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The NFL has the Super Bowl scheduled in either domed stadiums or in warm weather climates so that this championship game can be played in ideal conditions. If the NFL is so concerned about the weather, why does its schedule maker consistently have the Patriots play in late summer or early fall in Miami where the heat and humidity is awful and the Dolphins playing in Foxboro in the cold of December, and, to make matters worse, have the game start after it gets dark? These two teams are usually neck and neck for the division title and they seem to be always playing in the extreme heat or cold and snow. Does this make any sense for this to happen year in and year out? The fans are also subjected to this intense weather but then again who can care about the fans since it is TV that foots the bill. Do you have any comments on this?
-- Louis Keimach, Boynton Beach, Fla.
A: I liked it better in the '80s when the Pats played in Miami in December. They're trying to create these "memorable" games, but what you're doing is just causing a lot of people hardship who have to stand out there in sub-freezing temperatures.
It is absolutely amazing. Here's to the playoffs. First, I am not this optimistic but I believe we need a little nostalgia around here. When the Patriots won the Super Bowl there was a satisfying full feeling you get like on Thanksgiving that took over Patriot fans. Some of us who had been waiting and wanting through the seasons of despair knew that '01 had to be the year. Once again we are feeling as if this may be the year for yet another Super Bowl win. For me, the Pats are No. 1 no matter if their 1-15 or 14-2 heading into the playoffs. Lets not forget about '02. That was a great year too. I accept that because no matter what how the season ends I am just happy to root for the team. Of course, fans want to see wins and of course the players want to win too. That is what makes football so fun. If it is not the year to do it again we need ante up and always be hopeful for the next year. As Patriot fans, if we are not cheering we are grumbling, which can be said for any teams fans. But, boy, do we like to grumble. So in order for it to be a successful season many will say they have to win a Super Bowl because a playoff loss will just sting too bad. Many will also say a Super Bowl win will help gain this respect around the league as one of the better teams with better players. Respect does not win games. (And who cares what these people think anyway. They all will be trying to sneak on the wagon.) Watch, these Patriots are the best kept secret in the NFL. Welcome to the playoffs, fans. Thanks, and good luck to the players. And next year, when another season is upon us, I'll be cheering -- and, of course, grumbling -- win or lose.