I know that Sunday night marks one of the biggest games of the year for the New England Patriots with the Broncos coming to town, and I know that all of our attention should really be turned towards Denver right now. But I am of the strong opinion that it's equally as important to honor the past as it is to plan for the future, and so I thought I would take a quick break from all of the Manning vs. Brady nonsense this morning to pay homage to one of the greatest moments of my life as a Patriots fan. So here's wishing Mark Sanchez, Brandon Moore, and The Buttfumble a very happy one year anniversary.
With Thanksgiving coming so late this year, it's easy to forget that just 365 short days ago tonight, millions of bloated, lethargic, trypotphan-stoned sports fans all over the world settled in for what was supposed to be an epic Primetime showdown between two heated rivals for control over the AFC East. What they got instead was one of the biggest blowouts of the year, capped off by a second quarter that saw the Patriots score five touchdowns in 2 minutes and 14 seconds. I'm sure there were viewers nationwide who stepped away from a 0-0 game, went to the bathroom to start spreading some holiday cheer, and by the time they came back the game was already out of reach. And of course, none of those rapid and successive touchdowns were more memorable than The Buttfumble. That play still reigns supreme as the biggest sports blooper of the century, and arguably the biggest sports blooper of all time, and so I wouldn't be doing my duty as a Patriots fan if I didn't take some time out of what is clearly a busy and productive Friday to appreciate the one particular moment that made my 2012 holiday season extra special.
I already gave my tribute to The Buttfumble in my offseason series covering the top 20 most memorable Patriots moments of 2012 (which you can revisit here if you wish), so I won't go into too much more detail here now. I'll just wish The Buttfumble a happy 1-year anniversary and say, from the very bottom of my heart, that I'm very much looking forward to reliving this play every November 22nd for a very, very long time.