Open thread: Will the Patriots go 16-0?

posted at 9:24 pm on December 29, 2007 by Bryan

I’m a little late getting this posted, it being late in the second quarter and the score 16-14 Patriots. What say you, Hot Air heads? Will Brady & co do it?

Update: Patriots win, 38-35.

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Amazing, especially in this age of parity where any given Sunday one team can upset another.

Canadian Infidel on December 29, 2007 at 11:23 PM

And if they don’t win the Superbowl, it’s meaningless.

And if they do, then what?

Pablo on December 29, 2007 at 11:24 PM

Epic. Season.

BKennedy on December 29, 2007 at 11:25 PM

22 unanswered. They own the fourth quarter.

Better than you.

Jaibones on December 29, 2007 at 11:25 PM

Don’t worry, I doubt karma will deny us the “Bill, what happened?” press conference somewhere in the playoffs. I want to see bursting blood vessels, “Akira”-style.

fiatboomer on December 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

And if they don’t win the Superbowl, it’s meaningless.

Asher on December 29, 2007 at 11:23 PM

Yup ! ! But they’ll have a ton of new fans after today.

Texyank on December 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM

H-I-S-T-O-R-Y!

JM Hanes on December 29, 2007 at 11:27 PM

I actually don’t like the Patriots, but I have so much respect for Tom Brady and this year’s team.

I think they’ll take it all this year. They’ve certainly earned it.

Good Lt on December 29, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Gonna be nice to shut the stupid old Dolphins up.

Jaibones on December 29, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Payton will avenge his brother.

Limerick on December 29, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Congratulations, Patriots, you have just beaten France.

fiatboomer on December 29, 2007 at 11:30 PM

This game reminds me how much I don’t like Bryant Gumbel.

Slublog on December 29, 2007 at 9:37 PM

I’ll second that, I can’t stand Gumbel!

Liberty or Death on December 29, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Congrats to the Patriots and especially the Giants. Great game, thanks! Better than any Supper Bowl I have ever watched.

AZCON on December 29, 2007 at 11:32 PM

Jaibones on December 29, 2007 at 11:29 PM

The one reason I was rooting for the Pats.

EnochCain on December 29, 2007 at 11:32 PM

Supper=Super

AZCON on December 29, 2007 at 11:32 PM

Gumbel is the woman of feminism football.

AZCON on December 29, 2007 at 11:33 PM

To put things in perspective: The one good thing about the Pats: their name isn’t spelled C-O-W-B-O-Y-S. :>

fiatboomer on December 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM

“As a Pats fan since 1978 I care.”

Mech? I was sitting in the stands in 72…52-0 Fins…GOD I’m old

Blitz on December 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM

EnochCain – right. But suffering through leftist douchebag Gumbel was a sore price.

Jaibones on December 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM

I actually don’t like the Patriots, but I have so much respect for Tom Brady and this year’s team.

I think they’ll take it all this year. They’ve certainly earned it.

Good Lt on December 29, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Yep, Brady is quite the quarterback, his idol through his high school and college days was Joe Montana and he had hoped to be drafted by the 49ers but the morons in the 49er front office let him slip through their fingers!

If only Eddie D was still the owner of the 49ers instead of his idiot sister Denise the 49ers would be back to greatness on the arm of Brady!

Oh how I long for the 49ers of old. *sniff*

Liberty or Death on December 29, 2007 at 11:36 PM

They dood it! Wunnerful, wunnerful.
I think, I think, I’ll have anuddah drink! ;-)

Chowdah powah!

SJBill on December 29, 2007 at 11:36 PM

Gumbel, Costa, Buck…..The View of the NFL.

Limerick on December 29, 2007 at 11:38 PM

Congratulations to the Patriots, a class organization.

And to Coach Belichick as well. Once a Giant, always a Giant.

Great game.

Now finish the job.

I’m proud of my NYG as well tonight. Now take it strong into the playoffs.

JammieWearingFool on December 29, 2007 at 11:38 PM

I am not a Pats fan. Not even a little. But I have to admit that they earned that win tonight. They were down, could have been out, but they didn’t fold.

Congratulations, Patriots! If you really are a team for the ages, you now have to run the table or it won’t mean anything at all.

