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Is the Madoff Bankruptcy Trustee a Yankee Fan?



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The editors of the WSJ say he’s unfairly targeting the Mets:

The bankruptcy trustee is using dubious methods based on flimsy evidence.

Bernie Madoff perpetrated the largest financial fraud in American history, but are his crimes now being compounded by the trustee charged with unwinding the Ponzi scheme? We’re beginning to wonder after scrutinizing the evidence against Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the New York Mets owners who stand accused of colluding with Madoff.

Messrs. Wilpon and Katz and their families are being sued by Irving Picard, a New York bankruptcy attorney appointed to liquidate Madoff assets and recover money from those who benefitted from his Big Con. Mr. Picard is borrowing from the method of overzealous prosecutors everywhere: distorted accusations, tailored for the media, that intimidate public figures into settling to avoid further embarrassment. His methods raise basic questions of transparency and due process.

In an amended complaint in March, Mr. Picard is looking to recover $295 million in fake profits that the Wilpon-Katzes made from Madoff investments—i.e., other investors’ money that Madoff allegedly passed on to them. He is also seeking $710 million that they withdrew against their principal, to repay the investors who came out net losers. Mr. Picard claims they were sophisticated businessmen who knew or should have known that Madoff’s returns were too consistent to be true, and that they “willfully turned a blind eye to every objective indicia of fraud before them.”

One of Mr. Picard’s marquee pieces of evidence is supposedly Peter Stamos, a friend of Mr. Katz and an investment partner. Mr. Picard claims Mr. Stamos “repeatedly warned” the Wilpon-Katzes that Madoff’s returns were fishy. But the Wilpon-Katzes later obtained Mr. Stamos’s deposition, long after Mr. Picard’s accusations had been splashed all over the New York tabloids—and it turns out that his full testimony directly and specifically contradicted Mr. Picard’s selective edit.

In 1972, the Wilpon-Katzes founded Sterling Equity Partners, a closely held family partnership that manages their empire of real estate, professional baseball, a TV network, and private equity and hedge funds. Sterling first invested with Madoff in 1985. In 2002, Sterling joined with Mr. Stamos to create the hedge fund Sterling Stamos.

The rest here.

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Shocker: NBA Refs Miss Traveling Calls



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A study released on Monday has the details:

The two major issues we have uncovered are the enforcement of traveling and blocking that we articulate in depth.

In a nutshell, missed traveling calls have become a bigger issue through the years because many players have become adept at manipulating the ball as they complete their dribble to sneak in an extra step or half-step before taking the two steps they’re allowed to take. For some reason, we’ve seen announcers and even NBA officials refer to this as ‘the gather,’ but one problem is that the word ‘gather’ is not in the rulebook!

Refs can, to an extent, be forgiven for this. The rules surrounding traveling are constantly changing — for instance, the NBA recently “revised” the rulebook to officially codify the two-step rule — and the media, as this report points out, doesn’t help. Whatever the origins of the “gather step,” it’s become such a part of rule interpretation that the NBA’s “video rulebook” specifically instructs refs to take a gather step into account.

To me, it makes sense that NBA refs miss a higher percentage of calls than their counterparts in other sports: professional basketball is fast-moving, with fewer starts and stops, and there seem to be more judgment calls on every play. [The easiest comparison to make would be holding calls in the NFL, but there are more officials looking out for that and it's just one of a number of clearer calls that the refs can make.]

Nonetheless, the scourge of uncalled traveling haunts the NBA. Many older fans are turned off by perceived superstar treatment and the idea that the NBA game is somehow impure (just ask anyone who prefers the college game). What is clear is that there absolutely needs to be an even enforcement of the rules. The aforementioned researcher notes this, asking “Is it fair to players who follow the rules?”

The second that LeBron James executed this maneuver in the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Celtics, a Celtics fanboy friend of mine cried foul. I think the call’s forgivable: the refs likely interpreted James’ maneuver as a jump-stop, not a two-step move. Nevertheless, the perceived superstar treatment that James gets combined with the impression that the Association voluntarily allows traveling violations means that this likely has a negative impact on fans’ impressions of the NBA.

