I hate the prevent defense...absolutely detest it. The Patriots are up by 17 points with about 11 minutes to go in the game. Playing tight defense all game, giving up a few first downs here and there but repeatedly stopping San Diego on 3rd and 5s when it mattered, had resulted in a game where they'd only given up a few points. Yes, San Diego self destructed a few times but they also offensively hadn't really gotten into a rhythm. Then all of a sudden they go into a prevent, allowing San Diego to march down the field in about 2 minutes and a half dozen plays. And, you guessed it, they found their rhythm on offense. Then with a successful onside kick recovery, they have the ball again. But then -- yes, you guessed it again -- the Pats going into another soft prevent defense and San Diego marches down the feel with quick, relative ease.
So the Pats get the ball back with just a 3 point lead and about 4 minutes to go in the game. They get to mid field, where San Diego stops them. It's right at the two-minute warning. Are you even thinking about going for it on 4th and 1? Well, the Pats did and the Chargers stuffed it for a loss. San Diego gets the ball back with about 1:50 on the clock. Luckily for the Pats their defense stiffened a bit, an offside penalty on San Diego and a missed 50 yard field goal gives them a win they tried very hard to give away. Bill's worst coached game in a long time.
On a brighter note: How about that Maine Black Bear hockey team, #11 in the country coming into the weekend home two game series against #2 North Dakota, where they promptly dominated them 7-3 and 4-2.
I had planned to write about how pissed I am at my driver Kasey Kahne but watching the Patriots game detoured my focus. Suffice to say I'm probably looking for a new favorite driver after that pussy stunt last weekend. AJ has looked good in the 43 and that'll always be the car I follow but it's not the same thing as a favorite driver.