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Why do we have to watch the Patriots all the time? I don't want to watch the Patriots. There are 28 32 teams in the NFL—let someone else have a chance once in a while. Maybe Patriots fans can confirm this, but I'm pretty sure people from Boston are tired of the Patriots too. They yearn for peaceful seasons when things are over by late Fall and they don't have to hear about the Patriots any more. Who wants to hear about the Patriots year after year after year? I want some variety.
They're like the Yankees. Who can get all that interested in baseball when the Yankees have won so many World Series? There have been 113 World Series and the Yankees have won 27 times. Math is not my best thing, but that's like one out of two. Or maybe it just seems that way. It's been a blissful eight years since the Yankees won a World Series, and don't think the rest of the country isn't grateful for the break. Thank you, Yankees. Now how about you, Patriots?
Why hasn't that coach of theirs retired like most successful coaches do? I don't trust his eyes. He just looks like a guy you wouldn't let watch your wallet. Most coaches win a few times over eight or ten years and then go rest on their laurels or start a racing team.
Are they going to win tomorrow? Of course they are. The Patriots always win. And Pat Brady* is going to play forever. The Giants benched Eli Manning. I'm over 50 and Pat Brady has been crushing hopes and dreams since I was about nine. I'm tired of watching that guy. I want him to get benched. He's had his turn.
New England Patriots superstar quarterback Pat Brady Tom Bradley
before his first Superbowl and as he appears today
Forgive me for not being a true American and rooting for the overdog, but Go, Washington Generals!
Name withheld for reasons of self-preservation
*I'm just trying to be funny. The correct name is Tom Bradley. As everyone knows.
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Paul Richardson: "Well, I'll say this about that. We Boston fans, having our hands full already with the angst-inducing Red Sox for decade after decade, also had to suffer with the perennial loser Patriots from 1960 until 2001, so I have a hard time feeling bad about their current success. This is a team that traded away Jim Plunkett, lost a super bowl trip to the Raiders on a phony roughing the passer call, and had a head coach (Clive Rush) nearly electrocute himself in his introductory press conference. Given his coaching ability, they might have been better off if he had. For decade after decade, they sucked. So, again, I don't feel bad about them winning. It's up to those other teams to beat them. And it won't last forever, you can be sure. So cheer up."
[Sunday morning] Paul Richardson adds: "Not to rub salt into the wound, but last night Bradley, or whatever his name is, won the MVP award."
Mike replies: And you just rolled your eyes, right? "Not him again. Sheesh." Spread the wealth around! Whatever happened to parity?
David Lee: "I love football. Tonight I am watching Barcelona vs. Espanyol. This other thing with guys in pantyhose and helmets using their heads as hammers I couldn't care less."
Mike replies: Hey! You and Richardson were warned!
As I write this, Barcelona vs. Espanyol is 0-0 at halftime. Sounds exciting. But hey, hope you are enjoying it.
James Weekes: "Grew up a Yankee fan, met the Mick when I was ten. I remember a parking garage near the stadium that had its rates on a brass sign. They were:
Day game 50 cents
Night game 75 cents
Double header $1.00
World Series $1.25
"So, I have been on the other side. Also a Knicks and Rangers fan, usually woeful. And a NY football Giants fan. They have had a decent record against the Patsies in the big game. People should relax. Brady will retire within eight years as will Belichek. Then there will be a new team to hate. I am rooting for New England because as a Giants fan I have spent 60 years hating the Iggles and see no reason to change."
Mike replies: I guess I always root against the powerhouses. Used to hate the Cowboys (they used to be good, for all of you younger people out there—heh heh). The peak of my football fandom took place in D.C. in the Gibbs years (first tenure, '81–'92), which were exciting years to be a Redskins fan. No, I never was a fan of their racist name, but Washington is a very socially disparate city and the 'Skins united very different segments of the population—including the bridging of racial divides (ironic, but positive). The Cowboys, Giants, and Raiders are the teams we hated the most because they were the ones that most often snuffed out the Redskins' hopes.
I had a black-and-white TV (hard to find even then) in the studio darkroom with a sheet of rubylith covering the screen so I could watch Redskins games while printing.
If you ask me football hasn't been the same since Dave Butz retired. Big Dave held two distinctions (among many others) which are unusual enough alone but especially rare together: biggest guy in the NFL and oldest guy in the NFL.
Hope everyone has fun at their Superbowl parties tonight. Go Iggles!