Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A couple of last thoughts on the Super Bowl, now that I have the perspective of a couple of days since the big loss.

Is this the worst loss in New England sports history? There are four obvious candidates: the Bucky Dent loss to the Yankees in the 1978 AL East playoff; World Series Game 6 against the Mets in 1986; ALCS Game 7 against the Yankees in 2003 and Sunday's Patriots loss.

My opinion? The Super Bowl loss was the worst. While the three Red Sox losses relied on some flukey event like Dent's windblown pop-up homer, the grounder through Bill Buckner's legs or Grady Little's brain fart, the Pats loss was a serious breakdown in many phases of the game. Coaching, offense (especially the offensive line), defense (on the last drive) all didn't play up to what we expect from the Patriots. Add to that the fact that the Giants played the game of their lives and you end up with the end of the quest for the perfect season.

I spoke to a lot of people Monday and it was funny, almost every one I spoke to mentioned Belichick's hoodie. Where was the regular grey hoodie? He wore this red thing instead. I think people thought it screwed up the karma or something. Let's just say I don't think they'll be selling too many of those at the Pro Shop.


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