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R.I.P. Bill Gallo



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The Royals and Hosmer



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After linking to an article yesterday asking whether the Royals erred in bringing up heralded prospect Eric Hosmer, I asked a season ticket holder what he thought of the maneuver.

Here is his take:

(1)  KC has played 2/3 of their games at home and hasn’t shown an ability to win on the road; 15-7 [now 15-8] at home; 3-8 on the road.

(2)  Even that [15-8] home record is built on SIX walk-off wins. Absurd. One-third of KC’s total wins on the year have come in games where they were tied or behind going into the ninth inning at home. Even if they win only half of those games, still a great pace, they’re 15-18 and 7.5 games out of first. Is anybody talking about “contending this year” under that scenario?

(3)  Jeff Francoeur is 15th in all of Major League Baseball in Runs Created, 6th in Home Runs, 11th in RBI, 3rd in XBH and 13th in OPS. Regression, meet mean. So calling up Hosmer now instead of waiting five weeks when he would have been denied Super-2 status only makes sense if you believe they can keep this up.

There are two rejoinders to that:

(1)  Improved fan interest and morale will generate some extra revenue. Not crazy. Last two home crowds have been two of the four biggest since Opening Day. But again, it’s only the delta in revenue you get over the next five weeks that counts and under favorable assumptions that’s maybe half a million bucks. Factor in also the time value of money as you get that revenue now and the costs are back-loaded.

(2)  If the Indians come back to Earth and if the Tigers continue to struggle, then the Royals could dance between the raindrops until July 3rd.

A couple more stolen wins [before then] and these guys really could be around .500 and in it at the halfway mark in a battered division. Maybe the earlier start for Hosmer helps him to contribute more down the stretch this year. In June we could see [Mike] Montgomery, [Everett] Teaford and [Danny] Duffy arrive.  It’s not mathematically impossible that this stays interesting. . . .

The Royals are in the Bronx this evening to start a three-game set against the Yankees. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. EDT.

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The Awful No. 2 Hitter



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Why do so many lineups feature inferior players batting second, asks Eric Simon of Amazin’ Avenue? Simon shakes his head over the propensity of managers to insert “replacement level detritus” as the “lineup bridge between a bona fide leadoff man and the heart of the lineup.”

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Can NFL Ownership Teach Us About Corporate Governance?



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ESPN has surveyed its writers and compiled a list of NFL ownership “power rankings.” Numbers one and two on the list are the Rooney family (owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers) and the executive board of the Green Bay Packers, respectively. (My man Woody Johnson and his New York Jets sneak in at number ten).

Here’s what some of the writers had to say about the Rooneys:

“The Steelers selection is a no-brainer,” ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton said. “The Steelers under the Rooneys have been the model of franchise ownership in sports. They are successful, consistent and supportive.

“They don’t undergo the constant changes of other franchises. Plus, the family has been so instrumental in doing things that help advance the league, sometimes at the expense of their own franchise. It’s no secret that two Rooneys are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Clayton, AFC North blogger James Walker, AFC West blogger Bill Williamson and NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas each had the Rooneys atop his ballot.

“The Rooney family is the perfect combination of tradition, consistency and success,” Walker said, echoing Clayton’s thoughts almost verbatim. “The easiest thing to point out is they’ve had the most Super Bowl wins and fewest head coaches since 1969. But they also set trends off the field with things like the Rooney Rule. They’re very well respected and there’s a special sense of pride about the Steelers from players and fans that you don’t see in many places. It starts at the top.”

And of the Packers’ unique ownership scheme:

The Packers are the only publicly owned franchise. Green Bay Packers Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1922. About 112,000 stockholders own roughly 4.75 million shares of the team. A seven-member executive board oversees the team on behalf of the stockholders.

Packers fans never will have to worry about the team being sold or moving away. The Packers are the only franchise that must open its books.

Oh, yeah. They also just won their NFL-record 13th championship.

Seifert explained why the Packers are special.

