Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2005
It was revealed today by center Hank Fraley and wide receiver Freddie Mitchell of the Philadelphia Eagles that quarterback Donovan McNabb was not performing well on Super Bowl Sunday due to a stomach illness. While some may have speculated that a hard hit may have led to a concussion, an Eagles spokesperson ruled that out and blamed a cold that he had fought earlier in the week. Being the conspiracy theorist that I am, however, I'm thinking that more sinister forces were in play here...
It appears to me that the New England Patriots couldn't play a fair game if they had to. I think that with wide receiver Terrell Owens a question mark, McNabb was target #1 for the Pats' defense. So, instead of the usual technique on bribing referees in the playoffs, they decided to give McNabb food poisioning. McNabb would be temporarily debilitated, but not enough to pull himself out of the game. A subpar McNabb would be much easier to play against, especially with Owens possibly out of the question. [Well, Owens wasn't; the man known more for his antics than his play had one of the greatest games of his career, which probably disappointed the Patriots.] But McNabb's sluggish performance, especially heading later into the game, is something worth investigating. (Fox Sports made no suggestion of illness during the game, they just referred to him as "off target" and "slow" while suggesting he was just plain worse than the all-high-and-mighty Pats.)
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Was Donovan McNabb coerced/bribed into saying that he wasn't feeling sick?? He says that his center and wide receiver, who both recount McNabb's inability to call the plays in the fourth quarter, "bothered" him when they made the comments and that they weren't true... something is definitely up, someone is lying... and you can bet the Patriots or the league is behind this.
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Pats 24, Eagles 21. A good clean game by both sides, it was fair,
and New England showed that it was not the superhuman team that it was
fabled to be once the referees started calling the penalties fairly.
Philadelphia played neck-and-neck to New England to the
end. I'm not happy with the results considering the way New England got
here, and I'm not calling them a dynasty by any means because of it.
(Interesting statistic: the Pats have won by 3 points, each time on a
last-second play... some dynasty.) Tom Brady is mediocre, Bill
Belichick is NOT a genius, and the defense is as egomaniacal as they
come, the only thing is that there's so many egos that they smooth each
other out. Let's give it a break, people. I hear the Star Wars theme,
it should be "The Empire Strikes Back." This is the darkest "Dynasty"
since 1980s ABC primetime. Terrell Owens did perform well, and I still
don't like his attitude, and Donovan McNabb (despite the whole Limbaugh
flap) deserved better than to lose to a mob of cheaters. And the media
is going to try and contradict everything I just said. The Patriots are
cheaters, end of story.
The commercials were pathetic and miserable. GoDaddy.com's
advertisement was completely tasteless, and half the commercials, we
had already seen before. Too many Anheuser-Busch advertisements, as
usual-- I'm sick of hearing the million ways to get everybody to drink
Bud Light. I was impressed with Paul McCartney's halftime
show, he kept it upbeat. Absolute shame to Matt Groening, the episode
of "The Simpsons" after the game was a gross misinterpretation and
ridicule of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" as well as an
insult to all Christianity. (But apparently, Groening has done this
before, making cruel mockery of Fox News Channel in a previous episode
where Krusty the Clown runs for Congress.) Shame to Fox Television...
O'Reilly and Hannity to the broadcast waves would bring some decency--
at least we don't have to worry about Alan Colmes flashing a boob.
1) THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-- By far, the biggest cheaters of all
time... they've got the media and the referees in their back pocket.
(Don't believe me? Just listen to how much the media fawns over a
mediocre Tom Brady... that's right, he's mediocre, folks... he got to
the Super Bowl in '02 thanks to Drew Bledsoe and a technicality, and he
barely eeked out a win over what basically was a default team in
Carolina in '04. His passer rating is inflated by the fact that his
yards per attempt is the lowest in the playoffs outside of scrambler
Michael Vick... but anyway... the referees have not called a single
pass interference or holding call against the Patriots in four
consecutive playoff games.) The media claims that the Patriots defense
is a bunch of "no-names." This while they hype up Richard Seymour, Tedy
Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Rodney Harrison, and Ty Law almost as high as
they do Lindsay Lohan (another one of the most overrated people in
history, not so much in acting but especially in singing, thank God
she's not performing this halftime). And let's not kid ourselves about
Bill Belichick, either, he's the field general here, whenever anything
happens, he acts like it's no big deal, like it was scripted or
something. This year's New England Patriots are more like the Benedict
Arnolds, committing treason against the sanctity of the game.
WHAT GOOD DO I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT NEW ENGLAND?
I like Troy Brown... anyone who can play both ways on the field is good.
2) THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES-- Terrell Owens is a jack@$$, simple as
that. Donovan McNabb has improved... he went from the worst passer in
the NFL in '03 (the height of the Rush Limbaugh controversy) to the
passer in the '05 playoffs. I'd like to think Limbaugh had a role in
that, as a weird form of motivation for McNabb to prove himself. Jevon
Kearse is overrated. The rest of the team is a bunch of relative
no-names, but they were able to win. Brian Westbrook (RB?), Jeremiah
Trotter (LB), Todd Pinkston (WR), Hugh Douglas (DE) are names that I
vaguely recognize, but not quite as much as I do the Patriots.
HALFTIME SHOW: Former member of "The Beatles" and "Wings," Paul
McCartney will be the headline artist.