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I’ve been an Oakland Raiders fan since I was little, and went to a lot of games.  I’ve seen bad years, but this one’s too much to take.  For the second straight year, the Oakland Raiders are guaranteed of a high — second pick in 2009 — NFL Draft pick.   It’s not that the Raiders need the players; the Raiders need a coach and a system. Right now, they’re losing 42 to 20 to the New England Patriots at the Raiders home, a windy, cold Oakland Coliseum.   The main problem is the...

Once the evidence he presents hits the media, the image-aware NFL will take swift action, for sure. Let’s Make a Deal, Starring Matt WalshBy ANDREW DAS – NY TIMES In statements released to the news media Sunday night, the N.F.L. and the lawyer representing the former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh revealed that the sides were nearing a deal that would finally allow Walsh to reveal what he knows about spying in the N.F.L. ...

This is the companion video to the first one showing the NY Giants touchdown drive and the David Tyree catch. Here, we see what happened to the New England Patriots as they had a chance to either kick a field goal to tie the game, or score an even more dramatic touchdown. ...

After all of the talk about Tom Brady limping and not showing up at Pats practices, here we are with Brady as ESPN reports that he and the New England Patriots prepare to leave for Arizona. Maybe it was a smoke-screen? ...

According to Reuters , New England’s facing a record snowfall of over 10 inches and all that while I am in sunny, warm Oakland, California, where the residents complain that it’s cold when the temp drops to 50 degrees. “Spolied” is the word that comes to mind. ...

What If Sports is known for its simulations, but this one, or 1,000 of them, are special. This is what was reported on their website: WhatIfSports.com “played” the upcoming Patriots-Colts game 1,000 times. Indianapolis won 52.8% of the time by an average score of 30-27. On a neutral field, this game would likely be a complete toss-up, but the Colts win in the Dome. An example boxscore with that score is below. WhatIfSports.comA division of FOX Sports.com on WhatIfSports.com “played” the upcoming Patriots-Colts game 1,000...

From NFL Media.com Click for tickets to the game! IT’S THE PERFECT MATCHUP:UNDEFEATED COLTS & PATS CLASH IN HISTORIC GAME It hasn’t happened in 88 seasons. But it will this Sunday in Indianapolis. Two teams with records of 7-0 or better will meet for the first time in NFL history – the New England Patriots (8-0) at the Indianapolis Colts (7-0). “It will be a circus,” says Colts head coach TONY DUNGY. Wrong, Coach. It’s already a circus! It is hard to recall a regular-season game that was talked and written about...

I personally think Commissioner Goodell should take the game away from the Patriots. That’s terrible. It also cloud’s the whole “Bill Belichek’s a Genius” talk. Here’s John Clayton … According to league sources, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has determined that the New England Patriots violated league rules when it videotaped defensive signals by New York Jets coaches during the Patriots’ 38-14 win Sunday. There will be a hearing with the Patriots — mostly likely by phone by...

Saturday’s Words Motivated Colts Throughout Championship-Game VictoryINDIANAPOLIS – Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy’s not one for fiery speeches, pre-game, halftime or otherwise.But he knows a good speech when he hears it. And on Saturday night, he heard one from Colts center Jeff Saturday. Saturday, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and a leader of the Colts’ offense, spoke to the team late Saturday night. This was after the Colts’ final meeting of that, and it came after Dungy’s final words to the team. “He said, ‘This...

Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Perloff calls the 2007 AFC Championship Game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, was one of the greatest in history. I have to agree. In this article below, he asks for a nickname for the game. That’s hard because unlike “The Drive” — Denver v. Cleveland — or “The Catch” — SF v. Dallas in 1981 — there were so many moments and plays it’s hard to pick just one defining moment. In the sprit of “The Thrilla In Manilla”...

My good friend Mike Silver over at Sports Illustrated has observed that the New England Patriots focus and preparation is better than most teams. That the New England Patriots are a well-coached team and that they do this is is true but not well defined and doesn’t adress why they lost to the Indianapolis Colts in one of the best games in NFL History. But few have deconstructed their game planning pattern and apparent philosphy which in my view led to their loss. I did that while watching the AFC Championship Game and came away...

I’ve included the video version of LT’s rant as well. LT rips Pats’ ‘no class’ dance on field logo And so begins a nasty new rivalry. And this is one born not from two good teams in the same division, but from the way two good teams treat each other when they play. I think LT has something of a point. Moreover, my own mother pointed out that had it been Terrell Owens who was responsible for the nasty act at the end of the game, he’d have been criticized and fined. Not so with the Patriots. ...