“My criteria for this category was twofold,” Seifert said. “Do the owners fund the team’s operations well? And do they operate the team well? Rank ‘Em: Top NFL owners

“I think the Packers’ arrangement is currently doing both and has none of the baggage that goes along with single-family ownership. Shareholders don’t take dividends, so no one is driven by individual profit. All profits go back into the franchise. In my experience, no expenses are spared in operating the team. People might note that general manager Ted Thompson doesn’t sign many free agents, but that’s a football decision. He’s spent plenty on retaining the Packers’ own free agents.

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Shocking News: Cheating Discovered in the NFL



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CBS Sports: NFL players, coaches violate lockout by staying in touch.

Coaches overlook steroid and other substance abuse. Why would they not try to gain an upper hand by violating the terms of their own lockout?

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New Info on Reagan’s Pardon of Steinbrenner



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AP:

WASHINGTON (AP)—The FBI released documents Monday stating that New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner assisted the agency in two investigations— one of them apparently a terrorism probe—in the years leading up to his pardon by President Ronald Reagan on a campaign-contributions conviction.

The Associated Press and other news organizations requested the FBI file under the Freedom of Information Act following Steinbrenner’s death in July. The first release was made last December. The two releases combined totaled about 800 pages.

In a newly released 1988 FBI memo, the FBI said that it “supports the contention that George Steinbrenner has provided the FBI with valuable assistance.”

Seven months later, Reagan pardoned Steinbrenner for his convictions in a case involving campaign donations to President Richard Nixon and other politicians.

The documents, included in the second release of Steinbrenner’s FBI file, also show that he blamed his illegal corporate campaign contribution to Nixon on bad legal advice.

The memo disclosed Monday described one probe in which Steinbrenner assisted as “an undercover operation” that ultimately led to an arrest, prosecution and conviction. The FBI described the other investigation simply as “a sensitive security matter.” The FBI deleted all specifics about the probes before releasing the bureau’s file on Steinbrenner, who died last year.

A separate FBI document identifies the cases as “two national security matters” and says Steinbrenner assisted the bureau from 1978 to 1983.

A 1987 letter by Steinbrenner’s lawyers about his assistance to the FBI says that the Yankees owner “knows that he placed the lives of his family and himself in jeopardy through being involved in a terrorist matter.”

The rest here.

(This title of the post has been corrected)

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Don’t Try This at Home



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Ski jumping off a cliff:

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Memphis? Oklahoma City? Where’d These Guys Come From?



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Holy cow: buzzer beaters, foul-outs, near-misses, defensive intensity, solid refereeing . . . last night had everything you want from a night of playoff basketball.

If you had told any NBA observer that the most exciting second-round NBA playoff series would be between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies, they’d have laughed you out of the room. But the show these two young teams are putting on has been stunning. Their triple-overtime marathon last night was just the latest thriller.

The Thunder took this one, but not without a fight. And they were fortunate that O. J. Mayo and Mike Conley fouled out of the game. Russell Westbrook (inefficiently) scored 40 points and seemed to be the only player who could still muster up full-speed effort at the end, when he was being defended by Memphis backup Greivis Vasquez. As Arturo Galletti pointed out, “in the end, he [Westbrook] had more legs than anybody else.”

The story of the Memphis playoff run has been the maturation and leadership of Zach Randolph. Cast as a headcase in Portland and cast off by the league’s two most dysfunctional franchises (New York and the L.A. Clippers), Randolph has found his groove as a veteran post threat and de facto heart and soul of this young team. Randolph always has had the ability to be a dominant inside force, but he’s blossomed now. Maybe it’s the barbecue.

The Memphis-Oklahoma City series has had something for all lovers of basketball. It’ll be a shame when it has to end.

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Presenting the First Annual Craphonso Ja’won Thorpe Awards for Excellence in Football Player Names



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Today, on the Monday after Mother’s Day and less than two weeks removed from the NFL draft, I introduce to you what I hope will become a long-running tradition here at Right Field: The Craphonso Ja’won Thorpe Awards for Excellence in Football Player Names. The award series’ namesake, Craphonso “Cro” Thorpe, is a former NFL wide receiver out of Florida State who did cups-of-coffee all over the league before stints in the CFL and UFL. But he is best known (to me and my friends at least) for having the greatest name of all time in a sport known for its great names. So in celebration of Craphonso’s mother, and the many football moms like her with the courage and foresight to fill out those birth certificates with an eye toward greatness, here are the honorees from the 2011 NFL draft class:

Best Overall Name: It was a draft full of promising football monikers from top to bottom, from Prince Amukamara (CB to the Giants at pick 19) to Lazarius Levingston (DL to Seahawks at pick 205), from Ras-I Dowling (DB, Pats #33) to Kealoha Pilares (WR, Panthers #132). But in the end it came down to two names: Quan Sturdivant (LB, Cardinals #171), and Jacquizz Rodgers (RB, Falcons, #145).

