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    America's Game: 2001, 34:40 into it.

    Just before Super Bowl 36 when the Pats are in the tunnel waiting to storm the field. Brady was going NUTS, grabbing Drew and yelling "Didn't I tell you I was going to get you there!" and other stuff like that to the point where Drew was laughing nervously. And then Willie Mac turned around and saw it and calmly grabbed Brady, put his helmet against his and talked to him for a few moments. Within 5 seconds Brady looked calm and focussed and ready to take the field.

    I don't think that was a turning point or anything, but I would love to know what Willie said to him. I imagine it's something like, "Listen young fella, we deserve to be here, and you've brought us this far. Just do what you've been doing all season, and we're gonna be champs. Alright? Let's go."

    I would pay $4275 USD to know what he really said. Anyway, everytime I watch that (which is almost weekly), I get pumped and feel much love for Willie.
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    i dont know if you want to turn this into a "your favorite pats moment" thread, but mine is...

    super bowl xxxvi, brady spikes the ball with 7 seconds left, and holds it perfectly in the air. i get chills every time i see that
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    Sure, that's cool.


    I love that too. But the BEST spike in NFL history was Brady's tumbling Rathman-like monster spike after the TD in the snow bowl.
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    My favorite is the snowplow game. When Shula is going apoplectic. His arguing with the ref to put the snow back was priceless.
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    Hey PJ, what ever happened to "X weeks down, X weeks to go?" I miss it, personally.
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    Tough choice, but the moment I keep coming back to is...
    " Choosing to be introduced as a team, The New England Patriots...".
    Unprecedented at the time, and especially how they capitalized on what was originally an error earlier that season, turning it into something that's defined them ever since. Still gives me chills.
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    Thanks. I missed a Sunday because I was in Bali and then I just felt overwhelmed by the whole spycrapgate. I've actually been feeling guilty about it, because I hate not following through with something. Maybe I'll bring it back by unpopular demand. :)
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    Yep, that's an awesome one, too. That four hours or so was some of the most emotional time of my life.
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    my favorite pats moment is the next one, the next one is my favorite.
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    PJ,
    I actually missed that game because it was during my 2nd year of residency and I could not get off call. In fact, I was in the OR for most of the game, but was able to get out just as Madden made his "maybe the Patriots should just kneel down and take this to overtime" comment.
    I went home the next morning and watched much of the video tape and was emotional but nothing like seeing it live.
    The coming out as a team thing was simply awesome. It still gives me chills. That team's accomplishment changed the way people approach the SB. Up until then, the dominant team almost always DOMINATED that game...the 2001 Patriots changed all of that.
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    Thanks PJ for starting a post on something other than you know what. I'm so sick of the whole thing and think it's time for us to move on.

    I was at the Cincinnati game when they first came out as a team and little did I know I was witnessing history. I really miss the innocence of that season. Things seem so different now. Not bad different, just different. 2001 will always be my favorite.
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    Are you talking about the Cincy game (season opener 2001)? I went to that game also...little did I know what the next few weeks would bring.
    I was post-call and up for 36hours...got home and showered...then grabbed some chipotle and UDF chocolate shake on my way to the game. The simple life (premarriage) was great...
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    He said, "Tom, tonight a dynasty begins."

    My address is, oh wait. Send me an email and I'll send my address.
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    It was so great, wasn't it? I remember when they won the game to put them at 5-5, and I stood up at the Sports Club and yelled "The New England Patriots are .500! Hell yeah!" And I wasn't trying to be sarcastic...when was the last time they had been playing .500 ball? I was genuinely happy.

    I love that our team is competing for the Super Bowl every year, but it was pure joy to just be hoping for a playoff game and winning the Super Bowl in 2001.
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    I thought we lost the Cincy game to start the year 0-1?
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    It was. I was refering to CPF's comments about the season as a whole.
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    Yes I am. I worked with a guy that had season tickets. He knew I was a huge Pats fan so he ditched his wife and took me :) We were on the 20 on the Bengals side about 20 rows up from the field.

    Yes it was awesome. After so many years and a few close calls. I'll never forget that feeling of coming about 6 feet off the couch when they won the big one.
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    Not to put a damper on the moment, but they lost the game that made them 5-5 (the game against the Rams). They got to .500 two weeks before, against the Falcons.
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    I was around the 40yd line....maybe 30-40rows up. I was sitting just behind the TE/WR McGee's mom. I got a glare when I yelled after a close sideline catch he had.
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    Whenever I watch the game and Bobby Hamilton cries at the end, I cry too; not as much as I used to, as time goes by. I've also cried at the end of the last 2 seasons, but for an entirely different reason.

    God-damn it; or, better still, damn you God.
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    Ok, maybe it was when they hit 4-4 that I yelled that. I was going to say it was the Falcons game but I didn't feel like looking it up.

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    One of my favorite is Brady side stepping Urlacher.

    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
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    That is one of mine as well.

