Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Colts-Patriots tilt shaping as battle of Good vs. Evil
espn.com ^ | October 23, 2007 | Gregg Easterbrook

Posted on 10/24/2007 11:07:54 AM PDT by Boston Blackie

Patriots at Colts has a powerful, compelling narrative. Namely -- Good vs. Evil.

Argument for the Indianapolis Colts as paladins who carry the banner of that which is beneficent: Sportsmanship, honesty, modesty, devotion to community, embrace of traditional small-town life, belief in higher power, even love of laughter.

Argument for the New England Patriots as scoundrels in the service of that which is baleful: Dishonesty, cheating, arrogance, hubris, endless complaining even in success. The Patriots have three Super Bowl rings, but that jewelry is tarnished by their cheating scandal. They run up the score to humiliate opponents -- more on that below -- thus mocking sportsmanship. Their coach snaps and snarls in public, seeming to feel contempt for the American public that has brought him wealth and celebrity.

The team's star, Tom Brady, is a smirking sybarite who dates actresses and supermodels but whose public charity appearances are infrequent. That constant smirk on Brady's face reminds one of Dick Cheney; people who smirk are fairly broadcasting the message, "I'm hiding something."

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: colts; nfl; patriots
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-82 next last

1 posted on 10/24/2007 11:07:56 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

Colts are gonna whip em good if it ever comes to it, so no worries...;-)


2 posted on 10/24/2007 11:09:47 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Grassroots Conservatism at its finest...VOTE DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

Sounds like Easterbrook lost a bundle betting against the Pats... whining simp.


3 posted on 10/24/2007 11:11:43 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. "What happens if neutrinos have mass?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

Blah,Blah,Blah.........

Pats win by 21.


4 posted on 10/24/2007 11:13:07 AM PDT by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: theDentist

Yet ANOTHER ESPN hack who’s jumped the shark. That station is getting harder and harder to stomach.


5 posted on 10/24/2007 11:14:15 AM PDT by ssaftler (Which Al is more deadly: Al Qaeda or Al Gore?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie
Brady's face reminds one of Dick Cheney; people who smirk are fairly broadcasting the message, "I'm hiding something."

He forgot to mention "the cheap shot"

6 posted on 10/24/2007 11:14:23 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government if and when it deserves it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie
That constant smirk on Brady's face reminds one of Dick Cheney; people who smirk are fairly broadcasting the message, "I'm hiding something."

Well, I guess we know which side of the bed this guy wakes up on.

7 posted on 10/24/2007 11:14:49 AM PDT by shekkian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mainepatsfan
That delusional S.O.B. Easterbrook should seek professional help.

Funny how he forgets that his All American boy Peyton settled a sexual harassment lawsuit out of court.

He compares Brady to Cheney but doesn't see a connection between Manning and that sexual predator Clinton.

8 posted on 10/24/2007 11:15:37 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie
This is a phony article! Good isn’t playing since the Cowboys aren’t playing!
9 posted on 10/24/2007 11:16:39 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire

Whine bag. Brady will beat all of Manning’s records he is the best QB in the game bar none. Pats beat Colts by 2 tds. Then again in playoffs.

Pats will win the SB and after being scrutinized all year cannot be accused of cheating.

As far a running up the score, when you have the 2nd and 3rd team in and they keep scoring what do you do, tell them to stop at midfield?


10 posted on 10/24/2007 11:17:01 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: theDentist

What do you want to bet that Mr. Easterbrook has a picture of Tom Brady on his bedroom wall and he secretly practices “man kissing”.

To call Satan Manning a humble down to earth guy...Tell me the name of a product that he does do an ad for.
I think I saw him doing an ad for Strawberry Scented Douches. Tom dates super models... And the problem with that is? I am sure Satan’s wife is rather hot. I just hope she has a chin unlike that hick...ahuh ahuh.


11 posted on 10/24/2007 11:18:51 AM PDT by Holicheese (1-21-09 Hillary starts to destroy America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

“Peyton settled a sexual harassment lawsuit out of court.”

What’s this? Do tell.


12 posted on 10/24/2007 11:19:17 AM PDT by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

The obligatory Pats fans don’t like being called “The Evil Empire” apparently...;-) Although I tend to favor any report that glorifies the Colts and denigrates the Pats, I see your point folks. Not sure I agree the Pats will win by 22 points though. MAYBE 7 points. And that’s IF they win...;-)


13 posted on 10/24/2007 11:20:03 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Grassroots Conservatism at its finest...VOTE DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: EnigmaticAnomaly

21 points...sorry


14 posted on 10/24/2007 11:20:30 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly (Grassroots Conservatism at its finest...VOTE DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie
Something puzzles the mind here.

