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Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Mon, Nov 14, 2011, 10:32

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"Losing two straight, you have 14 days of just feeling crappy. … It feels really good to win this one." -- Patriots QB Tom Brady, after a 37-16 win over the Jets

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I can relate to Tom Brady’s comment about 14 days of feeling crappy. We lost power for 9 full days following the winter snowstorm that decimated central Connecticut in late October. And then it took four more days before cable TV and internet service were restored. Lack of power and then TV/internet for a total of 13 days satisfies my definition of “crappy.” I’m sure hoping that the recent weather patterns in New England (hurricane, then October snow) aren’t becoming the “new normal.” Time to shop for a generator, I guess.

The Lions started out the season strongly, and in early October it looked like this year’s Thanksgiving Day game against Green Bay could be a clash of the undefeateds. It still could be a good game – much better than those of recent years – but after dropping three of their last four (including yesterday’s drubbing by da Bears), they are starting to resemble turkeys again. The rest of their schedule is no cakewalk, either. Two games vs. the Packers, plus games at New Orleans and at Oakland. Home games vs. Carolina, Minnesota, and San Diego are no lock to produce 3-0. A playoff berth is not yet in the bag.

Meanwhile, the NBA situation seems to he steamrolling toward a stalemate. There is certainly nothing in the recent news that causes any optimism – although perhaps there is a “silent majority” of less vocal players that really need to start drawing paychecks again. A thumbs-down vote on the current proposal would seem to put paychecks for the rest of the season at substantial risk

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