New York state of mind
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Nick, The Jets look to have an amazing you talent at QB in Pennington. Do you think his production will drop as the league gets to know him better? Also, Belichick took one on the chin from Pennington last year on a Sunday night game that decided the AFC East. Do you think Belichick will look to set the "beat Pennington blueprint" when next they meet? Wouldn't it be a big concern, going forward, if the young Jets passer has his way with a rebuilt Patriots defense? Even though the Jets are out of it, I view that game as a major statement game for Belichick/Crennel/Pennington. I hate to say it, but you can't watch Pennington play and not think he could be a great one. Thoughts?
-- Mark Flanagan, Worcester
A: I agree, Mark. He reminds me so much of Brady, really. Accurate, gets the job done without much flare. He doesn't have the arm strength Tom has, and this year, anyway, hasn't been able to win a lot of games. But I'm sure Crennel is up late nights trying to figure out someway to take away Santana Moss, which would be a huge take away.
I see a direct correlation between your question about what makes for a satisfying season and the issue of when we can call this Pats team a dynasty. We can call this team a dynasty when a satisfying season is a Super Bowl win and anything less is a disappointment. See Yankees.
-- Aaron, Boston
A: That's an interesting outlook. You're on target with that one, though one championship does not a dynasty make.
Nick, A suggestion if we ever have a snowstorm issue again. Why not instruct people to park at the Tweeter Center and bus them over to the game? It would have alleviated the parking issue and also the traffic on Rte 1. In regards to the Pats removal of snow, c'mon. Last year for the Dolphins game it snowed on Wednesdat and they still had snow in the aisles and seats on Sunday. Face it, they don't really put an emphasis on fan comfort.
A: Surprised they didn't think of that.
I've read quite a bit this season about dissatisfaction with the "sudden death" overtime rules. How about if overtime were viewed as an extension of the fourth quarter, and the team that had the ball at the end of regulation would resume at the same place at the start of overtime? It would potentially make for a less exciting end of the fourth quarter by decreasing the incentive for last minute heroics, but it is certainly "fair" in the context of the game. Just a thought.