Re: OT- Little Poll for Pats Fans
posted at 1/4/2014 12:28 AM EST
1.) Willie Mac.
2.) I'll go with week 17 of the 2007 season, Tom and Randy getting 50 and 23 TDs. Was a cap to the greatest regular season ever.
3.) Superbowl 42. As soon as the Pats got Randy, I called up my buddy and told him "Pats are going undefeated", he laughed and said no way. I told him I wouldn't talk trash all year because I know they're going to win it all. My celebration would come at the end the season because every regular season feat would mean nothing, they're expected to win every game, but the SB championship will be the sweetest. That whole season i went to school, every monday I just smiled and enjoyed the wins and trash talk thrown my way. The first time it became me against the world was Pats v. Cowboys, then the Colts, by the time we got to 15-0 everyone had already given into the Pats winning it all and going 19-0. STILL, no trash talking. That Superbowl was so tough, I thought we woul lose by a lot since Tom couldn't even look downfield long enough to pass, but Captain Clutch came through in the fourth to set up what looked like the game winning drive and I started celebrating. I had the list of people I was going to go after who had talked the most trash and I was ready to let them have it. Then, the Giants took the field. Like I had predicted a Patriots undefeated season, I knew when Asante dropped that INT that the Pats were done. I turned to my sister and said, "they're going to lose this game". That boneheaded play was the type of play that NFL Films always points out as the defining moment of the game in the SB--I remember ESPN running a marathon of past SBs and seeing the exact same moment in 95% of them.
I remember yelling "that's a sack, that's a sack, rule him down!" when the DL had Manning, then his fought out of it and threw the ball and I remember yelling "Someone intercept it!". The ball was up in the air for so long, I saw Hot-Rod and Tyree fighting for position. I yelled "Knock his hands away, Rod! You're strongest Safety in the NFL!". The final nail in the coffin was that kitchen sink blitz, I looked for Plax and saw he was lined up to the left. I yelled "Is Hobbes on Plaxico? Someone call timeout, QUICK!". Manning hiked it, Hobbes fell, I prayed to god that Plax drops the pass, but no good.
Sad to say, my friends did not let me live down that loss. Even though I hadn't talk trash all season, as soon as I got into school, I was mocked. One of my teachers who I had been talking to about the Pats all season came to my class, pulled me out just so I could get an earful. The worst part about it was the fact that I didn't even get to enjoy that season, 16-0 meant nothing, 50 TDs meant nothing, it was a lost season to me because the SB was the true prize. All the other accomplishments would be met with a "but" and the Pats had missed out on history. I had already planned how I would tell my kids, grandkids and great-geandkids about this historical season and it was all gone.
4.) Has to be 2001 team winning the SB as termendous underdogs and it wad fitting that they were named Patriots since they won in the wake of 9/11. If the Pats win this year, this year becomes my favorite because of how much this team battled through the season.