Pats Preview: Week 8

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Some NFL analysts study trends. Others study stats. Our man, Gonz, does neither. But that won’t stop him from breaking down each week’s Patriots’ game. His picks are for amusement purposes only, since last year he dropped a small fortune to the world’s worst bookie.

OK. Look. You probably don’t want to hear this, but the lot of you are getting ahead of yourselves. So the Sox the Pats are off to a hot start. So Josh Beckett Tom Brady looks like at he’s at the top of his game, and totally unstoppable. So Boston New England looks like it’s on its way to a World Series Super Bowl title. So what?

There’s still a lot of baseball football to be played.

It’s a little freaky, if you ask me — people all over the city running around with smiles on their faces. When did Boston become so damn happy? I’m not begrudging the city a little fun, but you’d all do well not to completely ignore history. I mean, don’t you remember what it was like before 2004 before 2002? Don’t you remember what it was like before everyone simply expected David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez and Tito Francona Brady and Tedy Bruschi and Bill Belichick to trounce the competition?

The sense of entitlement growing within Red Sox Nation the Pats Province (I just made that up; probably needs to be work shopped a little) is unsettling. That’s the kind of thing Boston has always hated, the kind of attitude previously reserved for Yankees Yankees fans.

Not even the media is immune. Consider the glowing stories that have run this week: Apparently there isn’t a pundit in the country who doesn’t expect the Sox to sweep the Rockies Pats to cruise this weekend against the Redskins.

But I doubt any of this will change your minds. So, as my mother always said, don’t tempt fate you luckless ass if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The Pick: Sox win in 4 Pats 35, Redskins 17.

UPDATE: Just got an email from a guy I can’t stand a friend of mine. He suggested I replace “Pats Province” with “Pats Colony.” I hate to say it, but it’s better. Go %$#! yourself Thanks, buddy.

 

 

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