Tennman on December 29, 2007 at 11:38 PM

This just in: Mike Huckabee said he prayed for them to win!

SouthernGent on December 29, 2007 at 11:39 PM

Gonna be nice to shut the stupid old Dolphins up.

I kinda wish I had a bottle of champagne right now.

Pablo on December 29, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Theresa Heinz hands John the clicker and tells him he can watch the game now.

Limerick on December 29, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Post game on nfl.com

StuLongIsland on December 29, 2007 at 11:42 PM

Perfect? Coaching staff are cheaters, QB a sleazy skirt-chaser, WR a prima-donna. Of the things that matter, far from perfect.

jgapinoy on December 29, 2007 at 11:48 PM

Perfect? Coaching staff are cheaters, QB a sleazy skirt-chaser, WR a prima-donna. Of the things that matter, far from perfect.

jgapinoy on December 29, 2007 at 11:48 PM

So, Jets fan or Giants?

BKennedy on December 29, 2007 at 11:50 PM

SECOND LOOK AT THE ASTERISK!

wccawa on December 29, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Teh……Csonka could have whooped em all by hizself.

Limerick on December 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

because all football accomplishments are negated by a 20 something QB chasing skirts.

What color is the sky in your world where young professional athletes live monastic lives? I’m pretty sure dating actresses and models is the major reason to become an NFL QB.

libertarianuberalles on December 30, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Teh……Csonka could have whooped em all by hizself.

Yeah, but Ditka coulda taken on 22 Patriots on each side of da ball; and woulda still whipped deir arses.

Polish sausage. Ditka. Beer. Bears. Sausage. Ditka. Bears. Ditka.

(No, I’m not a Bears fan…but I could be if da Bengals stink it up again next year.)

Tom Blogical on December 30, 2007 at 12:07 AM

The Patriots remind me of the Jordan Bulls. They hang with their opponent most of the game, but have the extra gear to go to. When opportunity presents itself, they just GO. Within a space of minutes, the whole game changes and the opponent is addled and on the ropes. They are impressive.

Any streak always has a bit of fortune somewhere along the way that keeps the streak alive. The Patriots were one Raven defensive time out away from going 15-1. Pretty remarkable.

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 12:07 AM

Bandwagon jumper.

Kowboy on December 29, 2007 at 9:55 PM

Heh you should try being a Red Sox Fan.

F15Mech on December 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Randy Moss to the gathered media throng:

“I don’t think breaking Jerry Rice’s record was special. I think shutting you guys up was special.”

I think he’d fit right in here.

Pablo on December 30, 2007 at 12:11 AM

Heh you should try being a Red Sox Fan.

F15Mech on December 30, 2007 at 12:10 AM

Wanna know pain, try being an Astro’s fan. That’s pain baby!

The only ones that hurt worse than us are Cubbie fans.

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 12:13 AM

Any streak always has a bit of fortune somewhere along the way that keeps the streak alive. The Patriots were one Raven defensive time out away from going 15-1. Pretty remarkable.

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 12:07 AM

I was at that game scary comes to mind.

F15Mech on December 30, 2007 at 12:17 AM

Well, now we gotta get ready for the Redskins.

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 12:19 AM

So where’s the “open thread” to get this whole ANTI-FAITH thing behind us?

I don’t support any given candidate on the basis of their faith. I won’t vote for Huckabee under any circumstance because of his record. Mormons are considered a cult by my denomination.

All that being said, HA seems intent on keeping the bashing of conservatives confined to Huckabee and Romney because they clearly have determined Rudy is supposed to be the candidaate from the GOP.

Sorry guys. I refuse to support any candidate until we get a real vetting of the issues. Bashing the wannabes as being too “Christian” or too “not Rudy” for your sensabilities isn’t going to get me to the campfire drinking your Kool-aid and singing your songs.

At this point, Cultist Mitt seems far more attuned to my values than the corrupt multi-marrying Rudy.

highhopes on December 30, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Big props to the Giants who played a hell of a game but congrats to my boys the Patriots. 16-0 and 3 more to go!

miketheman on December 30, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Wanna know pain, try being an Astro’s fan. That’s pain baby!

The only ones that hurt worse than us are Cubbie fans.

