....or a compendium of comments from yesterdays games and how they reflect upon today's action. (Yes I might be over extending my vocabulary using the word compendium, but I never fail to take the opportunity to potentially misspell an ostentacious use of the English language...There I did it again. 1. I was both disappointed and surprised to open my Sunday Globe to read about Assante Samuel's quest to "get paid". I have no problem with him wanted to get paid, BUT I do have a problem with the story coming out on the DAY BEFORE the freakin playoffs are to start. Samuel went WAY down in my estimation for allowing this to happen. First he is going to be offered a contract by the Pats that would set him up for LIFE the day he cashes his multi-million dollar bonus check. Secondly, most likely he will be offered a BIGGER contract from someone else. While the Pats MIGHT pay him as a top 10-15 CB in the league, they are NOT going to pay him as a top 5 CB, which is what he is looking for. BTW- the rest of the story which documents Samuel's rise from a disgruntled, hard to handle, HS QB is excellent Jackie McMullen is definitely the best writer on the Globe staff. 2. The good Ron Borges - His lambasting of the Raider's FO was hilarious. His of colorful metaphors describing their ineptness was Borges at his best. 3. The Bad Ron Borges - I guess he couldn't help himself throwing ANOTHER slap at BB, when correctly lambasting Nick Saban, he had to identify him as Biill Bellichick's "best friend". 4 There were a couple of interesting things we can gleen from yesterday's actions. A. In the NFL any team can stop the opposing teams run game...even the Colts. NO TEAM can run if there are consistantly8 or 9 guys in the box as the Colts did on Saturday. B. Jet fans must be thrilled to have the Herminator in KC. That was one WOEFULL offensive game plan that KC brought to INDY. On the other hand, their defense played fairly well. C. It was kind of surprising to see 2 great runners like Johnson and Alexander look SO slow and lethargic as these 2 guys did in their games. Johnson looked positively disinterested. D. I couldn't decide who to root for in the Dallas/Seattle game, thought in the end I was happy with the results. I'm fairly certain that on the road, this Seattle team ISN'T going to the superbowl, so our draft pick (22? is what it is), also Branch was the 3rd best receiver on his team in this game. Plus I really hate the Cowboys, and HAVE always hated the cowboys. Plus TO was a no show, and watching Parcell's painful post game press conference, was VERY satisfying. All in all a pretty good outcome. E. Under the heading, Strange but True. Tony Romo will be going to the Pro Bowl and Tom Brady ISN'T. Though I think Romo IS going to be a quality starter in the NFL someday, his rise to preeminence over a 5 game period, is ANOTHER example of the Dallas media machine OVER hyping its players. BTW- If I ever do run for president, my first hire would be the Cowboy PR department. 5.When I hear the media pukes make fun of the Houston pick of Mario William, I can't help but think that they made similar fun of Julus Peppers a few years ago after his first uneventful season. Peppers, now a consensus probowler is an example that it takes a DLman a few years to reach their potential. Richard Seymour is the exception, not the rule, and he had the advantage of superior coaching here with Bill, Romeo, et al. While not flashy, the Williams pick will ultimately translate into more wins than some flashy offensive skill player. JMHO 6. Look for the Jets to try and use the no-huddle offense a lot. I don't know how the Pats will respond to this tactic, but I do believe that they will expect it and be prepared for it. 7. If I were the Pats DC, I would use a form of "lock up" defense on those 3rd and shorts that haunted them in November. A Lock up is a form of thight man to man in the short zones backed up with one or two safeties covering deep. Another good defense for the Pats that is less agressive is the 5 under zone. Again, BB hasn[t asked me, but I thought I'd offer.