Sunday, December 25, 2011

And I Forgot to Get Them Anything!

If there's one thing that can be said about the Patriots 27-24 win over the Dolphins yesterday, it's that anything can be said about it.

New England's schizoid triumph was the most considerate of Christmas gifts to anyone holding an opinion about the team. Their hopes, fears, sneers or outright bafflement were all confirmed at one point or another in the contest.

If you think the Pats are headed for Super Bowl, there was plenty of evidence to support your belief, as long as you didn't start watching until about 2:45 p.m. If you think the Pats have been using Tom Brady's arm to skate on a film of ice atop Victoria Falls, and will plunge to their doom in their first playoff game, there was plenty for you to cite in any argument next week. You just had to leave for Grandma's house at halftime with no radio in your car.

If you watched the whole game, you can give up with a clear conscience and say "beats me." In the post-game press conference, this appeared to Bill Belichick's take. Always drained after a game, the coach looked stumped as well as emotionally spent. Hard to blame him.

Oh, well, I'm sure the Bills game will answer all our questions. At least, I'm sure many people will tell us it does.


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