What You Missed in Boston Sports While You Were Away for Thanksgiving

Gronk bought a house, Boston College football coach Frank Spaziani gets the ax, and more.

frank spaniaziFrank Spaziani photo by Danny Wild on Flickr

Pats roll. On Thanksgiving night, the Patriots crushed the Jets. You’ve probably seen plenty of highlights by now, but I’d just like to take a moment to recommend Greg A. Bedard’s weekly reviews. After every Patriots game, the Globe NFL beat man spends hours breaking down film and rating each of New England’s personnel groups. Because Bedard writes like an eloquent football scout, his exhaustive reports are always worth the time.  [Globe]

Jets Schadenfreude. The New York Post predictably had fun with the Jets on Friday morning, putting an image of quarterback Mark Sanchez sprinting face first into his own lineman’s ass on the sports front. The headline, “BUTT UGLY,” seemed to capture the spirit of the whole thing.  [New York Post via The Big Lead]

Jets Schadenfreude, Vol. 2. “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, the behelmeted fan who’s spent the past 26 years leading “J-E-T-S” chants at the Meadowlands, is retiring. He even left Thursday night’s game early because “the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic,” he says. It’s time, he writes in a column in the Metro, to abandon his shtick. “Although I can ‘hold my own,’ I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake.” One Jets fan not sad to see Fireman Ed go is Sports Hub radio host Fred Toucher.  [Metro]

Gronk Bought a House. The on-the-mend Patriots tight end reportedly purchased a $1.6 million home in Florida. “Of course, Rob needs to do a lil recovering before he can take full advantage—he just had surgery last Monday to fix his broken forearm,” TMZ reports. “But we’re told all his other body parts still work.” Naturally, the gossip behemoth calls the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom house a “panty-dropping FL mansion.”  [TMZ]

Spaziani Gets the Ax. Boston College fired football coach Frank Spaziani. The Associated Press cites “four years of progressively worse records and two straight seasons without a bowl appearance.” Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, a BC alum, is ready for a big change. “No one goes to games,” he writes. “The Globe and Herald barely cover them. They need a bold move to restore this crumbling program.”  [Associated Press via CSNNE]