I am a patriot, I love my country, because my country is all I know. -Pearl Jam
What’s crack-a-lacking sports fans. I’ll tell you what’s crack-a-lacking. NFL Football is crack-a-lacking. Lockout schmockout. Do you smell it? Ooh, ooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell? Ooh, ooh that smell. The smell of
death football surrounds you. That’s right. NFL football. NFL Patriots football. Tonight! It’s here. It’s finally here. Hooray football! Like my main Tom Landry always says, “Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.” True dat.
I know, I know. It’s early. It’s only preseason. It’s still summertime. Time to sit back and unwind. But here’s just a little somethin’ to break the monotony of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be a little bit out of control. Just a little football. Just a little New England Patriots football. Is it Monday yet? Nope. It’s Thursday. “’Twas on a Holy Thursday their innocent faces clean. The children walking two and two in red and blue and green.” That line comes from William Blake’s poem “Holy Thursday.” It describes throngs of children on their way to St. Paul’s Cathedral carried along by the current of their innocent faith. That’s us tonight, ain’t it. Sure it is. It’s me anyways. Like the boys and girls in this poem, tonight I raise my “innocent hands” to the football gods and sing to heaven.
I will sing to heaven because my beloved New England Patriots are back, Jack! Tonight, we may not see many stars. Tonight, if we do see them, we certainly won’t see them for long. I don’t care. I know I’ll see one star. I know I’ll see the brightest of the star of them all. I know I’ll be seeing Tom Brady. Yes, it’s very likely Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will start tonight and I can’t wait.
I can’t wait to see the best quarterback who’s ever been borned. I can’t wait to see the best quarterback who’s ever been borned throw to the Cincinnati Bengals’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. Sure Chad Ochocinco was in some sort of funk last season. Sure his head coach called him, “mopey.” Wouldn’t you be mopey on that squad? Sure you would. That was then. This is now. Now he’s playing with Mr. Brady. Make that Dr. Brady. Chad: “I respect Tom Brady. He is the best at his craft. I’ve always called him a surgeon, and it’s going to be fun being one of his patients.” It sure is.
What Else to Watch For
Stevan Ridley: Ridley was chosen in the third round of this year’s draft out of LSU. This kid just attacks the line of scrimmage. Attacks it I say! Ridley is a bulldozer. Not just any bulldozer mind you. He an IDF Caterpillar D9 bulldozer. You know, the armored bulldozer used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Think John Riggins. Think Earl Campbell. Think guys like that there. Ridley has been one of the consistent standouts at the early practices in Foxboro. I would not be surprised if Ridley becomes a consistent standout as the feature back for these New England Patriots.
Peace put homies. Six two and even!