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2014-01-08 08:16:34 AM
Screw you, Shaughnessy. This is such an obvious setup for a potential post-Pats-loss "ha, ha, you suckers thought this team was invincible" column that it's ridiculous.
 
2014-01-08 08:24:33 AM

BunkoSquad: Screw you, Shaughnessy. This is such an obvious setup for a potential post-Pats-loss "ha, ha, you suckers thought this team was invincible" column that it's ridiculous.


And here's why all Boston sports columnists suck. And the Pats will lose.
 
2014-01-08 08:30:15 AM
Colt 45, Pats 10.

I normally would think the Pats would win this game, but the author of that article just buried the Pats in his douchiness.
 
2014-01-08 08:31:40 AM
Sports columnists are just the worst.
 
2014-01-08 08:34:49 AM

BunkoSquad: "ha, ha, you suckers thought this team was invincible"


You're an idiot, no one is saying that. Hell, I'm impressed we made it this far...but then again the AFC East isn't what it used to be.

cameroncrazy1984: Boston sports columnists suck.


Bob Ryan was good. Shaughnessy is a hack and everyone in Boston knows he's a hack. People outside Boston think he's representative of all Boston sports fans

cameroncrazy1984: And the Pats will lose.


This has nothing to do with Shaughnessy. and there's a very real chance that NE will make it to the AFC championship. The Colts are just as good, and just as lucky as the Pats have been. Foxboro will make a win for them tough though.
 
2014-01-08 08:36:05 AM

MmmmBacon: Colt 45, Pats 10.

I normally would think the Pats would win this game, but the author of that article just buried the Pats in his douchiness.


okay. I'll agree with this statement.
 
2014-01-08 08:37:41 AM

somedude210: BunkoSquad: "ha, ha, you suckers thought this team was invincible"

You're an idiot, no one is saying that. Hell, I'm impressed we made it this far...but then again the AFC East isn't what it used to be.

No, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that's what Shank will say in his Monday column if they lose. I've been watching this team all year; the Pats COULD beat anybody, but they could just as easily lose to anyone.

 
2014-01-08 08:38:18 AM
Or maybe I am an idiot because I botched the "closing italics" thing.
 
2014-01-08 08:44:10 AM

BunkoSquad: No, I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying that's what Shank will say in his Monday column if they lose. I've been watching this team all year; the Pats COULD beat anybody, but they could just as easily lose to anyone.


okay okay, my mistake. The Pats are the Justin Beiber of the Sports Tab (which makes sense, since we have Justin Beiber for a QB)

and I agree, it could be that we'll lose it. I think it's more likely that we'll win at home, in the playoffs, with a healthy Brady (though his passing has been lackluster of late...and that worries me)
 
2014-01-08 09:19:23 AM
It is fun to see Farkers get all indignant about trolling, like we'd never do such a thing.  "Leave the half-witted hack-jobs to us, Shaugnessy!"

/Eagles fan
 
2014-01-08 09:26:56 AM

factoryconnection: It is fun to see Farkers get all indignant about trolling, like we'd never do such a thing. "Leave the half-witted hack-jobs to us, Shaugnessy!"


It's just that (a) Shaughnessy's trolling is 100% predictable and paint-by-numbers, (b) someone actually pays him a salary to do it, and pays to send him on the road to cover large events, and (c) as somedude210 said, people outside New England read CHB and think he speaks for us when locals generally hate him with the fire of a thousand suns.
 
2014-01-08 09:33:33 AM

BunkoSquad: factoryconnection: It is fun to see Farkers get all indignant about trolling, like we'd never do such a thing. "Leave the half-witted hack-jobs to us, Shaugnessy!"

It's just that (a) Shaughnessy's trolling is 100% predictable and paint-by-numbers, (b) someone actually pays him a salary to do it, and pays to send him on the road to cover large events, and (c) as somedude210 said, people outside New England read CHB and think he speaks for us when locals generally hate him with the fire of a thousand suns.


So... he's an East coast Whitlock with less pointless race-baiting?

/Having him and Poz in KC for 15 years was truly like seeing each side of sports journalism every morning
 
2014-01-08 09:35:10 AM
This is why Homers write so badly. Should be a good followup column full of coulda, shoulda, woulda. And probablyblaey the "refs sucked" too.
 
2014-01-08 09:37:08 AM
I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.
 
2014-01-08 09:37:18 AM
What a cocksucker.  Does he not watch the NFL?  Is he not aware that the Colts beat San Fran, Denver, and Seattle?
 
2014-01-08 09:42:26 AM
Wait, CHB is calling the Colts lucky? Did he watch the Patriots play at all this season?
 
2014-01-08 09:43:17 AM
I was listening to the radio last night and these guys are talking Super Bowl already.  They are saying that there are no good defenses in the AFC and if the Pats do lose it will be because the offense fails.

They went on to talk about the 2007 Super Bowl being a "screw job."

I cant tell if they are playing to their moronic callers (Boston callers are somehow worse than the hosts) or if they are actually blind homers.

I LOVE sports talk (I listen to NY sports talk all day) but Boston isnt fun, it is just annoying.  And I like some of the teams they cover.
 
2014-01-08 09:44:03 AM
Big talk supporting a team that has never won a Super Bowl when they weren't cheating.
 
2014-01-08 09:44:46 AM
LOL...sounds like the words that come out of my buddies mouth. He's a Bostonian and nothing the Pats do is ever wrong or can be topped.
 
2014-01-08 09:46:14 AM

Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.


So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.
 
2014-01-08 09:50:01 AM

Starhawk: What a cocksucker.  Does he not watch the NFL?  Is he not aware that the Colts beat San Fran, Denver, and Seattle?


Yes, but those teams are inferior.  The GodPats have cometh.  All will love them and despair.
 
2014-01-08 09:50:53 AM

Gunny Highway: They went on to talk about the 2007 Super Bowl being a "screw job."


Haha, did they mention how that Super Bowl was a screw job? There was no bad calls or anything, the Patriots just crapped the bed.
 
