Yet More Random Tuesday Thoughts

If any of you are good with audio/video merging, I’d like a “2007 Patriots Failure Montage” set to this performance of “Vesti La Giubba”, which, like “O Fortuna”, you all should know, even if you don’t know you know it.

Bonus points for syncing:

  1. Tom Brady’s laughing about Plaxico Burress’s ultimately correct prediction about the Patriots’ offensive output with “Ridi Pagliaccio” at 2:07 or so of the video (This is also where you be going “Oh yeah, I DO know that song!”), and
  2. Big Babychick Bill Belichick shoving the referee aside when there was still time to be played with the crying that begins at about 3:25


As regards the lack of a weekly update, not much really happened, and I was too amped up from the Super Bowl to really make an update anyway. They’ll continue next week, don’t worry.



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    • James on February 6, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    While there’s no question New York, Boston and Dallas have the world’s most obnoxious sports fans, it’s interesting to try to predict next season–and hopefully some new teams *ahem, Denver* will rise to the cream of the crop. Indy appears to be fading, New England is getting older and let’s face it, the Giants this year were really a fluke that got hot at the right time (like, uh, the Rockies).

    Realistically, there’s a shot that Jacksonville, Dallas (ugh), Washington and Philly may all have solid squads. Despite being doormats for the last few years, expect something out of the Dolphins too.

    • Your favorite Aunt on February 6, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    The “most obnoxious sports fans”? And “fluke”s? Hmmmm. I think I remember getting an e-mail from James saying he was rooting for the Giants and then I read that he’s traded sides. Hey, at least I pick one team and stick with them. But enough about football now – the season’s over (unless you count the Pro Bowl as “real”). I will watch NFL Replay of the game and smile and put it behind me for another season.

    • emptyeye on February 6, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I would argue that the 2001 Patriots were also a “Fluke that got hot at the right time”, even moreso than this years Giants. Instead, it was the start of a dynasty, that I insist should have never happened to begin with.

    Anyway, I read an interesting article today that basically posited that what most see as “Parity” is actually a growing gap between the best and worst teams. That which teams these are change with each year isn’t really central to the argument–that teams, particularly the Patriots, are actually more likely to rack up huge amounts of wins than they were, say, 10 years ago. To wit: The Pats played 6 games in the AFC East, which was an awful division this year–the teams in it that weren’t the Pats won a total of six non-guaranteed games (By which I mean “non-divisional games; even in the awful AFC East, when two teams in the same division play, one of them almost has to win). So basically, even discounting the postseason, 16-0 looks really good, but isn’t as impressive as, say, the ’85 Bears 15-1 campaign.

    • James on February 7, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Haha! I said I wouldn’t mind seeing the Giants win (which I didn’t) because I like the underdog–as for the fluke thing, we’ll have to wait until next year :) Since I’m in Colorado, my rooting interests are now the Broncos (fat chance there).

    And I agree with Marc on the 2001 Patriots–the fluke not being that they won two mroe super bowls but had Bledsoe stayed healthy, they probably wouldn’t have won squat, no so much becuase of Tom Brady but because opposing defenses knew how to play Bledsoe.

    I think this year’s Pats team was a fluke too–after mid-season, the games they won got closer and closer and they never excelled in the playoffs (also: Mora is back coaching in Seattle, baby! PLAYOFFS!!?) The Bills are rising in the AFC east, which may take some time but they appear to be on the right track. The Jets and Dolphins… well, the Dolphins have some good players. Maybe they can combine to be one team?

    And Marc, I know you’re still bitter about the “tuck rule”. I would be too, the most infamous blown call in the history of the NFL.

    • Silver on February 7, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    *Notice that most of football fans have never really played the game. Commenting on it, however, makes them annoying. But then again, ESPN wouldn’t have any programs if there weren’t guys like you out there.

    I agree with “Favorite Aunt.” Season’s over and done with. Now, when’s baseball back. Or better yet, how about soccer and those announcers. I never fell asleep listening to soccer announcers. hell, everytime a team scored, i’m yelling, “GOOOOOOOOALLLLLLLLL!!!!” Not asleep on the couch . . .
    Just some food for thought.

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