    My other favorite is when Willie (I think) hauls down Warner after chasing him all over creation. He lays on the ground and extends both arms straight up in the air. That is another moment that just seemed to freeze in time on that great night.
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    My favorite Pats moment changes but I'd have to say the 1986 AFC Championship game win against the Fish. It was the fist time I was proud to be a Pats fan. I watched all the sports highlights there was on at the time. I have the game on disk and still love to watch it.
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    Ty Law's pick for a TD against the Rams in SB36 is way, way up there for me as far as this era. It was at that moment that I finally convinced myself we were going to win.

    Willie Mac's tackle at the goal line in the 2003 regular season Colts game at Indy is also a favorite.
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    Three off the top of my head:
    1. The '02 SB Brady takes the ball with 1:23 left (Madden say we should play for overtime) We march down crisply and Vienatary kicks the winning field goal. All the years of bad luck, bad owners bad coaches, and disapointments gone as the ball crosses the goal post. Redemption for 28 years of watching the Pats through thick and thin.

    2.The Miami game back in '03 or '04 it goes into overtime Mare' misses a field goal to win. We take over Brady roles out to his Left and throws a bomb to T.Brown for a TD to win the game. BB throws his head phones in the air and almost gets hit in the head by them.

    3.1976 We destroy Oakland ahh 46 to 13? not sure of the finale score. Of course that season ended with Ben Dryth.........No need to go any farther.
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    My favorite Pats moment lasted only 15 seconds before turning to dust, but the sheer hysteria of that moment.....I can still feel it.

    It was the called-back fumble recovery-TD by Tebucky Jones in SB36.

    Sometimes, there is a player you just latch onto and root for through thick and thin even though he might not be the star. For me, those guys have been Bob Windsor (whose game winning TD against the Vikes at the Met in '74 began my Patfandom), Mini Mack Herron (to the younger folks - - I cannot describe how electric that guy was), Bill Lenkaitis (guy became an MD fer cryin' out loud), Mosi Tatupu (before it was cool) and Jimmy Hitch**** (because he was a very good player and never deserved much of the early crap he got from Parcells and the fans).

    But then the Pats drafted Tebucky Jones out of Syracuse. This guy had great physical talent and had survived a terribly dangerous childhood on the wrong side of Hartford. But more than anything he became a symbol of the Old Guard Boston Sportswriter hatred for Bob Kraft. Before being drafted, Kraft evidently went along with the scouts to watch Tebucky workout. The story goes that he held a watch to time Tebucky run the 40. That was all we would hear for the next few years from McDonough and Borges and Shaughnessy and Mannix, etc. The arrogant "Amos Alonzo Kraft" and that bust he forced the team to draft named Tebucky Jones. Through the personal vitriol of the failed attempt to build a Pats stadium in Southie, this was all we heard.

    Jones DID have a rough first few years with the Pats and was considered a bust. To me that was NOT his fault, however. TJ was big and a vicious hitter, but Pete Carroll was convinced, becase of his great talent and speed, he could turn him into a shutdown cornerback to defend against some of the big AFC East WR's like Keyshawn Johnson. Jones was talented, but he wasn't THAT talented to turn 6'2" 225 into a shutdown CB.

    Long story short, BB came in and put him back where he belonged at Safety. When the Patrots were struggling to pull off the greatest upset in SB history, here come the St Louis Rams on a 4th and goal to get back into the game. Mind you, this was before the SB wins, before the Sox of 2004 and 2007. You know what the mindset was at that point. The pats had the lead, but they were beginning to crack. And they were up against The Greatest Show on Turf, after all.

    Everyone has seen the play. It never counted. But I can tell you, for those fifteen seconds, not only WHAT was happening, but the glory of WHO was flying that ball 99 yards to what seemed like the Promised Land was a moment I can still feel. If you watch some of the highlight DVD's from that game, watch the slo mo shots from the endzone he is heading for. Look at the Patriots sideline behind him as he runs. Watch the Christmas morning looks of disbelief on the faces of the leaping players, coaches and personnel. My son was only six months old and sleeping upstairs so my muted shrieking and jumping absolutely cracked my wife up, then she begged me to stop since even that was beginning to wake him up.

    The Patriots. My team that I can remember back in the 70's everyone looking at as if it was some cheap expansion squad (it was). The HOME team that even the Needham IHOP didn't have those little plastic football helmet souvenirs for that they gave out to the kids back then. Oh sure, I had plenty of Steelers, Cowboys, Dolphins, everybody really. But no Pats. When you're 9 years old, something like that riles you.

    And here was Pat Summerall and John Madden (Pat Sumerrall and John Madden!!!!) on CBS (their last year there - - the network that had always symbolized, back then, NFC power, history and superiority) calling what would have been the CROWNING moment of the Patriots ascension to legitimacy. And the guy doing it was the bust that "Amos Alonzo Kraft" had timed with the stopwatch.

    Hysterical.

    (.......and then, you know the rest).
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    Best spike in history, and I don't think any spike will ever come close.
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