Re: NFL.com has it spot-on
Originally Posted by Suitanim
On the stock market, this would be called "Hedging your bets".
The Pats are STILL the media darlings...they are in a precarious situation here, and that puts the sports writers in an even worse position. If the Steelers win, are the Pats passe? That's the question. For a few years, the beat writers have picked against the Pats and been burnt...now they are afraid to jump off the cart.
Frankly, I like the writers nuthugging the Colts and Pats.
I see it pretty much the same - the beat writers have been made to look silly so often it really is a case of once bitten (or should that be 3 times bitten) twice shy.
One slight difference of opinion I have though will be the fallout should we not make the playoffs this year - the writers will be picking gladly over the corpse - they will love every minute of dissecting the reasons why a no talent organisation such as the Pats managed to fluke their way to 3SB's in 4 years.
Believe me, them kissing the proverbial ass of the Colts is ALOT different to them kissing our ass once in a while - they voluntarily 'kiss the Colts cheeks' - we have had to grab their freaking heads and FORCE them to show some respect ha ha.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.