1) On behalf of the dopes and mods, I'd like to thank everyone for their amazing and generous support in this year's Jimmy Fund drive. SoSH raised over $74K this year eclipsing our previous record of $53K in 2004. Great job!
2) We're going to be doing our best to try and clean up the Pats forum during the rest of the season. This includes both the general football area and the game threads. If your post gets deleted, you now know why.
As for the Pats, a few weeks ago one of the guys I tailgate with had a great point. He said, "This is the team we have always wanted." His quote rings in my head each week. This really is the team we have always wanted. Yeah, they've looked like they have taken a step back over the past few weeks, but you aren't going to win each game by 22. From here on out, you are going to get your opponent's best shot every week. As it was repeated ad nauseum during the MNF broadcast, that game was the Ravens' Super Bowl. They had nothing left to play for.
As cliched as it is, in this age of the salary cap and parity, any NFL team can beat any other on "any given Sunday." I'm not so concerned about 19-0; I just want the Pats to be in a position to win on February 3rd. This is all any reasonable football fan can ask for.
While the Pats were finding victory in the depths of certain defeat, I kept asking myself if the 2007 Pats were a team of destiny. In Back to the Future, George McFly tells Lorraine:
Team of destiny? This remains to be seen. One thing for sure is that there is a lot of density, entitlement and whining in these game threads. I expect that to continue. Where else can the denizens of Al Gore's internet go to feel better about themselves when their undefeated football team starts to show any signs of slippage? Again, most Pats fans don't appreciate how good we have it right now.
Yes. Yes. I'm George, George McFly. I'm your density. I mean... your destiny.
The road to the Super Bowl continues on Sunday against the talented Pittsburgh Steelers. Hopefully in this game, the Pats will find ways to improve as the playoffs near.
Roads? Where we're going we don't need.... roads.