Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ain't Letting Go

Dear reader - you didn't think Shank was going to write a single, measly column on the Patriots loss, did you?

The Patriots’ season was a failure.

The rational part of our brain wants to congratulate the Patriots for exceeding preseason expectations and compiling the best record in the NFL.
But we're not talking rational, folks, we're talking Shank:

All good. But the reality is that this season goes down as a failure because of what happened Sunday. And because of what should have happened Sunday.
Shank, however, was singing a slightly different tune two months ago:

No one thought the Patriots had a chance to get back to the big games again this year. But this is proving to be a year in which anything is possible in the NFL and that includes a deep run by Belichick and the Patriots. The Pats play at home on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. It's another gigantic challenge for the High Priest of the Hooded Sweatshirt.

Don't wait for Belichick to thump his chest and tell you what a great job he's doing. He's not going to admit that this season is a personal test of his football mastery. We know it's the truth and we'll have to say it for him.
Looks to me like Shank, as always, raised his expectations to unreasonable levels after Belichick & the Patriots ran the table this year, and now decides to take the annual dump on them for failing to meet those unreasonable expectations. Factor in the six draft picks in the first three rounds of next year's draft, and you'd think that gives reason for optimism next year. Like we'll ever see that in a Shank Globe column...


Anonymous said...

Shank again proves he is a "sideliner" ...

He has never been in the athletic mix ...

If he was a reporter he would be writing about the exemplary play of the Jets secondary ... their consistency won the Jets the game.

Shank however can communicate in an infantile tone to his audience ....

"The Patriots’ season was a failure." ... what a singularly one dimensional observation.


Monkeesfan said...

Shank could talk about the surprisingly good play of the Jets secodary - he might even say they took something of a risk in basically putting everyone on anyone on the Patriots who had some ability to catch the ball.

Shank could talk about the surprisingly greater physicality of the Jets at the line of scrimmage.

Shank could talk about how even with all that the Patriots STILL kept firing and managed three scoring drives worth 18 points in the final 16 minutes.

He could talk about all that and more, but to do so would ruin his shtick. Offering some credible alternatives to how Belichick does things would also ruin Shank's shtick.

Anonymous said...

Right on Monkeesfan!