If someone has a video camera on the sidelines aimed at the opposing team, how can the information be used in a timely manner?

Is it more useful as a tool of distraction to get into the opposing team's heads (a certain NFL head coach has been known to do this to his opponents) or can it actually have some dynamic benefit in the 15-20 seconds between the signals being given and the play starting?

If it can have some benefit in that limited time, why bother with a camera and slow down the decision making further?

15 posted on 10/24/2007 11:20:40 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire

While at Tennessee, Manning “mooned” a female trainer. UT settled with her out of court.


16 posted on 10/24/2007 11:22:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

Tsk,tsk,tsk......


17 posted on 10/24/2007 11:24:51 AM PDT by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative
As far a running up the score, when you have the 2nd and 3rd team in and they keep scoring what do you do, tell them to stop at midfield?

ESPN is based in Connecticut

Connecticut Public High School Athletics have a policy that says a team can not beat another team by more than 50 points, or else the coach gets suspended for one game.
http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/news/story?id=2457707

Maybe ESPN wants the NFL to adopt this rule??

18 posted on 10/24/2007 11:26:01 AM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

I don’t have much of an opinion on the arguments the article sets forth, but having endured—I mean—watched Pats games several times this yr, I have uncovered the key to victory against them. Put your best CB on Welker in the slot (Dallas would have done this with Newman had the other starting CB, Henry, been available), dbl team Moss, and take your chances with single coverage on Stallworth, who is pretty good WR, though not spectacular by any means. Pats running game is barely avg so not much to worry about there. They will still put up 3-4 TDs but a very good offense should be able to exploit their D for at least 3-4 TDs. So it can come down to a FG. That’s how the Colts will beat them in a couple weeks.


19 posted on 10/24/2007 11:29:14 AM PDT by Dysart (Temporarily Unavailable)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Are you sure you’re not an NFL defensive coach? /s


20 posted on 10/24/2007 11:31:07 AM PDT by GQuagmire (Giggety,Giggety,Giggety)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: N. Theknow

They only were doing what every other team was doing that is why no other coaches but whiny boy Mangini has complained.

I think calling a TO as they snap the ball for a FG is worse than filming.


21 posted on 10/24/2007 11:32:38 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire

You have mail


22 posted on 10/24/2007 11:33:11 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: EnigmaticAnomaly

I never stated that the Pats would win by 21 or 22 points.


23 posted on 10/24/2007 11:34:12 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

That’s hardly sexual harassment. A stupid college prank, at best.


24 posted on 10/24/2007 11:35:33 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Problem with that plan is that Stallworth is a great catch and run guy (ask the Cowboys and Fins) and the Pats can use Faulk and Watson. Lastly, you can double Moss and he will still catch balls. Pats RBs are out or injured so that’s one weakness for them. Colts have injuries of their own on D so that’s not going to work in their favor.

This could be a game with an over/under of 75.


25 posted on 10/24/2007 11:36:37 AM PDT by misterrob (Seven down, 12 more til the Pats win the SB again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

Your problem here is the Pats defense is better than that. Wilfolk, Junior and Bruschi rule the middle as the Cowboys,a running team, found out.

I don’t care who you are you can’t cover Welker across the middle the whole game and then you still have Watson who is better than nmst TE’s in the league namely Witten and Clark.

Miami doubled Moss and he still caught to 40 yard passes in the end zone.

Problem 2, colts don’t have but one good CB anyway.


26 posted on 10/24/2007 11:37:00 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

This beyotch got called to account by the ESPN ombusdman for his crappy journalistic standards two weeks ago. The filming violation is seriously old news. With the way that the Pat’s have blasted every defense they have played this year it hardly seems like they got that much benefit from it.


27 posted on 10/24/2007 11:39:24 AM PDT by misterrob (Seven down, 12 more til the Pats win the SB again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative

If you give a QB 5 seconds to throw the ball even 7 DBs cannot cover everyone long enough not to leave someone open. The key to beating the Pats is pass rush and jumping the routes. If you cannot force Brady (or any QB really) to throw the ball before he’s ready then you are going to give up plays.


