Picked-up pieces while reminding all of you that John Henry’s greatness has been vastly underappreciated . . .
■ Sorry, I just can’t get jazzed up about the Patriots until tournament time. We know they are going to be in the playoffs. We just don’t know what they’ll do in the playoffs. They will be in the postseason because they always win the easy, cheesy AFC East. Ho-hum. Winning the AFC East is like getting 200 points for signing your name when you take the SAT exam. It’s automatic. The Bills stink. The Jets stink. The Dolphins, once again, are hopeful. Every year the Patriots are artificially inflated by the weakness of the AFC East. They get five wins and a division crown just for showing up. Then they get to the playoffs and somebody punches them in the mouth and they fail. Since going 18-0 in 2007-08 — since David Tyree — the Patriots are 3-5 in the playoffs. Two of those wins were against two of the worst playoff teams of the modern era: the 2011 Broncos (an 8-8 team that was outscored during the season and quarterbacked by Tim Tebow), and the 2012 Letter Sweater frauds from Houston. The Patriots’ only impressive playoff win since the 2007 AFC Championship would be the 3-point victory over the Ravens in the AFC Championship game in the 2011-12 season. That victory required a dropped touchdown pass and a missed 32-yard field goal by the Ravens at the finish. So your Patriots, while winning the division every season, have not been a good playoff team since 2007. See you in January.