Sunday, February 3, 2008
I feel like I've just been punched in the stomach! I haven't had this feeling since Aaron Boone's homerun in game 7 of the 2003 pennant! The difference here is that in 2003 the Yanks were supposed to win...and did. Here, the Pats were supposed to win hugely, and they choked! I realize that the majority of America is cheering tonight (not counting Vegas who had the Pats winning by 14). I realize that the underdog won, and that's a story people love to hear. I grew up a Mississippi State fan...I was taught to love the underdog at a VERY early age. It's actually that underdog status that made me a Red Sox fan and then a Patriots fan. Many in America don't remember Boston sports before the reign of the Pats and Sox. New Englanders (and I) do! We're back to receiving that below the belt sucker-punch right at the point where we start believing something great is about to happen. We're back to uttering those words we hate so much yet use entirely too often, "There's always next year." I hear Angry Bob in my head saying, "It's ovah! OVA-OVAH!" Unfortunately, he's right. The single flaw on a perfect season. The Pats will go down in history not as the only team to go 18-0, but as the team that blew the Super Bowl to the fifth seated, Wild Card, New Freakin' York Giants. So, no, Boston sports haters...we can't win 'em all. Eli deserves credit...he played a great game. The Giants' defense was too much for our offense, and you can't win games when you can't score. Patriots fans, as you wipe your tear-streaked face, remember that we'll get 'em next year! And until then... Go Celtics and Sox!