We New England fans barely have any time to rest this week. No sooner has the dust settled on the Red Sox World Series victory than we have to begin gearing up for an apocalyptic showdown between the Colts and the Patriots this Sunday in Indianapolis.
I've been mostly focused on the Red Sox here, but there has been a whole world of Patriots activity in the meantime. And you're going to start hearing a lot more about this stuff from me here, starting now. (I know I said I was taking the rest of the week off from blogging. So let's call this an exception.)
To kick things off, here's my post on state of the the Colts-Pats rivalry in 2007 over at MVN. Stay tuned over here for much more profanity-laced elaborations on same.
ETA: Kristen has also since written a pretty spectacular rantblog of her own:
As both Beth and Eric Wilbur point out, no one accused the Colts of running up the score the season Peyton Manning broke Dan Marion's single-season touchdown record. And the claim very clearly could have been made. No one suggested that perhaps someone should hit Peyton Manning "in the mouth" to get him to stop scoring so many points. No one claimed that, by scoring so many points and beating opponents so badly, the Colts were somehow disrespecting the game. I mean, seriously, are we really talking about this? Are we really claiming that the Patriots are bad people and bad for football because they can score 52 points on the league's third rated defense, and, you know, probably kick puppies and steal candy from children? Are we really talking about this?
I wrote to her last night, on the Pats email chain we have going, "on the bright side, there's a certain glory to being a righteously indignant, pissed-off Pats fan, isn't there? I mean, it is FUCKING ON this sunday in Indy. What little energy I have left after the sox last week, I am wanting to use to head-butt people over the Pats...
"i wish I could hear what Tedy Bruschi is saying to his teammates about this behind closed doors. and Rodney Harrison. Rodney must be preachin'.
"I'm completely hopped up on sports again."
Even further required reading on Pats / Colts:
Cold, Hard Football Facts (my favorite football website) dug out the skeletons in the closet of many of those complaining about the Patriots--
The famous undefeated Dolphins didn't even throw a single dry bone to the pathetic Patriots (who went 3-11) that year. In fact, Miami reserved its biggest beating for its northern rivals: the Dolphins won, 52-0.There is no "running up the score" in professional football, folks, just as there is no crying in baseball.
But you better be careful what you bitch about. Because there are always skeletons in the closet.
Unlike most of our national football "experts", meanwhile, CHFF could also be bothered to give us a fantastic technical analysis of the Brady / Manning rivalry, going over in exquisite detail exactly why "Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback rivalry ... ever."