. They must be the greatest, like, ever. Undefeated. Champions
of the AFC East. A division which, if you looked it up, actually had a
win-loss record of sorts:
Well, maybe not a great
win-loss record. As a division, I mean. But that doesn't matter. It's
not as if the teams in a typical
kill each other off or anything like that.
The Patriots are obviously a good team. I'm not trying to detract from
their accomplishment per se. It's just that I actually remember the
1972 Dolphins. Throughout that season, there was continual chatter
about the fact that they had drawn a relatively easy schedule. Look it
up. They had
In 1972 the Dolphins opponents W-L
[record] was 51-86.
Did they knock off all the sitting ducks? Yes. Were they really really
good? Yes. But were they the greatest NFL team ever to take the field
before the the 2007 New
Connecticut Maine Massachusetts
England Patriots? No.
The Green Bay Packers of 1962
were 13-1, well before the watered down era of the double-league Super
Bowl. The 1978
were 14-2 in a divison that makes the 2007 AFC
East look like college ball. And there are lots of people my age who
would give anything to see Bill Bellichic's pampered crew play a game
for all the marbles against Stabler's Raiders, Montana's Forty-Niners,
or Staubach's (or Aikman's) Cowboys.
The 2007 Patriots are a statistical anomaly, a strong team in an
incredibly weak division. Are they more than that? Probably not.
Probably, no team will ever be again. Not in an age when 80 to 90
percent of professional football players are multi-millionaire mama's
boys who would rather do their stagger-dance after a good play than
save their energy for a game-winning nod after the last second
on the clock ticks away. There are no more Chuck Bednariks and Jimmy Browns. Pity.
Speaking frankly? The Patriots annoy me. Their coach is an arrogant
creep. Their quarterback is a talented prettyboy who wouldn't make it
out of the locker-room onto the field past Bobby Layne
rest of the
team has talent but also way too many cheap-shot artists for any
organization that doesn't call itself the Oakland Raiders. The best? No
And if you think I'm being arbitrary, look again at the divisional
records. Do you really think the Patriots would have gone 16-0 if
they'd had to play Dallas, Philadelphia, and the Giants in their own
? Or all the
contenders in all the other non-AFC-East divisions twice
It remains to be seen if they win the Super Bowl. If they do, they're a
contender for all-time honors. But still not a shoo-in. You really
don't get to be a god just because you're from Boston.
Trust me on that. Even if you don't. Gods are one thing Boston is
remarkably short of. Just look at the way the Red
Tom Brady's worst nightmare
Anybody else who is pretty much sick of the 2007 Boston sports miracle
is free to post here. Their teams are overrated louts. If you disagree,
you're also free to post here. But you're louts. We know that a priori