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Bob Lobel: The Patriots Quickly Fall Back to the Pack

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Things have just accelerated out of control in the past week. The Patriots seemed to be a consensus pick for the Super Bowl after blowing out Houston, but less than a week later all the doubters are coming out saying "No Supe for you" in light of the 49er debacle Monday Night.

The local football dynasty has made life much tougher on themselves for sure. They now may have to play their way through Denver and Peyton Manning  and, if they are victorious, head to Houston for a rematch with a motivated Texans team. The road to the Super Bowl just got bumpier indeed.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox have a new mission statement, now that Toronto has signed R.A. Dickey. Steven Drew, the brother of "you know Drew" is their shortstop of the year, continuing the mystery of why Boston can't seem to find even a semi-permanent player for one of the most important positions on the field.

Don't even try to count the players the Sox have tried out at short in the last decade, it's like a phonebook. Someone like Marco Scutaro would seem to be fine, but for some reason, we can't get players like that. Looks like the Red Sox are back to their old "have a mediocre Christmas" motto.

Lastly, during the past few days, the community of Newtown, Connecticut has rightfully moved into all of our minds. Last Thursday night, I was on-air at WBZ News Radio 1030 in Boston from midnight until 5 am, and when I signed off Friday morning, all those children were still alive, probably sleeping before they got ready to go to school.

Those families were intact, but it all changed in the blink of an eye. It all changed for all of us, forever. Monday night I went back to do another show, and the mood and tone of conversation had noticeably changed.

The show was a new experiment for me, as I had always fantasized about doing a show that wasn't just sports.

Maybe one of the five hours I could go back to sports, but I always thought people loved psychics, astrologers and all of that stuff. I wasn't wrong, when I announced that a psychic was coming on the air, the phones lit up like a Christmas tree.

As for the new show, my theory is simple. Especially, in times like these, with the holidays, the economy, the pressure, the horror that was Newtown, people want some insight that they are going to be safe and things are going to get better.  

Believe me when I tell you, if I do that time slot in the future, psychics,  astrologers and mediums will be a big part of that show. I don’t know what the future holds with that radio slot. In many ways, it’s a dream come true on one of the great radio stations in American but yet, it’s a grueling shift that may take a long time to get use to and develop. The jury is out on this one.

Either way, by this time next week, Christmas will have come and gone, but the Newtown pain will still be raw and fresh.


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