From BSMW: "Yesterday on ESPN radio Nick Cafardo was strongly asserting that the Patriots "little" dynasty is over, that they're done winning championships and that the league has caught up with them. He also complained about the Patriots "lying" about injuries." I saw this posted over on KFFL. I was listening to the show for about ten minutes yesterday in the car and I heard this little exchange. It was like plugged in meets disconnect. Felger had just finished saying that the Pats should be right back in it in 2006 when Nick blurted this out. Felger was taken aback, even considering the source. Mike explained to Nick that this team had a horrible season and still won 10 games (and could have won 11 if BB wanted them to). So they just need to improve 2 games to get HFA and what he feels is the all important bye. Nick couldn't see how we could possibly pick up those two games. (Felger finds it hard to imagine how we couldn't.) Felgie reminded him we had a 28 year old HOF QB on the roster and the rest of the division had lots of issues and a lot farther to go. Nick argued that the division would be much tougher (although even he agreed that the JETS appear hopeless). He insisted that not only will Miami be better (though he didn't say how) but was very insistent that Buffalo still has a great defense (and mumbled about how they should improve without mentioning QB, all new coaching, all new management). He went on to say Denver shouldn't fall off at all (which I believe is a long held belief - Nick often picks them for the SB) and SD and KC and Cincy (I don't think Nick's seen the 2006 schedule yet) were going to be very tough conference teams. The more Felger pushed his argument and asked Nick to explain his rationale the more uncomfortable and mumbling Nicks comments became. It's as if he expects guys like Felger (not to mention listeners) to respect his "opinion" and he gets rattled when they actually challenge him to explain it. I've noted for some time that when on a program where he is treated like an expert, Nick pontificates. When challenged, he begins to stutter and look very uncomfortable and flustered. Felger really seemed to be getting under Nick's skin. I wish I'd heard Nicks assessment of Indy, but I must have missed that. He's a bigtime Manning/Dungy ballwasher. Then they got into the injury reporting issue. Felger thinks giving the enemy information is a stupid concept to begin with, so he has no problem with BB "lying" about injuries. Nick was positively beside himself. He believes America and Pats fans had a right to know Tom had a sports hernia. I guess being on the injury report with the shoulder wasn't good enough. Felger was about wetting himself over how wound Nick was about this issue, so he really layed it on pretty thick about how little fans care about making sports reporters jobs easy. What they care about is that their team wins championships. And if limiting information helps them do that so be it. At that point Nick started babbling about not knowing how Felger was raised that lying didn't bother him... and then Nick started throwing the journalist card and terms like ethics around. At that point since I was home I just turned off the ignition and went in the house. Ethics in conjunction with a Boston Globe Sports Columnist is an oxymoron. Cafardo and Borges are sports columnists. Equating sports columnists to journalists is the equivalent of equating the kid who assembles your whopper at BK a gormet chef. They both work with food, and that's about where the comparison ends. I just don't understand how, in a market this big, the Globe can retain two football columnists who not only have a personal agenda where the home teams HOF HC is concerned, but each obviously has no respect for the franchise itself even in the wake of 3 Superbowl Championships in 4 years.