Posts Tagged ‘Boston Red Sox’


Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

by Gus Griffin







The football related reasons have been covered: they are cheaters; they own my Steelers and they just win too damn much.

But there are even more non-football related reasons to hate the New England Patriots. Coming up with 10 was not hard. Deciding which reasons to leave off the list was near impossible.

So, feel free to reorder as you see fit. Here they are:

Reason 10: “New” England??? The name New England shows that the area suffers from Stockholm syndrome, which is characterized by an oppressed or kidnapped victim identifying with and even defending their oppressor or captor. Why on Earth would you name yourself after the tyrannical country you fled, if those circumstances were the primary reason you left? The only explanation for this is that their intention all along was to do to others the very thing they called unjust in England. In other words, they were not against oppression. They just wanted to be the oppressors rather than the oppressed.


Reason 9: Brady gets the model wife. No jealousy here from me. I have never thought Giselle Bundchen was all that attractive. Throw a nickel out the window and you’ll hit 25 women by accident that look as good or better. It’s just that the storyline of QB marrying the super model is clearly hate worthy.

Reason 8: Ted Williams. The late Red Sox Hall of Famer said that Joe DiMaggio was the best player he ever saw. DiMaggio was truly great. But he was not Willie Mays, period.

Reason 7: Boston Tea Party hypocrisy. Taxation without representation is what we have always been taught was the rallying cry. And yet to this day, if you are a resident of Washington DC, you have no full congressional representation, despite being among the most highly taxed regions in the country. You would think the area of the Tea Party revolt of all places would be allies against this injustice, but noooooooo. Not a peep out of New England in DC’s defense.

Reason 6: The Red Sox. They were the last team in baseball to get a Black player. Jackie Robinson came up in 1947. It would be 12 more years, in 1959, before the Red Sox would yield.

Reason 5: The Celtics. Beyond beating my Lakers year after year, how the city treated the Great Bill Russell when he played for them was shameful. For years he would not return to the city of his greatest athletic accomplishments.

Reason 4: The annoying accent. All New Englanders should be mandated by law to learn sign language so that we wouldn’t have to hear them talk.

Reason 3: They gave us Dr. Seuss. a straight up bigot who reinforced racist notions through his cartoons.

Reason 2: School desegregation. It was every bit as vicious in the this northern “Liberal” city as it was anywhere in the South.

Reason 1: They gave us the Bush family. I do not subscribe to the notion that either daddy or baby Bush weren’t so bad just because of how bad the current president is.

There you have them. I could have written 20 or 30 but no time or space. Of course, whenever one is this vested in hating a sports team, rest assured that team is very good. In this case, for the better part of the past 20 years, the Patriots have been even better than very good. They have been great, which is why this amount of hate is actually the highest compliment you can pay them. Hate is too valuable of a sports commodity to be wasted on losers. You will never hear anyone express frustration over how much they hate the Browns.


Any reasonable person must give the Patriots their due. But reason and hate cannot occupy the same space. You must choose one or the other and when it comes to the Patriots, I choose hate. They will always occupy a special place in my HOF (Hate of Fame), alongside Notre Dame Football, Duke Basketball, and of course those damn LA Dodgers.

So, for all the reasons alluded to here, this Super Bowl Sunday, I’ll kick back, raise a Bud Light to salute and root for PHILLY, PHILLY!


Gus Griffin, for War Room Sports

Justin Verlander for MVP!!!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

By Germain Favor

With a little less than a month left in the baseball season, pundits and analysts alike are starting to tell us  who they believe should win the various individual awards for the 2011 season.  One of the hotly-debated topics is about Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander and whether or not he should be the American League Most Valuable Player.  Some say that he should be the MVP because MVP is Most Valuable PLAYER, not Most Valuable BATTER.  Others say he should not be MVP because a starting pitcher does not play on a regular basis.  I for one say he is the AL MVP.  If you look at Verlander’s stats, you will see he has the numbers needed to be an MVP.  In 29 starts, Verlander is: (1) first in wins with 20; (2) first in Innings-pitched with 215.2; (3) first in strike-outs with 218; (4) second in earned run average  with 2.38; (5) first in WHIP with .90; and (6) first in win percentage with .800.  But the one thing that makes Verlander MVP is unquantifiable; his impact on the Tigers.  Including his 4 “no-decisions”, the Tigers have won around 70 percent of their games started with Verlander on the mound.  When another pitcher starts, the Tigers are near or below .500.  That is the mark of an MVP. 

An MVP should be a player that lifts his team.  An MVP should be a player that, when he plays, the team is better than they are in the games in which he does not play.  Verlander is all of that and then some.  No other player in the American League has such an impact on a team that is in first place and the numbers to go with it.   But there are those who think that Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox, Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, or Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays is the MVP.  Yes, all three have the numbers, but does Bautista, Granderson, and Gonzalez make their teams dramatically better?  No.  The Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays do not play harder when they are in the lineup, nor does each team do worse when they are out.  So are they good players?  Yes.  MVPs?  No.  Verlander fits the bill as an MVP because he has the numbers and the impact on his team that an MVP is supposed to have.  The MVP voters need to do the right thing and make Justin Verlander the American League MOST VALUABLE PLAYER.

Germain Favor, for War Room Sports