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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

January 17, 2005

Taking Pride in the Pats

After reversing the course of history (at least in the eyes of many ‘football experts’), the Patriot’s are one step closer to defending their Super Bowl championship after dismantling the vaunted Colt’s offense. Some notes from the game:

Bill Belichick absolutely owns Peyton Manning. Manning actually played a pretty good game last night, but it was the same result that has been happening on a regular basis. Patriots win, Colts lose. It is as simple as that. It was huge that the game was at the razor (Gillette Stadium), and a smile crossed my lips when I saw the snow falling. The weather in New England is basically a twelfth man for the Patriots.

Tom Brady is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. All this guy is win football games. The next time he loses in a playoff game will be his first. Not bad for a 6th round draft pick.

While the Colt’s defense is not one of the greatest of all time, Dwight Freeny can flat out play. I have never seen a defensive end come off the ball so fast on EVERY SINGLE SNAP. This guy is quite disruptive and will be a force for some time.

Corey Dillon is one of the best second round draft picks of all time. That is all the Patriots had to give up to trade for him with the Bengals. Now throw in this was his first playoff game in an eight-year career and you have a guy that wants to play.

The bye for New England was huge. Not many talked about it, but their regular season bye was in week three. That meant the players had a lot of football on them without a break.

If the MVP was awarded to a guy that truly meant the most to his team, Troy Brown would get my vote. This guy is the slot receiver, returns punts, and oh yeah he plays nickel back for the Pats as well. That guy must be dead tired after covering Stokely all game.

So now the Patriots go into the field that ketchup built (Heinz Field) and here is a stat for you to think about. Since 2001 the Patriots are 14 – 0 (including playoffs) when they face the same quarterback for the second time in a season. As bad a Big Ben looked, this is a great stat leading into the AFC Championship.


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