Wednesday, February 02, 2005

New England is once again neck-deep in Superbowl hype.

I remember the first time the Patriots went to the Superbowl. Their opponents were the Chicago Bears, under Ditka, who of course destroyed them. There was hype then, too, on a national level -- for the Bears. This was the era of the Saturday Night Live "Chicago Superfans" skit, in which loyal Bears fans tried to convince each other that Ditka could field a Pop Warner team against NFL opposition, and win. Students of Ditka's subsequent career will know it's not like that. Whatever happens on the field, the players also have something to do with it.

And yet in Boston we're seeing exactly that kind of hype about Pats coach Bill Belichick. To give you some idea how bad it is, here's the sort of thing I'm used to hearing around here. Suppose both of the starting cornerbacks on the Pats' defense had season-ending injuries. People are saying -- not as a joke, but in all seriousness -- that Belichick could put together a secondary whose featured players are an undrafted free agent, a five-time castoff, and a converted wideout, put this group on the field against the most prolific passing offense in the history of professional football, and have them allow just three points. Not for a quarter, but for an entire game. It's completely ridiculous.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's funny. I'm hearing nothing about the Patriots -- my students, minus one diehard, don't even wear the hats, and they all, even the New Yorkers, went crazy over the series. Even on the T, I've mostly heard about what a dick Pedro is.

Maybe I should hang out in Cambridge more often. This is one of the few weeks of the year when I'm interested in talking about football.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

against the most prolific passing offense in the history of professional football, and have them allow just three points.Oh, entirely. Not only that, I heard someone say that they could even put up 41 points against the best defense in the league! Who could believe it?

10:50 AM  
Blogger charles said...

Now, that is just the sort of nonsense I was talking about. Randall Gay and Earthwind Moreland haven't played a down of offense. They certainly couldn't score 41 points. Don't believe the hype!

9:49 PM  

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