Not as much charge for this matchup
I think I now know how I would have felt if the Red Sox had played the Twins in 2004 ALCS instead of the Yankees. It just wouldn’t have been the same.
I have to admit, I very much wanted to see the Patriots and the Colts this Sunday in Foxboro for the AFC Championship. It has become such a great rivalry and the Colts left such a bitterly sour taste in the mouth of every Patriots player and follower last January. Matter of fact, it was the most bitter Boston sports loss since the Yankees and Aaron Boone beat the Red Sox in game 7 of 2003, which is why the rematch this Sunday would have been so compelling.
Brady is at the very top of his game right now. And until yesterday, I thought Manning was still at the top of his. We are just spoiled around here to watch this football team week in and week out. Has Brady ever come up as small in the late stages of a big game as Manning did on his last two series yesterday? Granted, Manning did have nice numbers — 33-for-48, 402 yards, three TDs. But interceptions will kill you this time of year and he had two of them.
Now we’re left with the Pats and the injury-plagued Chargers. Just as I thought Jacksonville would give the Patriots everything they could handle last week, I don’t see this one being much of a game.
I predict the Pats win by a minimum of two touchdowns.
If any of you can convince me otherwise, please give it your best shot. Because there is very little going on Red Sox-wise, I figured we could talk some football.