Posted: Monday March 6, 2006 9:45AM; Updated: Monday March 6, 2006 11:58AM
6. I think Adam Vinatieri won't be a Patriot in a couple of weeks. And that's sad. The man should retire a Patriot.
7. I think Shaun Alexander probably got the best deal he could under the circumstances. And there's no doubt in my mind that this kind of money -- $15 million guaranteed, an average of $7.6 million a year -- is excellent considering how interchangeable running backs are today.
8. I think I wonder how those three ex-Patriots from the New England secondary -- Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy and Tebucky Jones -- feel about dealing their way out of Foxboro now that they're all on the unemployment line.
9. I think it's going to be a happy day for all of us when we can start pumping up beyond all reasonable expectations the prospects for the draft. Isn't that what late winter and early spring are for? Making 21-year-old kids into stars before they ever step onto an NFL field?
10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:
a. Rutgers basketball coach Gary Waters took a buyout from the university the other day, effective at the end of the season. On his way out the door he said the dumbest thing a coach had said this year: "We had a plan to get to the Final Four and we came pretty close.''
I see. Five years without one NCAA Tournament appearance. That's like the manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays saying: "We had a plan to get to the World Series and we came pretty close.'' Well, Gary, you coach a Division I college basketball team, but the closest you got to the Final Four while at Rutgers was sitting in the stands at one. What do these guys think? That they can say anything and the dopes out here will just nod and believe?
b. Laura King wants so badly for me to be American Idol-icized. I just can't do it.
c. T-minus six days to the premier of The Sopranos.
d. I'm tremendously unqualified to comment on the Oscars, because I haven't seen Crash, Capote or Brokeback Mountain, I'm ashamed to say. But I'm happy for best actress winner Reese Witherspoon, whom I've always thought was underrated. Remember how great she was in Election? I loved Walk the Line and feel bad that JoaquinPhoenix, Witherspoon's equal in this movie, didn't win best actor.