Monday, January 23, 2012

And So It Begins

How many columns do you think Shank will milk out of this Super Bowl rematch?
FOXBOROUGH - Feeling 10 years younger today? You should. Your Patriots are going to the Super Bowl and it feels just like 2001-02, when the stars aligned and the Patriots were unlikely kings of the NFL.

A decade ago, we had the Tuck Rule, snow angels, and a bunch of overachievers who redefined the word “team’’ and carried their magic to the Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Now the Patriots are blessed with a no-name defense, cosmic attrition of NFL superpowers, and the indomitable spirit of Myra H. Kraft, who died shortly before an unlikely season that ends Feb. 5 in Indianapolis against the same New York Giants who derailed New England’s historic 18-0 season on Feb. 3, 2008.
Bonus Bill Buckner cheapshots included; what would a Shank column be without a Red Sox reference or two?

1 comment:

Monkeesfan said...

Even now Shank can't admit he was wrong about the Patriots defense - "they lost three of their first eight games, gave up more yardage than almost every team in the NFL, and came into January portrayed as paper tigers...." Even then they were top-15 in fewest points allowed and were not allowing four-touchdown games - in contrast the Giants allowed five such games this season. And Shank should know football enough to know Sterling Moore's play was not pass interference.