Tomorrow will bring us the duel in the desert. The gunslingers have been back-to-back, and now it is time to take the ten paces, turn, and fire. When the smoke clears, the NY Giants will be writhing on the ground. Tom Brady and his posse will wing their way back to New England -- Lombardi Trophy in hand.
Yes, yes, there will be the pathetic excuses that Belichick, oft referred to as Belicheat, cheated. What’s that? O, you didn't know about Spygate? Well let me tell you! Bill Belichick videotaped the opponent’s defensive signals. Something unheard of in the NFL and sports in general (wink, wink). Yessiree! In the first half of the first game of the season the infamous camera was confiscated -- they had the smoking gun. Yesterday Senator Arlen Spector wanted those tapes subpoenaed! Unfortunately the NFL Commish already destroyed them. Nixonian indeed.
Belichick’s Spygate is right up there with the dirty little secret of stealing signs in baseball. Did you know they did that? In case no one has ever told you, that’s why the base coaches go through all those quirky gyrations -- they are disguising their signals. They think someone might try to steal their signs. It would be awful if a pitcher knew a base runner was going to steal, or a batter was going to lay down a bunt. Did you ever notice how the catcher often walks to the mound when a runner is on second base? Why? He changes the pitch sequence signals so that the runner on second can’t steal the catcher’s signal. Believe it or not, that runner would let his hitter know what pitch is coming!
Such ill-gotten gain! How scandalous!
Then there is my friend Richard--a man of impeccable integrity. I would trust him with my last penny, and most precious possessions (he looks a little bit like Mitt Romney). But I must tell you that he is possibly the worst sports prognosticator on planet earth, and tomorrow at church I will get the Blah, blah, blah, the Giants are going to win . . . They are the team of destiny . . . It will be the Manning brothers, back-to-back Superbowl Champions. On and on it will go. Keith will jump in and jump on the Giant bandwagon (it has already started). I affectionately call them Pete and Repete.
Richard and Keith are leaving for the Rockies next week (I was supposed to go with them. I am not -- long story. Possibly a conspiracy). Maybe they will have a chance to visit Coor’s field -- that memorable ballpark -- where the Red Sox swept the Rookies.
Richard, the Celtics have the best record in the NBA. Would you like to talk?