Patriots (8-0) at Indianapolis (7-0), 4:15 PM EST

November 4th, 2007

I am a football fan. Not one of those fully committed I’ll-dye-myself-red-white-and-blue then cheer on the team in my shorts under the cold November sunshine fans, just a guy who likes to watch the game and likes to watch his team win.  I became a football fan in 1985 when the Patriots staggered their way into the Super Bowl only to be mutilated by the Chicago Bears 59-10.

 I stayed with the Patriots all through the following years of absolute misery- my team just couldn’t seem to pull it together despite having talent and a decent defense. I watched them give up before the first half closed, listened to the endless gloating of Jets, Dolphins, Bills and Colts fans and wondered if there would ever be a time when the Patriots would be a team feared in the NFL.

 Given all that, the Parcells years where the team was rebuilt and remade, followed by the Pete Carroll years where the coaching style seemed to be built around hugs and orange slices, and then, finally, Bill Belichick, it’s a little astounding to realize the Patriots are about to play in what will likely be the best game of the season.

 Two undefeated powerhouses going head-to-head… and the Patriots are 5 point favorites? I have never been more excited about a professional sporting event in my life, including all three Patriots Super Bowl wins.

 I may even paint myself red, white and blue…

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