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JOE D’S NOTEBOOK

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(photo by Bob Stowell)

(photo by Bob Stowell)

SUNDAY CUP O’ JOE- Christmas Day for most NFL fans, the first Sunday of the season. No day is more analyzed than the opening Sunday of the season. And not by the experts, by the fans. 16 sets of fans will think their teams are headed for the Super Bowl and 16 sets of fans will think their teams are headed for the draft lottery.And that’s the beauty of the league. So enjoy, Pats are in Buffalo, the Jets host Tanpa Bay and the New York Football Giants are at their home away from home in Dallas. And so it begins.

Who knew the Yankees would be undone by their bullpen. The three straight losses are like a kick of the gut on fans of the Bronx Bombers. You can’t complain about the offense, 25 runs in 3 games, 46 in 6. But the pitching, in particular the shattered bullpen, is in taters.You can’t expect the pitching staff from Scranton-Wilkes Barre to get the Red Sox out. And Yankees fans shouldn’t delude themselves because Tampa Bay has hit the skids. The Orioles and Indians have cruised past the Yankees. Oh well, no post season for only the second time since 1995, no complaints.And Derek Jeter should sit the rest of the season, He doesn’t look right and should rest and rehab his legs.

And before Red Sox fans start planning on purchasing World Series tickets two things, 1)- Your pitching hasn’t exactly been lights out the last three days and 2)- You aren’t winning anything without Jacoby Elsbury. You better hope his foot is bruised and not fractured. But you can’t deny that Ben Cherington is the executive of the year for his acquisitions of Victorino, Napoli, Gomes, Drew and Peavy.

The first of three weeks off this season for the UConn football team is over. Now the Huskies prepare for what will be a very interesting night on Saturday when Randy Edsall brings Maryland to the Rent. The Terps have crushed FIU and ODU accumulating 1,163 yards of total offense. With quarterback C.J. O’Brien finally healthy after two years and weapons like running back Brandon Ross and the electric Stefon Diggs, Maryland is on a roll. It won’t be an easy night for UConn, but I would expect emotions to be running high. I know fans are still upset with the way Edsall left. And that’s your prerogative. But you should remember what Randy did in building the UConn football program.

Our first Paul Pasqualoni Radio Show of the season is Monday night at 6:30. We are taking the show on the road this season and will be at Wood-N-Tap on Hartford Turnpike in Vernon every week. We will have prizes to give away and hope you come down and join us.

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