28 posted on 10/24/2007 11:42:09 AM PDT by misterrob (Seven down, 12 more til the Pats win the SB again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: SeaHawkFan
That’s hardly sexual harassment. A stupid college prank, at best.

I agree.

29 posted on 10/24/2007 11:43:16 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative

Actually, Dallas had some good runs against the Pats and I would expect that Indy can as well with Seymour out.


30 posted on 10/24/2007 11:44:31 AM PDT by misterrob (Seven down, 12 more til the Pats win the SB again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

WTF? Somebody actually pays this Assclown to write this stuff?


31 posted on 10/24/2007 11:46:35 AM PDT by mowowie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: misterrob

The runs in the Dallas game came after it was 14-0 in the 1st and during their one good drive to score in the 3rd and the Pats were only playing 3 on the line and 3 LB dropping Vrabel back into coverage, but yes they may get a few good runs but no overall ground game.


32 posted on 10/24/2007 11:47:14 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

What a whiner. And a sissy, no doubt. :)


33 posted on 10/24/2007 11:48:37 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative
As far a running up the score, when you have the 2nd and 3rd team in and they keep scoring what do you do, tell them to stop at midfield?

When the first team is in and passing, rather than running out the clock, most people would call that "running up the score".

34 posted on 10/24/2007 11:54:55 AM PDT by kevkrom (The religion of global warming: "There is no goddess but Gaia and Al Gore is her profit.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: misterrob; Resolute Conservative
I wouldn't consider the boys a running team only. Barber and Jones do fine, but Owens, Witten, Fasono, Hurd (sometimes), and now Crayton-84 mix it up.

Last season Glenn was a 1000+ receiver until he was injured.

35 posted on 10/24/2007 11:57:14 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Man50D
Good isn’t playing since the Cowboys aren’t playing!

Maybe that's `cause the Cowboys aren't playing good!

36 posted on 10/24/2007 12:02:13 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: GQuagmire

How about you give me the Redskins and 21 this Sunday?


37 posted on 10/24/2007 12:03:54 PM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom
When the first team is in and passing, rather than running out the clock, most people would call that "running up the score".

At what point in a game should the "first team" be taken out?

38 posted on 10/24/2007 12:05:07 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative
Your problem here is the Pats defense is better than that. Wilfolk, Junior and Bruschi rule the middle as the Cowboys,a running team, found out.

You can't be series. The Cowboys, a running team? The Cowboys ran well against the Pats in limited attempts. They just got so far behind that they had to play catch up. But they are clearly a pass first offense.

Watson who is better than nmst TE’s in the league namely Witten and Clark.

Again, you cannot be series. Watson is not even in the same league as Witten. And no one fears him.

Miami doubled Moss and he still caught to 40 yard passes in the end zone.

Yeah I saw what Miami was running out there to dbl team Mss. It was pathetic, and Moss pushed off on the second TD in the end zone. Should have been called. The Cowboys have a 6-5" safety that they can use on a dbl team with all available parts.

But even so, I'm not saying that the Cowboys can beat the Pats right now, I'm asserting that the Colts can and will soon.

39 posted on 10/24/2007 12:07:07 PM PDT by Dysart (Temporarily Unavailable)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom

So when Manning is still in the game in the 4th ahead by 2 td’s with 4 minutes left is that running up the score too?

It seems people like to bash the Pats when they do what every other team does or tries to do. I guess when you are the current best everyone want to take a shot.


40 posted on 10/24/2007 12:09:14 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Dysart

All you hear down here in Texas is the strength of Marion “the Barbarian”. Cowboys always “claim” to be a running team. He runs good against middle tier teams.

You need to go back and watch films of Watson he is an all around TE like Gonzales not just a receiver, but he drops very few if any when thrown to.

Evidently their 6’5” safety did them no good as they lost handily.

Good luck with that dream of Colts winning.


41 posted on 10/24/2007 12:15:22 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative

The Pats did bring in the 2nd string guy who promptly gave 7 back to the Dolphins. If the Fins would roll over then then the Pats could have rust handed off the rest of the game.


42 posted on 10/24/2007 12:17:08 PM PDT by misterrob (Seven down, 12 more til the Pats win the SB again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Dysart
But even so, I'm not saying that the Cowboys can beat the Pats right now, I'm asserting that the Colts can and will soon.

With any luck we'll see a rematch in the Super Bowl. However, if the Colts beat the Pats soon and then again in the playoffs how does this help your Cowboys?

