The Patriots Stink
News everywhere is bad.
Israel is at war after being brutally attacked by Hamas. Iran is reportedly behind this outrage.
Ecuador was once a retirement dream for plucky Americans before the drug gangs arrived. Reports claim “magical” beachfront towns are being transformed into “violent transit points for cocaine.” Pangas—small, slow-moving fishing boats—now traffic drugs north.
In New Dehli, melting glaciers in the Himalayas are threatening deadly flooding. It’s what scientists call “glacial lake outburst floods.” Apparently, a part of a natural glacial wall—known as a moraine—that holds a lake “broke away and sent rocks and ice tumbling into the water. The debris displaced a large volume of water, creating what they described as a high-altitude “tsunami.”
There seems no end to the mischievous events plaguing the world. That’s before we move to our United States, where there is much controversy, unease, and dissent.
Cold-blooded murders in Philly and NYC are just the beginning. Kevin McCarthy, the House speaker, has been toppled by – according to accounts – an unserious fellow who has been accused of sexual misconduct, illicit drug use, misuse of campaign funds, and sharing inappropriate images on the House floor. His business model seems to be based on tearing things down.
In New England, there is gloom as summer shifts from cloying mugginess to welcome autumnal weather. The stink arises from a string of humiliations. The latest was the Pats’ loss to the New Orleans Saints (34-0).
A “sad, sinking season” is how the WSJ’s Jason Gay describes the New England Patriots debacle.
At the controls is Bill Belichick, age 71, “not the league’s oldest coach (that’s Seattle’s Pete Carroll) but, for the first time in New England, truly under siege.”
The notion of a six-time Super Bowl winner being on the “hot seat” sounds preposterous, because it is preposterous. But as long as there are TV and radio talk shows, that’s where this conversation will be, and it will continue to grow in volume unless the Patriots stumble upon a set of supernatural crystals which turns them magically into a coherent football club.
After the Saints loss, Belichick pledged to “start all over again.”
The GLBC was asked: What does that mean?
“Starting over,” he said.
There you have it, reports Mr. Gay, “clarity and transparency, Belichick style. “
Hope Springs Eternal
Even if it gets really bad—and it might—I find it hard to believe Belichick won’t weather the season and possibly more. The Patriots were stung by the bad vibes of Brady’s abrupt departure, and it seems unwise/bad karma to have another bad breakup with a protagonist of their greatest successes.
Quarterback Mac Jones may be kaput as a prospect, “but a high pick in the draft could await.”
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