by Scott Benson, Patriots Daily Staff
October 6, 2009
First, I should note for posterity’s sake that I was going to tag Matt Light with this week’s “award”, for turning a 17-7 lead to a 17-14 white knuckle thrill ride with one third-quarter stumble on Sunday. But then I realized that stumble came against the lightning-fast Terrell Suggs, he of 55 career sacks and $38 million guaranteed dollars, which gave me pause.
‘Pause’ became ‘pass’ once the Baltimore Ravens opened their post-game mouths.
Naturally, to hear them tell it, this was just another example of the National Football League’s unwavering commitment to the deification of its beloved New England Patriots, winners of every Super Bowl this decade because that’s exactly what the league wants. ESPN too.
“Without totally going off the wall here, it is embarrassing to the game,” linebacker Ray Lewis said. “[Tom] Brady is good enough to make his own plays, let him make the play. When you have two great teams that are going at it, let them go at it. Both of their touchdown drives had personal fouls that kept drives alive. Did that win or lose the game? No, but it got them 14 points.”
Hey, it wasn’t why we lost, but we did lose, so you have to wonder if it was because of those extraordinarily biased refs and their transparent propping up of Tom Brady. I’m not saying that’s why we lost though, but…I’m just sayin’.
I might have overlooked all this if they hadn’t done exactly the same fucking thing the last time the two teams played. In the standings, they should replace “L” with “Sc”, because the Ravens never lose a game, they just get screwed out of it.
I have to say I thought John Harbaugh would be different, being that he’s a Harbaugh and everything, but yesterday he was still carrying on about “credibility” while retaining precious little of his own.
The Patriots were credited with 10 quarterback hits and a pair of sacks, both by Mike Wright, who was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet blow on Flacco. Harbaugh said Flacco “got hit [six] different times hard, and there was one call.’’
“Tom didn’t get hit five times,’’ said Harbaugh. “We want him to be hit more than he was hit, but when he did sort of get hit, it was called. That goes to the credibility of the whole thing.’’
Hang on a minute. Brady was sacked three times on Sunday, and the two roughing calls makes five, and that’s before we even get to the times he was hit as he threw. But he didn’t get hit five times. I mean, if you’re going to talk about credibility, at least take the time to get your goddam facts straight. You’re not going anywhere if you’re going to cut those kinds of corners.
Neither is your team.
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