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 12:13 AM

Yea ! ! Or an Oilers fan from the luv-Ya-Blue days

Agony . . . .

Texyank on December 30, 2007 at 12:31 AM

But , We did have the Rockets to ease the pain.

Texyank on December 30, 2007 at 12:33 AM

Well, now we gotta get ready for the Redskins.

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 12:19 AM

I hate the Cowboys. Go ‘Skins!!!

foxforce91 on December 30, 2007 at 12:36 AM

They’ll go to 17-0; then lose to the defending world champion Colts in the AFC title game . You do remember them, right ?

tomk59 on December 30, 2007 at 12:43 AM

Fuck the Patriots.

Its Tommy on December 30, 2007 at 12:54 AM

They still haven’t played the Jaguars…

tlynch001 on December 30, 2007 at 12:58 AM

Don’t pick on Eli, he played a hell of a game. Hats off to the Giants for playing their hearts out aaaaannnnnddddd a huge HOOOOO AHHHHH to my 16 and zip worlds best football team ever Pats.

dogsoldier on December 30, 2007 at 1:06 AM

Hubby and I are both on major cold medication, thanks to the lovin’ of the Christmas family get-togethers. He went to bed early and is going to be so disappointed he didn’t get to watch until the end. (diehard Patriots fan – he is from CT, after all). In the meantime, my son calls from a bar on Long Island enjoying a little schadenfreude while the Giants were ahead (we’re NYers). I used to care.

Connie on December 30, 2007 at 1:13 AM

Its Tommy on December 30, 2007 at 12:54 AM

Hello ! ! Say what ? ? ? Not my type. .

Texyank on December 30, 2007 at 1:13 AM

I’m an ex-conn myself. Never cared for the Pats but today is their day. Enjoy it with them for tomorrow who knows. . . .

Texyank on December 30, 2007 at 1:16 AM

As much as I hate to cheer for a Manning, Go Giants!!!

Gianni on December 29, 2007 at 10:09 PM

“Hate to cheer for a Manning”?

’round these parts,that comment would have been grounds for a duel in an earlier century.

soundingboard on December 30, 2007 at 1:52 AM

What comes after a dynasty?

rslancer14 on December 29, 2007 at 10:53 PM

A revolution.

soundingboard on December 30, 2007 at 2:02 AM

They still haven’t played the Jaguars…

tlynch001 on December 30, 2007 at 12:58 AM

This may be the under-the-radar team.

geckomon on December 30, 2007 at 2:06 AM

The game was good. The inane comments by Gumbel and cohorts was a perfect showcase how lame the NFL network is.

Their camera angles, the graphics, in fact the entire production was horrible. Then it was filled with never ending ads for the NFL Network. While millions of people were glad to watch this game, it was just a commercial for the NFL Network and calling and telling your cable/satellite/etc. company to carry the network.

Skeptic on December 30, 2007 at 2:41 AM

Well, now we gotta get ready for the Redskins.

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 12:19 AM

You know, there are a lot of people in Seattle that wouldn’t mind if the Cowboys just rolled over for the Redskins. They would be a more desirable opponent next week than the Vikings. See what you can do to make it happen.

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 3:23 AM

You mean to tell me the 12th man is not watching the Aggies?

conservnut on December 29, 2007 at 9:37 PM

Way late on this but no, I’m not an Aggies fan. In fact, I’m actually a PennState fan/alumni.

Happy for the Pats. I’m an Eagles fan for life but I lived in Boston for 7 years so the Pats are my second team, if there can be such a thing.

(for the record I cheered for the Egirls in that super bowl)

12thman on December 30, 2007 at 6:54 AM

I didn’t watch, did the Pats cheat?

Zorro on December 30, 2007 at 7:42 AM

Only if you count trying to poke your opponet’s eyes out. Besides that, no.

12thman on December 30, 2007 at 8:21 AM

Okay… I’m convinced….

Brady in 2008!!! Bringing Perfection To Washington!!!

16-0

Perfection!

Bravo!

IntheNet on December 30, 2007 at 8:55 AM

I didn’t watch, did the Pats cheat?

