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Page20 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 10, 2014 I 00J00Bridiro#il#dibles They came around a cor- season schedule -- and Patriots Back on Track with Rout of Bengals Just six days after looking like a hopeless team versus Kansas City, the New England Patriots trounced the NFL's last remaining unbeaten team, the Cincinnati Bengals, 43- 17 at Gillette Stadium last Sunday night. been labeled a healthy scratch the previous two games. His trade- 43 17 The Bengals were coming off a bye week, had given up a league-low 11 points per game through the first three games of the season, while only trailing for 48 seconds in those games. But on Sunday, the Patri- ots scored on the opening drive of the game and never relented. For quarterback Tom Brady the win proved to be a measure of vin- dication for a week of speculation as to his regressing talent. "It's hard to be oblivious to things. We all have TVs or the internet." said Brady following the win in which he threw for 292 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and in the process, reached the 50,000 passing yard mark for his career. "It's a night I'll never forget." The much maligned Patriots offense gained 505 yards and 30 first downs while controlling the clock for over 38 minutes. The offensive line, which had yet to put together a complete game this season, gave Brady plenty of time to dissect the Bengals defense. As opposed to their Monday night melt- down in Kansas City, the Patriots coach- ing staff brought a game plan versus the Bengals. The two-tight end set of Gronkowski and Wright looked unstoppable combining for 11 of Brady's 23 completions and a touchdown apiece. However, the run- ning game was the most impressive part of the offense with running backs Stevan Ridley, 27 carries for 113 yards, and Shane Vereen, 9 carries for 90 yards, slashing through the Bengals defense. Prior to the game, Head Coach Bill Belichick offered up his usual surly answers when asked about Brady, the failures of the offensive line and the reported "bench- ing" of wide receiver Aaron Dobson who had mark line of last week was "We're moving on to Cincinnati." Following the game, in all his glory, the coach had only another quick retort when asked about the importance of the win, "It was the next game. It was good to win." Well at least he's consistent. The night was special for a much more important reason than a football game. Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, whose 4 year-old daughter Leah is battling pediatric cancer, was honored by the New England Patriots organization. During the third quarter of the game, the Patriots cheerleaders donned Stills' #75 jersey while a video featuring Leah and other children fighting a heroic battle with cancer was played. It was a truly classy and touching moment, one that had Still's in tears on the sideline. "It was very emotional to see that on the board, my daughter and those other brave kids fighting cancer. It's just very emotional." Still said after the game. There are moments that football isn't the most important topic, granted not many moments, but this was one of them. We're moving on to Buffalo ... Brady and Gronkowski celebrate a third quarter touchdown. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings Who can name the two North Enders who have stat- utes of themselves placed in the North End commu- nity? Hint: take a good look at the photo. Another hint, remember Charlie Ross's Punchlines boxing column? COLUMBUS DAY CELEBRATION KICKS OFF This past Sunday, the 8:30 Mass was celebrated to start by Sal Giarratani off Columbus Day week at Sacred Heart Church in Eastie. Following the Mass refreshments and coffee were served by the parade committee. PIRANDELLO TO HOLD EVENING OF SONG The Pirandello Lyceum will be holding an evening of song this weekend at Filippo's Ristorante. For details on this event, call the Pirandello Lyceum at 617-569-7388. QUINCY DEMOCRATIC BREAKFAST The 26 th annual Quincy Democratic City Committee will be held on Sunday, October 19 th at the Tirrell Room, Quincy Lodge of Elks. For more details call 617-328-9382 or email alicia.gardner6 MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER The Nazzaro Center re- cently took part in last Sunday's Finish the Fight against Breast Cancer Walk. Team Nazzaro had a good turnout. If you missed it, it's not too late to help with the fundraising cam- paign. See Micelle DeVeau at the Nazzaro Center. You can donate there through October 31 st. Kudos to Michelle for all the hard work she puts into this fundraising walk here in the North End. SOUTH SHORE MODEL RAILWAY CLUB The South Shore Rail- way Club is holding a Model Railroad Show and Open House at their club in