Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Quarter Time Stood Still

The Patriots pulled out a big win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-20, thanks to a clock error in the 4th quarter. Early in the 4th quarter the clock jumped from 13:59 to 14:51, and no one noticed, amazingly. A huge mistake which eventually gave Patriots’ kicker Adam Vinatieri enough time to kick the game winning field goal with 1 second left on the clock. Monday morning the NFL officially recognized the mistake, “The on-field officiating crew, which oversees the official game clock operated in the press box, failed to recognize that the clock was improperly reset,” said director of officiating Mike Pereira. This acknowledgement doesn’t change the score though; sometimes the ball just bounces your way. I’m not complaining.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

No "I" in Team

Something has officially gotten under my skin. All this questioning about whether the Patriots are a dynasty. When a team wins 3 of 4 Super Bowls, and has a very good chance of being the first team in NFL history to win 3 in a row, it leaves no doubt in my mind that the Patriots are not only a dynasty, but quite possibly one of the best ever. I feel it has everything to do with the lack of a traditional superstar, the player that grabs the headlines every week with some statement or wild escapade at a night club. The Patriots are the true definition of a team, no one person in front of the whole. Only a matter of time before the rest of the league realizes what the Patriots have hit on.