With David Wells gone, Dan Shaughnessy correctly notes in this morning’s Globe that football season in New England has officially begun. Somehow, I never grew up a Patriots fan — my dad liked the Raiders — but I root for them passively because I do love my New England roots.
It’s also football season in West Texas. The first week of the season begins tonight. If there’s anything about which non-Texans sterotype Texas properly, it’s the obsession with high school football (Friday Night Lights took place within our newspaper’s coverage area). Thus, I’ll be on the road most Fridays, including tonight, when I’ll be covering the Eagles vs. the Armadillos (yes, the Armadillos).
Baseball goes on, however. The Sox looked downright June-esque last night, getting timely hitting and a bit of luck to make a winner out of Manny Delcarmen on a night when Julian Tavarez was the starter. That gives us hope for tonight, considering Kyle Snyder is at least marginally better than Tavarez, and Ted Lilly has had an August on a par with — well, on par with virtually every member of the Sox’ pitching staff. Having sniffed victory once, will these Sox dare to play well enough for a second?