Zorro on December 30, 2007 at 7:42 AM

Yes. Those cheaters let both Brady AND Moss play!!!
16-0. The best part is, we dont have to see a bunch of old men from an overrated team drink champagne when the last team loses a game. Love it!

ConservativeLawStudent on December 30, 2007 at 9:13 AM

The Pats are God’s team. He has given us the glory of 3 super bowls in 6 years and now this miracle of a perfect season and Brady sticking it to that d-bag peyton with his mongoloid face and Corkey hair do. How I hate that scum-bag.

That record being broken is the best part of all of this.

Maybe Peyton can throw his brother under the bus as quickly as he does his offensive line.

coondawg on December 30, 2007 at 9:26 AM

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 3:23 AM

You might just get your wish. The game means absolutly nothing to the Cowboys. There is a lot of speculation that Phillips won’t even play a lot of his starters. Personally, I would rather jab a sharp stick in my eye than give one to the skins

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 9:29 AM

Man what a game. NY played damn hard and well the Pats have got it together. I actually sat my Dallas-fan-ness aside for one night just watch some damn good football get played on a one of the best nights for it. Uh, I’d like to thank the networks for carrying the game where I didnt have to go and find the NFL channel over someones house, but thats another subject with the “NFL channel” , pfft.

Anyways, today we’re back to some good Dallas ball later today. If they go all the way to the big bowl…. yes IF, then they better sharpen their skills a little sharper than they are right now. The Pats are a nearly flawless running machine and Dallas has some gears which still could use a little more oil and machining, I’m sorry to say. Lets see how they look today and hopefully Romo got some sleep over his GF’s house. :)

johnnyU on December 30, 2007 at 9:39 AM

Perfection? Puh-leeze.

Call me when its 19-0. 16-0 means exactly nothing.

Unless they win it all, they’ll never compare to the ’72 Dolphins.

Besides, they’re 15-1. They lost to the Ravens. Until the officials decided otherwise.

Oh – and no matter what they do, that asterisk is always going to be there. They’re the Barry Bonds of football. Everybody knows Hank Aaron still holds that record. And everybody knows the Cheatriots actually lost a first-round draft pick and $750,000 because they cheated. The asterisk is eternal. Maybe they can try again next year.

Oh – and before you respond, let me save you the trouble: yes, I am indeed a hater. I loathe the cheatin’ Pats. I admit it.

And if you offer up some well-crafted, rational, logical argument, I’m just going to do my impression of CSDevin/BuyDanish/TommyLotto when they’re discussing Romney/Thomspon … I’ll stick my fingers in my ears, and pretend that your logic makes no sense. Heck, I might even post the dictionary definition of “cheater.” My hatred for the Patriots is every bit as irrational as Mittster’s Spinners at their finest.

So don’t bug me with your pesky facts. Just shut up and hand me a cup of that Patriot-Hater Kool-Aid. A large cup.

Professor Blather on December 30, 2007 at 9:53 AM

There is a lot of speculation that Phillips won’t even play a lot of his starters.

conservnut on December 30, 2007 at 9:29 AM

They’re definitely *not* playing Terrell Owens. Romo may sit after the first half.

On the plus side, Terry Glenn is listed as probably. (Which may give Patrick Crayton and/or Sam Hurd some rest). Figures. I wasted a spot on my fantasy team all season holding Terry Glenn.

Professor Blather on December 30, 2007 at 9:56 AM

I just hope the league office suspends Woolfolk for intentionally poking Jacobs in the eye.

There couldn’t be a more classless undefeated team than the patsies.

Someone please calm down Rodney “‘roid rage” Harrison already.

It certainly took the zebras long enbough to flag him for being an ass after each play.

The officials were terrible and slanted yet again. That phantom 5-yard hold was the worst offense. That came on a 3rd and long with Brady getting sacked. New set of downs. Typical.

Whenever the Pats need a call, they get it from the refs.

awake on December 30, 2007 at 10:01 AM

Speaking of Patrick Crayton….
He earned alot more respect from me this week.
He signed a new contract for alot less than he could have gotten if he’d waited and signed with another team. His reason? He’s a Dallas native and didn’t want to leave and uproot his family.
What a Dude! THAT’S my kind of ball player!

