It is the third week of the NFL season and you are trying to find clarity. We need to make sense of the season. What is going on in Minnesota? What is happening in Seattle? How did Denver just do that? As you well know it is much too early, so it is perfect time to for my annual segment of Contender vs Pretender. Sometimes contenders win it all. Sometimes they do not even make the playoffs.
2-0 Who Is a Contender? Who Is a Pretender?
The perfect season is elusive. However, it is something to talk about.
This year, there are 8 teams that are 2-0. Last year there were 9 at this time. In the AFC, New England, Pittsburgh and Denver appear to be contenders. Houston and Baltimore appear to be pretenders. In the NFC, the New York Giants appear to be a contender. Minnesota appears to be a pretender.
My third week begins with a week two loss although for the first time in like three years I am still in Survivor. Oh, sweet cheese and crackers I just jinxed myself.
Running Into a Wall
My team had an average week. My opponent had four players in Carson Palmer, Travis Benjamin, DeAngelo Williams, and Mike Wallace each deliver plus games. A plus game is when you score more than you are projected. That was enough to sink me. My team hopes to bounce back and I will be utilizing this website and scouring the waiver wire for anyone to enhance my team. I am now 1-1 on the season. The year is still young and one of the things we stress here is never to give up. You are always one free agent away from a roll.
My diary entry is all about the Red Sox. I do write about them every year at this time. This year is a little bit different than the last two years.
Last year’s article on the subject of the Red Sox was very sad. I like to take advantage of this article to express how the Red Sox are going well, not so well, or downright horrible. Now the Red Sox this year have a different tone and excitement is back in Beantown.
The Red Sox were in last place last year and the year before but this year they have used their bats to carve a 2-game lead in the AL East over the Baltimore Orioles. The bats are hiding an undercurrent of bad pitching that until recently have been giving up 8th inning leads. Things have changed with September baseball. Just in time for October, the Red Sox have won 9 of their last 12, find themselves 21 games over .500 and just swept the Yankees in a 4-game series for the first time since 1990.
The 2016 version of the Red Sox came right out of the gate with a rainy 2 games out of 4 games planned in April. They raced out of the gates on the pitching performances of Rick Porcello and Steven Wright. Both pitchers made the All-Star team. But the story of this team is the offense which leads the next best baseball team by about 100 runs averaging over 5.5 runs per game.
It’s just not 40-year-old David Ortiz having a magical year with 35+ HR and 115+ RBI. Youth is being served with Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr. If they can get their pitching to come around and it has a little bit as of late.
This means that October baseball may actually happen in Boston but cautious optimism is abound. That is all that I can say. If the Red Sox do collapse down the stretch there will be disappointment all over New England.
So … to be determined I guess but cautiously optimistic. As of this writing the magic number is 9.
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