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    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/070119

    Excerpt:
    Consider how the Patriots are getting it done. They operate under a vexing salary cap and don't outspend everyone. They don't have any self-promoting a-holes doing sack dances or touchdown dances, they haven't been whistled for any substance abuse violations, and as far as I can recall, not a single Patriot filmed a commercial this season. Since 2001, they've gone 70-28 in the regular season and 12-1 in the playoffs drafting in the bottom half of the first round and avoiding any big-money free agent signings except for Rosevelt Colvin. They consistently find rookie sleepers, craft inspired game plans, excel in close games and thrive on doing the Little Things. Out of those 12 playoff wins, at least six left the other team muttering, "Dammit, how did we blow that game?" Only once did the Patriots ever return the favor.

    On paper, I'm not sure how they're still chugging along. Their star quarterback has been pounded like Mick Foley in his prime. Their lead running back probably couldn't outsprint Eddy Curry to a hot dog truck. Their best receiver was unemployed three months ago. They don't have a single gamebreaker on the offensive side. They don't start a single top-15 draft pick except for Richard Seymour, who doubles as their only Pro Bowler. Their linebacking corps is slower than a dial-up modem connection. Their defensive leader, Rodney Harrison, is fighting to return from knee and shoulder damage, and if you know anything about the guy, he'll probably be in there on Sunday. They have a rookie kicker and two backups playing the safety spots. This team has no business winning a championship -- none -- and they're two victories away from No. 4.

    Now here's where a slight dose of hypocrisy comes in. We spend so much time complaining about underachieving superstars, overpaid and overhyped players, incompetent GMs, rookie flops, dreadful officiating, troublemakers, thugs, players and coaches doing/saying dumb things, bad trades and signings, annoying announcers and writers, and overrated teams getting too much credit -- by the way, I do as much complaining and mocking as anyone, I'm not absolving myself here -- that I'm starting to wonder if we'll ever fully embrace a special team anymore. Are we too cynical? Are we too desperate to poke fun at everything? Has being a "fan" morphed into something else? Has the fan-sports dynamic started to become a little unhealthy?
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    i like simmons but all yr he has been anti pats and their moves...one time he pickd us was against indy and we lost !
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    No Jersey Selected

    Please tell me that he has not picked us again. PLEASE!! :)
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    So the prodigal son returns. No longer the cheap team that's doomed because they won't spend big cash for receivers.:rolleyes:

    Oh well, get on the Bandwagon Bill, but keep it down OK, there's lots of real fans here.
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    These paragraphs really make you think....pause....pause.....pause....NOW, let's go kill the bastards!
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    Early season: "Pats were smart to not overpay Branch; he's a glorified possession receiver."

    Mid-season to end of regular season: "Pats screwed up by not paying Branch. They'll lose to Baltimore and Branch will make a bunch of big plays for Seattle."

    Now: "Waitasec..."

    I still like Simmons, but he's completely lost touch as a Pats fan.
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    To be fair there were a lot of Pats fans on here who questioned the FO's strategy regarding personnel and particularly WR's during midseason. The offense wasn't exactly playing smoothly.
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    My favorite part?


    "I can't believe how many readers predicted the following ending of the Pats-Colts game: Vinatieri shanks the game-winning field goal, rips off his jersey to reveal a Pats jersey, then runs across to the Pats sideline and jumps into Belichick's arms as Jim Nantz screams "Noooooooooo! Noooooooooo!" and Peyton Manning breaks out the greatest Manning Face of all-time. Would I sacrifice three months of my life for this to happen? Yeah, probably."

    Count me in! haha
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    Sorry:
    _____________
    "The Pick: Colts 31, Patrio ...

    (Wait a second ... if my life depended on this game, would I bet on Manning and Dungy over Belichick and Brady?)

    (Thinking ... )

    (Thinking ... )

    Patriots (+3) over COLTS
    Much better.

    The Pick: Pats 20, Colts 19."
    _____________

    Dammit, we were so close to that 4th SB Ring.
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    I am just going to say that it seems like Simmons hedged his pick and he actually has no idea who he thinks will win.

    Now I feel better.
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    Shoot! Hope this and the many articles on the local papers that casually mention that we will go to the SB does not jinx us.

    Thanks for the update.
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    At least he mentioned Merriman at the pep rally and the you tube video of it.

    I think a lot of people sent him that link, I know i did
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    Maybe not. In an article that Simmons wrote at the beginning of the season, he said that there have only been 3 times since he's worked at ESPN that he was scheduled to cover the superbowl well in advance. Those three times were 2001, 2003, and 2004. In that same article, he went on to say that he was scheduled to cover the superbowl again this year. 4 for 4 sounds good to me.
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    I also like that email sent by one reader that said something along the lines of:

    "It was so disrespectful for the Patriots to mock that dance that Shawn Merriman is known for. I mean, imagine if the Chargers had won and mocked Tom Brady's dance. Oh wait, Tom Brady doesn't have a dance because he's one of the classiest guys in the league"

    Did someone here write that by any chance? :D
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    Simmons: good writer, too many pop culture references, I liked him more when he was an unabashed homer. At least he was good at that.

    Excerpt to quibble with:

    How does the Colts worst in history run defense allowing 83 yards per game in the playoffs make any more sense than Jabar Gaffney averaging 10.5 catches? My guess: both trends will regress to the mean.

    Reason we're not like the Yankees: the salary cap. The Yankees go to war with nukes and B2 bombers; everyone else gets WWII surplus equipment. And yet they still find a way to lose most of the time.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2007
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    The very man who said we would lose to the Ravens in the Divisional round.

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