So I'm reading Page 2's "The best 10 teams in the world" and I'm flying high when I see that the New England Patriots are listed as No. 7. Finally, recognition in the national media. Of course, it's a bit of a buzzkill that they're behind both UCLA women's softball and something called Arsenal, as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning (Tampa Bay should be declared a no-sports zone in my opinion. In fact, all of Florida with the exception of the Miami Dolphins and the Florida-Florida State rivalry should see sports cancelled. They've proven with their expansion teams that they could care less even about championships, meaning that when a team like the Marlins or the Lightning wins a championship, no one is really happy). But still. Maybe if the Patriots put together another season like the last one, someone will finally stuff a sock in Michael Irvin's mouth and ESPN types will give them the respect they deserve. So as I read down the list, my smile faltered a few times, but all was well.
Then I ran into a brick wall. I think you know what that wall is called.
The New York Yankees. No. 2 on the list. Not just ahead, but five teams ahead of my Patriots, who've just won two of the last three Super Bowls, despite the fact that the Yankees have lost two of the last four World Series.
It's one thing for my Red Sox not to be on this list. I know they don't deserve it after the way they've played this third of the season.
But when the Yankees even start fucking with the Patriots, that's when it crosses the line.