Here is one definition:
"In sports, a choke is the failure of an athlete or an athletic team to win a game or tournament when the player or team had been strongly favored to win or had squandered a large lead in the late stages of the event. Someone who chokes may be known as a choker or, more derisively, as a choke artist. Choking in sport can be considered a form of analysis paralysis." -Wikipedia
Here is another definition:
'To choke' is a phrase used to refer to athletes who are typically very good in their sports but fail to deliver in key situations. The immense pressure of these key moments tends to overwhelm them and they end up making an uncharacteristic mistake. Although this phrase is used most often in the context of American Football, it can apply to any sport when a normally reliable athlete fails. For example, this phrase is often used to describe Peyton Manning, who as the revered quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts has failed multiple times in big moments (for instance, when he threw an interception to lose Super Bowl 44 late in the game). -Sports Definitions
The opposite of choking is to be clutch. A clutch player or team rises to the occasion under pressure rather than collapsing. -Wikipedia
No one enjoys seeing their team choke, but if the opposite of "choke" is "clutch" then what happened to the Pats and Belichick Sunday against the Jets?
Were the Pats clutch against the Jets last Sunday?
No. The Pats, and especially Belichick and Brady, choked under pressure and coughed up the biggest game of the season, the only one that really counted for anything.
There is no better example of choking in the 2011 NFL season than the Pats v Jets game: in fact the Pats should now be considered the Poster Boys for choking and coughing up a big game.
After beating the Jets in a blowout a few weeks earlier did they forget the "on any given Sunday" mantra: did they believe the media spin: did they fail to take the Jet's bluster and mouthy, trash-talking seriously: did they think that they only had to show up in order to win?
All that bye time to prepare, and BB could not get his team ready? That trick play at an inopportune time that should never have been on the table, then trying to throw a player under the bus for the coaches blunder? A slow drive to nowhere with the clock running down? A symbolic benching of Welker for even one series that sent the wrong message to your team (thank you Mr. Wilfork for being a man and speaking truth to power)? Now the spin-miester, the Patriot Way, with Brady's foot? Ridic-u-bobble!
Organizational choke from the top down.
Of course Belichick and Brady don't bear sole responsibility for the loss and are not the only ones who choked, in fact, it was a long term organizational choke that was a longtime coming.
But Tom "Happy Feet" Brady and Belichick drive the train and are the men at the controls, so when the train runs off the track and crashes it's primarily the engineers who must bear the brunt of the blame.
It's difficult for some fans to "fess up" and admit that their heroes choked and coughed up a big game under pressure, but this is not the first time: look at the playoff record of recent years: It's choke after choke after choke, and I call that a trend, a distinct, disturbing trend. But the Kool-aiders will never fess-up and admit that their infallible heroes choked and stunk up the place but will instead rest on the cliche that the Jets simply outplayed them. No, the Pats choked.
In Belichick you can trust all you want, but show me the money, show me why we should still trust him and Brady. Because they won 3 Super Bowls many years ago?
And the Kool-Aid fans still insist that we should be grateful for a good regular season of 14 - 2, when everyone understands that the regular season only exists to get to the playoffs where it's a new season, where it's one and done, and its been done for the Pats for many years now.
How many years can they coast by on past accomplishments while the Krafts print profits from their money machine by putting a decent product out there but always trying to win on the cheap while fans line up to hand over their hard earned money for the some of the highest ticket prices in the NFL, if not the highest.
In Bill we trust? Pleeeese! Pahsahw! Such naive BS!
They say a fish rots from the head down.
Something stinks in Foxboro.
Nuff said. End of story.