Three weeks ago before the Pats began their burst towards the playoffs, the local New York media thought it wise to pile on the "struggling" New Englanders. There were a long line of "bloom off the rose" stories, how the Patriots juggernaut was no more. Now, with the Jets waiting for today’s wild card game, and soap operatic backstories galore (do the coaches like each other?! do they want to kill each other?! does Mangini want to beat his mentor? does Belichik want to beat his protege? answer: probably not, probably not, yes, and yes), the Patriots have re-assumed their Goliath’s stance, at least in the eyes of the NYC television and print media. Seems convenient, to me. Kick them when they are down, and deify them when they are up. All this does is feed the "cinderella story" of the Jets, who, like the Patriots, had a relatively easy schedule in a relatively easy division. The goalpost-shifting with regards to whether the Patriots are passe or au courant is just a lame storyline about the Jets being a "little engine that could". They aren’t that. The Jets are a legitimate team. With a good coach, and a fantastic defense. They can win today.
So go ahead and treat this as a game thread for today’s action, a little New England-New York action in the absence of our national pastime. Maybe it will tide us over until the baseball season starts.