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Two things: First, thank you Warren Sapp. I know a whole lot of people are worried about the not being an underdog and losing a bit of motivation, so for those folks, Sapp's remarks can now be used to motivate. Personally I happen to think that for players at the Pats level, the Big Show is motivation a plenty. Second, since the axiom of defense wins titles seems to hold true, at least for these two teams then the game will come down to the offense. The defense of both of these teams will be awesome, but the Pats have the edge in the offense department. I think the game comes down to Tom Brady. He will make the difference. Yes, it will be a team offense but Tom Brady will provide the extra push that is needed to win. Pats win, 13-6.
-- Tom Maszczak, Nashua, N.H.
A: Well thought out, Tom.
I'm a Pat's fan since '76 (Grogan, Fransis, and Sam Bam era) from southern California. My question: I understand the Super Bowl sites are awarded to cities, usually with moderate climates or domed stadiums. Do you think that the NFL will change and allow the Super Bowl to be played in one of the participant's home field? It seems the fans of the participating teams get screwed after they supported their team all year, especially fans of teams that play their games in outdoor stadiums and cold climates. I hear all the time: football should be played outdoors, period.
-- John Magnante, Costa Mesa, Calif.
A: I haven't heard about a Super Bowl in a home-field unless it happens to turn out that way because of blind luck where one of the teams, like the Saints get in and it happens to be in New Orleans that year. I think they prefer the warm/and or refuge of a dome.
Great mailbag, I couldn't imagine life without it. My question: Is there any possible way that we could get Tampa Bay on the schedule next season? I know we play them in 2005. Call me impatient. I think we have an opportunity here. If Warren Sapp was a man of his word, (yes I understand that's an assumption as big as Sapp's ego) and would in fact retire after the Patriots beat him, I think it's worth pursuing. Yeah sure, maybe Sapp is one of the best at his position. But seriously, wouldn't it be great for the league if this clown would just fade into retirement? He justifies retirement (after a loss to the Patriots) by saying a loss to the Pats would mean he couldn't play the way he expects to. Well, I saw his team quit long before the Giants quit. Nice way to defend a title, Sapp. Lay down like a little lamb. Let him put his money where his big fat mouth is. What's worst that could happen? He'd go back on his word and expose himself as a fraud? There's a shocker. Just think about how fantastic a retirement ceremony for the Big Dummy would be after a satisfying Pats win over Tampa Bay. Go ahead, say it, I'm dreaming. But who is to say dreams don't come true. I believe. Go Pats! Thanks for another season for the ages I won't soon forget!
-- J. Lasoff, Lynnfield Continued...