Had a chance to take my oldest son to see the Pats/Eagles game last night. What a game. I am a pretty big Andy Reid fan. I had a chance to briefly meet him while in Philadelphia and watch him coach in that city for a few years. I’ve always respected his approach and thought he was an exceptional x’s and o’s guy who many times had his team playing beyond it’s capability be it injured players or a short roster.
I thought he did as good a job as any coach in the NFL last night. That being said the greatest team I’ve ever seen won again. I would imagine there will be no shortage of f’bombs or sweat this week in Pats practices but I just can’t get over watching this team play. I am and always will be a dyed in the wool Steeler fan. My 4 years here has made me a pretty big fan of the franchise playing in foxborough.
When anyone talks greatest team ever my first defense is the mid to late 70s Steelers who, it seems, has their entire rosters in the HOF. This team trumps that and any other team I’ve ever seen. In a day and age of TOTAL parity in the NFL, where everyone has to play by the same rules, the Pats have done the unthinkable.
Take ‘camera gate’ and place it where the sun doesn’t shine, using that as a basis for any discussion on why this team is what it is means you’re nothing more than a Bellicheck/Pats/Kraft hater with minimal football knowledge.
This team, in the day and age of every possible tool available to prepare, has decided that on any given day they’ll be exactly what they choose to be offensively, and there’s nothing you can do about it. They ran the ball like 10 times last night. No huddle shotgun with 4 wide outs from the first snap. It’s almost as if they, and they may be, they say ok we are going 4-5 wide, we are going to throw 40+ times today and our QB, our wide outs, our line, our game plan, is so far beyond anything you can defend we’ll even give you an extra shot, we wont punt. (And a special thanks to all my special teammates who text messaged me after seeing me on SNF, the food jokes ran rampant but the message of the night belongs to our astute GM who said “Hey Schill, hope that popcorn is worth 2 million”….) Great guys.
Unreal to watch.
Thanksgiving was great, if not fast. Had the usual dinner at the in-laws with all the trimmings. Friday was Shonda’s 40th birthday and we got a chance to spend the night with friends hanging out at a local Medfield diner called Noon Hill.
Sunday the family was invited to participate in the Annuall Quincy Holiday Parade. Turned out to be a huge event that caught us a bit off guard. We thought we were headed to a small town thing with a chance to say thanks to some local Sox fans, and it turned out to be a 2 hour + event attended by over 200k people.
One of the coolest aspects of being here, being part of this organization and this family, are things like that. 200k + people at a parade and for 2 hours the motorcycle officers of the local and state police who were escorting us got as many hellos as we did, very cool stuff. We’d ride by a throng of people and it would go something like this “Hey Schill ONE MORE YEAR! WOO HOO! Hey Bob how’s Jody? Hey Mike see you this weekend? Hey Dave how are the kids? Tell Mom we said hello!”, the entire parade. EVERYONE knows everyone here.
Thanks again to the town of Quincy for the invitation, our kids loved the experience.