If turnabout is fair play, the Patriots owe the Red Sox one favor. Wouldn't it be nice if the Red Sox could pull off a blockbuster trade every time the Patriots stink?
For the first time in recent memory, the Red Sox banished the defeat of the Patriots from of the minds of local sports fans.
The juggernaut that is the Patriots has been undone by the juggernaut that was the Red Sox.
When one Boston team completes the biggest monetary trade in sports history, you know what the fans of Boston are thinking. They are not thinking about a pay raise for the NFL referees.
By dumping a quarter of a million dollars of salary in one fell swoop, the Red Sox made the Patriot signing of a silver medalist from the Olympics look like Prince Harry at the pool table.
By dumping in absentia pallbearers of Johnny Pesky's fantasy cortege, the Red Sox showed fans what tradition and fair play is all about.
Of course, let's face it: the Patriots would never be in such a mess in the first place, and the Red Sox seem always to be hanging around the biggest messes in sports.
Tom Brady's sad sack minions ought to be grateful to Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez for taking the heat off the rather unimpressive third preseason game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carl Crawford, one of the Tampa Bay boys who came to Boston, will no longer be the man who came to dinner and stayed for seven years. He will be gone after one and a half.
That sort of resembles the Patriots in Tampa. They too were gone at the half.
Patriots may wish the Sox could blow up their team every night the football franchise loses. It makes everything seem less important and puts the focus where it belongs: on soap opera, high drama, and slapstick.