Well, congratulations to the World Champion New England Patriots, a great team, with great players, and one of the greatest coaching staffs in history. A team wrongfully maligned as automatons, as a team bereft of superstars. Brady (a great player), Dillon (a great runner), Branch (a great receiver), Bruschi (a great linebacker), Seymour (a great defensive lineman), Harrison (a great safety), Vinatieri (a great kicker) – this is a team that has superstars but who shun the cape in the interest of teamwork. I will leave it to the deluded New York columnists who break open the comparisons to the late 90s Yankees (stupid, since those Yankees played with about 80% more cash than the rest of the league, if I read correctly) instead of lauding this Patriots crew for what they are, the champions, and incomparable, in this age of the NFL salary cap. The playoff streak this year was without peer, the ugly Super Bowl giving those who dislike the Patriots an easy out to disparage the team in spite of their masterpieces against the Colts and Steelers, dismantling first the greatest offense in NFL history and then embarrassing the year’s best defensive squad, then taking out the undisputed best of the NFC, and in three straight pressure-packed postseason games. The choppy game yesterday does nothing to diminish the team, in fact, it elevates them further, giving them a season-ending run against teams with a combined 41-7 record. Amazing.
And Soxbaby Isaac sure is living a charmed existence. First, the Red Sox run off 8 straight victories following his return home from the hospital, now the Patriots continue this bizarre streak, even as the Bruins remain undefeated! But (shall we call him Patsbaby for the time being?) Isaac is in for some reality – those Celtics aren’t going anywhere come postseason time, so no dangers of him growing up thinking his allegiances are to an invincible town of blessed athletes. Next up: pitchers and catchers!