Are the Three Stooges barking up the right tree?
Shouldn't they find their eye-poking equals among the Boston Red Sox? We half expected to hear that John Lackey and Josh Beckett were planning to appear in a Farrelly Brothers remake of the Stooges.
No, we fully expected to find Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen doing a cameo together, reliving the dope slaps they exchanged all year on the Celtics bench?
We were not prepared the sports baptismal that came with viewing the new Three Stooges movie.
Cineastes and film aficionados insisted that we put our intellect into the deeper meanings of watching nuns in bikinis and three morons at large in society.
If basketball fans were to tell us that Dwight Howard had a pivotal cameo in the film, we'd not be skeptical in any way. His life seems to have taken on a decided appearance of a slapstick comedy.
We must admit that we were shocked at what was there.
Had Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft given their permission?
Not since Gronk apparently done an audition on the casting couch with an adult film star have we found ourselves blown away.
Yes, that was Jerod Mayo playing a 'gangsta' thug with the Stooges, and yes, too, that retired Patriot Troy Brown was setting an example for Aaron Hernandez and Gronk.
We expected Mayo to tell Curly to "watch the hands, Buster" in his moment of celluloid fame. Thankfully, he kept some dignity.
Patriots have been fined for less egregious acts. Nevertheless, this must live in Patriot lore: the first time Belichick's cadre took on Stooges and lost.