2014-01-08 09:51:04 AM
Ahem, the Pats nearly lost to the Browns & in fact, would have lost if not for a major 4th quarter assist from the refs.

& man, do the Browns stink.

So yeah, Colts by 9.
 
2014-01-08 09:52:23 AM
Well I see Subby has done his submission trolling for the day.

/a CHB article?
//REALLY?!?
 
2014-01-08 09:53:03 AM
Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.
 
2014-01-08 09:54:01 AM

machoprogrammer: Gunny Highway: They went on to talk about the 2007 Super Bowl being a "screw job."

Haha, did they mention how that Super Bowl was a screw job? There was no bad calls or anything, the Patriots just crapped the bed.


Two face masks, something about Eli going into the ground on a 4th down, a hold on a previous play.

Nonsense stuff.
 
2014-01-08 09:54:45 AM

Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.



That's assuming Pey Pey doesn't have his usual first-round exit.
 
2014-01-08 09:55:40 AM
Hi, Colts fan here.  Keep saying stuff like that, Shaughnessy, you typical Boston blowhard troll.  Sure, the Pats are better.  Sure, they'll probably win.  But it'll be a competitive, entertaining game.  And in the NFL anything can happen.  Thanks for the bulletin board material.
 
2014-01-08 09:57:12 AM
I'm more surprised that Kaufman beat Shaughnessy to the punch on the trolly 'handily beating the Colts' thing.  Both teams have streaky offenses, aren't immune to turnovers, and it might 40 degrees and pouring.  Sure the Pats are favored, but I'm not sure of anything until the clock hits zero Saturday night.
 
2014-01-08 09:59:29 AM

Frozboz: Hi, Colts fan here.  Keep saying stuff like that, Shaughnessy, you typical Boston blowhard troll.  Sure, the Pats are better.  Sure, they'll probably win.  But it'll be a competitive, entertaining game.  And in the NFL anything can happen.  Thanks for the bulletin board material.


FTFY.
Don't lump the rest of us in with that shiatbag.
 
2014-01-08 09:59:37 AM

Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.


There's a lot more of them now.  I'm from New England, and I never saw anyone wearing Patriot shirts in the nineties.  Now it seems that everyone owns a complete set and is quick to tell you how much they've always supported the team, despite the fact the Patriots almost moved to St. Louis due to lack of fan support.

The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees.  In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies.  In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals.  They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.
 
2014-01-08 10:01:31 AM

MmmmBacon: Colt 45, Pats 10.

I normally would think the Pats would win this game, but the author of that article just buried the Pats in his douchiness.


If the Patriots' success hinged on how big a douche their sportswriters were, they wouldn't have won a game since the Nixon administration.
 
2014-01-08 10:01:36 AM

vladimpaler: The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees. In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies. In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals. They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.


FAIL
 
2014-01-08 10:01:39 AM
Wildcard games had 3 of 4 road teams win. This weekend will see 3 of 4 home teams win - Denver, Seattle, and Carolina.
 
2014-01-08 10:02:01 AM

cleveoh: Ahem, the Pats nearly lost to the Browns & in fact, would have lost if not for a major 4th quarter assist from the refs.

& man, do the Browns stink.

So yeah, Colts by 9.


This is terrific logic;  The Pats beat a bad team (with a legit PI call at the end because a player impeded a sure touchdown) so the Colts are going to win by 9.
Don't forget the quaterback's name is Luck, and they have horseshoes on their helmets!  Colts by 17!
 
2014-01-08 10:03:49 AM

factoryconnection: It is fun to see Farkers get all indignant about trolling, like we'd never do such a thing.  "Leave the half-witted hack-jobs to us, Shaugnessy!"

/Eagles fan


As a fellow Eagles fan, I hate this guy because, for a tiny fraction of time, he actually made me root for the farking Colts.
 
2014-01-08 10:04:02 AM
Pats without Gronk will not win the Superbowl.
 
2014-01-08 10:13:18 AM
"They're gonna hold us to 17?"
 
2014-01-08 10:17:17 AM

Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.


Eagles Home Openers
2009 Saints
2010 Packers
2011 Giants
2012 Ravens
2013 Chargers
Denver will lose as will the victor of the Pats/Colts.  It's Phillip Rivers show this year.
 
2014-01-08 10:18:03 AM
So silly question with the Bears not in the playoffs are Bears fans gonna be pulling for the Colts?
 
2014-01-08 10:18:28 AM
CHB strikes again
 
2014-01-08 10:21:11 AM

Nefarious: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Eagles Home Openers
2009 Saints
2010 Packers
2011 Giants
2012 Ravens
2013 Chargers
Denver will lose as will the victor of the Pats/Colts.  It's Phillip Rivers show this year.


So the Eagles will never a super bowl.
 
2014-01-08 10:25:01 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Pats without Gronk will not win the Superbowl.


I don't think this is the main issue - yes, Gronk would help a lot, but I'd still put the Pats offense right now against anyone; yes they'd struggle more against a Seattle or Carolina defense.  My problem with their Superbowl chances is that their defense will struggle to keep any of the current contenders under 30.  In normal-ish weather conditions, Manning and Brees could put up 50, Rivers, Wilson, Kaepernick, Luck - any of these guys would surprise me to not put up 35.
 
2014-01-08 10:31:54 AM
Let's flash back to last year an article written by a certain Ashley Fox.

In other words, who cares what a sports writer has to say.
 
2014-01-08 10:34:55 AM
Colts-Patriots history means nothing in this one.

Yeah, right. Ask any Colts fan.
 
2014-01-08 10:35:14 AM
Bob Kravitz responds:  "Boston columnist has had too much chowdah"

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/kravitz/2014/01/07/kravitz-colt s- a-tomato-can-boston-columnist-is-oding-on-chowdah/4362919/

And we don't jinx ourselves in Indy - Kravitz picks the Pats this weekend in the column.
 