There are compelling cases for both men. Quan Sturdivant is a name straight out of the Cantina at Mos Eisly; Jacquizz Rodgers includes a ‘cq’ and the highly-coveted ‘double-z’ combination. Despite being just one character longer, Rodgers’ full moniker also beats the daylights out of Sturdivant’s in Scrabble scoring, bringing in a whopping 53 points to Quan’s 28.  But then Rodgers’ only really brings it with his Christian first name (again, a tribute to Mrs. Rodgers), while Quan Sturdivant — that is, ‘Quan Sturdivant’ — brings it from the first syllable to the last. And frankly, Jacquizz really could’ve used an apostrophe. Therefore, I award the inaugural Craphonso to the 6′ 1″, 241-lb. UNC Tarheel. Congrats, Quan!

Honorable Mentions: Cheta Ozougwu (DL, Texans #254), Jerrel Jernigan (WR, Giants #83), and Jabaal Sheard (DL, Browns #37).

Best Team Achievement in Player Names: The Baltimore Ravens, who drafted Jah Reid at 85, Tandon Doss at 123, Chykie Brown at 164, and Pernell McPhee at 165.

Honorable Mention: The Oakland Raiders, who drafted Chimdi Chekwa at 113 and Taiwan Jones at 125.

Player Names Perfectly Suited to Their Job Description:

Tight End: tie between Luke Stocker and Daniel Hardy, both drafted by the Bucs.

Defensive Back: Buster Skrine, Browns #137

Offensive Line: Maurice Hurt, Redskins #127

Defensive Line: Karl Klug, Titans #142

Quarterback: Cam Newton. Yes, it’s an obvious choice, but it’s also a name that was born to play under center. (Honorable Mention to Blaine Gabbert).

The Tom Brady Award for Lameness in Football Player Names: James Thomas (LB, Bears #195).

The Quincy Carter Award for Presidential Namesakes: Andrew Jackson (OL, Falcons #210).

First Annual Player Name Hall of Fame Inductees:*

Individuals: Craphonso Thorpe (but of course), LaDanian Tomlinson, Captain Munnerlyn, Marques Tuiasosopo, MacKenzie Hoambreker, Takeo Spikes, Cadillac Williams, Bronco Nagurski.

Team: The 2008 New York Jets. Notable roster members: Kellen Clemens, Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, James Ihedigbo, Hank Poteat, Ty Law, Sione Pouha, Darrelle Revis, Chansi Stuckey, and last — but certainly not least — D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

Who am I missing, readers? Fellow NRniks? Leave your suggestions in the comment box.

 

*nominees must be current or former NFL players not drafted this year.

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Baseball Reveille 5/9/11



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Good morning, campers!

If you are playing catch-up, here are the topics we raised in Right Field over the past seven days:

Darren Calabrese, Canadian Press

And here is some other interesting stuff that transpired:

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Süper Lig Suspense



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I may be only a casual fan of the English Premier League, but at least have an opportunity to watch a match on either ESPN2 or Fox Soccer Channel nearly every weekend. Without the cable TV access, following Turkey’s Spor Toto Süper Lig is significantly more challenging. That’s a shame, because the Süper Lig is expecting a fantastic finish.

Last season, Bursaspor became only the second club not based in Istanbul to win a championship since league play commenced in 1959. With only three matches remaining in the current campaign, the other title holder, Trabzonspor (22 wins, 7 draws, and 2 losses), is in a dead heat with one of the three Istanbul powerhouses, Fenerbahçe (23-4-4). Both teams have 73 points going into their games today.

Before last weekend’s matches were played, which both clubs won handily, I asked a Turkish football insider what to expect as the season draws to a close.

