Morning sports update: Bill Simmons thinks it’s time to retire ‘Yankees suck!’
"We've transcended them."
The Patriots encountered more resistance than expected from the Bills on Monday Night Football, but the result still went to script. Emerging with a 25-6 win, New England moved to 6-2 on the season.
Elsewhere, the Red Sox returned to Boston with the World Series trophy. The parade is scheduled for Wednesday.
Bill Simmons’s hot take on Red Sox fans: The Red Sox won their fourth World Series of the 21st century on Sunday, a total that continues to outpace the rival Yankees over the same period. Still, Boston fans regularly chant “Yankees suck!” even during non-Yankees games.
On a post-Series episode of his podcast, Simmons described to Sal Iacono, his regular guest, why he thinks it’s time to let go of the familiar chant:
The one thing that’s happened with the Red Sox that I don’t like – other than “Sweet Caroline” which is just an abomination in the eighth inning, I just can’t stand that they do that – but the “Yankees suck” chants that were happening at Fenway and then even happening [in Los Angeles], it’s like, ‘What are we doing?’ We’ve won four World Series’ now this century, [the Yankees have] won one. Why are we even letting the Yankees think we’re thinking about them at this point? We’ve transcended them.
“Oh, wow, shots fired,” Iacono said in response, but Simmons pressed.
“Shots fired? Four World Series’ to one this century. Congrats, you were better in the 20th century. I’m about now, Sal. It’s 2018.”
For his part, Iacono – a Mets fan with no allegiance in the series – said that he enjoyed the common “Yankees suck!” chant made by both Red Sox and Dodgers fans towards the end of the clinching Game 5.
“I thought it was like Rocky IV,” said Iacono. “Everybody came together at the end. It was like we have a common enemy.”
More from Boston.com:
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- What Josh Gordon and Bill Belichick said about the wide receiver’s reported tardiness
- 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 25-6 win over the Bills
- The Red Sox couldn’t stop playing a new World Series anthem on their plane ride back to Boston
- Bill Belichick congratulated the Red Sox on winning the World Series: ‘They set the bar awfully high’
- Watch Devin McCourty’s 84-yard pick six that sealed the Patriots’ win
- LeSean McCoy laments 13-yard outing against the Patriots
- Red Sox return to Fenway Park with World Series trophy
Sports Illustrated’s cover story on the Red Sox winning the World Series: Titled “Unbreakable: The Red Sox’ Season for the Ages,” it’s a quality read for any Boston fan basking in the latest championship win. [Sports Illustrated]
Anatomy of a champion: With the World Series won, fans will be interested in going inside how the Red Sox were built to savor the 2018 team. The process began obviously months before the season even started. And over the course of the historic 108-win campaign, as well as the now-concluded postseason, moments occurred that fans might not know about, but had a profound impact. The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier delved deep into the story of the latest (and maybe best) Red Sox championship team.
Aaron Hernandez’s drug use in prison was concealed: In a follow up report from Spotlight, the extent to which the former Patriots tight end used drugs in prison was investigated. The information possessed by state investigators was “concealed in public records and from his family and lawyers.” [The Boston Globe]
Daily highlight: The Patriots defense broke a 40-game streak of not scoring a touchdown on Monday night, and it was all thanks to safety Devin McCourty.