2014-01-08 10:46:50 AM

vladimpaler: There's a lot more of them now. I'm from New England, and I never saw anyone wearing Patriot shirts in the nineties. Now it seems that everyone owns a complete set and is quick to tell you how much they've always supported the team, despite the fact the Patriots almost moved to St. Louis due to lack of fan support.


Being good results in people having more interest in the team.  I am sure they were fans when they were bad, they just didnt get gear for Christmas.

vladimpaler: The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees. In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies. In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals. They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.


This is not true. Message board narrative are as bad as the sports media narratives.
 
2014-01-08 10:47:33 AM

INeedAName: Nefarious: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Eagles Home Openers
2009 Saints
2010 Packers
2011 Giants
2012 Ravens
2013 Chargers
Denver will lose as will the victor of the Pats/Colts.  It's Phillip Rivers show this year.

So the Eagles will never a super bowl.


No, the Eagles just have to have a 'home opener' before the season where they play themselves.

Either they'll win the Super Bowl, or the universe will implode.

/Why not both?
 
2014-01-08 10:50:03 AM
This guy just doesn't have the charm of Swerski's Superfans
 
2014-01-08 10:53:33 AM
That reminded me a lot of the infamous Jacksonville column Woody Paige wrote back in Jan '97 when the Jags came in and made Romo look stupid . . . and the rest of the Broncos team.   The Jags to this day will tell you the column helped motivate them for the upset.

Good luck NE.

/not really.  I can't stand Pats fans.
//Surprisingly large amount of Pats fans here in Denver.
 
2014-01-08 10:54:40 AM
Pay no attention to the hack behind the curtain. He is just trying to pump up the market for his new book about the Curse of the Hobbino, which explores the widespread belief that the Patriots will never win another Super Bowl due to their mistreatment of star defensive back Ellis Hobbs.
 
2014-01-08 10:58:43 AM

AtariGod: //Surprisingly large amount of Pats fans here in Denver.


I hate Denver Pats fans.
 
2014-01-08 11:00:28 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Pats without Gronk will not win the Superbowl.


we won 3 times without him and lost when we did. so I like our chances (assuming we get there) if we're basing it solely on Gronk

INeedAName: Wildcard games had 3 of 4 road teams win. This weekend will see 3 of 4 home teams win - Denver, Seattle, and Carolina.


Okay, I need to ask this, what makes a NE loss a surefire thing because OMFGBRADYSUCKS but Denver crushing SD is a foregone conclusion? The three other AFC teams in the playoffs are the three teams that managed to beat Denver this year. If anything, they are not in good standing to tout how awesomefarkballs they are. NE will put up a hell of a game but both NE and Indy have been hilariously lucky in their 4th quarter "HOLY FARK WE GOTTA DO THIS OR WE'RE SCREWED" moments this season. Hell, both teams have half of their wins that are a result from them pulling off amazing last minute drives.

If you lot have an issue with New Englanders thinking they may have a shot at winning, then I hope you shiat on the bronies that they've already won the AFC championship because MANNING!!!
 
2014-01-08 11:11:08 AM

machoprogrammer: Wait, CHB is calling the Colts lucky? Did he watch the Patriots play at all this season for the last 15 years?


FTFY
 
2014-01-08 11:13:52 AM

Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.


I don't know.  It would be more Belichick versus Manning.  It's kind of amusing that any of the Broncos' showdowns this season have so little to do with John Fox.  That guy's found the perfect home (so long as Manning is QB).
 
2014-01-08 11:14:35 AM

machoprogrammer: Wait, CHB is calling the Colts lucky? Did he watch the Patriots play at all this season?


I thought the first three games of the season or so should have been losses by the Patriots.  Somehow they got wins they didn't deserve.
 
2014-01-08 11:15:50 AM

somedude210: BunkoSquad: "ha, ha, you suckers thought this team was invincible"

You're an idiot, no one is saying that. Hell, I'm impressed we made it this far...but then again the AFC East isn't what it used to be.

cameroncrazy1984: Boston sports columnists suck.

Bob Ryan was good. Shaughnessy is a hack and everyone in Boston knows he's a hack. People outside Boston think he's representative of all Boston sports fans


Who do you think is buying the Boston Globe? Folks from Middle America?
 
2014-01-08 11:17:21 AM

Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.


You're kidding, right?
 
2014-01-08 11:22:10 AM

tommyl66: Pay no attention to the hack behind the curtain. He is just trying to pump up the market for his new book about the Curse of the Hobbino, which explores the widespread belief that the Patriots will never win another Super Bowl due to their mistreatment of star defensive back Ellis Hobbs.


Hobbino?

Brilliant.
 
2014-01-08 11:23:00 AM
Gunny Highway:

vladimpaler: The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees. In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies. In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals. They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.

This is not true. Message board narrative are as bad as the sports media narratives.


Which part isn't true? Because the payroll facts are facts. The comment about weird inferiority complex of Red Sox fans is certainly an opinion, but....

/go to a Yankees v _______ game in _________ and there will be Red Sox fans dressed in full regalia there just to cheer against the Yankees. Odd phenomenon.
 
2014-01-08 11:33:29 AM

Moopy Mac: Which part isn't true?


the idea that if the Sox lose, it's because we got screwed over by someone. That's not anything new, just ask Bill Buckner.

Do they blame officiating? no more than any other fanbase.
 
2014-01-08 11:34:30 AM
Please, oh please underestimate the Colts and look past them to the Championship game.
 
2014-01-08 11:37:37 AM
In a city full of douchy sports columnists and sports talk show douches, CHB is the biggest douche of them all.
 
2014-01-08 11:43:37 AM

Moopy Mac: The comment about weird inferiority complex of Red Sox fans is certainly an opinion, but....


But what?
 
2014-01-08 11:44:26 AM

Moopy Mac: Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.

You're kidding, right?


No.
 
2014-01-08 11:47:07 AM

Gunny Highway: Moopy Mac: Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.

You're kidding, right?

No.


When your team has lost for years/decades/centuries you should always act like it, and even if they start winning you should continue acting like a lovable loser lest some message board denizen be offended by your celebrating. It's in Dear Abby's Guide to Manners, Chapters 12 through 37.
 
