Pedro Martinez famously once called the New York Yankees his “daddy” because the Red Sox right-hander struggled against the Bronx Bombers.

Then what does that make Bill Belichick when it comes to the AFC East?

Belichick’s mastery of the AFC East since he took over the Patriots in 2000 is mind boggling.

The division championships are well documented.

But how about the path of destruction Belichick and Tom Brady have produced with the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

In large part because those three franchises continue to be dominated by the Patriots, head coaches and front offices continue to be replaced with dizzying speed.

On Sunday night, after the Patriots yawned their way through a 38-3 win over New York, the Jets fired coach Todd Bowles.

The Jets will be looking for their sixth head coach since Belichick arrived in Foxboro as head coach.

The next day, the Dolphins somewhat surprisingly fired coach Adam Gase after three seasons and a 23-25 record.

Gase’s replacement will be Miami’s 10th coach since Belichick began playing his Jedi mind tricks from the Gillette Stadium sidelines. One of Miami’s failed coaches, Nick Saban, is poised to win yet another national championship at Alabama and is considered one of the all-time great college coaches.

But Saban left Miami with a 15-17 record in two seasons and he didn’t seem interested in going head to head with Belichick and the Patriots.

When it comes to a coaching turnstile, it’s tough to top the Bills, New England’s whipping boy since Belichick and Brady teamed up.

The Bills have shown progress under coach Sean McDermott, but he’s just 15-17 in two seasons. McDermott is the 10th coach the Bills have hired to battle wits with Belichick.

Belichick had won a lot of games with the Patriots – and caused a lot of pink slips to be issued in Miami, Buffalo and the Meadowlands.

River Hawks soaring

It was a special New Year’s Day for three former UMass Lowell hockey stars.

In Edmonton, Joe Gambarella made his National Hockey League debut with the Oilers during a 4-3 loss to Winnipeg.

A lightly-recruited player out of Long Island when he caught the eye of the UML coaching staff, Gambarella developed into a tremendous player at the Tsongas Center.

He played 10 shifts and saw 5 minutes and 57 seconds of ice time on a night he won’t soon forget.

Across the ice, Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, a former UML standout, recorded his 100th career victory.

Over in Buffalo, one of Gambardella’s former linemates for three seasons, C.J. Smith, made his NHL season debut with the Sabres in a 3-1 loss to the Islanders.

Smith produced three shots on goal, played 19 shifts and saw 11:31 of ice time.

Sabres star Jack Eichel played only four shifts before leaving with an upper-body injury. Buffalo coach Phil Housley said the North Chelmsford native – the subject of a Sports Illustrated feature – isn’t likely to miss much time.

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