To each his own
Page 6 of 19 -- A: Great to hear from a South Shore guy. I'm one myself. I think, Jim, we're getting a little too carried away. I know the Patriots had to kick five field goals, but the team they played isn't chopped liver. They came away with a 10-point win over a team with the hottest QB in football. I say take it, enjoy it, and move on to the Super Bowl.
Hi, Nick. I thank you for this forum. One comment and one question. I think the best play of the game was the fourth down play at the NE 44. That play told the Colts that they had to beat a team that has pulled out all of the stops. I honestly feel that play was bigger than any interception or TD. It got in their heads. When the punter kicked the ball through the end zone for the safety, where would the ball have been placed if the penalty on the kicker had been refused? Inside the 5-yard line where the kicker last touched the ball, where it landed, from the goal line, or would Indy have kept the ball?
-- Wayne Beland, Northwood, N.H.
A: I believe the ball would have gone to where a normal kickoff would be.
This may be picky, but it seems that Tedy Bruschi doesn't stay in his lane on the run. He looks like he's trying to fly outside rather than stay at home and fill the lane and tackle the runner. Am I right or wrong?
-- Pitt Warner, Winter Park, Fla.
A: Pitt, I have no idea. If you ask anyone Bruschi is one of the most technically sound players on the team. I don't know what he's allowed to do within his lanes. He might be allowed to free-lance a bit, that's something they're not going to tell us because it involves strategy.
Hi, Nick. I enjoy your column, I wish it was posted earlier in the week. I just have one question: Why weren't the Colts called for delay of game during the first half when you could see the play clock tick down to zero and the ball was not snapped until two seconds later? Why doesn't the NFL have a buzzer tied into the play clock like they do in the NBA? That way the play automatically is stopped, no need to wait for a referee to throw a flag. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
-- Kevin Guarnotta, Somerville
A: Kevin, The refs don't miss too many of those. It might have happened that way, but it's rare the play clock goes down without the refs calling it.
Am I the only one that noticed that during kickoffs the Patriots' sound system plays a song from the Bush's "Razorblade Suitcase." Clever folks at the stadium who made that choice. Come to think of it, Razorblade Suitcase is a nice nickname for Gillette Stadium.
-- Richard Sullivan, Naples, FL Continued...