Thursday, December 13, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
Pats keep on rolling
Some years ago there was a hit ballad by the name of “Sink The Bismarck.” If my memory serves me right, this was a fictitious song about a fictitious German ship. Don’t ask me how many years ago, because I don’t know. I just know that it was a catchy tune somewhat like “North To Alaska.” I believe that both of these tunes were written and sung by Johnny Horton.
History tells us that the British ruled the high seas ever since they defeated the Spanish Armada way back in 1588. To make a long story short, HMS the Hood, was considered the last hope to stop the giant Bismarck. I don’t remember if the Hood was successful or not.
In the NFL world today, we have a “Bismarck;” it is known as the New England Patriots. Since week 12, all the teams have been trying to figure out how to stop this football juggernaut which seems to be on its way to a fourth championship.
It started with the Indianapolis Colts, the defenders of the realm. Like the Hood, it was felt that if anyone could stop the Pats it would be the Colts. Exit the Colts stage left. Next the Eagles tried. Then we sent a bunch of Ravens to defeat a bunch of Minutemen. Good show, but not enough.
Then the hopes were pinned on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The steel men have had a long-standing reputation of winning those tough games, but alas, that was yesteryear. If you watched the game you probably saw very early that there were no worry lines on any Patriotic faces. New England not only penetrated the steel curtain, they tore it down.
The Pats have clinched their division (as did Dallas) and all of us are beginning to wonder if this is the year that Don Shula and the Dolphins’ best record of 17 will bite the dust.
The suspicious world is still punishing the Patriots and Belichik for his infamous “spygate” scheme. Is this really germane to anything? Each of these teams have reels of tapes on each of their opponents. The Pats lost a first draft choice ( if and when they will ever need one), and the coach lost a half million dollars. When is enough enough?
Let’s figure a way to stop these Pats before it is too late. I would suggest the Kansas City Chiefs as the possible “salvagers” but their entire season is already below sea level.
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