The big story of Sunday was the fall of Tom Brady. Perhaps out for the season, Patriots fans and fantasy football players alike shrieked in pain over Brady's knee agony. As bad of a day as it was for the nationwide Brady "family," it was a that good of a day for the real life Cassel family.
07 September 2008
Consider newly-minted Patriots starting QB Matt Cassel the Sarah Palin of the NFL. Drafted in the 7th round out of USC Cassel backed up Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart, playing rarely but for mop-up duty. Ditto that for his three seasons with the Patriots, albeit this time with Tom Brady. Like Palin, Cassel has been thrust into the spotlight, and nobody really knows anything about him. And much like Palin made a well-received first impression this past Wednesday at the RNC, Cassel did the same on Sunday, putting up decent numbers in a win.
A good day it was for the Cassel clan. It would have been enough! But then entered brother Jack, a reliever for the Houston Astros. There's no Palin metaphor here, really. It's just that Jack became the second Cassel brother to enter the game as an injury replacement, taking over for Wandy Rodriguez in the second inning. This Cassel notched four innings for the Astros, giving up two earned runs.
Sunday was an unexpected day for the Cassel family, with two brothers playing big roles. Like Palin we'll probably be learning a lot more about Matt Cassel over the next few weeks. The only difference being the lack of opposition researchers pouring over his past.