I predicted ~ elsewhere, obviously ~ that 2009's "Sexy" team ~ the Fish ~ would fall on their FACES. It was VERY foreseeable. *** NOW...when NOBODY is expecting anything of them...I am here to tell you, my fellow Yankees, that they are STRONG Final Four Contenders!! *** It seems to me that SEISMIC Teams ~ our own Patriots have fielded 2, recently: the 1994-1996 team, and the 2001-2003 team ~ have a STRONG tendency to have that one big Break Out Year...and then to take an HUGE step backward...before Recommencement. *** That's most of my Argument, gents, and I won't insult your intelligence by saying I have much more: We've all heard the term "Sophmore Slump". It's REAL. But the REASON behind it...is shrouded in Ignorance and Obscurity. Simply put: Most players, most coaches, most TEAMS...of POWERFUL Talent and Skill...tend to start off with a BIG step forward...and then...get...CHECKED. *** The FUNDAMENTALLY Great Ones, henceforth, ASSESS the lessons they've been taught by intermediate Failure...and APPLY what they've learned...and Follow Through with renewed and vigorous Excellence. *** THIS...is what I expect of the FISH...from whom ~ Coach Bill I's Step Off NotWithStanding ~ I expect a GIGANTIC leap forward, in Year 3...PRECISELY when NOBODY is expecting much. *Nolan is an HUGE Wild Card for them: I believe that their D is poised to ROCK!! They are Final Four Contenders, as I see it...and BIG rivals for the AFC East Crown.