New England Patriots defeat Cleveland Browns, 42-15

As he stood on the sideline waiting for the opening kickoff yesterday, Terry Robiskie was excited, but also realistic.

The interim coach of the Cleveland Browns knew the score even before the first score had been rung up on his team by the New England Patriots.

"Interim" coach is about as tenuous a position as there is in professional sports and Robiskie knows it. By comparison, it makes the job of the 53d man on an NFL roster look like a guaranteed gold watch position....

Their membership in the NFL elite entitles the Patriots to a gimme from time to time, like yesterday's 42-15 shellacking of the hapless Cleveland Browns.

The Patriots piled up 225 yards rushing (100 from Corey Dillon), 201 yards receiving (74 from David Patten), got a special teams touchdown before the game was 15 seconds old, and were facing a rookie quarterback on a team whose coach and executive vice president resigned during the week.

The Patriots are now 11-1, c...

In Corey Dillon's postgame interview with the media yesterday, the running back indicated he hurt his leg after he had gained 98 yards in the first half, but he wanted to go back in for 2 more yards and his seventh 100-yard game this season.

Dillon, who now has 1,221 yards and nine touchdowns after scoring twice in the Patriots' 42-15 win over the Browns, was entertaining in his responses.

Of the injury, he said, "Nothing major."

Then how did he get the coaching s...

Boston sports fans have seen a team like this before. Once. Red Auerbach's Celtics, early 1960s.

You've got to be north of 50 to remember those guys, or maybe you've just heard about them, but in 1960, Auerbach's gunners were on their way to a third NBA championship in four seasons. They had the smartest coach and a roster of players who did everything he asked them to do. They stressed team over individual achievement and they always won when it mattered. The owner, Wa...