Hingham on Saturday, Octo- ber 25 th and Sunday, October 26 4. For more details, go to ITALIAN AMERICAN POLICE ANNUAL BANQUET Once again, it is time for the annual Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association Awards Banquet on Friday, October 244 . The banquet will be held at Angelica's on South Main Street in Middleton. Cock- tails at 6:00 pm and dinner at 8:00 pm. For further details, call Mike Giacoppo at 781-316-5024. ner and took their seats on the podium -- all five of them -- a group that made people realize that there really had been fireworks at the TD Garden over the off season. They had been provided by a five-man team but it wasn't of the basketball variety as many had ex- pected. The management of the team in Green that per- forms on the fabled parquet floor had been relatively silent all summer and into the early fall, despite the widely publicized prediction by C's co-owner Wyc Grous- beck that the aforemen- tioned fireworks would make the summer of 2014 one to remember. So no, the individuals as- sembled on the podium at Bruins Media Day had noth- ing to do with basketball. Those that were sitting be- fore the assembled media members were the five men that manage the affairs of the Black and Gold. And boy, had there been some fire- works around the rink once the ice had melted away following the B's exit from the 2014 Stanley Cup play- offs last May. It sure has been an active time for Bruins President Cam Neely, GM Peter Chiarelli, head coach Claude Julien, owner Jer- emy Jacobs and his son, team principal Charlie Jacobs. The activities started early on when enforcer and fan favorite Shawn Thornton left for the Florida Panthers after a contract renewal offer was not extended by the B's, a decision that provoked rather caustic commentary by his partisans who took to the airwaves on sports talk radio. Things were further spiced up when 61-point front man Jarome Iginla took a walk on the B's and signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Then it was Chad John- son's turn. The more than capable backup to Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask decided he also could earn more of a financial return elsewhere and was off to Long Island -- sign- ing a two-year deal worth $2.6 million with the New York Islanders. Down there, he'll still be a backup -- to Jaroslav Halak -- but earning quite a bit more than he did on Causeway Street. People perhaps forget that last year Johnson actually played in 27 games -- one third of the Bruins regular performed so well (17-4-3 record, 2.10 goals against average and .925 save per- centage) that Julien at one point called the nights that Johnson got the call, "a seamless change." But now he's gone and it could be up to Niklas Sved- berg, who has only one NHL contest under his belt, to hold up the ship on the nights that Rask needs a rest. But he might be by- passed in favor of Malcolm Subban, a rising star for the B's who has performed well in Providence. July development camp came and went, delivering a player full of potential to the B's practice facility in Wilmington. That would be first round draft pick David Pastrnak, an 18- year-old from overseas who caught the attention of the B's coaching staff and management. All summer, people won- dered whether he would make the team. He came to fall camp open to the new experience. Asked in the first days what it might be like to scrimmage against B's star defenseman Zdeno Chara (6-9, 255), he came up with the perfect one-word sound bite: "scary." A shoulder injury side- lined Pastrnak for most of camp and on Media Day it was announced he had been sent to Providence, at least for the time being. The biggest surprise of all came four days before the season opener when Chiarelli announced that he had traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the Islanders for a pair of draft picks that can't be used until the 2015 NHL Draft next June. That means that the B's, who made the move to stay under the NHL mandated financial cap, won't get any- one in return this season. No one liked the deal, even Chiarelli. And it hit the B's hard. The other departures had come about when the players had dispersed for the summer. This one occurred when they were together as a group -- and thus it took a collective emotional toll. A bright spot on Media Day: it was announced that Bobby Robins had made the team. A Wisconsin native who played at UMass-Lowell, he had bounced around the hockey world for nine years before earning a spot on the opening night roster. It's a quick start -- seven games in 11 nights. Sooner -- rather than later -- we'll have an idea how these Bruins will shape up. JIappy Columbus 00)ay JOSEPH RUSSO FUNERAL HOME, INC. 814 American Legion Highway, Roslindale, MA 617-325-7300