Is it time for Red Sox fans to panic? Not in the least.
Today's SN column tries to soothe what will undoubtedly be a media-driven hysteria about the state of the Red Sox.
For starters, the Red Sox are still leading for the AL Wild Card. (Yes, they are now tied with Texas, but still.)
And all that matters is making the playoffs -- winning the division has been marginalized by the Wild Card, at least in the AL East.
There are 52 games left in the season for Boston -- more than enough to stay ahead of the Rangers and Rays.
Look ahead to the last 7 games of the season: The Sox play the Jays and Indians -- both hopelessly out of playoff contention -- at Fenway.
The sweep was humiliating, but -- really -- who cares about humiliation? Stay focused on the next 52 games -- and the Wild Card.
Meanwhile, more you'll find in today's column:
*TO's solid debut for the Bills.
*VY's iffy game for the Titans.
*David Ortiz's explanation: I really don't care, one way or the other.
*Josh Hamilton's humiliation: More pity than schadenfreude this time.
*LeBron: Wake up, Cavs fans!
*Vick: Tony Dungy and "the children" vs. Young Jeezy
*John Wall posterizes Jerry Stackhouse
It's a packed day. Here's the full column. More later.