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February 5, 2013

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Double Standard

Once again the NFL’s television coverage proved that there is a gigantic double standard when it comes to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

After the AFC Championship Game Belichick was lambasted by CBS analyst Shannon Sharpe after skipping out on a post-game interview with the network, something Belichick told the network what he was going to do if the Patriots had lost two days before the game.

So the reaction had to have been the same when 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh pulled the same stunt after Super Bowl XLVII right? Wrong. There was no mention of Harbaugh skipping the interview on the CBS broadcast, Sharpe did not say a word about the incident and it was essentially ignored by all media outlets.

Once again Belichick is treated differently because he is an easy target and a boring quote. His actions, whether right or wrong, are always looked at through a microscope and have greater consequences than anybody else’s. I guess that’s what happens when you’re the best at what you do, but that doesn’t excuse Sharpe from being a hypocrite.

Real MVP

Joe Flacco deserves a ton of credit for the Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII Sunday, but he was not the game’s most valuable player, in fact he was third fiddle.

It’s always easy to give the MVP to the quarterback because he plays the most difficult and most important position on the field, but the most clutch player in Super Bowl XLVII was Anquan Boldin.

Flacco was a first half warrior throwing for nearly 200 yards and three touchdowns. In the second half, with the game on the line, Flacco just survived, and he was helped immensely by Boldin.

Every time the Ravens needed to make a play on offense Boldin made it by either getting open and beating a defensive back or fighting for a ball that Flacco threw up for grabs because he had so much confidence Boldin would come down with the ball. Boldin’s catch on third and inches in the fourth quarter, that set up what turned out to be the game winning field goal, was the biggest play of the game, bigger than any throw Flacco made.

Jacoby Jones also made a strong case for MVP with his great catch and run for a touchdown late in the first half and his Super Bowl record 108 yard kickoff return.

Trade Rumors

According to reports from the Sporting News, the Los Angeles Clippers are making a hard push to acquire Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

The deal reportedly revolves around Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Caron Butler.

If the Celtics make this deal they have officially given up on the season and are essentially building for the future.

Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, however, should not pull the trigger on this deal. Not that trading Garnett and looking to the future is a bad thing that Ainge shouldn’t explore, but the team can do better than Bledsoe and Butler for one if it’s top players and leaders.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru