RE: A great article
- Yeah Bill Simmons is a favorite of mine. I think I sent you guys the link to
his article right after the Super Bowl. It was one of the best articles I
had read...ever. He captured the glorious moment of the Pats winning the
Super Bowl better than anybody else could have.
As for his take on Drew, I think he's right on the money. You guys may think
I'm a Drew basher, but I'm not. I really really like Drew, both as a man and
as a player. I have genuine sadness that he will no longer be a Patriot. One
year ago who would have thought it would be possible? They showed a clip
last night on TV of him winning that game against the Bills a few years
ago...remember the one where his finger was hurt and he threw that TD to
Coates in the back of the end zone? I swear I almost got choked up when I
saw him in a Pats uniform celebrating the win. It's especially tough because
he really did not want to leave here. That's rare these days...an athlete
showing loyalty to a city and to a team. What happened to Drew is that a set
of circumstances came about which really led to no other choice but for him
to be traded.
I am a big Tom Brady fan. I think he is the right QB for this team. I have
more faith in him than I did in Drew. I just think he makes quicker and
better decisions than Drew does, on a more consistent basis. He helped the
Patriots win the friggin super bowl for cripes sake! I think he deserves to
be the QB of this team, without a challenge from anybody else this summer.
He earned that right by playing the way he did last year under very trying
circumstances. You might say that Drew earned the right to try and win his
job back because of the years of service he put in as the Patriot's QB.
While I do agree with that somewhat, I also think that Drew would be set up
for a fall. Suppose he won his job back. What would happen as soon as he
failed? The fans would be all over him. "How could the Patriots replace the
Super Bowl MVP with this guy" they would say. In my opinion this break had
to happen, no matter how painful it is for the fans and for Drew. The
Patriots had a blessing last year in having two excellent QB's...and
people...on their roster. That couldn't happen again this coming year...it
wouldn't work for many different reasons. So Drew is a Bill and we all feel
kind of weird about it, and we should. But one thing I know is that when
Drew comes to play the Patriots in December he will get a roaring ovation
from the fans, who in the end really do appreciate everything that he did
for the city and for the team. This won't be like Parcells coming back...a
hated man for the way he left the team. This is a guy that wanted to stay
but simply could not do it, and we should all respect him for that. I think
this will be a great rivalry the next few years, but a rivalry with a
friendly undertone (if that's possible). I look forward to watching Drew
compete against the Patriots, and vice versa. It will be weird, but sort of
cool at the same time.
From: Michael D. [mailto:MKDLFP@...]
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 12:11 PM
To: Rob Bosch; Sean P. Dayton (E-mail); Stephen/ Heather Dayton (E-mail);
Subject: Re: A great article
I like this Bill Simmons guy, he writes very good and very accurate articles
pertaining to the New England sports scene and its fans. I guess he's right
about how we as fans have been making excuses for Drew and the teams
shortcomings for years, but even now its tough to admit it. I really do
wish Drew all the best, with the exception of his head to head match ups
with the Pats of course. I wore my Bledsoe jersey all last year and it
seemed to be lucky so I'll probably wear it another year, but after that I
guess I'll have to cut the cord as Simmons said.
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Subject: A great article
I couldn't say it any better myself.
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