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October 4, 2012

Crunch Time


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Record Setter

Tom Brady can add another record to his growing list of accolades after a strong week 4 performance against Buffalo.

The Patriots quarterback, who completed 22 of 36 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown, was named the AFC Player of the Week for his efforts.

This marks the 21st time Brady has been named AFC Player of the Week which is tied for the most all time with Peyton Manning. Brady and the Patriots will square off with Manning and the Broncos this week.

Dirty Laundry

If the Red Sox got one thing out of this season with Bobby Valentine as manager it is the fact that he is always one to grab the headlines.

Valentine did so again on Wednesday, this team airing some dirty laundry about his coaching staff. When asked if some of his staff members undermined him this season on WEEI Wednesday, Valentine said yes, he also said that he believes members of his staff have not been loyal to him.

“I had to work through it all,” Valentine said. “Just another thing that’s part and parcel with the job. Work through it and try to make it better. That’s my job to make it all better, make it all functional.”

If that’s part of Valentine’s job the way he described it, then the Sox manager has failed miserably and will hopefully be let go by the end of this week.

Phasing out flopping

The NBA is taking steps to attempt to eliminate flopping from the game. On Wednesday the league announced that players who flop will be subject to penalties.

The first flop will result in a warning with the league with each flop after that netting a $5,000 fine, that will increase by $5,000 with each flop.

Flopping is certainly a problem in the NBA but it is very tough to police. The league is going to have to make sure each infraction is blatant and leaves no room to interpretation. But this is also a step in the right direction.

— Compiled by Nick Curcuru