I always enjoy Darren's Fandom reflections, he writes a column for the bosco
list whenever the heck he is inspired but it's usually a good read - just
don't ask him about any QBs likely to retire for the Pats this year!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Darren Dupre" <darrend@...>
To: "Patriot List" <patriots@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 11:39 PM
Subject: Reflection, Redemption, and Resumption.
> As I watched the first meaningless Championship Week in three years, I
> thought about where the Patriots were when the Bucs and Raiders made plans
> for San Diego.
> After starting off 4-0 that season, the Patriots did not defend their
> first NFL title very well. A one hit wonder? The product of an NFL that
> wanted the "Patriots" to prevail in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks
> on our country?
> Later that year, after Lawyer Milloy was jettisoned, the Pats were
> subjected to a drubbing against his new team. It looked as if a lockeroom
> sex scandal and 42 more years of misery was ahead.
> But something special happened. The team that "hated their coach" came
> together to accomplish what most franchises can only dream of:
> 21 game winning streak
> 2 Super Bowls in a row, 3 out of 4.
> 21 game home winning streak
> 10 playoff game winning streak
> 15-3 record against the AFC East
> Only team to win a Superbowl in February
> The Patriots have attained the highest heights of NFL achievement. They
> are the Packers of the 60's, Steelers of the 70's, the Niners of the 80's,
> the Cowboys of the 90's. They are the team of THIS decade and of the new
> millenium. A decade, I might add, that still has four seasons left in it.
> We can look back and remember the good times, but if we look ahead, the
> future could be even brighter. We have Tom Brady leading the offense. A
> set of young receivers that has been battle tested. An offensive line
> with youth and experience. A defensive team whose anchors - Bruschi,
> Vrabel, Colvin, Seymour, Harrison - have mastered the art of mentoring new
> additions. A coach who has earned not only the respect of the league and
> it's fans, but, most importantly, of the players on the Patriots. A front
> office that continues to draft well, pick up and retain key free agents,
> and remain fiscally responsible doing it.
> In two weeks there will be a new NFL Champion. There will not be a 4th
> banner in Gillete Stadium this coming September. But, there will be a
> team hungry to regain it's stature. There will be a chip on their
> shoulder bigger than Vince Wilfork. I feel sorry for that first opponent.
> Actually, I feel sorry for all of them. Because the magic that brought the
> Patriots as far as it has doesn't just disappear. It is alive and well
> and ready to unleash itself on the NFL in 2006.
> Don't be surprised if in late January of 2009, the Patriots are making
> plans for Superbowl XLIII in Tampa. Going for their third in a row and
> sixth out of the last eight.
> Go Patriots,
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