Patriots Number 1 in 2008

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I never get tired of this stuff. I never get tired of hearing my team, the New England Patriots, will be Number One. Numeral Uno. The Top of the... whatever.

Yet another sports writer has stated our favorite team has the best chance to take it all.  Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News , espousing the theory that top QBs keep their teams in front, had this to say:

The NFL always has been and always will be a game of quarterbacks – and the Patriots have the best in Tom Brady. He presides over the highest-scoring offense in NFL history. His prolific right arm produced 4,806 passing yards, a record 50 touchdown passes and 598 points in 2007.

Checking out Rick's off-season rankings , is a lesson in the obvious when looking at the top 5.  How can you go wrong putting NE, Indy, Dallas, SD, and Jacksonville in those spots?  But wait, there's more.  ESPN, in their Power Rankings , puts NE number one as well with - drum roll please - Indy, SD, Dallas, and Jacksonville following.  I knew I liked ESPN. ;-)

Enough with the homerism, sort of.  I buy none of this.  It's complete crapola...ok, not complete.  Maybe it's somewhat complete crapola.  Hey, I gotta represent, right?  Seriously, do these writers have anything better to do than sit around and write this stuff?  I guess they're all bored, just like the rest of us.  Begging for table scraps, we read through this drivel and either love it, with a grain of salt of course, or hate it 'cause we vehemently disagree.

Just as NE is placed on top of these 2 lists, I have seen at least 1 other that places Indy at the top of the heap.  Why?  Because they'll most likely be healthy this year.  And before you give me a ton of crap for giving Indy one shred of credit and not diving headlong into the homerism abyss, chew on this sports fans: Indy was banged up last year.  They were damaged goods for the better part of the season and still managed a 13-3 regular season record.  True, it was much like the Patriots have done in past years.  But also remember, we only beat them by 3 points.  3 freakin points (EDITED: it was 4 points, props to NESilver for correcting my sorry butt).  November 2nd is the regular season Super Bowl in my mind.  Pats @ Indy in the brand spankin' new Lucas Oil Stadium.  What a game THAT will be.  What a game...

Now, let's do away with some of the seriousness and lighten up the mood a bit.  I'm a huge fan of this comedian.  I think he's one of the greatest comics to ever set foot on a stage.  Sadly, he's no longer with us.  I give you Mitch Hedberg.


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