, Gloucester, MA

December 12, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Tom Brady Day

It was a fitting day for Tom Brady to be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week once again. On Wednesday, December 12, 12-12-12, No. 12 received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for the 23rd time in his career, most in NFL history.

Of course Peyton Manning is one behind that mark with 22 AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards, and at the rate the two are going they are sure to be tied again by the time the regular season comes to an end. Brady and Manning have been tied on two separate occasions this season.

Brady gets the award for week 14 after a masterful performance in the Patriots 42-14 drubbing of the Houston Texans Monday where he threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns against the dangerous Houston defense.

Brady’s Monday Night Football performance may have also put him atop the MVP race, a race that is wide open and still up for grabs.

Third times a charm

In the most predictable move of the season the Patriots have picked up wide receiver Deion Branch for his third stint with the team this season.

Branch, who has been cut by the team twice this year, was brought back after wide receiver Donte Stallworth was placed on injured reserve with an injured ankle. Stallworth was on the team for a week and caught exactly one pass, a 62 yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady.

Youk in pinstripes

So Kevin Youkilis is going to the Yankees.

The former Sox All Star made the best move for himself, taking $12M on a one-year contract, but it remains to be seen how much he can help the Yankees. Youkilis will be playing third base until Alex Rodriguez comes back from hip surgery in the summer. Questions still remain about the durability of Youkilis at this stage in his career, especially playing third base every day.

With that said the former Sox star could be a good stop gap for the Yankees until the fragile Rodriguez comes back. Here’s hoping Red Sox fans treat him better than Johnny Damon when he returned to Fenway in pinstripes. Youkilis was once the heart and soul of the Red Sox World Series team in 2007 and has done a lot of good for the franchise, hopefully he’s greeted with a nice standing ovation in his first at bat back at Fenway Park.

— Compiled by

Nick Curcuru