Ups and Downs of the week.

Mike Lowell – Long one of my favorite players, he’ll be retiring after this season. Lowell is one of those rare pro sports players with no major ego issues and a burning desire to excel all the time even when the bozos in the front office treat him like dirt. The Sox are going to miss him next year.

Politics – Nothing but attack ads tonight during the news. Going to be a long couple of months.

Patriots – They looked like amateurs against the Jets. So one good game and one lousy. Not the best start to the season.

Congress – If they’re stupid enough to have Colbert “testify” in front of them and make them look like jackasses, God help us when something really crucial comes up.