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January 14, 2007

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SoxontheBeach

I can't even think straight - this game was such a mindblower. Thank god I have an entire week to rest up for the next game!

Meanwhile...back to the Jameson's.

Emma

//Eventually, LT would score. In the end it was true: San Diego had been winning the battle for field position, and working with their multitude of offensive weapons, were capitalizing. It was not a good moment to be a Pats fan.//

It really surprised me in the 4th quarter ( or maybe it was the third), when they announced that LT had his 100-yard game. Because, he was getting those 7-10 yard runs, and by then he had both of his touchdowns. But it seemed like that expression, we couldn't completely stop him, but we could hope to contain him. He got his stats, but there was no real moment when he seemed to drive a stake through the heart of the Pats. No real game-breaker. And I guess that's to the immense credit of our defense.

And also: He was SUCH a sulky crybaby after the game. My god.

beth

emma, he was, but my biggest objection to that was not anything he said but the fact that for at least the next couple of days, the discussion everywhere is going to be debate over that--it's all going to be about him. so i've been trying to avoid even mentioning it here.

for what it's worth, though, yes, he was a sore loser--it's like kevin faulk said to him after the game, "come on, LT, you're better than that." but he's a young kid, he was frustrated and disappointed and honestly i think it shouldn't be dwelled upon.

because hey, i can't imagine a better outcome from that game than to see LT up there afterwards crying about what a mean man belichick is. :-)

Dawn

thank God we have a week to recover before we do this again. and while the coming game doesn't scare me *quite* as much as the one we just scratched & clawed our way out of, it still scares me sufficiently.

here's hoping my heart rate slows some time before Sunday. and if we somehow find it in us to get another win in Indy, i suspect the crying coming from Peyton will make Tomlinson look like he shrugged the whole thing off.

ugh. i hate that it comes down to the the Patriots & the Colts. *anyone* but the Colts.

Iain

I thought the 'class' argument from a team that basically tried to shut opposing fans out of the game was quite amusing.

charger fan

Charger fan here. Congratulations to the Patriots, one of sports' classic dynasties. The Chargers made too many mistakes, and the Patriots--power to them--took advantage. The best team on Sunday won.

That said, we have always dealt with huge numbers of opposing fans, as this is a tourist city, a transplant city, and our team has not been very successful. I would guess there were a lot of empty seats in Foxboro when the Patriots sucked. Some Boston-area fans, also, are right up there with anyone on the obnoxiousness scale. Defensive + entitled. So, while I can see the complaints about the policy, it is not that big of a deal and I would just as soon NE locals in SD watch at the sports bars.

As far as Tomlinson, football is an emotional game and he was upset. The story out here is that the Patriot DBs--none of whom can carry Tomlinson's jockstrap on a football field--talked some smack to get it started. In the intensity of a tough playoff game, it happens.

This is a great blog, by a great writer, and you have a great team. No need to take shots at the Chargers and their fans.

beth

i appreciate your gracious comment, charger fan. and the points you raise are a good example of why the LT tempest in a teapot didn't originally make this blog in the post above.

as for the ticket thing, i just am going to have to disagree with you. yes, there were empty seats when the patriots weren't doing well--but when they did start to do well the patriots didn't restrict ticket sales to the new england region. they never have. there are definitely bandwagon fans, sure, and despite the valid points you raise about being a "transplant" city, it still makes the chargers look like they're afraid of new england and afraid of new england's fans to institute that rule. saying this also does not, i would point out, amount to a refutation that Boston fans can be obnoxious or a claim that we're all saintly around here. clearly the chargers still made the decision they felt was best, knowing, i'm sure, the message it might send--but seeing it as the way to give the team the best chance to win and the hell with what we think. fine. but we can't be expected to like it, or think it's fair, or not say so.

anyway, i can't speak for everyone who visits the site, but i personally am not all that interested in an extended pissing match over this game now that it's over. what's done is done, and the debates and wouldacouldashouldas and criticisms are for san diego to sort out at this point, not us, imo.

charger fan

Fair enough. I don't think it is a case of being "afraid" however. More like a case of "leave us alone." That said, in a town like this, with great weather all-year round, the team needs to be good to draw and the Chargers's fan base is thin. Loyalty develops through extended success. We will see if what happens--they may think they need to can Schottenheimer to get the stadium financed..

I can't see NE losing in Indianapolis on Sunday, although I am sure that visions of a GW FG by Vinateri will haunt you all week. =)

Take care and good luck.

Dawn

omg. that Vinatieri comment by "charger fan" is about as good a subtle dig as they come! ;-) LOL! i've been saying since Sunday night that i would rather have lost in San Diego than to lose to the Colts in the AFC Champsionship game.

the only thing more disturbing than the idea of losing to The Best Foot Ever is the mental image given to me by a colleague: "What would you do if Peyton Manning became a Patriot?" i had to bleach my mind's eye after that one.

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