2014-01-08 11:49:11 AM

somedude210: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Pats without Gronk will not win the Superbowl.

we won 3 times without him and lost when we did. so I like our chances (assuming we get there) if we're basing it solely on Gronk

INeedAName: Wildcard games had 3 of 4 road teams win. This weekend will see 3 of 4 home teams win - Denver, Seattle, and Carolina.

Okay, I need to ask this, what makes a NE loss a surefire thing because OMFGBRADYSUCKS but Denver crushing SD is a foregone conclusion? The three other AFC teams in the playoffs are the three teams that managed to beat Denver this year. If anything, they are not in good standing to tout how awesomefarkballs they are. NE will put up a hell of a game but both NE and Indy have been hilariously lucky in their 4th quarter "HOLY FARK WE GOTTA DO THIS OR WE'RE SCREWED" moments this season. Hell, both teams have half of their wins that are a result from them pulling off amazing last minute drives.

If you lot have an issue with New Englanders thinking they may have a shot at winning, then I hope you shiat on the bronies that they've already won the AFC championship because MANNING!!!


I had a good post, and then accidentally deleted it.

The gist - The Chargers are suspect mentally. They backed their way into the playoffs and beat an even more suspect Cinci team.

The Colts are hungry, and I think NE is just a little too worn out to make a good run. Can the Pats win? Of course. But I'm seeing Indy as the upset here.

The other possible road win I see is the Saints in Carolina, but I think Carolina's D is playing just a little too well right now.


Hunger has almost as much to do with winning games as anything else. I think both Seattle and Denver want vindication for previous years. Teams like the Chargers don't have great pedigree or experience in the situation, and teams like NE might be a little too routine to get themselves up for this.

I honestly believe a big reason the Ravens won last year had to do with Ray Lewis' hunger to go out on top. He raised his energy, and the team raised it's level of play. Any team can have that guy, so we'll see what happens. It's why they play the game, instead of just taking a vote of who we think will win.
 
2014-01-08 11:49:55 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Pats without Gronk cheating will not win the Superbowl.


FTFY
 
2014-01-08 11:50:14 AM
I'm torn.

On the one hand, I'm a Patriots fan and think the Pats are the better team.

On the other hand, Dan Shaughnessy is never right.
 
2014-01-08 11:53:33 AM
If anything, the Chargers have the best chance at winning this weekend for one reason: DIVISION GAME.

Division opponents are always harder, they know you and your tendencies and by god, they don't like you either. The other games this weekend are intraconference, but not divisional.
 
2014-01-08 11:54:32 AM

INeedAName: The other possible road win I see is the Saints in Carolina


I just don't see that possibly happening this weekend.
 
2014-01-08 11:57:03 AM

HeathenHealer: INeedAName: The other possible road win I see is the Saints in Carolina

I just don't see that possibly happening this weekend.


I agree.  I think Seattle will probably win in Carolina this weekend.
 
2014-01-08 11:58:04 AM

HeathenHealer: INeedAName: The other possible road win I see is the Saints in Carolina

I just don't see that possibly happening this weekend.


After the steamrolling New Orleans got last time they were in Seattle, it would be a true miracle to beat Seattle in the playoffs to move on to Carolina
 
2014-01-08 12:14:35 PM

HeathenHealer: INeedAName: The other possible road win I see is the Saints in Carolina

I just don't see that possibly happening this weekend.


lol
 
2014-01-08 12:15:28 PM
Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

Damn those insufferable fans who were loyal to losing teams and are now happy to see them win! They should shut their faces! Bunch of front-runners, rooting for the Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots for 30+ years just because they knew they would all win championships around the same time! What gaul!
 
2014-01-08 12:17:27 PM
just to get it out of the way:

-Seahawks are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Saints are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Niners are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Panthers are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Broncos are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Colts are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Chargers are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Patriots are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke

*knock on wood*

there we go, now this weekend will be a fair competition in the eyes of the football gods
 
2014-01-08 12:18:51 PM
Anyhow, this prediction by the curly haired boyfriend is just plain stupidity. Seriously, Indy beat Denver, San Fran, and Seattle this year, didn't they? I didn't follow closely enough to know if there were extenuating circumstances for those wins (injuries, etc) but I'm not sure how you can count them out and say it will be a Patriots rout.
 
2014-01-08 12:20:00 PM

AdamK: -Chargers are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke


snert
 
2014-01-08 12:20:22 PM

HeathenHealer: INeedAName: The other possible road win I see is the Saints in Carolina

I just don't see that possibly happening this weekend.


based on preseason ranks & seeding trends for the last decade & all the various combinations that appear in the conference championships: New Orleans, San Francisco, San Diego, and New England will win this weekend
 
2014-01-08 12:28:56 PM

Here Comes Everybody: As a fellow Eagles fan, I hate this guy because, for a tiny fraction of time, he actually made me root for the farking Colts.


Should that be a problem?  It isn't like he's making me want to root for the Cowboys or something stupid like that.  And I'll root like hell for the Giants to get to a superbowl after their last two, maximum-trolling-defined performances.

BunkoSquad: people outside New England read CHB and think he speaks for us when locals generally hate him with the fire of a thousand suns.


I promise I won't do that.  I have enough close friends and family from NE to form a cogent opinion of you Bradychick idolators.

/wishes he had someone to idolize
 
2014-01-08 12:46:36 PM
Warren Sapp and Kurt Warner have said the same thing about the Saints this week. Oh well, yawn.
 
2014-01-08 12:49:00 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

I don't know.  It would be more Belichick versus Manning.  It's kind of amusing that any of the Broncos' showdowns this season have so little to do with John Fox.  That guy's found the perfect home (so long as Manning is QB).


(In best palpatine voice) Im afraid when your patriot friends arrive they will find our Peyton Manning fully operational.
 
2014-01-08 12:57:05 PM
Let me be the one millionth Boston native to say CHB is a total hack and something of a troll, so pay no attention to him.