The side that blinks will lose. Last week’s draw by Trabzonspor gave Fenerbahçe the edge as Fener has a one-goal tie-breaker advantage (4 to 3) in head-to-head play. On paper, both teams should win all four games, but as we all know pressure can make a side slip sometimes. Fenerbahçe had two miraculous finishes in the last two matches, winning 1-0 in extra time against Gaziantepspor and managing a 5-3 comeback away win from 1-3 in the last half hour of play against the about-to-relegated last weekend. … Most teams seem to be playing soft against Trabzonspor, but at this point no one can know what will happen. The team with the stronger nerves will reach the title. Fenerbahçe has tallied 13 victories and a tie in the last 14 games, pulling even with Trabzonspor after finishing the first half of the season 9 points behind.

Trabzonspor is at home today against Bucaspor (6-7-18) while Fenerbahçe hosts Karabukspor (11-8-12). Both matches start at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

EDIT: Both clubs were actually on the road today and each came out a winner: Trabzonspor defeated Bucaspor, 2-1; Fenerbahçe shut out Karabukspor, 1-0.

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Osama bin Laden: Sabermetrician?



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Courtesy of the UK’s Daily Mail, Osama bin Laden’s wife revealed to Pakistani investigators that the al-Qaeda leader, who Navy SEALs killed while he was dressed in pajamas, had not left their shared room in five years. OK, so Osama wasn’t living in his mother’s basement, but otherwise he was a near-perfect fit for the sabermetrician stereotype.

Left unclear from the article is whether he had ghostwritten blog posts for Fangraphs and tried to get one of his sons a summer internship in the A’s front office.

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The Birthermore Orioles



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Baseball’s Drinking Problem



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Unfortunately, someone is probably going to have to die before something is done about this.

Even before the rash of DUIs that embarrassed the sport this spring, Major League Baseball and the players’ union planned on negotiating a policy that will discipline players for alcohol-related arrests, multiple sources told Yahoo! Sports.

For the rest of this season, however, baseball players are free to drink and drive with minimal threat of punishment. The sources said the sides do not plan to institute a temporary policy before the Dec. 11 expiration of the current collective-bargaining agreement.

Which leaves the MLB prone as ever to the awkwardness of suspending Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for two games because he used Twitter after an ejection while allowing Shin-Soo Choo(notes), Derek Lowe(notes), Adam Kennedy(notes), Coco Crisp(notes), Austin Kearns(notes) and Miguel Cabrera(notes) to skate without professional consequences after their arrests.

Choo batted third for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, less than 48 hours after registering a .201 blood-alcohol level when police pulled him over in a Cleveland suburb. The Indians put out a trite statement bemoaning the arrest. Choo followed with a trite statement apologizing for the mistake. That was that.

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Obama Doesn’t Want to Spike the Football



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I hope somebody tells this to the NFL:

NFL planning special 9/11 tributes at Kickoff Weekend games

And going back to 2001, the war against the terrorists began during the Sunday football games on October 7:

THE Jets players and coaches knew. When the first reports of the bombing of Kabul and Kandahar were appearing on television shortly before noon, the Jets were either in their rooms or at their pregame meal at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo.

The Jets’ first chartered bus to Ralph Wilson Stadium left the hotel at 12:30 p.m., the last bus at 1:30 p.m. So they knew.

‘’I saw that,’’ Jets Coach Herman Edwards said, alluding to the war news after his team’s 42-36 victory. ‘’You think about all the troops over there who are fighting for us so that we can stand here. Your prayers are with them.’’

Before the national anthem, the public-address announcer reminded the assembly of 72,654 that ‘’American servicemen and women are fighting to preserve our freedom.’’

During the anthem, several fans held up their own American flags. One large flag was held by Jets fans — one in a No. 80 Chrebet jersey, the other in a green sweatshirt.

Oh, yeah. We’ll be spiking the ball.

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RE: Fire Can’t Melt the Pittsburgh Steel!



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Greg, even Mendenhall’s employer seems a bit befuddled.

Mendenhall’s comments about 9/11 and Osama bin Laden’s death were hard to comprehend.

