What a surprise. What a total surprise!
First of all, congratulations to the Phish. They played their hearts out in a a hell of game for them. Represents their whole season. Too bad it was such a futile gesture. The swan song of a dying Defense. The front seven is all in their mid thirties, and unsigned for next season. Bye Kevin Carter, Vince Holiday and Truck Traylor; age is breaking up the old gang. Remember all those Super bowls that you (didn't) win.
The Patriots lost in Miami and the world as we know it has come to an end. The "Chicken Littles" have emerged from the hen house, and are crowing with abandon.
Fact is Miami always plays us tough at their house. Fact is their record is 6-7 and ours is 9-4. They are out of the playoffs; futile gestures aside, we continued our advance to the tournament.
Fact is no harm no foul. The Pats continued their march to the playoffs. The Jets folded against the Bills, so we are closing in on the AFCE title. Up two games with three to play. Thats progress since before the game the situation was up two with four to play.
The only thing some of you seem to notice is when things went wrong. Fact is the Defense played a very good game. Despite the losses of personnel to injuries, the D showed it still a playoff caliber D.
It was just one of those days. Nothing seemed to go right. Like the day the Pats were shutout in Buffalo 31-0 in one of our Super bowl runs. And it has about the same significance. Z-E-R-O. N-A-D-A, Zilch.
When it rains it pours. For example, I just loved the roughing the Passer call against Wilfork. It brought a drive back to life after 3rd and failure outside FG range. After the penalty the Phish began their drive again, and eventually scored. Typical day.
Harrington stubbed his toe after kicking Vince in the head as he lay on the ground. But since the defender's head hit a portion of a QBs body, (by acting like a football being kicked), its a penalty on the Defense instead of Unsportsmanlike Conduct for kicking a player in the head. Seems to me Albert Haynesworth got a four game suspension for kicking a guy in the head. Typical day.
Contrary to popular opinion, even on Offense there were a few bright spots. Cory Dillon had a very good game. He has demonstrated that he is not finished and incapable of carrying the team on his shoulders in the event that LM isn't available. Bodes well. Faulk also showed age, hasn't slowed him either. The offense rolled up 123 yards on the ground against a very good run Defense, even when the passing game was next to helpless.
I thought I even saw wRONg Borges start to crow! The Chicken Littles will gladly provide you plenty of room to practice your crock-a-doodle-doo-doo!