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    Playoff Rooting Interests

    At the most "micro" level, in the absence of a specific team-rooting interest, I root that the game I am watching will go into overtime, just because I enjoy watching football. Moving up from that micro level, I follow Pesky's Pole comment above regarding rooting for the underdog. Continuing...
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    AFC Playoff Chase

    Just to expand on your point about a scenario in which a tie gets both the Jags and the Titans into the playoffs, here is a version (may or may not be the only one) that reaches such a conclusion. In Week 17: Titans over Cowboys, Jags over Texans, Patriots over Dolphins, Steelers over Ravens...
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    AFC Playoff Chase

    Indeed, that was the hyperlinked reference in my post, and actually the inspiration for me to invest some energy in the NFL Playoff Machine. Thanks for having responded (I post rarely and always with some trepidation)!
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    AFC Playoff Chase

    Regarding Titans/Jags as the final week SNF game, I am wondering whether a scenario can be constructed - I've munched around for a while with the NFL Playoff Machine, but haven't achieved the scenario I'm about to describe (my colleagues here with more smarts and/or more time might do better) -...
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    How interested are you in the Red Sox at this point?

    My wife and I retired nearly ten years ago to live in Baltimore, a five-minute walk from our three bio-grandchildren, after having lived in Denver for the prior 33 years, in turn after having spent our first 33 years in Boston/Framingham. One of my fondest memories is my father, of blessed...
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    The Grim Reapers in the on deck circle...

    Mike Gorman's passing, if before my own, would freak me out, as we both were in the 1965 graduating class of Boston Latin School (once upon a time, the vast majority of obituaries that I would read pertained to people older than I). We were never in the same cohort (there were four academic...
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    Will you be watching the World Series?

    I probably will watch any "elimination games" plus pieces of other games when they don't conflict with the various TV shows that my wife and I share. I'm barely old enough to remember the Boston Braves, and I identify Jim Britt more with Candlepin Bowling ("Fun for All Ages") than with...
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    Let's say BB stays on until he retires. What does that mean for the franchise?

    I'd like to offer some commentary "from the other side of the story," i.e. I am someone who is in the trajectory of losing his fastball at age 74, which is nearly nine years into my retirement. First, there is nothing intrinsically wrong about losing mental acuity, but there is a responsibility...
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    When The Patriots Were The Punch Line - Alternative Title: Be Grateful, You Have No Frigging Idea How Bad They Once Were

    Thanks, Buck, for de-confusing me as regards White Stadium. ...and you and I do concur that JL65 is among "The Best and the Brightest" on this board!
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    When The Patriots Were The Punch Line - Alternative Title: Be Grateful, You Have No Frigging Idea How Bad They Once Were

    Like many others here, I am in awe of jacklamabe65's story-telling talent and very appreciative of his topic-choice, as my 74 year old brain often has clearer memories of childhood events than of what I had for lunch yesterday. My Boston Patriots memories go back marginally earlier, as I...
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    Your top "forgot he was a Red Sox"

    I'm going to chime in with the late Vic Wertz. He is famous for two matters: first, he batted the fly ball regarding which Willy Mays made "The Catch"; and second, he returned to playing baseball after having contracted polio. But I don't think that his time on the Red Sox in the late 1950's...
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    How much of the Pats have you watched this year?

    I watch perhaps 75% of what's available for me - which is limited by our living in Baltimore, not subscribing to DirectTV or whatever, and needing to be off the grid for various Jewish holy days. I do go back to the days of the ten original owners of the Boston Patriots (my father of blessed...
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    What Do You Want For This Patriots Season

    I'd like to have the Patriots experience a season in which injuries aren't much of an issue - and in the world as it is now, I guess I would need to add that I'd like the Patriots' season not to be compromised by illness as well. By the end of the season, I'd like to have the Patriots look like...
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    2019 Patriots: Post-SB Roster Thread

    Not to worry, Sir, as in this particular situation, I do believe that "engaged" is an adjective modifying "Patriots" as contrasted to being a verb at all, much less a past-tense verb. The situation here is much like how we'd analyze "an engaged couple" or "an interested observer," with the past...
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    SB53: Choose Your Own Adventure

    I'd like to see the Patriots win the coin toss and take the ball, then score immediately on a runback which would include one or more laterals. After that, when the Patriots kick off, the returner would fumble into the air while being tackled, and the Patriots would return the fumble for the...
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    Better anthem choices than James Taylor

    If not James Taylor, how about Carly Simon whom I believe lives on Martha's Vineyard? She's only about two years older than I am, so that makes her a "contemporary" option at least to this old fart.
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    The Magic Number

    Theo, let's grow the excellent seed you've planted regarding clinching on Yom Kippur. The Red Sox need to bring back onto their roster Ray Culp to pitch that game, even though he's over 75 years old by now. Why don't you CALL, we NEED RAY to do the job for us!
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    BBtL Discussion: Slated for Off-season

    CP, one preliminary comment: since I enjoy your diary-commentary so much, you are not a faceless fan to me, and I actually tend to cheer for announcers, e.g. Mike Gorman was a high-school classmate, and Dick Stockton called the 1975 Fisk HR, so I'll always wish him well. ...just as I wish you...
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    A Love Letter to the 1967 Red Sox

    Thanks for Lee's essay, for the comments so far which have all brought back fond flashes of memories, and for the alert regarding the upcoming Sunday night program. In Autumn 1967 at the age of 20, I was beginning my senior year at what was then called Bentley College of Accounting and Finance...
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    One season or fewer: your favorite short-term Red Sox.

    At the risk of being summarily banned, I looked up to see that Ray Boone played some 1B for us in 1960, so we can blame him for the very existence of Aaron F. Boone. Perhaps slightly more serious and responsive to the mandated topic, but even more arcane, there is one Gordon Windhorn who has...