Bills head coach Rex Ryan is still doing his best to fire up the Patriots-Bills rivalry, a Red Sox fan tried to wrestle a foul ball away from Adrian Gonzalez, Jonathan Papelbon rips the Phillies, and the rest of the sports news you need to know to start your Tuesday.
Rex Ryan throws shade at Dion Lewis, gives Patriots running back bulletin board material: “I mean they’re decent backs in their own right. But I don’t think we’re gonna focus on that kid. I can’t even tell you that kid’s name. But you’re gonna focus on the guy throwing the ball, I’ll tell you that much.’’ (ESPN.com)
Photo: RB Dion Lewis' reaction to Rex Ryan: "They have a great defense, he's a great coach, and we have work to do." pic.twitter.com/zXggfM7K9N— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 14, 2015
Shaughnessy says AFC East is still a trio of zeros: “…The AFC East is still Gladys Knight and the Pips, and the Patriots are Gladys Knight. By the time we get to the end of December, the Patriots will be contemplating which players to rest as they prepare for their annual first-round playoff bye and second-round game at Gillette Stadium.
“Don’t listen to the noise of September. Winning the AFC East is still like signing up for Facebook or getting Pete Rose’s autograph: It’s easy.’’ (Dan Shaughnessy/The Boston Globe)
Jimmy Kimmell breaks down Miss America’s answer on Tom Brady and cheating:
Gronk looks like he’s going steady: “Perpetual air-humping machine Rob Gronkowski busted out for three touchdowns in his first game of the season, but that’s old news. There’s a much more important development: The Patriots tight end is legitimately dating someone. Gronkowski started seeing former Patriots cheerleader Camille Kostek in April, but the Summer of Gronk has ended, and they’re still canoodling.’’ (Deadspin.com)
Adrian Peterson happy to be back, but calls performance ‘embarrassing’: “’It felt good to get out there, play some football, take some hits,’ Peterson said. ‘But [it was] definitely embarrassing to perform the way we did.’
“Peterson, 30, didn’t touch the ball until the second drive of the game, as the Vikings threw on their first three plays.’’ (ESPN.com)
Eli Manning gets ripped for telling Rashad Jennings not to score a touchdown: “He made a mistake. It doesn’t mean we run him out of MetLife, or that the Giants’ season is over after one loss. A smart guy made a bad decision. You know there have been other bad losses for Eli’s Giants and Coughlin’s Giants since The Fumble, starting with that fourth-quarter collapse against the Eagles in December of 2010. Of course that one cost the Giants a lot more than the opening-weekend loss to the Cowboys.
“But this one did feel like The Fumble, now that we know what Eli told Jennings. Maybe it was more of a Butt Fumble of a game. In the worst possible moment, that’s where Eli’s head was in Arlington.’’ (Mike Lupica/New York Daily News)
The New York Post doesn't think too highly of Eli Manning ATM pic.twitter.com/H1md5VGO8T— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) September 15, 2015
Fan in Red Sox cap tries to wrestle foul ball away from old friend A-Gon: “From his position in the opposite dugout, Manager Don Mattingly did not have the best view of the freak play. ‘I couldn’t tell exactly what happened but I could tell everyone was pretty rough on him,’ he said. ‘We got the out. Was he a Dodger guy, he had a Dodger hat?’
“Like Kershaw, Mattingly — who played his entire 13-year career with the Yankees — he was told the fan was wearing a Red Sox cap. ‘Awww – get rid of him,’ Mattingly said. ‘Now it makes sense.’’’ (Los Angeles Times)
Jonathan Papelbon rips Phillies, then blows save: “Hardly any of [Papelbon’s] interview was spent talking about the Nationals. He said he was one of the only people in the Phillies organization who ‘actually wanted to win.’ He said he doubted he would get a good reception from Phillies fans — assuming any were in the stands. After all that happened in Philadelphia — and all that has happened since — Papelbon says he doesn’t regret any of it.
“’No, if I say something I mean it. It feels from the heart. I’m not going to take anything back that I’ve ever said or did because I believe that it’s right,’ Papelbon said. ‘I don’t know if I got a bad rap here or whatever, but I can promise you I was by far [from] the bad guy on this team,’ Papelbon said. ‘I was one of the few that wanted to actually win and I was one of the few that competed and posted up every day. Other than that, that’s all I view an athlete or a baseball player. I don’t have any regrets, no.’’’ (The Washington Post)
Is Joe Kelly’s recent success sustainable? “…Down the stretch of the 2013 season, Kelly emerged as one of St. Louis’ most reliable starters, going 10-2 with a 1.90 ERA over his final 14 starts. He pitched relatively well in the postseason, with a 3.68 ERA over 29 1/3 innings.
“Now, that Kelly and this Kelly share some compelling similarities statistically. Their strong runs have come without pitching terribly deep into games; 2013 Kelly averaged fewer than six innings per start while 2015 Kelly is just over six. In both instances, a mediocre strikeout-to-walk ratio suggested regression is in the cards. Even Kelly himself said the two runs are ‘pretty similar.’’’ (Providence Journal)
After slow start, Yoan Moncada quickly got up to speed: “In many ways, it was on the bases that Moncada found the swagger befitting his prospect stature. But he also found something considerably more significant than that. Each opportunity to run represented a portal to a home and a family from which he is separated indefinitely.
“’It’s been something since I’ve been a child — I love to bat, I love to field, but my favorite part is stealing bases,’ Moncada said recently through translator Rut Rivera. ‘In Cuba I used to train with my father at the beach, over in the beach sand with a pair of boots that would cover my ankles.’’’ (The Boston Globe)
Mets manager says only comparison to Yoenis Cespedes is Barry Bonds: “’I’ve seen some guys firsthand and the only guy I can even compare him to closely would be when Barry Bonds would get on a run,’ said Collins, who referenced a 1994 stretch by Jeff Bagwell as his only other comparable streak. ‘What this guy was doing on the road, every time you needed him to step up, he stepped up.’’’ (New York Post)
Photo Finish: Old Patriots in new NFL uniforms