43 posted on 10/24/2007 12:18:43 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Boston Blackie

Wow, this Buttmunch has over 3700 comments ripping him apart.


44 posted on 10/24/2007 12:20:57 PM PDT by mowowie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: misterrob

Funny thing is Casteel is better then most teams’ starter.


45 posted on 10/24/2007 12:22:50 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative
So when Manning is still in the game in the 4th ahead by 2 td’s with 4 minutes left is that running up the score too?

No, because he's a) handing the ball off, and b) 2 scores within 4 minutes is still a very surmountable lead.

If he was up by three or more scores and passing half the time or more, then yes, that would be running up the score.

46 posted on 10/24/2007 12:28:33 PM PDT by kevkrom (The religion of global warming: "There is no goddess but Gaia and Al Gore is her profit.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom

He wasn’t handing off in the Jax game.

On a side note, I find it poor judgment to leave any starting QB in the game in the 4th once it is obvious the game is settled. One of my pet peeves, they talk about how priceless they are but keep on playing them.


47 posted on 10/24/2007 12:32:08 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: mowowie
Their players (Colts) are active in community affairs and don't carp about being assigned to a nonglamorous Farm Belt city with an antiquated stadium.

Well isn't that nice, the Colts players don't carp about playing in a non-glamorous Farm Belt city like Indianapolis. This delusional S.O.B. thinks this is a compliment. As for the antiquated stadium they are forced to play in, the players should take it up with the cheap bastard that owns the Colts. The owner, no doubt, expects the tax payers to build him a state of the art facility.

48 posted on 10/24/2007 12:37:22 PM PDT by Boston Blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative
He wasn’t handing off in the Jax game.

Of the Colts' last 12 offensive plays, there were 3 passes (all on 3rd down and greater than 3 yards to go), and 9 runs:

Indianapolis Colts at 10:48
1-10-IND 21 	(10:48) 29-J.Addai up the middle to IND 32 for 11 yards (66-D.Landri).
1-10-IND 32 	(10:01) 29-J.Addai right end to IND 34 for 2 yards (99-M.Stroud).
2-8-IND 34 	(9:17) 29-J.Addai left end to IND 35 for 1 yard (29-B.Williams).
3-7-IND 35 	(8:32) (Shotgun) 18-P.Manning pass deep middle to 87-R.Wayne to JAC 48 for 17 yards (25-R.Nelson).
1-10-JAC 48 	(7:46) 36-K.Keith up the middle to JAC 47 for 1 yard (97-R.Hayward).
2-9-JAC 47 	(7:02) 36-K.Keith right tackle to JAC 45 for 2 yards (66-D.Landri, 52-D.Smith).
3-7-JAC 45 	(6:16) (Shotgun) 18-P.Manning pass short left intended for 86-B.Utecht INTERCEPTED
     by 29-B.Williams (92-R.Meier) at JAC 38. 29-B.Williams to JAC 42 for 4 yards (86-B.Utecht).

Indianapolis Colts at 05:04
1-10-IND 46  	 (5:04) 36-K.Keith up the middle to JAC 41 for 13 yards (25-R.Nelson).
1-10-JAC 41 	(4:19) 36-K.Keith up the middle to JAC 38 for 3 yards (97-R.Hayward).
Timeout #1 by JAC at 04:12.
2-7-JAC 38 	(4:12) 36-K.Keith left end to JAC 35 for 3 yards (95-P.Spicer).
Timeout #2 by JAC at 04:05.
3-4-JAC 35 	(4:05) 18-P.Manning pass deep right to 44-D.Clark for 35 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
4-A.Vinatieri extra point is GOOD, Center-48-J.Snow, Holder-17-H.Smith.

 Indianapolis Colts at 00:36
1-10-IND 19 	(:36) 18-P.Manning kneels to IND 18 for -1 yards.

49 posted on 10/24/2007 12:38:13 PM PDT by kevkrom (The religion of global warming: "There is no goddess but Gaia and Al Gore is her profit.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Resolute Conservative; Boston Blackie
Apparently I've given the impression I want the Colts to beat the Pats. I don't. I am looking forward to a great game and I believe the Colts will win.

Re: Be Watson: I'm very familiar with his work and I think he's a pretty good TE, just not spectacular. Witten is ranked #1 in his conference at the position; Watson is #8 in his. And Witten's value to his team is much greater than Watson's to the Pats.

50 posted on 10/24/2007 12:38:49 PM PDT by Dysart (Temporarily Unavailable)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-82 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson