To understand where you’re going you must understand where you have been. I wrote a couple weeks back in my Old School vs New School Pats logo debate about the Pats building of a dynasty I walked us through the torrid past. But now we’re looking ahead to the future, to the Giants and the quest for perfection.
Last night we headed out to The Vine where the Pats fans of AZ were having a rally. At this rally we met a lot of Pats fans and surprisingly a lot were Boston folks out for the Super Bowl. Not Brad though. No, our new friend Brad from New Orleans was the master of ceremonies of the Pats Voodoo Party.
After the burning of the jersey and the decapitation of Eli, we hung and and shot the shit with our fellow fans. There wasn’t one person there that thought the Pats would lose the game. In fact there were girls selling “19-0″ bumper stickers. So just like Mumbles Menino planning the Super Bowl parade, we told these girls that they were jinxing things. Of course their reply was, “You can pay $5 today, or $20 tomorrow after they win it all.” You have to love the confidence.
The bottom line on this entire game is the Pats can’t lose. Giving Bill two weeks to dissect an opponent that you’ve already played twice (one preseason, on regular season) and having a team full of guys that know, if I don’t do my job, I could jeopardize my team’s chances of winning, we all should be confident as well.
Junior was being interviewed on Thursday and a reporter asked him, “Are you excited about Sunday?” Junior looked at him and said, “I’m excited for practice today.” This team is never looking ahead too far. He went on to talk about the coaching staff lays out all their assignments and everyone knows what they have to do. Do what is asked and chances are you’ll win the game.
Most everyone is expecting the return of old Eli Manning, myself included. I’m sorry, and no offense to the NFC but he’s been playing against JV opponents and now he’s going to play the All State Varsity team. The concensus at the bar last night was Eli throws 2-3 picks, I’m of the school of 3. And our new friend Annie said that Eli gets both his legs broken. This from the same girl that wants to find the Giants hotel last night and pull the fire alarm, all night to mess with their heads. It’s amazing the Chargers fans despise Eli more that Pats fans hate Peyton or Eli.
So we’ve established that the Pats defense is going to beat up the Giants. In addition to the picks I think the linebackers are going to have a fun time stuffing the run and when they decide to go to the air, that’s when the Pats get the picks and the sacks. “Down goes Eli, Down goes Eli!!”
Our offense learned their lesson after the week 17 game and with the dome weather as an added bonus the Pats should be able to air it out without a problem. Look for Moss to be a big part of the game despite the double coverage he respects. I say TD Tommy gets him at least two TD passes. As for Welker, I see him burning up the underneath and putting up 100+ yards. So that begs the question, what about Maroney, Faulk and the running game?
Big Jeff was telling me that teammates put diapers in front of his locker telling him to sack up and start playing like a man. Well, I’m guessing that was recently because he’s played like a man possessed during the playoffs. I look for that to continue today with him pounding it out for at least 100+ yards and Faulk being the unsung hero on third down playing a big role in the offense.
How does it all play out on the field, well given all my previous notes about picks, sacks and offensive juggernauts you can guess I’m not from the Plexiglass Burress school of thought. I see that Pats rocking the Giants to the tune of 56-20. The only reason I give the Giants 20 is that in the fourth quarter I think Eli puts up a garbage time touchdown. Like “John Elway” in my favorite Simpsons episode.
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On to victory, on to immortality. Back tomorrow with a recap. Go Pats and Fuck the Giants!!!