SouthernPride on December 30, 2007 at 10:03 AM

Did the Giants leave too much on the field and if so, will they pay the price in the playoffs? I hope not, they have a good team and that was one hell of a game.

Wade on December 30, 2007 at 10:10 AM

ConservativeLawStudent on December 30, 2007 at 9:13 AM

The 2007 Pats are tainted. And besides, they have John Francoise Kerry as a fan. (just kidding about the traitor, Kerry).

Zorro on December 30, 2007 at 10:36 AM

I hope someone beats them. Tom Brady is a pig!!

Ellen on December 30, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Tom Brady is a pig!!

Ellen on December 30, 2007 at 11:13 AM

Tom Brady is a god. My Patriot-Derangement-Syndrome isn’t so far gone that I’d deny that.

He’s a Dallas native and didn’t want to leave and uproot his family.
What a Dude! THAT’S my kind of ball player!

SouthernPride on December 30, 2007 at 10:03 AM

Yeah, I really, really like Crayton; I’m sorry Glenn was hurt, but I think Crayton has more than stepped-up.

I wouldn’t mind if they’d lose Owens and start Glenn and Crayton. Owens’ talents are never going to make up for his personality.

Then again, they won 3 Superbowls with Michael Irvin. So maybe you need an ass playing receiver. Randy Moss hasn’t hurt the Cheatriots.

Professor Blather on December 30, 2007 at 11:22 AM

QB a sleazy skirt-chaser, WR a prima-donna. Of the things that matter, far from perfect.

jgapinoy on December 29, 2007 at 11:48 PM

And who would that be, Joe Namath and Terrell Owens?

Wade on December 30, 2007 at 11:27 AM

With blood purple and gold, and with heavy heart(sorry Bryan), I now am forced to root for Dallas. Go Viqueens!!!

infidel on December 30, 2007 at 12:15 PM

You know, there are a lot of people in Seattle that wouldn’t mind if the Cowboys just rolled over for the Redskins. They would be a more desirable opponent next week than the Vikings. See what you can do to make it happen.

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 3:23 AM

I take it you didn’t see my Redskins stomp the Vikes last Sunday. Even when the Refs tried their best to hand it to the Vikes, we still beat the crap out of them. Even when their coach tried to put an extra man on the field and hope that no one would see it (they needed an extra person apparantly) we still beat them. So I think you would rather play the Vikes. They’re in a MUCH easier division – who do they play? The Bears? The Packers? Wow, real hard compared to the Pats and the Cowboys.

foxforce91 on December 30, 2007 at 12:51 PM

My boys done good…

D2Boston on December 30, 2007 at 12:57 PM

we dont have to see a bunch of old men from an overrated team drink champagne when the last team loses a game.

ConservativeLawStudent on December 30, 2007 at 9:13 AM

How very gracious of you. Did someone mention the insufferableness of Patriots fans?

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 12:58 PM

I take it you didn’t see my Redskins stomp the Vikes last Sunday. … They’re in a MUCH easier division – who do they play? The Bears? The Packers? Wow, real hard compared to the Pats and the Cowboys.

foxforce91 on December 30, 2007 at 12:51 PM

The Seahawks don’t play well against the Vikings and they would match up better against the Redskins. The Redskins played well in Minneapolis, but they haven’t experienced the thunderdome that is Seahawks stadium….

I wouldn’t call the Packers patsys, BTW

Mallard T. Drake on December 30, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Just let me know when someone will break the Pat’s record…………..NEVER!!!!

WAY TO GO NEW ENGLAND, let them all eat poo for not seeing reality

bones47 on December 30, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Just let me know when someone will break the Pat’s record…………..NEVER!!!!

WAY TO GO NEW ENGLAND, let them all eat poo for not seeing reality

bones47 on December 30, 2007 at 1:16 PM

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infidel on December 30, 2007 at 2:08 PM

I sat in a Massachusetts bar trying to have a conversation with a beautiful woman (my wife) during this game, and it was impossible.

Go Pats, another Sam Adams, please.

Hening on December 30, 2007 at 7:52 PM

Gumbel made John Madden sound good, I don’t know if the Pats were on the radio, but it would have been more tolerable with a local guy doing the job.

Mooseman on December 31, 2007 at 10:20 AM

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