Now, the Colts actually scare me a little, only because they've put together a couple road games this year where they were strangely dominant on both sides of the ball (@ SF and @ KC come to mind). I think the Pats win, but the Colts have demonstrated it's possible for their usually soft defense to actually show up and for Donald Brown to go absolutely apeshiat.
 
2014-01-08 12:59:12 PM

AtariGod: That reminded me a lot of the infamous Jacksonville column Woody Paige wrote back in Jan '97 when the Jags came in and made Romo look stupid . . . and the rest of the Broncos team.   The Jags to this day will tell you the column helped motivate them for the upset.


Good luck NE.

/not really.  I can't stand Pats fans.
//Surprisingly large amount of Pats fans here in Denver.


Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the first and last time anyone has ever said Romo when they mean Elway.
 
2014-01-08 12:59:14 PM

Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.


Every fanbase is some mixture of homers, assholes, frontrunners, and the occasional reasonable person.  When the team sucks, the homers have to come to terms with their team sucking, assholes shut up, and frontrunners stop caring.  When the team is good, homers become cocky and obnoxious, assholes open their mouths again, and frontrunners reappear.  The people don't have to change, they just have to react differently in different circumstances.

On a related note, God help us all if the Browns win a Super Bowl.
 
2014-01-08 01:14:10 PM

birdboy2000: I'm torn.

On the one hand, I'm a Patriots fan and think the Pats are the better team.

On the other hand, Dan Shaughnessy is never right.


Here's him predicting the Sox would finish last this year.
 
2014-01-08 01:15:14 PM

Killer Cars: Now, the Colts actually scare me a little, only because they've put together a couple road games this year where they were strangely dominant on both sides of the ball (@ SF and @ KC come to mind). I think the Pats win, but the Colts have demonstrated it's possible for their usually soft defense to actually show up and for Donald Brown to go absolutely apeshiat.


This Donald Brown?
 
2014-01-08 01:15:29 PM
Nobody was a Patriot fan before 2001. Not even in Boston.
 
2014-01-08 01:16:39 PM
Are the Bronys off today?  The Patriots are the only non-horsey team left in the AFC playoffs.
 
2014-01-08 01:16:46 PM

Nefarious: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Eagles Home Openers
2009 Saints
2010 Packers
2011 Giants
2012 Ravens
2013 Chargers
Denver will lose as will the victor of the Pats/Colts.  It's Phillip Rivers show this year.


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-08 01:22:46 PM

obeymatt: Nobody was a Patriot fan before 2001. Not even in Boston.


Andre Tippet is going to be really disappointed to hear that.
 
2014-01-08 01:23:57 PM

Nefarious: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Eagles Home Openers
2009 Saints
2010 Packers
2011 Giants
2012 Ravens
2013 Chargers
Denver will lose as will the victor of the Pats/Colts.  It's Phillip Rivers show this year.


Fark you, Deadspin, and Belicheat.
 
2014-01-08 01:24:34 PM

obeymatt: Nobody was a Patriot fan before 2001. Not even in Boston.


well, these guys were
 
2014-01-08 01:25:24 PM

VTGremlin: This Donald Brown?


For this season, it wouldn't surprise me if there's an audio clip somewhere of Andrew Luck going "god dammit Trent".
 
2014-01-08 01:25:36 PM
18-1
 
2014-01-08 01:26:41 PM
Well, that was a dumb thing to write...

Go Patriots!
 
2014-01-08 01:28:06 PM

Killer Cars: Let me be the one millionth Boston native to say CHB is a total hack and something of a troll, so pay no attention to him.

Now, the Colts actually scare me a little, only because they've put together a couple road games this year where they were strangely dominant on both sides of the ball (@ SF and @ KC come to mind). I think the Pats win, but the Colts have demonstrated it's possible for their usually soft defense to actually show up and for Donald Brown to go absolutely apeshiat.


Pick your half for the defense to show up. The offense shows up as long as Pep doesn't insist on his power-o, 6 linemen "0 yards up the gut by Richardson" formations. When the Colts have been playing 3 wide with no fullback, the offense hums really nice. As a Colts homer, it pains me to say this, but the game is little better than a coin flip with the nods to NE.
 
2014-01-08 01:28:27 PM
Don't click on Shaughnessy articles.
 
2014-01-08 01:29:07 PM

Neondistraction: AtariGod: That reminded me a lot of the infamous Jacksonville column Woody Paige wrote back in Jan '97 when the Jags came in and made Romo look stupid . . . and the rest of the Broncos team.   The Jags to this day will tell you the column helped motivate them for the upset.


Good luck NE.

/not really.  I can't stand Pats fans.
//Surprisingly large amount of Pats fans here in Denver.

Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the first and last time anyone has ever said Romo when they mean Elway.


Bill Romanowski.  That Romo.  Sorry.  I should have clarified.  Elway played OK that game.  Bill looked like a 'roided up fool trying to tackle Natrone Means and Mark Brunnell.  He missed sooo many tackles that day.  Ugh.
 
2014-01-08 01:32:17 PM

VTGremlin: Killer Cars: Now, the Colts actually scare me a little, only because they've put together a couple road games this year where they were strangely dominant on both sides of the ball (@ SF and @ KC come to mind). I think the Pats win, but the Colts have demonstrated it's possible for their usually soft defense to actually show up and for Donald Brown to go absolutely apeshiat.

This Donald Brown?


Or this one:  http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=331222012
 
2014-01-08 01:35:37 PM

Neondistraction: AtariGod: That reminded me a lot of the infamous Jacksonville column Woody Paige wrote back in Jan '97 when the Jags came in and made Romo look stupid . . . and the rest of the Broncos team.   The Jags to this day will tell you the column helped motivate them for the upset.


Good luck NE.

/not really.  I can't stand Pats fans.
//Surprisingly large amount of Pats fans here in Denver.

Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the first and last time anyone has ever said Romo when they mean Elway.


www.hardknocks.tv
 
2014-01-08 01:44:15 PM
People don't like Boston sports fans because when you've won 8 pro sports championships since 2000, it makes you look like an asshole when you still pretend to be the scrappy underdogs.
 
