Dan Shaughnessy Gives Arian Foster Something to Play For


by B.J. O’Halloran

Roman Catholic Correspondent, White Cover Magazine


Believe it or not, but the New England Patriots couldn’t care less about what Dan Shaughnessy writes. Or, thinks. It’s a one-way relationship. Shaughnessy writes about all of Boston’s sports teams, but only the Bruins can really relate to his brash style or his white trash sense of humour.

So, when Dan Shaughnessy laid into the Houston Texans and riled up Arian Foster’s already highly tuned ability to read the news and take it personally, you have to wonder whether the Patriots aren’t sending a hit to Shaughnessy’s house, Departed style.

This is how Shaughnessy began his latest column:


“The 2012-13 New England Patriots just became the first team in NFL history to get back-to-back byes before advancing to the conference championship game.

“Could this get any easier?

“I mean, seriously? The planets are aligned and the tomato cans are in place. The fraudulent Houston Texans are the only team standing between the New England Patriots and a trip to the AFC Championship game. All the Patriots have to do is beat the terrible Texans. One week from Sunday. At Gillette Stadium.

“Pass Go and collect $200. The Patriots are in the AFC title game.”

Yeah, so Foster posted those paragraphs to his Twitter page, and this ugly cycle about news creating news about itself continues.

On December 10, New England absolutely Houston at Gillette Stadium, 42-14.

This was Foster’s response:

“We owe them one.”

Good thing he’ll get a chance to collect, and keep the $200 for himself.

Of course, the irony of the whole matter is that Shaughnessy’s column accomplishes the very thing it knows it can’t. Shaughnessy rambles about how the Houston Texans will pee their pants at the sight of Bill Belichick playbook, even if the New York Giants permanently disabled that unilateral fear twice since 2008. Shaughnessy knows the Houston Texans had nothing to play for on December 10, at last on the day itself. They didn’t know they would lose three of their final four games and therefore the bye in the AFC bracket.

Letting the Houston Texans sleep would have been the right thing.


Well, they have something to play for, don’t they?