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Bill:
A tip 'o' the cap to the Pats for making it as fah as they did. No shame in how this season ended up all things considahed.

 

Doug:
Well, what I just can't undahstand is how yet again the "best" team in the NFL is going home early.

 

Bill:
Yep, "best" coach, "best" QB, "best" kickah, all scratchin' their asses wondering how the frig it happened.

 

Doug:
If it wasn't for the irksome annoyance of having to play these silly playoff games each January, the Colts would finally have the dynasty they so truly deserve.

 

Bill:
You've got to wondah how many yeahs in a row does this have to happen to Indy befoah someone steps up and says, "You know, this losing the big games thing isn't a fluke, isn't chance or bad breaks, but something inherently wrong somewhere in our organization and that something must be addressed"?

 

Doug:
I'd staht at Dungy and work down, but, hey, that's just me.

 

Bill:
So now that football and the Pats are off the top of the sports pages, how long you think it'll be before the Red Sox schedule a pressah to announce "something big"?

 

Doug:
I know. How long can they continue with the facade when we've can all plainly see what's going on …

 

Bill:
Absolutely. It's just like Brad Pitt Angelina Jolie … Reports of Theo clandestinely meeting with John Henry … Then Henry adopts the two orphan twins, Ben and Jed …

 


Bill:
Oh, I'm sure Lucky will find his own Vince Vaughn in time.

 

Comments

Re: "Start with Dungy and work down."

As Fred Thompson says in the Hunt For Red October, "Now it's up to you, Charlie, but you might consider cuttin' the kid a little slack."

You know, the guy's son offed himself 2-3 weeks ago.

Also, I'm surprised that today's strip didn't mine the uncanny parallel between the '05 Yankees and the '05 Patriots.

1) Ravaged by key injuries
2) Early to midway point of the season, the outlook was bleak.
3) Only by the team's determination, hard work and skill were they able to win the division and make the playoffs.

You know, the guy's son offed himself 2-3 weeks ago.

And in 2002, 2003, 2004, the guy's son didn't off himself, but same results for the Colts, eh?

Or were those just the "bad break" years and this was the year if only tragedy had not befallen Dungy?

I'm just asking...

Also, I'm surprised that today's strip didn't mine the uncanny parallel
between the '05 Yankees and the '05 Patriots.

Why would anyone tarnish a perfectly noble Patriots team by comparing them to team with such oafs as Giambi and Sheffield?

Giambi combacks from cheating and nearly killing himself with steroids. Bruschi comes back from a stroke and then surgery to repair a hole in his heart.

I can see how they are a lot alike.

And there's Tom Brady who is willing to take less salary in order to sign/keep ohter key players on the team.

You're right, just like A-Rod that is.

2005 Patriots were more like the 2001 Yankees (which, of course, were sans Mr. Rod & Mr. Roid).

Both had won 3 out of 4 consecutive championships.

Both eventually ran out of luck, but neither left their fans bitterly disappointed, just longing for what coulda/shoulda been (as fans always do).

When you root for a team that goes on a dynasty run like these clubs did, you appreciate the championship years even more, and can more graciously accept the years when your team falls short.

So what's the impending "something big" on Yawkey Way? Theo's returning to play shawtstop and centah? Can't be worse than whatcha got now.

The Colts' loss certainly added some joy to the weekend. I was really feeling down and out after Roethlisberger, Bettis, and Harper did their own version of Pisarcik, Csonka, and Herman Edwards. Come to thing of it, Harper was also doing a good impression of Irving Fryer with his wife slicing him with a knife. Does this mean Harper is up for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in this year's playoffs?

Theo's returning to play shawtstop and centah? Can't be worse than whatcha got now.

Heh. Pot, Kettle, line 2.

Hey, Kettles, long time. What's that? Theo is a better ballplayer than Jeter and Damon? I thinks Mr. Kett's been smoking lot o'pots. You boiling mad funny. Thanks for the call.

Again, with the lack of respect by the media, we have Bruschi being asked (in the locker room after the loss!) "is this the end of the Pats being able to win? do you plan on sucking next year?".

I don't recall any other "Dynasty" in the NFL winning Super Bowls every year...so what's with all the hate? They'll just come back next year and dominate everything (while everyone talks about Indy) and the Dynasty will continue.

Also, DenverSoxFan, I wouldn't gloat. You didn't predict that the Pats would *give* Denver the win. Denver did absolutely nothing to guarantee its success in that game. 24 points came from Pats stupidity, 7 of those from a blown fumble/touchback call and another 7 came from a blown pass interference call. Pats had over 400 total yards, Denver was kept to under 100 yards rushing, and Pats were given over 4x the penalty yards (most of that from the interference call that never happened).

Between the officiating Saturday and the Indy/Steelers game, I swear someone got paid off to see Indy into the next round and the Pats out.

I'm surprised that today's strip didn't mine the uncanny parallel between the '04 Yankees and the '04 Patriots. They both dominated in the playoffs. Oh, wait, that's not true.

Ah, it never gets old.

Hey, Kettles, long time. What's that? Theo is a better ballplayer than Jeter and Damon?

I don't know about Theo, but I do know that just about anyone with a starting SS job in the majors is better than Jeter, and has been for years.

