|Posted on October 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM|
With Labor Day 2010 gone like Tiger Wood’s first marriage, we, New England Sports Fans, turn our attention to three leagues: The National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Unfortunately, our own Boston Red Sox got injured on their way of being mentioned as a title contender this year. It is all right. Our local teams have collectively spoiled us in a way that we always have something worthy to pay attention to.
Coach Belichick and the Brady Bunch opened up this season with a strong offense, a revamped defense, and a better than even special team. As a result, they handed the Bengals their first lost in their opener. During the first half, they also managed to answer all their critics in all three aspects of the ball: (1) their defense is stronger than last year; (2) Wes Welker and the rest of the offense is not messing around (3) their special team unit is one not to mess with. During the second half of that game, they showed us that they are still unable to maintain a lead in the second half. This is exactly what burned them against the Jets. Unfortunately, other teams are going to take note that. No way, can they beat the Colts with this attitude. To avoid a repeat of last year’s performance, the Patriots definitely have to play with consistency including excel the same way (if not better) than the first half of every game they play in for the rest of the season; otherwise, comes January, we will be rooting even harder for Rajon Rondo and the Celtic’s Big Three.
Speaking of Big Three, Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat were the apparent “big winners” of this past Summer’s free agency by signing both Chris Bosh and Lebron James. Although they are already being dubbed as Miami’s “Big Three” and crowned this upcoming season’s champion, the Celtics’ offseason was not spent unnoticed. They signed (at a bargained price) Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, and Delonte West. The O’Neal’s are supposed to play significant minutes with the expected absence of Kendrick Perkins. The chase towards banner #18 seems to be a promising one, and it all starts when D. Wade and his sidekick walk through the door of Garden seeking their first victory together. You can bet that Rondo, the real Big Three, and the rest of the Celtics will have their gameplan ready for a healthy season and a celebration at the end of the year.
Enjoy the football and basketball season.