For the most part, Tom Brady has said all the right things about his new receiving corps and done his best to guide new players along as they learn the offense. But everyone has their limits, and Brady appeared to reach his during Thursday's 13-10 win over the New York Jets when either Aaron Dobson or Julian Edelman ran the wrong route on a third down play in the end zone that caused the Patriots to settle for a field goal. After the play, Brady could be seen on the sidelines ripping into his receivers. "I think everybody was (ticked off), you know, when you don't execute the way that you're capable," Brady said. "We just have to keep fighting." His frustration was palpable, and it likely wasn't just over that particular play. It was a culmination of missed opportunities beginning last week. (MassLive.com) Comment
The differences are obvious. One's a massive offensive tackle. The other's a shifty running back. At first glance, D.J. Fluker and Reggie Bush have little in common. Or they had until Yahoo! Sports released its latest expose on the flourishing underground economy of major college football. That story raises the disturbing possibility that Fluker could be to Alabama what Bush was to USC. A player who helped win a national title and then helped lose it because he couldn't wait until he left school to get paid. ... It's impossible to read the allegations and not flash back to April, when the following message appeared on Fluker's Twitter account: "Yea I took $ n college so wat. I did wat I had to do. Agents was tryin to pimp me so I pimped them. Cast da 1st stone." (AL.com) Comment
Getting to the bottom of the Hanley Ramirez injury story may not be so easy -- at least, it wasn't easy Thursday night. After the game, Ramirez said ... nothing. Zippo. He dressed in a hurry and walked quickly past reporters in a stadium hallway as they were about to enter the postgame clubhouse. Asked to stop for a moment by the media, he kept walking, head down and without comment, though a couple reporters thought he did say something unintelligible. So I can't tell you exactly how nervous to be over his hamstring, but I don't feel like siding on the side of caution. ... "I think he's OK," [Don Mattingly said. I think the Dodgers should be nervous. If you can't run, you can't play. And right now, Ramirez apparently can't run. At least not without risking greater injury. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Tom Brady had a less-than-stellar game against the Jets, completing just 19 for 39 passes, but the Patriots still managed to squeak out a 13-10 victory. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Rays pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night to stay in front of the Yankees in the playoff race.