Trot Nixon played with passion and pain for the Red Sox and earns the nod over J.D. Drew on the all-decade team. (AP)We are doing our best to shake the bye week blues here at the mailbag.



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


Kirk takes some hits for his Tom Brady love-fest. (AP)You’ll get a bye week mailbag and like it.



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


Pats and Pats and Pats this week in the mailbag. No shock, with the Sox done and the Celtics not yet ready for our full attention.



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


Report card feedback dominates the mailbag this week, and (brace for shock) the folks aren’t exactly thrilled with the 2009 edition of the hometown nine. It seems that 95 wins isn’t going to do it for the faithful, changes need to be made. Jonathan Papelbon and J.D. Drew receive the brunt of the drubbing here while Jon Lester takes yearbook honors for most popular.



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


It’s not easy to jam Terrell Suggs, Chip Caray, the Golden Banana, Bob Newhart, Kate Beckinsale, Midnight Snack, Sammy Morris, Cumberland Farms, Drew Bledsoe, Megan Fox, Kenny Bania and the death of the toupee into one mailbag, but we’ve managed to do it this week. Some solid e-mails from the folks (keep them coming), although most seem to suggest that I may be close to regaining “half-wit” status.

To the 'bag we go (and, as always, feel free to e-mail away to kminihane@weei.com)

--



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


The mailbag returns after a week off and we are determined to avoid any charges of "dogging it."



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


We are in the Golden Era for Boston sports coaches.

Right now we have three active coaches (Bill Belichick, Terry Francona, Doc Rivers) who have won a championship with their respective teams. Until 2004 there had never been a period in Boston sports history in which even two of the four active coaches had a Boston title on their résumé (makes sense, I guess, when you consider that one team didn't win its first title until 2001 and another went 86 years between crowns).



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


Can we stop with the overreaction?

Probably not. It never ends, now that I think about it. Right now there is a simmering concern about the Patriots. Sure, a win is a win, but the thought lingers: Maybe “we” really are the team that needed a miracle fumble recovery (from the kicker!) to beat the Bills. Not much better than average.



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


Plenty of Seymour stuff, and the folks seemed mixed on the move. I remain shocked that anyone would have a problem with a trade that will almost certainly yield a top five pick for a player who has (A) been on the decline for three years and (B) was not going to be back in 2010 under any circumstances. What am I missing? Is it because the pick is in 2011 and not 2010? That can't be it. I guess there is some loyalty to Seymour, which is great.



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE


Are you ready for a little more closer talk?

Lots and lots of Papelbon here this week, and the folks seem to be divided. Some are with me (Papelbon is a terrific pitcher but no closer is worth $13-15 million a year) but I was surprised how many emailers were comfortable with the prospect of losing the best closer in franchise history. Well, when you’ve got a proven commodity like Daniel Bard I guess it’s okay to be cavalier. He’s been getting it done forever, right?



KIRK MINIHANE

BIO | ARCHIVE