2014-01-08 01:48:37 PM

Nana's Vibrator: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: Pats without Gronk will not win the Superbowl.

but I'd still put the Pats offense right now against anyone


Denver
 
2014-01-08 01:49:13 PM

Mr. Chainsaw: People don't like Boston sports fans because when you've won 8 pro sports championships since 2000, it makes you look like an asshole when you still pretend to be the scrappy underdogs.


I'll bite. How are they doing that?
 
2014-01-08 01:53:51 PM

obeymatt: Nobody was a Patriot fan before 2001. Not even in Boston.


That's weird.  If you said 1993 you'd have been a little more right.  The Pats had a modest but pretty good local following through the mid to late 70's and into the mid 80's.  After the '85 season ('86 Superbowl Shuffle) it declined into something comical through '92.  I was able to get free tickets a few times a year and move toward the front and center of the old Foxboro Stadium.  It usually involved watching the Pats get it handed to them.  When Parcells came to town in 1993 fans got back in the seats and to a Superbowl in '96 (Green Bay/Favre/Reggie White/Mike Holmgren).  They've been selling out ever since, though it was almost all screwed up by some inept passive bumbling nice-guy named Pete Carrol.

After 2001, locals were still fans, but now (and I don't know where you're from) you can't go on vacation without seeing a Patriots shirt or hat (Red Sox, too).  Twice in Orlando last year I pointed and smiled and asked where someone was from.  Both responses were a little closer to Duck Dynasty than The Departed.
 
2014-01-08 02:03:32 PM
The Pats do match up well against the Colts. The two AFC teams that the Pats matched up the worst against got booted last weekend -- i.e., anybody with a running game.

Not to mention they're playing a young dome QB on a rainy January night in New England. I'd give them about an 80% chance of winning. I would've given them a 50% chance if it were the Chiefs or Bengals.
 
2014-01-08 02:04:53 PM

Killer Cars: VTGremlin: This Donald Brown?

For this season, it wouldn't surprise me if there's an audio clip somewhere of Andrew Luck going "god dammit Trent".


If there isn't yet, there will be one day

That Peyton cussing Donald clip makes be giggle like a schoolgirl, I can't help it
 
2014-01-08 02:06:32 PM

Nana's Vibrator: obeymatt: Nobody was a Patriot fan before 2001. Not even in Boston.

That's weird.  If you said 1993 you'd have been a little more right.  The Pats had a modest but pretty good local following through the mid to late 70's and into the mid 80's.  After the '85 season ('86 Superbowl Shuffle) it declined into something comical through '92.  I was able to get free tickets a few times a year and move toward the front and center of the old Foxboro Stadium.  It usually involved watching the Pats get it handed to them.  When Parcells came to town in 1993 fans got back in the seats and to a Superbowl in '96 (Green Bay/Favre/Reggie White/Mike Holmgren).  They've been selling out ever since, though it was almost all screwed up by some inept passive bumbling nice-guy named Pete Carrol.

After 2001, locals were still fans, but now (and I don't know where you're from) you can't go on vacation without seeing a Patriots shirt or hat (Red Sox, too).  Twice in Orlando last year I pointed and smiled and asked where someone was from.  Both responses were a little closer to Duck Dynasty than The Departed.


Hell, we used to get free tickets at the box office in the late-80's/early-90's. My dad has been a season ticket holder since he was in college and when my brother and I were old enough not to run off into a crowd he'd bring us to games. We'd walk up to the ticket window and ask if there were any tickets left and the person would usually give us end zone seats for free, although a few times they did charge us the full face value of $10 a seat. And just before the Parcells/Bledsoe era began it was common for him to drop us off with his tickets just before kickoff then come back at 3:30 and park on Route 1 in front of the stadium to pick us up. It still amazes me that he could do that, especially with what Route 1 looks like these days.
 
2014-01-08 02:09:11 PM

Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.


Patriots haven't won a super bowl since the team relied upon Brady to be "the man".  Their championships came when he just had to fit in the system and manage the clock while the defense destroyed the other team.
 
2014-01-08 02:13:06 PM

WinoRhino: What gaul!


That shiat's divided into three parts, you know.

One part hubris
One part douchebaggery
One part asshattery
 
2014-01-08 02:20:23 PM

aintnuttintofarkwith: The Pats do match up well against the Colts. The two AFC teams that the Pats matched up the worst against got booted last weekend -- i.e., anybody with a running game.

Not to mention they're playing a young dome QB on a rainy January night in New England. I'd give them about an 80% chance of winning. I would've given them a 50% chance if it were the Chiefs or Bengals.


Sorry, doesn't hold up.  Indy is 5-2 on grass, 6-3 on turf, 6-3 indoor, 5-2 outdoor, 8-4 daytime, 3-1 night, and only one loss worse away than at home this season.  They hold up fine away, outdoors, and at night.  Now, NE is perfect at home, which is their most advantageous point, I'll give you that.  But the other things you put forth don't matter this season.
 
2014-01-08 03:18:45 PM

moistD: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Patriots haven't won a super bowl since the team relied upon Brady to be "the man".  Their championships came when he just had to fit in the system and manage the clock while the defense destroyed the other team.


Christ, what is it with this logic? As we've seen the last few years, the NFL playoffs are more or less a craphshoot, and Brady has come within two plays of having 5 Super Bowl rings. Manning's only been to one damn Super Bowl.
 
2014-01-08 03:18:52 PM

Bane of Broone: Mr. Chainsaw: People don't like Boston sports fans because when you've won 8 pro sports championships since 2000, it makes you look like an asshole when you still pretend to be the scrappy underdogs.

I'll bite. How are they doing that?


Were you around during the 2013 MLB Postseason? Because they are only the 3rd highest payroll (or 4th, I forgot), they were the scrappy underdogs and David Ortiz was totally not a juicer like a-rod and that positive steroid test was a false positive.
 
