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The bottom line: Super Bowl rumblings, Olympics, and more

Has Vince Wilfork played his last game for the Patriots?
Has Vince Wilfork played his last game for the Patriots?
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My first edition of The Bottom Line was such a huge success (hey, I got at least three retweets!), I'm going to make it a regular thing. It is a fun way for me to tie some loose ends and touch on a lot of topics quickly, so here goes:

  • The NFL and Roger Goodell (are the two synonymous?) got extremely lucky Mother Nature waited a week to dump all this snow on the Northeast.
  • On that note, I never want to see a Super Bowl in Foxboro.
  • Roger Clemens belongs in the Red Sox of Hall of Fame and I'm not against retiring his number, either.
  • How long before Tracy McGrady is signed by the New York Yankees to be their closer?
  • The backlash against the "controversial" Coca-Cola "It's Beautiful" commercial serves as a reminder that we still have a long way to go as an inclusive society.
  • What took Pepper Johnson so long to try and leave from under Bill Belichick's shadow? I wonder how much his friendship with Brandon Spikes (placed on injured-reserve during the playoffs for being late to practice) had to do with the, seemingly, mutual parting of ways. Belichick will go down as one of the greatest head coaches of all-time, but I'd hate to work for him.
  • I think Vince Wilfork has played his last down in a Patriots' uniform.
  • The Boston Celtics can save up all the money they want, but free agents aren't coming to Boston.
  • I think Julian Edelman feels disrespected by the Patriots, a la Wes Welker, and he is going elsewhere for comparable or even less money.
  • Speaking of Welker, I think he plays next season for an AFC East rival, most likely Miami (best quarterback, best team), just to try to stick it to Belichick.
  • One thing that stood out for me in the Super Bowl was Peyton Manning's lack of arm strength. Crazy as it sounds after the greatest season ever by a quarterback in NFL history, I think Manning is washed up. You heard it here first. (You can torch me when he throws 50 touchdowns passes again next year)
  • The Boston Herald's Chris Villani nailed it in his column, "Shoddy village may be least of our worries." I've been saying it for a couple of months now-- I worry about the security at the Olympics and I hope the worst stories out of Sochi are about toilets and dirty water.
  • RIP Sheila Martines Pina. She was one of my first TV crushes when she co-hosted PM Magazine (with a young Matt Lauer for a time) on WJAR Channel 10 back in the 1980's.
  • RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman-- one of the best character actors of our generation. Circumstances of his death remind me too much of John Belushi's demise. Say no to drugs, people.
  • I've been critical of Curt Schilling in the past, but I wish him all the best for a speedy recovery as he revealed this week that he is battling cancer.
  • Love Axl Rose's comments dissing the Red Hot Chili Peppers for playing before "the largest karaoke audience ever" after noticing Flea's bass guitar wasn't plugged in. At least they have an audience, Axl. What are you doing nowadays?
  • Wish everyone would stop praising Tom Brady for having restructured his contract. His wife makes a gazillion dollars per year!
  • I hate Thursday Night Football. I hate playing regular season football games in London. And I, definitely, do not want a NFL franchise on another continent.
  • I wish they'd bring back the old Superstars competition. I'd love to see LeBron James against Michael Vick in the obstacle course. Of course, back then athletes made a fraction of what athletes today make. The prize money back then, actually, meant something.
  • If you know anything about the Aaron Hernandez murder case, I'd be afraid. I'd be very afraid. I want to make myself crystal clear-- I know absolutely nothing!
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