Along with politics, policy, Christ, and computers, I love talking and writing about sports. So I'll start writing about them here, of course...
So far this has been a fantastic year, starting with the Patriots winning Super Bowl XVIX. So a few thoughts on this:
- Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL. He just is. There are faster, more mobile, stronger, longer-throwing, taller quarterbacks, but none better. Peyton suffered from an injury and so did Rodgers, Wilson only needs a few more years, and Flacco just needs a little more team. But Brady is now the top of the heap.
- The Patriots out-played and out-coached the Seahawks in the last minute. Butler both played heads-up ball taking Lockette out of bounds on that impossible catch, saving a touchdown, but he followed his coaching, saw the play, and went for the ball. Browner drove his man off-rout, making that interception possible, and Wilson didn't quite put the ball where it would be safe. An entire season comes down to 3 seconds of a pass play.
Belichick out-coached Carroll. He showed a run defense, and the Seahawks blinked.
But enough of that. Just a fabulous season for the Patriots. If they can keep key free agents, there is good reason to hope they can repeat..