Hmm...after watching that crap-tastic Monday Night Football game between Philly and the Redskins, I can say that week 7 of the NFL season peaked early. And by peaked early, I mean peaked early Greenwich Median Time.
It's not arrogance to predict that one of the premier NFL teams of this decade would easily handle a winless franchise on the skids, and that's exactly what happened in London this weekend when New England took on Tampa Bay. Tom Brady was 23-32 for 308 yards with 3 TD passes and 2 interceptions in the Patriot's 35-7 win over the Buccaneers. Interestingly, this is the first time New England has ever had to fly east for a regular season game.
So heading into the Pats bye week, here's how the AFC East looks right now:
While I'm at it, here are the standings for the NHL's Northeastern conference:
Sabres: 6-1-1 (13 pts)
Senators: 5-2-2 (12 pts)
Canadiens: 6-5-0 (12 pts)
Bruins: 5-4-1 (11 pts)
Maple Leafs 1-7-1 (3 pts)
No Bruins until Thursday and the Celtics don't tip off until tomorrow. And in between those two days, we're going to be treated to a Phillies/Yankees world series, as the Yankees eliminated the Angels, winning 5-2, and clinched the AL pennant at Yankee stadium last night.
Doesn't it feel good to see a scrappy bunch of no-names from a small market team with a modest payroll and oodles of homegrown talent overcome all odds to make it to the World Series?
Well...we don't have to worry about that with the AL Pennant winner this year.
Elsewhere, the rumors that Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez might be headed to Boston around the trade deadline were heating up again. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo is reporting that the Red Sox have expressed a renewed interest in the .277 hitting infielder and that Seattle turned down a trade offer earlier this year that would've sent five minor-leaguers to San Diego because they weren't willing to part with a certain prospect. It remains to be seen in there's anybody in the Sox's farm system the Padres would have enough interest in to give up Gonzalez. Further fuelling this speculation is the Padres hiring former Red Sox assistant GM Jed Hoyer as their new GM.