While I was running around getting ready for a business trip to New York tomorrow, the Patriots scored 24 unanswered points at the Meadowlands, seven of them with a minute left in the first half after a shank punt by the Jets' Ben Graham.
When I sat down to watch the game with my family in the third quarter over dinner, however, the first play I actually saw from beginning to end was Jerricho Cotchery's impossible 71-yard reception / punking of the Patriots secondary, after he somehow avoided touching either his knee or elbow to the ground though both Eugene Wilson and Asante Samuel were all over him, and then deked and juked his way all the way to the house.
Then Tom Brady capped off a three-play drive with an interception.
Then, on a 3rd and 9 from around the 50-yard line, Lavernius Coles punked us utterly, dodging Patriots defenders left and right all the way to the end zone for another Jets TD.
So yeah. Guess who's not watching the game anymore. I can take a hint.
Oh, and our prayers were answered in the Bronx. I can only laugh at the idea of a Jarvis-Mussina matchup tonight, so thank God the Sox prevented the Yankees from clinching already this afternoon. I have to get up ass-early tomorrow, so I have a good excuse to miss the game, but I'd be lying to you if I said that was the only reason I'm skipping it.
Meanwhile, I think it's funny how Yankees fans are booing Papi when he comes up to the plate, since I could not have less time for all that MVP drama (and the same can be said for the players involved). But Sox fans have been booing Derek Jeter since he was born, it seems like, and we'll probably boo him till he shuffles off this mortal coil, so I suppose we're even now. I'd argue, though, that the two of them are booed in the opposing cities for the same reasons--just another thing you can remind the obnoxious Yankees fan in your life (everyone has one) when he / she starts haranguing you about Yankees' fans inherent moral superiority, class, hygiene, etc.
P.S. Things I am just SO glad about, Sarcastic Division: Kevin Youkilis apparently being freakin' hurt after Bernie crashed into him today. Sincere Division: No. 54 back on the field in red, white and blue. Go Tedy!