Back when Manning was the Patriots’ worst nightmare. Bill Belichick wasn’t kidding Monday when he concluded his heaping pile of praise for Manning by saying, “I have a ton of respect for Eli and all that he’s done. I wish he’d done a little bit less in a couple games against us.” Does anyone actually need reminding? Tom Brady & Co. would have two more rings if not for Manning’s heroics. There was the first shocking upset back in February 2008, when a then-perfect Patriot team watched Manning escape a sack he never should have escaped to complete a pass he never should have completed, a connection to David Tyree that remains one of the greatest Super Bowl plays of all time. Then there was the upset sequel four years later, when one Manning throw again made the difference in the game, a sideline strike to Mario Manningham that you can put up against any throw by any great quarterback in a league celebrating its 100th anniversary this … [Read more...] about Eli Manning, Hall of Famer? You’d better believe it
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What those same people don’t remember and never will without looking it up is which team had the best farm system that season. Or which front office did the best job of managing the payroll in 2018 so it stayed under Major League Baseball’s luxury-tax threshold. Winning the World Series is all that matters. The Dodgers have won seven consecutive division championships and assembled a player development machine that churns out high-end talent. But they still haven’t won a championship since 1988. The Yankees have done everything right under Brian Cashman, investing in analytics and building up their farm system. But they have one championship in the last 18 seasons. For all the cognoscenti who laud the Athletics for their enlightened frugality, their last World Series was in 1990. The poor Twins have managed to lose 16 postseason games in a row since 2004. But that’s better than the Mariners, who were last in the postseason in 2001. Jamie Moyer, who won … [Read more...] about Now is not the time for Red Sox to trade Mookie Betts
PAONIA • In the days and weeks after moving here this summer, Jessica Catinella kept running into Bob.At the park. At the trading post. At the orchards. At the galleries. There was Bob, the old-timer who’d been in the valley all his life — long before hippies like Catinella showed up.Those damn hippies, Bob would say. Those hippies with their pot and crazy hair, like Catinella’s, her dreadlocks hanging low or bunched up as they are now, tucked in a cap while she works around the trading post.No, those weren’t hostile encounters with Bob. The two would only joke with each other in moments that pretty well capture Paonia, where not long ago the schoolkids put on a play called “Hippies and Rednecks Unite.”“It’s not necessarily about the differences here,” Catinella says. “It’s more about what keeps everybody together, which is the land.”Which is greatly showcased here at the trading post, where Catinella offers … [Read more...] about Coexisting in fruit- and hippie-filled Paonia
As a teenager, it was a joke to answer uncertainty. As an adult, Blake McCarty’s joke about just wanting to create good art with good people when he grew up became the thing he gets to do professionally, every day.“Fast forward and I’m very lucky to do just that, even if I’ve opted not to focus on a specific career path or a single skill,” said the creator and director of the Verbitas program for New Village Arts. “More generally, one of my core beliefs is that empathy and understanding are critical to our health, happiness and sheer survival. During particularly divisive social and political times, storytelling is one of the only ways to build understanding and develop empathy. In my opinion, live theater forces us to engage with other people’s humanity, experience and perspective in ways unlike any other medium.”With Verbitas, he’s working directly with students in local high school theater programs, using community organizing … [Read more...] about Expanding high school students’ lives through theater
We're going to skip chat today. We'll return next week, but in the meantime, tell me things. Today's letter reminds me of this classic. Worth mentioning, for the book, I reached out to this "When does it get better?" letter writer, and it was very nice to hear that she's so much better. Hey Meredith, First, thank you for creating this column and the subsequent podcast that has been making my heartache less painful. I am newly 39 and my boyfriend of nine months broke up with me on our last day of vacation, which was also the day after my birthday. Nine months sounds like not long enough to feel this sad, but we were building a road to forever. The construction on the road stopped due to the builder being a big quitter. Yes, I'm still only three-plus weeks into the breakup. I'm still balancing the sad/angry stage. I've tried several times to begin a phase of no contact with him. I'm on my third and hopefully not-as-feeble attempt. He wants to be friends. I know all the classics about … [Read more...] about How do I become friends with an ex?