Sports and music both generate heated debate and passionate opinions. What sounds good to one person sounds horrible to another. So, it’s time to fire up the iThink and put my sports thoughts on shuffle.
This edition dedicates Lupe Fiasco’s song “Superstar” to Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett and his first-round arm talent. Mallett would do well to heed Lupe’s words: “Want to believe my own hype, but it’s too untrue.”
I think the Patriots are on a mission to get something for Mallett before he leaves as a free agent (and a wasted third-round pick) after this season. There are lobbyists in Washington who wish they could spin as favorably as the Patriots and their national media supplicants are on Mallett’s ability. The campaign continued Thursday night with the Patriots holding out Tom Brady in their preseason opener against the Washington Redskins with the dual purpose of protecting the franchise and showcasing Mallett.
I think it’s incredibly hard to judge whether a quarterback can play in real games from faux ones. In 2008, Matt Cassel led the Patriots to just two field goals in 17 preseason drives. Then when Brady went down in the season opener, Cassel proved himself to be a competent NFL quarterback. But if Mallett were so good, don’t you think that Bill Belichick would be fighting to keep him as Brady’s successor, and not pumping Mallett’s trade value the way it was getting pumped up around May’s NFL Draft?
I think Jon Lester has played his last game as a Red Sox. The Fenway Fairy Tale of Lester returning in free agency sounds nice and would be welcome, but it’s not going to happen. The only way Lester ends up back in Boston is if he or the Sox take their public relations posture and make it their actual negotiating stance. The Sox have to love, admire, and respect Lester so much that they’re willing to give him a market-level deal. Lester has to take the discount he has alluded to in interviews and apply it to the negotiating table. Both sides are likely to find terms more to their liking elsewhere.
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