“I have not spoken with Rashard so it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments,” Rooney said in a statement released by the Steelers this morning. “The entire Steelers’ organization is very proud of the job our military personnel have done and we can only hope this leads to our troops coming home soon.”

Dan Rooney, the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Steelers chairman emeritus, today praised the work of his country’s military after Navy Seals killed terrorist Osama bin Laden.

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Protecting Tom Brady



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Ed, if the one and only way to beat the Patriots is to hit Tom Brady, I’ll take it. Better than being able to be beaten in a lot of ways, like the Jets: play defense, kick a few field goals, or play them a week after they play the Patriots. (As Rex Ryan said about last year’s playoff game against the Patriots, it was “the second-biggest in Jets history” — the biggest being Super Bowl III. Way to go, Rex. You won your biggest game of the year. Too bad it wasn’t the Super Bowl.)

I’ll be (not) the first person to say that “defense wins championships.” The 2007 Patriots had the best and most prolific offense in the history of the NFL, and they lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl because the Giants had — and (more importantly) played — solid defense. The Giants’ D had seen the Patriots’ offense in Week 17, and properly adjusted their looks and pressure schemes for the Super Bowl. The Patriots brought more of the same, and we all saw what happened. Even in Week 17, the Giants almost beat the Patriots — they could have — and they at least made it competitive until the end of the game. That’s why I keep harping on pass rush, and defense in general for the Patriots.

Look at the sacks allowed for the last twelve seasons by the Patriots:


(The stars — some might say “starbursts” — represent Super Bowl victories.)

You’ll notice an obvious downward trend, as Brady and the O-line improved. But there’s something wrong about thinking that protecting Tom Brady will result in more championships. The 2001 Patriots allowed more than twice the number of sacks than did the 2007 Patriots; yet the 2001 Patriots were the ones to walk home with a championship. (I’m not arguing that the Patriots should allow Tom Brady to get hit more often, as much as that would please the New York fans around these parts.)

Have Darius Butler and Brandon Tate had more combined output than Clay Matthews? Who knows? Bill Belichick is one of the most defensively minded coaches in the league, but he will, as he’s said, pick the best player available in the draft at the time, based on variables known only by those in the draft room. We know at least one thing, and that is that Belichick will maximize the output of the players he has to work with. I just wish the defensive material he had to work with was a little bit better, is all.

In the next installment of “Patriots Talk with Nathan Goulding”: why the Pats should have kept Matt Cassel.

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No. 36, Bob “Reuven Ben-Avraham” Tufts



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The New York Jewish Week’s Jonathan Mark profiled former Royals and Giants relief pitcher, Princeton graduate, and good friend of NR, Bob Tufts.

In Mark’s article, Bob recalls playing in the Bronx:

On April 27, 1983, remembers Tufts, in his first and only game in Yankee Stadium, in his next to last game in the majors, he looked up at the stands, taking it all in, slowly. He stepped off the mound, waiting for Bob Shepherd to announce his name in Shepherd’s deliberate, elegant cadence: “Now pitching … for the Kansas City Royals … Number 36 … Bob … Tufts.” Then Graig Nettles singled to right.

He also discusses his conversion to Judaism while in the minor leagues:

One night in 1981, “I was sitting in the bullpen in Tucson, Ariz. Our closer, Gene Pentz, out of nowhere, asked me if I accepted Jesus Christ as my lord and savior. I turned to him and said, ‘It’s funny you mentioned that. I’ve started the process of converting to Judaism, so no, I don’t.’ Gene’s eyes blazed, and he said sternly, ‘Well, you’re going to hell,’ and he turned back to watch the game. That’s how we left it. I was extremely upset, and called Suzanne [my wife].

Lo and behold, Gene went into a slump and I got better,” pitching to a rarified 1.70 earned run average, taking over Pentz’s job as closer. “Divine providence?” he jokes.

In addition to striking out opposing hitters, Bob heroically battled multiple myeloma and, with the cancer now in remission, spends much of his time teaching sports marketing to university and grad-school students. He pens a baseball column at Examiner.com and is a frequent and witty commenter on Ken Davidoff’s Newsday blog.

We wish him only the best in the years to come.

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