Monday's Morning Mashup

November 16, 2009 - 3:04 am

Welcome to Monday's Morning Mashup, where we'll get you caught up on what's going on in the sports world and beyond. Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz uses words such as "hubris" and "stupidity." Sports Illustrated's Peter King said: "It smacked of I'm-smarter-than-they-are hubris." Of course, they're talking about Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the New England 28-yard line with 2:08 left in last night's loss to the Colts. For what it's worth, Brian Burke in the New York Times has a statistical analysis that shows that based on league averages, going for it actually was the right decision. And NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders said: "I like the swagger." So, there. Either way, you can be sure of one thing. Belichick not only will never admit to making a mistake, he will respond to the criticism by choosing to be even more risky with his decisions. Watch, he'll go for it on fourth-and-2 from his own 10 against the Jets, get it, and then make some condescending comment in his postgame press conference next Sunday. After all, he answers to no one but himself, and, as we saw last night, he already has given himself a vote of confidence. For better or worse. On to the links: FOOTBALL: In case you had no access to the outside world until now, the Patriots lost to the Colts, 35-34, in an epic collapse. Chris Price has 10 Things We Learned from the disaster. Kirk Minihane calls Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 with just over two minutes remaining the third-worst call ever by a Boston coach. D.J. Bean has the fantasy football realizations from Week 10. The Jaguars beat the Jets with a field goal as time expired. Kyle Orton hurt his ankle and the Broncos lost to the Redskins. The Bengals held off the Steelers to sweep the season series. The Saints edged the Rams. The Chargers turned away the Eagles. The Falcons fell to the Panthers. The Packers stifled the Cowboys. TCU remained fourth in the BCS standings. USC fell to No. 22 in the AP top 25 after being routed by Stanford on Saturday. The three Tennessee players charged with armed robbery are suspended indefinitely. Dan Rowinski has Five Things We Learned from Boston College's victory over Virginia on Saturday. BASKETBALL: The Celtics turned in a forgettable weekend, with losses to the Hawks on Friday and Pacers on Saturday. Jessica Camerato looks at the rivalry with Atlanta. Brandon Jennings scored a team-rookie-record 55 points for the Bucks in a victory over the Warriors on Saturday. The Boston Globe reports that the Celtics will have their own charity license plate, after a three-year search to find the 1,500 commitments required. Ian Tasso has A Three-Pointer of Things We Learned from Boston College's season-opening win over Dartmouth on Friday that came with three players suspended. He also has a season preview for the Eagles. HOCKEY: The Bruins, coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Penguins on Saturday, host the Islanders tonight. Graig Woodburn has the Hat Trick of lessons from Saturday's shocking loss. The Hurricanes ended their 14-game winless streak with a win over Wild yesterday. BASEBALL: Dustin Pedrioa checked in with Mut & Bradford on Saturday to give an update on his offseason. Alex Speier writes about how Jason Bay's agent is marketing the outfielder. The Mariners signed shortstop Jack Wilson to a two-year $10 million contract. The Rockies declined an option on reliever Rafael Betancourt, and he filed for free agency. Righty Braden Looper also is a free agent, after the Brewers bought him out. Vernon Wells had surgery on his left wrist, but the Blue Jays outfielder is expected to be ready by spring training. ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 16, 1926, which Bruins legend made his debut in a 4-1 win over the Canadiens? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We thought we could win the game on that play. That was a yard I was confident we could get." '€” Bill Belichick, on the Patriots' unsuccessful fourth-and-2 play with two minutes remaining STAT OF THE DAY: 17 '€” The largest fourth-quarter lead blown by the Patriots under Bill Belichick, occurring last night in Indianapolis AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED TRANSCRIPT OF THE DAY: Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins appeared on the Dale & Holley show Friday to talk about the Patriots-Colts game. When asked about playing at Indianapolis' stadium with the roof open, he said, according to the automatically generated transcript: "It was a it was a nice Natan -- roof opens the the health with the noise to -- and the Thompson is that." What he actually said: "It was a nice night, and they had the roof open, so, that helps with the noise, too, it goes right out the top." 'NET RESULTS: In case you missed this Dwyane Wade dunk over Anderson Varejao from Thursday night, here it is. LeBron James said it's "probably top 10 all-time." And here's another clip from last week. It's a couple of soccer goalies with some odd pre-shot rituals during a shootout to decide the winner of the America East semifinals. TRIVIA ANSWER: Eddie Shore SOOTHING SOUNDS: Here's a clip in recognition of Bob Dylan, who performed in Boston over the weekend.