2014-01-08 03:21:22 PM

moistD: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Patriots haven't won a super bowl since the team relied upon Brady to be "the man".  Their championships came when he just had to fit in the system and manage the clock while the defense destroyed the other team.


They have the most wins in the NFL of any team in the years since they last won a Super Bowl.  They've been pretty damn successful since they've given the keys to Brady.
 
2014-01-08 03:23:03 PM

aintnuttintofarkwith: moistD: Oldiron_79: Even if the pats beat the colts they still have to play the Broncs. So then it becomes a question of who chokes worse Brady or Manning.

Patriots haven't won a super bowl since the team relied upon Brady to be "the man".  Their championships came when he just had to fit in the system and manage the clock while the defense destroyed the other team.

Christ, what is it with this logic? As we've seen the last few years, the NFL playoffs are more or less a craphshoot, and Brady has come within two plays of having 5 Super Bowl rings. Manning's only been to one damn Super Bowl.


Correction: Manning has been to two Super Bowls.  In the first one he beat a Rex Grossman led Bears team.  In the second one, he threw a crippling late game interception that sealed the deal for the Saints.
 
2014-01-08 03:33:38 PM

machoprogrammer: Bane of Broone: Mr. Chainsaw: People don't like Boston sports fans because when you've won 8 pro sports championships since 2000, it makes you look like an asshole when you still pretend to be the scrappy underdogs.

I'll bite. How are they doing that?

Were you around during the 2013 MLB Postseason? Because they are only the 3rd highest payroll (or 4th, I forgot), they were the scrappy underdogs and David Ortiz was totally not a juicer like a-rod and that positive steroid test was a false positive.


According to the fans? Or are we talking about bull shiat media narratives?
 
2014-01-08 03:39:11 PM
How the hell did baseball get dragged into this??  David Ortiz and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the cleanest athletes ever.

/ seriously

// not even
 
2014-01-08 05:15:09 PM

AdamK: just to get it out of the way:

-Seahawks are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Saints are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Niners are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Panthers are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Broncos are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Colts are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Chargers are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke
-Patriots are guaranteed to win the super bowl, everybody else is a joke

*knock on wood*

there we go, now this weekend will be a fair competition in the eyes of the football gods


Great, now no one will win the Super Bowl.  There will be a blizzard of epic proportions that weekend with 2 feet of snow and the game will be canceled. thanks a lot!
 
2014-01-08 05:21:26 PM

MmmmBacon: Colt 45, Pats 10.

I normally would think the Pats would win this game, but the author of that article just buried the Pats in his douchiness.


Colt 45...I think I see what you did there
 
2014-01-08 05:21:41 PM

Khellendros: aintnuttintofarkwith: The Pats do match up well against the Colts. The two AFC teams that the Pats matched up the worst against got booted last weekend -- i.e., anybody with a running game.

Not to mention they're playing a young dome QB on a rainy January night in New England. I'd give them about an 80% chance of winning. I would've given them a 50% chance if it were the Chiefs or Bengals.

Sorry, doesn't hold up.  Indy is 5-2 on grass, 6-3 on turf, 6-3 indoor, 5-2 outdoor, 8-4 daytime, 3-1 night, and only one loss worse away than at home this season.  They hold up fine away, outdoors, and at night.  Now, NE is perfect at home, which is their most advantageous point, I'll give you that.  But the other things you put forth don't matter this season.


I think he was making a point specifically about cold ass rain and not all those other fancy stats you threw up there.  Of course I don't know Lucks record in cold rainy games so my point is only that you missed the point.
 
2014-01-08 05:45:06 PM
Sports fan are farking retarded. The same old tired arguments, the same old tired cliches...never any new fresh take, can't ever take a joke, always love the losers because you can feel better about yourself, always become bitter assholes because a team wins a lot more than your favorite.

I love watching sports, but I honestly hate the fans.
 
2014-01-08 07:34:17 PM
Was Peter King giving Shaughnessy a reach-around while he wrote that column?
 
2014-01-08 08:49:28 PM

obeymatt: Nobody was a Patriot fan before 2001. Not even in Boston.


keylock71: Well, that was a dumb thing to write...

Go Patriots!

 
2014-01-08 10:00:31 PM
Why does anyone (in or out of Boston/New England) pay any attention to what this dickbag says? he's the very definition of a professional troll.

//and yet here I am commenting on said touchhole. Mea culpa.
 
2014-01-08 10:06:02 PM

vladimpaler: Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.

There's a lot more of them now.  I'm from New England, and I never saw anyone wearing Patriot shirts in the nineties.  Now it seems that everyone owns a complete set and is quick to tell you how much they've always supported the team, despite the fact the Patriots almost moved to St. Louis due to lack of fan support.

The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees.  In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies.  In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals.  They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.


I see that besides being a Mainah who hates the Pats, you hold the Sawx in (roughly) the same regard. How about the Celts? Bruins? Not that I care who you root for. Just curious and think it odd you think like this. Unless you aren't a native. NTTAWWT.
 
2014-01-08 11:39:08 PM
I want Colts vs Bolts. For the lulz. And the bolos.
 
2014-01-08 11:53:25 PM

John Buck 41: vladimpaler: Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.

There's a lot more of them now.  I'm from New England, and I never saw anyone wearing Patriot shirts in the nineties.  Now it seems that everyone owns a complete set and is quick to tell you how much they've always supported the team, despite the fact the Patriots almost moved to St. Louis due to lack of fan support.

The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees.  In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies.  In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals.  They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.

I see that besides being a Mainah who hates the Pats, you hold the Sawx in (roughly) the same regard. How about the Celts? Bruins? Not that I care who you root for. Just curious and think it odd you think like this. Unless you aren't a native. NTTAWWT.


I no longer follow the NBA.  If I want rigged sporting events I'll watch the WWE.  I was a 76er fan (because of Julius Erving) until they traded Charles Barkley.  Hockey, I still vaguely follow the Flyers - fan of the Broad Street Bully era and the Maine Mariners (back-to-back Calder Cup championships in 1978 and 79!!)