And if you think Bernie Williams in center is an acceptable solution, or has been (emphasis on "has been") for the past three or four years, well, I'll give up trying to talk to you now because you're speaking your own brand of moron. We Sox fans know all about Damon's girly arm and bad routes hampering his range, which is why, despite a few loud, irrational wailing and gnashing of teeth, the overall reaction in baseball land to the Damon signing has been "meh".

Oh man, at least we're spared the prima donna Manning claiming to be "a good teammate" while throwing his O-line under a bus for 'protection issues' instead of owning up to the fact that he (again) just didn't get it done.... can't imagine Tek or Brady doing that...

come now hb, "oafs," "greedy A-Rod" and all other diversionary insults notwithstanding, you still didn't invalidate my analogy. As always, high marks for the creative insults. And you brought up "bad breaks": Are you arguing that random "outliers" don't happen? Dent? Buckner?

Pond, I come to this site to avoid the obvious Red Sox fan reactions...but then you bring up '04, when for close to a century Red Sox fans complained about Yankees fans and their propensity to....talk about the past.

Repeat after me: You're only as good as your last performance.

Aw fuck it. This is depressing

Jason O.: I have to disagree. You're not 'only as good as your last win'. Consistent excellence is a great thing all by itself. That is the how you differentiate a fan from a bandwagon jumper - digging on your guys even when they lose. We didn't hate the Spankees for talking about the past per se, but for having that past at all and rubbing it in our also-ran faces.

Switching gears to on topic: no disrespect to Tom Brady, 'cause we know he hates that, but was my man missing a lot of receivers who were mad open? Sure, it is possible that 5 different guys ran the wrong routes or something, but the QB can't adjust when a receiver has 4-5 steps on any coverage?

Random outliers certainly do happen, but, even with the Red Sox history, the crazy stuff occurred decades apart, not 3 seasons in a row. (And if I recall, I never heard Buckner, Schiraldi, Stanley et al, after losing to the Mets either 1) blame any of their teammates or 2) Make disparging statements like "we didn't get beat, we gave it away" or "the best team didn't win" as Indy players have done consistently the past couple of seasons.)

And if you want to look at Manning in isolation, his inability to step up in the big games goes all the way back to his 0-fers with Tenn v. Florida coming up in a loss every time.

Meanwhile, can't you leave the Yankees out of it and just let me enjoy hating on the Colts?

There's plenty of time to hate your guys the rest of the year.

And I stand behind my original assertion: The Patriots as a team and individually have so much more class than the 2005 Yankees, that I cannot abide any comparisons between the two.

Feel free to engage in that sort of moral relativism on your own. :)

I feel sympathy toward Dungy.

HB, make no mistake re hating the Colts:

As an ex-Vanderbilt Commodore, nothing delights me more than capping a football season when Vandy got the W against Tennessee with seeing their golden boy take over the mantle from Dan Marino as the permanent "Phil Mickelson award" NFL underachiever of all time.

At least Marino was considered to be a tough player who lacked the supporting cast. Peyton is an obvious wuss, but if you're named after a 1960's prime-time soap opera, what can you expect? That's almost as bad as a "boy named Sue."

"Also, I'm surprised that today's strip didn't mine the uncanny parallel between the '05 Yankees and the '05 Patriots.

1) Ravaged by key injuries
2) Early to midway point of the season, the outlook was bleak.
3) Only by the team's determination, hard work and skill were they able to win the division and make the playoffs."

You're forgetting the key difference between the '05 Yankees and the Pats : the Yanks had a $75mm payroll advantage. The Pats, OTOH, have accomplished everything in a league with a salary cap...so their run is far more impressive.

I have to say, even though Peyton says some dumb things (like throwing his offensive line under the bus after yesterday's game), I don't like Pats fans trashing the Colts. Yeah, I know the national media overrates them, but I think Pats fans knocking Indy sound a little too much like MFY fans talking about the Sox pre-2004. Plus, I feel sorry for Dungy...not that winning a couple playoff games would ever come close to compensating for the loss of his son, but he really doesn't need additional pain right now.

Jason: didn't mean any disrespect. As I understand the Yankee-Red Sox fan rivalry, you say 26, we say 2004, then we see who can piss the farthest and buy each other a beer. Besides, on Saturday morning I was telling people that it would be Skins, Pats, Colts, and Bears, so I am clearly not qualified to talk about football.

Everyone knows why Indianaplis will never win a Super Bowl. It's the Curse of Eddie (or Steve Guttenberg if you prefer) ... Ever since they moved from Baltimore, the ghosts of Eddie and other die-hard Colts fans have haunted the franchise and stopped Peyton Manning and his buddies from winning the big one. Look at all the bad luck that hits them every year. You can read all about it in my next book. "The wedding is off. The curse of Eddie and the Indianaplis Colts." Available at a discount for all you loyal soxaholix readers...

What a great weekend. Pats lose badly, Celts lose in triple overtime, Bruins dog it again. Let's talk about me.

H.B.:

Way off topic but being a fellow Squeezeaholic, I thought you'd appreciate this: Both Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford are touring the northeast U.S. in late February/early March. I was a club in New Haven, CT (Cafe Nine) late December and both guys are playing acoustic solo sets at the same club a week apart! I imagine Boston gigs would be around the same time.

Not sure if you've ever seen Tilbrook's solo set but I witnessed an amazing performance by him at House of Blues a few years ago. I hope shows by either one down by my neck of the woods transpire on this tour.

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