It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...the other shoe?It's been a while, hasn't it? I mean, since we've had to line up on the Tobin Bridge.
Between the two of them, Boston's baseball and football team haven't lost a playoff game or series in over a year. Both are the defending World Champions, and the Patriots boast the second-best win-loss record for the regular season in the NFL.
But, sigh...Ty Law has officially thrown in the towel.
Is it the beginning of the end?
Ah, yes, this is what we've been waiting for, isn't it? When it all comes to an end, when the impossible glow of 2004 gives way to a gloomy 2005, when the spell is finally lifted off the Patriots. It's not that we want it, of course--but let's face it, its advent is inevitable, and the unvoiced question on many minds seems to have been, when?
How long can the Patriots continue their dominance? Can they win two in a row? More importantly, will they? Is this a flash in the pan or a spark we can rely on?
Is our good fortune real? Will it last?
New Englanders are suspicious by nature. Especially of anything that seems unrealistically good. The Patriots are unrealistically good. Therefore...
At my day job, as probably most of my fellow bloggers are, I am the resident Sox / Pats fan. People, walking by my desk, will find occasion to make some remark or ask some sort of question on whichever team happens to be in the news as they pass. So today, I've already been asked three times what the over / under is on the Pats / Indy game and a virtually uncountable number of times whether I'm afraid of Manning & Co., and since I answer in the negative, why the hell not.
Well, because I remember the way PM kicked Kansas City's ass inside out last year before playing the Patriots. I remember a certain Marvin Harrison soundbite, something about Balfour getting started on Super Bowl rings with horseshoes on them.
This is how it has been with the Patriots since the start of their dare-I-say-dynasty era. They beat the Raiders, yeah, but only because of the Tuck Rule. But no way will they beat the Steelers in their own house. Okay, they got pretty lucky against the Steelers, but there's no possible friggin' way they'll beat the Greatest Show on Turf. The theme of the 2002 season, then, was See? I Toldja. 2003 was a repeat. Oh, they'll lose eventually. No? Well, Carolina is a Cinderella team just like they were in 2001, and the Pats will play the part of the Rams this Super Bowl? No? Well, no way will they sustain that win streak over the next season...
Another 14-2 season, you say? Well, with Ty Law out and Peyton Manning having a career year, it is virtually outside the known laws of planetary motion that the Patriots will--
Let's take a page from the Sox, here. I'm not saying it'll work, but how about we just try it. How about--although it sounds ridiculous to even have to request this given the track record our coach, marquis quarterback, running back and team as a whole have shown us in the past 36 months--how about we Keep the Faith?