This was a fruitful weekend for Boston sports as the BC Eagles advanced to 6-0 against Bowling Green University, The Patriots moved to 5-0 against the Browns and the Red Sox swept the Angels and await the winner of Cleveland-Yankees in the ALCS.
The Red Sox swept the beat up Angels in Anaheim this afternoon in a convincing 9-1 victory. Curt Schilling gave up no runs in 7 innings before Okajima came in to pitch the 8th and Gagne came in on mop up duty to give up a run in the 9th. Manny and Ortiz went back to back against Weaver to get the 2-0 lead, a shaky margin of victory until the Red Sox posted 7 more in the top of the eighth inning. This will allow the Sox to rest up and reset their rotation for the upcoming ALCS. After watching the Sox beat up on the worn out Angels I wouldn't mind seeing the Cleveland-Yankees series go to five games. Seeing Sabathia or Carmona any less than the Red Sox have to would be a big advantage. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner also made the following statement regarding the status of Joe Torre:
"His job is on the line," the owner was quoted in Sunday's editions of The Record of New Jersey. "I think we're paying him a lot of money. He's the highest-paid manager in baseball, so I don't think we'd take him back if we don't win this series."
Could this be the end of the Joe Torre era in New York? Dare I say a "rebuilding year" for the Bronx Bombers? I personally hope so.
On to other matters...
The New England Patriots cruised to another easy win to improve to 5-0 in a 34-17 win at home over the Browns. The Patriots seemed to almost lose interest in a lethargic third quarter that broke an impressive streak of consecutive quarters with points scored and allowed the Browns to almost sneak back into this game. Tom Brady had his least impressive performance so far this season and was supported by an impressive showing by the defense as it produced 3 interceptions (2 by Junior Seau and 1 by Asante Samuel) and a fumble recovery and return for a Touchdown in the last minute of the game by Randall Gay. The Patriots first real test will come next Sunday in Dallas as they take on the 4-0 Cowboys. (looking good to become 5-0 against the Bills on MNF) If they win this game in the same easy manner they have cruised through team after team this year expect the 16-0 talk to reach a whole new level. That said I have no expectations that Tony Romo and one of the most impressive offenses in the NFL to roll over even with the Patriots defense being as solid as it has been.
Speaking of undefeated football teams...
The BC Eagles rolled to 6-0 after a strong 55-24 win over Bowling Green and amazingly to it's highest ranking ever at #4 in the country in both the USA Today, AP and Fan Polls. USC and Wisconsin dropped in the rankings after losing to unranked programs to make room for the Eagles move up in the rankings. USC broke it's 35 game home winning streak by losing to Stanford in a 24-23 stunner. Stanford was fittingly the last team to beat the Trojans at home back in 2001.
Matt Ryan added to his Heisman credentials with a solid line: 24 catches/32 attempts, 312 yards and 4 TD passes.
The cream puff portion of the schedule has been extended by one game as the Eagles will head to South Bend to take on the 1-5 Fighting Irish who managed their first win of the season over UCLA on Saturday. Hopefully this isn't an indication that the Irish have gotten their act together. BC will try to hold off the upset for another week before the 5 conference games that round out the schedule for the Eagles.