Sunday, November 4, 2007


My roommate recently sent me an article that appeared on about a comparison between the respective head coaches of today's highly-anticipated game between the Patriots and the Colts. The analogy he makes about the game is that it is not just a game between the two best teams in the NFL, but an age-old battle between the Good and the Evil. He thinks Bill Belichik is evil, and Tony Dungy is good.

Now I don't know much about the histories of these said coaches, but the reasons he gives for the evil nature of Belichik are ridiculous. First of all, the white elephant in the room is the cheating scandal. Belichik is found guilty and charged for it. He paid for it. Done. Gone. Diego Maradona, considered by many as the greatest footballer of all time, is responsible for one of the cheekiest moments in football history with his (in)famous "hand-of-God" goal. He was also caught for using illegal substances in the 1994 World Cup. Yet, could anybody question his talents and what he gave to the world of football? No, absolutely not.

The second reason the article gives is Belichik decision to go for a fourth down when his team was already a thousand points up. Belichik is the coach of the most exciting team in the NFL now. He plays to win games. What did Redskins do last week? Nothing. Nada. They had a whole game to come up with something and they didn't. And Patriots took advantage of that. There's nothing wrong with that. So what if "one of the greatest coaches in the history of NFL" was embarrassed on national TV. He was embarrassed because his team couldn't deliver. Don't blame the team that showed up. Blame the underachievers.

Today's game, by the way, was quite boring by Patriots and Colts standards, yet it delivered the goods in the last quarter as Patriots came back from 10 points behind to win the game by 4. Great end to a game. Patriots are the best team in the NFL right now and any team that fails to come up with the goods against them will face the same fate as the Redskins. Colts showed up, played well...but lost.

I guess the evil prevailed and the spawns of Satan shall rule the world, huh?

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