The aristocrats in England are going on hiatus as the overblown kingpins in Boston are back at it.
Yes, folks, the British prestige series came to an end Sunday with the tabloids ready to pounce on the scandalous behavior of the eldest daughter, and now the Boston press is ready to pounce on Josh Beckett for letting go on his waistline over the off-season.
The Dowager Countess may be watching the end of an era at Downton, but dowager King John Henry VIII is looking to move to England to watch his Liverpool soccer team.
Bobby Valentine may have more in common than Carson the Bulter who shuttles guests in and out of the lineup.
Thomas the Footman is looking to end up as a closer in the front office by finding the boss's dog, lost on the moor. Ben Cherington is Larry Lucchino's lapdog and seems utterly lost.
Lady Edith may have to take on the one-armed count as her boyfriend, and the Red Sox have any number of one-armed bandits ready to join the starting rotation, which will put the Bosox down and out for the count.
The series Downton Abbey started on the day the Titanic sank (yes, really, it's in the script), and Fenway Park is about to celebrate its 100th birthday, having opened in 1912 on the day the Titanic sank.
The British press is waiting to announce the fact that a dead man was found in Lady Mary's bed a few years back, and the Red Sox clubhouse is waiting on a few Bloody Marys to send the team back into collapse mode in September.
Old fans of Masterpiece Theater will likely lament the sinking quality of the latest family epic, but old fans of the Red Sox know the more things change, the more they remain the same.
If you like low-brow baseball and high class soap opera, then you can now safely switch the channel from PBS to Red Sox Baseball. There isn't much difference.