stork, who is only eight words and one catchphrase from becoming Bill Belichick-Meets-Marshawn Lynch. This was Stork’s entire cleanout day recollection of the Pats’ loss to Denver and what he plans to do this spring:
Q. How do you sum up how the offensive line played (against the Broncos)?
A. I’m on to next year.
Q. A day later, has it sunk in?
A. I’m just on to next year.
Q. I know you’re on to next year, but how do you assess how this team played? You have to be proud of your teammates.
Q. How quickly did you move on to next year?
A. Just on to next year.
Q. Plane ride, locker room right after?
A. Whenever the game is over, you move on to next year.
Q. Is it hard because it doesn’t do you any good to look back?
A. You learn, but it’s good to move on. Go on to next year.
Q. What did you learn?
A. I learned things.
Q. Take pride in coming this far and making it to the AFC title game?
A. It’s never good enough. But we’re on to next year.
Q. Is there a sense of ‘What do I do now?’ now that the season is over?
A. I got things to do.
Q. How much time do you take off of football after the season is over?
A. Usually a couple weeks.
Q. Anything good going on the next couple months?
Q. Like what?
A. Things to do.
Like moving on to next year, I’d wager.
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While Stork was holding court by holding out on court, his position coach, Dave DeGuglielmo, became (we believe) the second coach fired by Bill Belichick in 16 years. Tom Brady, who was hit 20 times during the loss to Denver, probably did not LeBron DeGuglielmo, but 20 hits? Somebody has to pay for that.
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Getting their brains kicked in by 34 points in the NFC Championship doesn’t necessarily mean that Arizona Cardinals lost a bit of their support.
Well, actually, yes it does. Only two people showed up at the airport to salute their walloped heroes.
“That’s the least we could do as fans, show some support, even if it was just only two out here,” Cardinals fan DJ Michael Gonzales told a local TV station. “I bet it felt great just to see two faces out here, rather than no faces out here.”
I’ll bet it didn’t.
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Richie Incognito, whom we all remember, is going to the Pro Bowl, because, well, because everyone goes to the Pro Bowl eventually.
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All the discussion about match-fixing in tennis that has dogged the Australian Open the past fortnight took a hiatus while Serena Williams boxed Maria Sharapova’s ears for the 18th consecutive time.
Why, if we didn’t know better . . . and come to think of it, we don’t . . . ahh, who’s kidding whom? This isn’t why the sport is getting its reputation, though it is why Williams and Sharapova got theirs.
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Remember when St. Louis Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said support for a National League designated hitter was “gaining momentum?” Well, his idea of “momentum” is, well, unique, and his idea of “gaining” seems to be losing, according to commissioner Rob Manfred.
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“The most likely result on the designated hitter for the foreseeable future is the status quo,” Manfred said. “I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are.”
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I wonder if Mozeliak feels the way Dean Spanos did when he found his good friends and fellow owners could roger him as though he were just some union investigator.
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From WCVB Boston comes the heart-rending tale of the guy, Burke O’Connell, who knew the Patriots would be beat by Denver Sunday and went out to get a Super Bowl 50 Champs logo tattooed on his calf. And now his shorts-wearing days are at an end.
“Honestly, I just had a bad feeling right in the beginning, and they started losing,” he said as he explained the genesis of his error. O'Connell said he plans to keep the tattoo covered up until he returns home to Los Angeles.
“They're champs anyway,” he said. “We got four rings. We're the best anyway regardless if we win or lose.”
Well, the scoreboard says your leg looks ridiculous.
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Three former ESPN Chicago staffers are running a new website called The Athletic, which will focus on Chicagoland sports (clearly) and was founded and is being bankrolled by Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann, two San Francisco tech entrepreneurs who’ll be building out the underlying platform and assisting with analytics and graphics.
The first story: "How Joe Montana Was Always Meant To Be A Bear,” twinned with “Dusty Baker Was A Better Manager Than You Think.” Because in the final analysis, all politics is local.
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And finally, a Sacramento Kings fan yelled at Charlotte’s Spencer Hawes Monday night, “Hey Hawes, go back to Seattle,” to which the Hornet backup has the best response for the fan who had clearly forgotten how close his team had come to leaving town:
“I wish I could.”
Game, set and match.