From November 2010 to May 2011, I wrote for a site called “The Sports Blog Network,” a sports website launched by Chris Reed. The site folded, as websites do, and at some point in the past year (maybe longer?) the content was removed.
I loved the work I did there and appreciated the opportunity Chris gave me (thanks man!) so I am reposting all of those stories on ReadJack.
Originally published on Sports Blog Network December 7, 2010
If, on February 6, 2011, Tom Brady is hoisting his fourth Super Bowl trophy after brutalizing our Chicago Bears on national television, I will look back at Week 13 of this 2010 NFL season and say, “Ah ha! Shoulda known.”
And frankly, I don’t care what happens between these two clubs next week. Our beloved Bears may even pull out the very W that blesses their season with the Lombardian Right to just keep winning, a blessing that might even carry them all the way to The Big Game.
These 2010 Bears have some of that 2005 Bears underdog in them, but these Patriots have a lot of that 2001 Pats underdog in them. Even more frightening, they possess the high-powered assault capabilities of their 2007 selves.
That’s what we saw last night when the Pats invited their old pals the Jets to their backyard for a game of high-stakes keep-away.
It was a full-fledged butt kicking, with New England as the boot. The score updates alone suggested that the Patriots were not satisfied with just bagging a win. No sir, they craved a victory that reminds all the other kids who’s running this playground.
About 31 hours earlier, the Bears coaching brass were witnessed in plain sight on the Ford Field sideline offering each other hearty congratulations on a four-point victory over a team that’s lost 36 of their past 40 games.
And because the Lions were out of timeouts, the handshakes between Lovie, Martz, Marinelli, and Tice took place while Big Jay was kneeling out the clock, killing Detroit on a slow bleed from a flesh wound.
During the same time in their game, the Patriots – leading 45-3 – were running a 3rd and 7 from the shotgun, attempting to move the chains and, by the grace of the football gods, score more points.
When you’re 8-3 and talking playoffs, you want to wax clubs that have won four games in three years by at least five touchdowns.
And when you’re 9-2 facing another 9-2 club, a win is a win is a win.
And I know that for fans, sports are gladiator entertainment and religious necessity, while for coaches, they are job opportunities and career stability. The Bears staff will always have different priorities than the Bears fans. I can live with that.
I just wish they didn’t have such different priorities than the Patriots.
Jack M Silverstein is a staff writer for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Say hey @readjack.