Peter here, and no explanation needed. I enjoyed this article........ "Feeling bad for Boston, Patriots.
by Aaron Brenner
Thursday, March 23, 2006
To all Boston natives: I’m sorry.
I didn’t do it, but I feel really, really terrible.
I mean, come on. You just had Johnny Damon up and run to the hated New York Yankees. Yeah, I know. Money talks. But Damon is still an idiot of a different sort for his defection.
Now, poor Boston, Mass., after getting kicked in the crotch, you just got nailed again while reeling on the ground. I sincerely wish this didn’t have to happen.
Adam Vinatieri just pulled a Damon on you guys, and I can’t stand it. I send my condolences to sports fans of Boston teams everywhere today.
I hope I’m not the only one who felt some déjà vu on Tuesday when ex-New England Patriot Vinatieri, perhaps the most clutch kicker in the history of the NFL, is said to have inked a three-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts.
Now, stop screaming that I should never compare any sort of Colts-Patriots rivalry with that of the Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Believe me, I know there is no feud like the one between the fans, cities and even players of the Red Sox and Yankees.
But don’t discount the Indy-New England rivalry too much. After all, Sportsillustrated.com did just recently name it the No. 1 “New School Rivalry” in all of football.
Again, it doesn’t quite measure up to the Curse of the Bambino or other pieces of Sox-Yanks history. However, it would be fair to consider the Colts-Pats rivalry one of the hottest in — dare I say it — all of sport, wouldn’t it? (Peter here...and NO is the answer...but as close as one could come in football.)
Yes, there is a striking resemblance between the two moves. Damon helped the Sawx pull off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports, knocking off the pinheads — excuse me, pinstripes — in the 2004 ALCS after going down 3-0 to start. The Jesus look-alike became the Big Apple’s greatest nightmare, as he homered twice (including a grand slam) in Game 7, the greatest night in Red Sox history.
But then, after the 2005 season, New York’s greatest nightmare signed a dream deal with the Yanks and became their new prize center fielder. The heart and soul of Boston was ripped away from them.
Then there’s the case of Vinatieri. He didn’t directly lay the hurt on Indianapolis, but his two Super Bowl-winning field goals for the 2001 and 2003 World Champion Patriots gave New England some serious leverage over Peyton Manning and the up-and-coming Colts. Tom Brady may be the “heart and soul” of the Patriots, but he wouldn’t have already stamped his ticket for Canton at age 28 if it weren’t for Vinatieri’s clutch kicks in the Big Games.
New England knocked the Colts out of playoff contention in the 2003 and 2004 AFC playoffs. With Vinatieri’s signing, it would appear Indianapolis is sick of it.
Yeah, I know he’s a kicker. I’m sure there aren’t as many Patriot fans crying in their clam chowder after Vinatieri’s farewell as there were Red Sox enthusiasts after Damon’s stunning decision.**Peter again, and YES, there are many of us upset, to say the least.*** But that shouldn’t take away from the similarity of the situation.
Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it when my hometown Broncos knocked the Pats off their pedestal in the playoffs this past season.***BOO*** But at the time, I must say that I definitely respected New England and the class with which the organization upholds itself throughout all its success.***Thank you.***
But as a Red Sox supporter, as someone who knows how bad it hurts to see a fan favorite leave for the enemy, a part of me really wants the Patriots to get back on the horse and win it all a year from now.***YES.***
Why Boston? What is it with that city that keeps having great things taken away from it?
Well, no matter. I suppose the four championships — three for New England and one for the Red Sox — should help the citizens keep their chins up.
After all, that’s more than New York — titleless since the 2000 Yankees — and Indianapolis — no major sports championships — can say. Anyone who feels for Boston should hope that the efforts of Damon and Vinatieri with their new teams fail to change that." ***Peter here. and well said by this guy, a new favorite, if only for right now." Maybe agreed?***
Aaron is a freshman majoring in journalism. It’s been four days and Aaron already wants spring break back. You can share his pain for Boston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Peter here, and I enjoyed his column...Thanks for reading. I could not leave much of that out. See Ya.***