FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH:
■ The joke that is the AFC East?
The Jets, Bills and Dolphins combined for 28 points last weekend.
The Patriots had 31 against Jacksonville.
Think about that for a second.
Yes, the Pats are great, and have been for a long time. No one’s questioning that. But they’ve also benefited from playing in a division that, for a long time now, might as well be called the Patriots’ Invitational. It is not insignificant. And there are no signs it’s going to change anytime soon, either.
On any given Sunday?
On any given Sunday, those three teams should merge and try to make it interesting.
But even then, I’d take the Pats and give the points.
■ Have Alex Cora’s feet hit ground yet?
■ If you saw the Friars play Siena the other night at The Dunk, you witnessed the public unveiling of one of the next PC stars, freshman A.J. Reeves from Boston, who threw in 29 points in 30 minutes.
■ But there's no truth to the rumor that it was such a great show that even the Independent Man wanted to sneak in for a few minutes to catch it.
■ Did you see where Duke scored 118 points and won by 34 against Kentucky, the No. 2 team in the AP poll?
■ If you've seen one NFL halftime show, Bunky, you've seen them all.
■ QUIZ OF THE WEEK: This former Boston Celtic was on the bench with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951 during the famous playoff with the New York Giants when Bobby Thomson hit one of the most memorable home runs in baseball history. Who is he? (Answer near the bottom of the column.)
■ LINE OF THE WEEK comes from David Fizdale, the first-year coach of the struggling Knicks: "They'll keep chopping the tree, they'll get over the hump.''
■ It's getting ugly in New York, where the Jets are going nowhere and Eli is no longer young.
■ Speaking of the Mannings, is Archie the "quarterback whisperer?''
■ There's no truth to the rumor that the only thing left for Donald Trump and the national media that cover him is a cage fight. n Memo from the "Rich Get Richer'' department. For the third straight year, Duke has the top-ranked recruiting class in the country in college basketball. Kentucky is second.
■ And the word is that "Sunday Night Football'' had the best TV ratings since the "60 Minutes'' Stormy Daniels interview in March.
■ Speaking of Stormy, what does she do for an encore?
■ Don't buy Gronk in the futures market.
■ This from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency: Overdose deaths were the highest ever last year.
■ How tough is it for rookie quarterbacks in the NFL? In the last three weeks, the Jets' Sam Darnold has one TD pass and seven interceptions. That's how tough.
■ You know the years are slip slidin' away, Bunky, when you realize that it's been 46 years since The Dunk — then known as the Providence Civic Center — first opened.
■ Is it me or are there too many NFL quarterbacks who look a lot better in the pregame than they do in the real game?
■ There are three sure things in life around here — death, taxes, and that Hendricken and La Salle will dominate boys high school sports. They play on Sunday for the state football championship.
■ Looking for one song I can listen to on the radio. Is that too much to ask?
■ The new NBA game — with few power forwards, the middle open, and everyone jackin' up 3s — takes some getting used to.
■ The weather gets colder, the Pats get better. Isn't that how it goes.
■ A special shout out to Bob Terino, the ole URI godfather of basketball himself, who is getting over a health issue right in time for the start of the season.
■ QUIZ ANSWER: Bill Sharman.
■ If you've seen one mascot in a costume, you've seen them all.
■ Speaking of The Dunk, it's still a great place to watch a game.
■ There aren't too many things in sports more important than quickness.
■ There's no truth to the rumor that Gina is only two more wins away from replacing the Independent Man on the top of the State House.