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Nick, In response to the question from Lori Atkinson, Boynton Beach FL, she can get the homeland defense shirts from www.todayschamps.com. The are not officially licensed by the NFL so you will not find them at the Pro Shop.
-- James B., N. Attleboro
A: Thanks, James.
Hi, Nick. I don't have a question, it's more of a call to all of the Boston sports fans out there. I am a life-long Boston sports fan and an image has been floating around in my head for quite some time that I feel compelled to share. That image is of the spectators at a game rising up and cheering in unison to celebrate a touchdown, home run, 3-pointer, goal, or the waning minutes of a win. Take your pick. There is just special something about thousands of people chanting the same tune all at once that gives me goose bumps. The Canadiens farewell chant, college games, and European soccer matches come to mind as examples as well as the Pats-Miami game and the snow fireworks. It looked great with everyone going crazy throwing the snow in the air but it looked special with everyone doing it in unison to the music blaring from the speakers. To get one of these chants going would be something great to experience and would elevate home field advantage for all of our teams. I would like to challenge the fan base and team marketers to come up with a chant and the media to help spread the word. It is time for New Englanders to take going to a game to a new level. We are the Hub of the universe, HOOO-ZAAAH!
-- Rob Stevens, Quincy
Hi, Nick. I enjoy reading your column. I have one question. Does the NFL Hall of Fame have any announcers inducted into the Hall? This would be similar to the late legend Johnny Most being enshrined in Springfield at the Basketball Hall of Fame. If they do, how can I/we get Gil Santos and Gino Cappletti inducted? They deserve it, for their longevity and expertise. Hell, Gino should be in as a player. Thanks for taking the time to read this.
-- Joe Boncek, Quincy
A: Yes, there is. We've certainly tried to get Gino in for years. Will McDonough tried for years. Now, Ron Borges has the Boston vote and he's trying as well.
Nick: Here are some thoughts as the fireworks go off and the stage is rolled onto the field. 1. Antowain Smith is one heckuva cold weather back. 2. Troy Brown has still got it. 3. David Givens is this team's next No. 1 wide receiver. 4. Jarvis Green will have no problem stepping up as the eventual replacement for Bobby Hamilton. 5. At this rate, Roman Phifer could still be a viable player at 40. 6. What Rodney Harrison is teaching, Eugene Wilson is learning. This guy can hit, and he does it cleanly and intelligently. 7. Those 3 INTs pretty much dictate that the Pats have to figure out a way to keep Ty Law this offseason. 8. Peyton Manning is a very, very good quarterback. But maybe it was the opposing defenses that made him look like a great one the previous two weeks. 9. Our New England Patriots are the best gosh darn team in the NFL, and it took making Indy look like a high school JV team for the entire nation to realize this. The score may have ended at 24-14, but the game was never that close.
-- Mark V. Lonergan, Waltham Continued...