All I will say (before I never speak of this game again) is that the Giants outplayed the Patriots. The Patriots seemed different tonight. There was a lot more talk about destiny, dynasty, and being in an elite class than winning a game.
(I will concede that this is all the media asked the Pats about for 2 weeks)
Tom Brady didn't look right. He wasn't as accurate as he normally is. I think he was more hurt than the team let on. Tom can thread the needle better than anyone (with the possible exception of Dan Marino) and tonight receivers were catching balls behind them, at their ankles, and over their heads.
The offensive line did nothing to help matters. Brady was getting way too much pressure to be effective. A quarterback can only do so much.
18-1 is an amazing feat, but they lost the game that mattered most.
After the game, I took the Patriots balloons off my mailbox after the Superbowl extravaganza ended at my house, and I let them go into the night. I said goodbye to destiny and goodbye to perfection. It felt like game 6 of the 1986 World Series. 1 strike away until Mookie Wilson... well, I can't talk about that either.
All I could do to comfort myself was say, "Pitchers and catchers report in 2 weeks. Baseball is back. Thank God! Please welcome the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox!"
This report was funny. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have decided to drop "Devil" from their name and just go with "Rays".
For a team that is always finishing in last place, taking the "devil" out of the equation has got to be a step in the right direction.
World Series Champs!!!!!!
They scared me a few times, but the Sox proved what they were made of as they dominated the Rockies!!!!
I waited all my life to see the Sox win in 2004. Another title 3 years later is unbelievable!!!!
My sister sent me this today...
A REDSOX PRAYER
Our Father, who art at Fenway...
Baseball be thy game.
They Kingdom come,
Playoffs need to be won,
On Earth, then on to the Cask 'n' Flagon.
Give us this day, a perfect Papi,
And forgive us our losses,
As we forgive those,
Like Bill Buckner.
And lead us not, into desperation,
But deliver us from any losses.
For thine is the Power,
And the Glory,
To beat the Indians,
Forever and ever....the Yankees suck
I don't want to talk about the ALCS.
I keep saying to myself, "This isn't happening... this isn't happening! Remember 2004... remember 2004..."
I'm about ready to break into a full blown depression. The Red Sox had the best record in baseball and they falling apart to a team that they crushed in the regular season.
Anyway, I don't want to talk about it!
So I drafted my Fantasy Football team tonight. Here's what I got:
QB - Tom Brady (NE)
RB - Larry Johnson (KC)
RB - Ahman Green (HOU)
RB/WR - Chester Taylor (MIN)
WR - Marvin Harrison (IND)
WR - Randy Moss (NE)
TE - Keith Miller (PIT)
K - Adam Vinatieri (IND)
Defense - Miami Dolphins
QB - Trent Green (MIA)
RB - Michael Bennett (KC)
RB - Lamont Jordan (OAK)
WR - Braylon Edwards (CLE)
WR - Terry Glenn (DAL)
RB - Mike Bell (DEN)
WR - Jerry Porter (OAK)
I really wanted the Patriots defense, but I didn't get it. It went right before I picked. So I went with Miami. They've invested tons of money into their defense in the off-season, so I'm thinking they're going to have a good defensive year.
Trent Green is my flyer. I don't know how he'll do, but I've got a church full of Dol-fans who think he'll do well. So it was probably an emotional decision.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with my team. We'll see how they perform.
This is exactly the catalyst that the Red Sox needed to take them into the post-season!
There was a specific event in 2004 that got the Red Sox firing on all 8 cylinders. It was July 24th when A-Rod got a beat down by Jason Varitek (the picture of Tek hitting A-Rod in the face was my desktop for a long after that) and then coming back and beating the Yankees in the 9th inning sent the Red Sox into a frenzy that didn't stop until the World Series trophy was in hand!
Could this be the moment they needed in 2007? I think so!