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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  October 6, 2011 01:28 PM

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...That's the buzz word on Yawkey Way in the wake of the Red Sox' epic and historic September collapse. Suds-sipping players need to be more accountable. Terry Francona was held accountable, and it cost him his job. General manager Theo Epstein has held himself accountable for the deteriorating state of the team after two straight playoff DNQs.

But unaccounted for is Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry. We have not heard from Henry, save for a series of tweets. This is not the time for the milquetoast Henry to hide behind his laptop or iPad.

He needs to be upfront and out front, answering questions about Francona's departure, the future of the franchise and Epstein's fate as general manager, showing fans there is a clear vision for the team beyond selling out Fenway Park.

Henry has had enough time to convalesce from the slip and fall on his yacht. He must face the media firing squad just like Francona, Epstein, CEO Larry Lucchino, chairman Tom Werner and everyone else on the team's muddled masthead has. If the Sox are going to be more accountable moving forward then it starts at the top.

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Christopher L. Gasper riffs on the news


...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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