Born in Pawtucket, RI and moved to Maine when I was six.  I don't understand why so many people around here follow the Boston teams.  The word "masshole" was invented for a reason.  Everyone always asks if it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?  But then we slavishly follow their teams?  No sense at all to me.
 
2014-01-09 12:02:19 AM

vladimpaler: John Buck 41: vladimpaler: Gunny Highway: Doc Daneeka: I liked Boston fans more when about 20 years ago when they were still lovable losers, instead of the insufferable front-runners they've become since all their teams started winning championships in the Aughts.

So the same people who were lovable losers because the were fans of Boston teams became "front runners" when the team started winning?  How does that make sense.

There's a lot more of them now.  I'm from New England, and I never saw anyone wearing Patriot shirts in the nineties.  Now it seems that everyone owns a complete set and is quick to tell you how much they've always supported the team, despite the fact the Patriots almost moved to St. Louis due to lack of fan support.

The Red Sox fans keep trying to portray themselves as the little guys fighting the big bad Yankees.  In 2004 they had the second highest payroll and spent $61 million more than the Rockies.  In 2007, second again, $55 million more than the Cardinals.  They went from never winning to if they don't win, someone else screwed them over.

I see that besides being a Mainah who hates the Pats, you hold the Sawx in (roughly) the same regard. How about the Celts? Bruins? Not that I care who you root for. Just curious and think it odd you think like this. Unless you aren't a native. NTTAWWT.

I no longer follow the NBA.  If I want rigged sporting events I'll watch the WWE.  I was a 76er fan (because of Julius Erving) until they traded Charles Barkley.  Hockey, I still vaguely follow the Flyers - fan of the Broad Street Bully era and the Maine Mariners (back-to-back Calder Cup championships in 1978 and 79!!)

Born in Pawtucket, RI and moved to Maine when I was six.  I don't understand why so many people around here follow the Boston teams.  The word "masshole" was invented for a reason.  Everyone always asks if it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?  But then we slavishly follow their teams?  No sense at all to me.


+1 for the civil reply. Thanks.
 
2014-01-09 08:16:24 AM

vladimpaler: Born in Pawtucket, RI and moved to Maine when I was six. I don't understand why so many people around here follow the Boston teams. The word "masshole" was invented for a reason. Everyone always asks if it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? But then we slavishly follow their teams? No sense at all to me.


I bumped into a bunch of "REAL MAINERS!!!!!!" on the train one time.  They were coming back from a Pats game.  They were wasted and screaming about how great was and how they never want to leave because the are "REAL MAINERS!"

Every state has their "massholes"
 
2014-01-09 08:26:18 AM

Gunny Highway: They were wasted and screaming about how great was and how they never want to leave because the are "REAL MAINERS!"


Didn't want to leave the game or the state?
 
2014-01-09 08:38:06 AM

John Buck 41: Gunny Highway: They were wasted and screaming about how great was and how they never want to leave because the are "REAL MAINERS!"

Didn't want to leave the game or the state?


Didnt want to leave Maine....but there they were.
 
2014-01-09 10:48:35 AM

On the Side: I think he was making a point specifically about cold ass rain and not all those other fancy stats you threw up there. Of course I don't know Lucks record in cold rainy games so my point is only that you missed the point.


I didn't miss any point.  Under adverse conditions, he performs almost exactly the same as in favorable conditions.  There's no reason to conclude that he'll perform poorly in this specific instance.  Nights, days, turf, home, away, dome, outdoors, whatever.  I haven't seen any specific condition that affects him more than any other QB out there.  He hasn't had any conditional weaknesses show up yet.  Sure, you can assert that rain might be his kryptonite, but there's no reason to think that's the case.
 
2014-01-09 11:19:30 AM

Gunny Highway: vladimpaler: Born in Pawtucket, RI and moved to Maine when I was six. I don't understand why so many people around here follow the Boston teams. The word "masshole" was invented for a reason. Everyone always asks if it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? But then we slavishly follow their teams? No sense at all to me.

I bumped into a bunch of "REAL MAINERS!!!!!!" on the train one time.  They were coming back from a Pats game.  They were wasted and screaming about how great was and how they never want to leave because the are "REAL MAINERS!"

Every state has their "massholes"


Did the Maine Mariners turn into the Portland Pirates?

I'm from Maine, too. The sticks. What other sports teams do we have to root for? The Black Bears for college hockey, and that's about it. What, are we supposed to connect more with New York sports teams? Or should we be CFL fans? We try to distance ourselves from those fake french farks even more than we do massholes
 
2014-01-09 01:56:42 PM

aintnuttintofarkwith: Gunny Highway: vladimpaler: Born in Pawtucket, RI and moved to Maine when I was six. I don't understand why so many people around here follow the Boston teams. The word "masshole" was invented for a reason. Everyone always asks if it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them? But then we slavishly follow their teams? No sense at all to me.

I bumped into a bunch of "REAL MAINERS!!!!!!" on the train one time.  They were coming back from a Pats game.  They were wasted and screaming about how great was and how they never want to leave because the are "REAL MAINERS!"

Every state has their "massholes"

Did the Maine Mariners turn into the Portland Pirates?

I'm from Maine, too. The sticks. What other sports teams do we have to root for? The Black Bears for college hockey, and that's about it. What, are we supposed to connect more with New York sports teams? Or should we be CFL fans? We try to distance ourselves from those fake french farks even more than we do massholes



The Maine Mariners were the Flyers' farm team from 1977 to 1982. The Devils took over in 1982 until 1987 when they moved the club to Utica. A new expansion Maine Mariners, owned by the Bruins, was formed and played until they became the Providence Bruins after the 1992 season. The Portland Pirates then came into existance, even though they are playing in Lewiston this season.

I say pick your teams without regard to geography.  It's even easier today with cable, satellite, and internet to follow teams from outside your region.  If I have to choose between New York and Boston, I say I have met a lot fewer a**hole New Yorkers.
 
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