19-0: The New England Patriots Quest For Perfection
What’s your definition of perfection? Does it personally imply or conjure a sight, sound or taste?
How about a remarkable movie production of your favorite book or having the perfect steak during the easiness of a chill summer night on a newly stained deck with choice companionship?
Does a night of jazzy piano keys while sitting across from crystal candlelit eyes signifying the start of a torrid love affair fit the bill?
Sorry my people if this piece at first appears offbeat or sidetracked, but thoughts of the movie Love Jones puts me right there. Perfection in the combination of a love initial, the chillest jazz and Nia Long take me home now please sensuality.
As the Patriots shoot for 19-0, rest assured the above images are the furthest from any of the most cultured New England Patriot mind. Say what you will about Bill Belichick, but he has kept this team spiritually, mentally and physically grounded from the rigors of training camp, video gate, league wide hate–fans, media, coaches and players–to the doorstep of potentially becoming the best professional regular season team of all time. This is something sports fans of this generation have never seen professionally and should be celebrated instead of enviously hated. This society inexplicably has grown to abhor consistent winners. What is that? Personally, it’s not the message I want to pass to my children.
Grab it and squeeze!
Laid back? Maybe, but too good to not make it happen
Don’t doubt the magnitude of this once in a lifetime feat. Truly, if going undefeated wasn’t that important, the NFL–in an unprecedented move–wouldn’t be airing Saturday night’s Pats/Giants game on three networks (CBS, NBC, NFLN).
There is also the chance of records being broken tonight by Randy Moss and Tom Brady. Although Jerry Rice in ’87 caught 22 touchdown passes in an absurd twelve games, Randy Moss dramatically should eclipse the record tonight in front of a world audience. Wouldn’t it be grand if that record breaker also sets a new touchdown pass mark by Tom Brady? Brady is one away from tying Peyton Manning’s 2004 mark and now is balanced on Dan Marino’s previously longstanding 1984 number of 48. The Pats also will definitely break the record for total points scored in a season tonight and shatter the Randy Moss, Cris Carter and Randall Cunningham led ’98 Vikings standard of 556. There’s no coincidence Randy Moss is approaching history again, but this time he wants the confetti shine–which is the career equivalent of straight cash homey.
Randy looks Gary Anderson shook
The reason why this is going to happen is because of Randy’s 1998 rookie dream shattering loss to the Dirty Birds of Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game. The Vikes were 15-1 and all but assured a spot in a Super Bowl for the ages against the John Elway and Terrell Davis led Denver Broncos until Gary Anderson missed a 38 yard chip shot even though he’d gone almost two years without a miss. In sports, that moment proves crazy things do happen. Randy has lived with the misery of such a spirit breaking loss for almost ten years and unquestionably will not be denied again. Rarely do athletes get another shot like this and it’s truly a testament of the 2nd greatest receiver ever.
The greatest clutch field goal kicker of all time is no longer a member of the Pats and laces ’em up for their most hated rival the Indianapolis Colts, but RMoss isn’t worried. He’ll make sure it’s not even close tonight or later on in New Orleans. The fans know it. The other teams know it, but nobody will stop it–not with Freeney done.
Maybe in the regular season, but not now.
The Pats want this bad. Ain’t nobody sittin’ tonight until the ultimate seasonal goal is accomplished. They’ll pass early in the red zone to get the records out of the way and cruise to another 20 point victory 38-18.
It’s time to start shining the diamond.