A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
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Nick, The Red Sox? As great as the Patriots win over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, the Game 7 loss was the complete opposite. I am still sick over it.
-- Patrick Flynn, Chicago, Ill.
A: It's a week off from work, I say.
Nick, Good call on the Patriots upset then it got me wondering about something. Is it unethically or wrong for sports writers to gamble on the teams they cover like if you had some inside info about the Patriots because you are around the team alot and placed a bet based on that what would happen if you got caught? Please understand I am in no way saying you are betting, I am just using you as an example.
-- Adam Tyson, Leeds
A: Personally, I wouldn't do it.
This is a bit of a rhetorical question, but why can't the officials take a colored magic marker and make one side of the coin a different color, say red for heads? Next thing you know, the captains will be asking if they can do rock-paper-scissors instead of a coin flip.
-- Phil Audet, Austin, Texas
A: It shouldn't be that hard, Phil. Heads or tails? You know? How hard is that?
Nick, Are you coming back to the Pats beat? I know your first love is baseball, but as a Pats fan I miss your insight and tidbits about the Pats. Say your not moving to baseball full time.
-- Sean McLaughlin, Hazleton, Penn.
A: Sean, I'm going to be doing both. I have a great opportunity to stick my two cents in on the two major sports in the Boston area, and I'm thrilled about it. I've had always had a great job whether it was covering the Sox or the Pats, now I get to do both.
How much progress do you think Ty Warren will make by the end of the season? Also what do you think the Patriots need the most in the 2004 draft?
-- Steve Sanders, Medfield
A: Warren's heading toward being a very effective player by the end of the year. He's already holding his own as he becomes more comfortable with the volume of things he's had to learn. Seymour is such a great influence on him. He's really helped him out.
Hi, Nick! Early in the Miami game, the Pats called for a QB sneak on third and five and got three yards. They then called another one on third and four a little later, the result of that one being a Brady fumble and subsequent TD by Miami. Still later in the game, the same QB sneak was called on third and five. This one was successful, but my question is who called the third QB sneak? If Brady is calling that at the line of scrimmage, the privilege of play calling should be taken from him. If Charlie Weis is calling that, I'd have to say that perhaps we should get a new offensive coach, because that is just plain nonsense. I'm not too psyched about a lot of the play calling to begin with, but after two failed attempts and a turnover and TD for the opponent, scrap the QB sneak and make a legitimate passing attempt on third and five. If we can't confidently and successfully run a quick slant for a 5 yard gain - 8 times out of 10 - with Troy, Deion, Givens, Fauria, and Bethel, then we have a serious offensive problem.
-- Daniel Arturi, Los Angeles, Calif. Continued...