A friend of mine – let’s call him Stu – wanted to see the New England Patriots lose in Denver on Sunday. Stu is not a professional sports journalist, you see, so he can root openly and wantonly against any team as he pleases. And in much the same way as he roots against tyrannical regimes, Wall Street wolves, big-game poachers, schoolyard bullies, insidious diseases and the New York Yankees, Stu roots against the Belipricks (his term, not mine). Matter of fact, he can’t recall wanting to see the shit-eating Patriots (um, that’s Stu again) win a football game since they were fresh-faced, two-touchdown underdogs against the St. Louis Rams 14 Super Bowls ago. But there’s one thing about the Patriots’ 20-18 loss in Denver that’s slowly, oddly and unmistakably beginning to piss me off. I mean piss Stu off! And it’s the fact that they lost. They’re finished. They’re vanquished, however temporarily. Super Bowl 50 will go on without them. And as such, it won’t be damn near as good as it could’ve been. In the NFL, only the Patriots – OK, the Dallas Cowboys a little bit – could pull a damned-if-they-do, damned-if-they-don’t, rain-on-my-parade move like this. I mean… Read full this story
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