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By Phil Bausk

Most of us start watching sports at a relatively young age. If we were lucky enough, our parents or older siblings took us to games and helped us chose which teams we would spend the rest of our lives rooting for. Bonds are formed between fathers, sons, and brothers, and one of life’s paths is carved out for us to follow diligently and loyally, though we are still in the cocoon stages of fandom before blossoming into a true sports fanatic.

As the years mature so do we, both physically (wink, wink) and mentally. We start to figure out what the important things in life are. Clearly, certain things are more important to us at different points in our lives. The opposite sex doesn’t even become a factor till the end of Jr. High School, though in today’s blow-first ask questions later society, I think the 8 and 9 year olds are getting in on the action as well.

While sex becomes more important as time goes on, I found that school became less important as I got older. Teachers didn’t care for what I had to say and that immediately would turn me away from any class. School was just something that had to be done, not something that I cared about. One Bachelors degree later, I am where most people are, at a 9-5 job, staring aimlessly at a computer screen while trying to save some ESPN.com articles for when I have to make a bathroom run.

So where do sports come into all of this? I have found in my conversations with other people in life, that sports are not restricted to one time period in someone’s life. Some people have had more intense sports experiences as a child, while others didn’t get into sports until college or later. Whether its your group of friends growing up, or perhaps parents who were more involved in culturally sophisticated endeavors, a child is really only going to get into sports from an outside influence.

For me, sports were a big part of my family’s dynamic. My father taught me about the Red Sox and Celtics, my brother was, and unfortunately still is, a Mets fan, and my mother would just yell at me whenever the Yankees beat the Red Sox. There was one sport, however, that while I loved to play, I never had a favorite team to root for, and that was today’s most popular sport, football. Being that I copied whatever my father did, I was going to listen to him about which team to root for when it came to the National Football League. However, my father wasn’t really into any specific football team. He would leisurely root for the Jets and the Colts, but he was more concerned about the advancements and regressions in the sport, such as how there were no more puddles on the field, or how television announcers had become to bad over time.

My brother grew up a NY Giants fan, though he never attempted to persuade me to root for them. I think he knew that since I was always trying to beat him in sports or video games, that I would never agree to root for the Giants if he was rooting for them as well. Me and my brother are very close, and have been since I was born. I know that growing up, he let me win a lot of games we played, and allowed me to hang out with his friends, even though he is 10 years older than I am. While we did all of these things together, there is still that sibling rivalry in most families that I believe is instilled in children at birth. I could never find myself rooting for the Giants, especially as I was already geared to hate New York teams with my affinity for the Boston Red Sox.

One Sunday afternoon, I turned on the TV to see what games were on, or if  there was a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles episode on. I saw this marvelous stadium, with fireworks shooting as the players left a giant helmet with a big blue star on the side. I could feel the energy coming from the TV, as both teams got ready for the kickoff. One of the teams was the NY Giants that I had already loathed for no real good reason. The other was a team decked out in all white, and had a swagger (A word that didn’t exist yet) about them that i was immediately drawn to. That team was the Dallas Cowboys.

Growing up, the Cowboys won 3 Super Bowls, and while I was happy that they had won, admittedly, I was too young to truly appreciate the feat that they had accomplished during that era. For me, sports, especially football, took on a whole new meaning once I reached high school. I was playing sports at a much more competitive level and I had somewhat of an idea of how these legends of the gridiron prepared for games. Unfortunately at this time, the Dallas Cowboys had become one of  the most mediocre teams in the NFL, and I was stuck praying for some sort of reversal of fortune in my pathetic sports world (Thank you 2004 NY Yankees). At this point in my life, I was on the edge of my seat for every Pedro Martinez pitch, for every Paul Pierce step back jumper, and every Drew Bledsoe incomplete pass. This meant that sports were slowly taking over my life.

After the Red Sox won the World Series, my sports world turned upside-down. The Red Sox went on to win another championship in 2007, and the Celtics won for the first time in over 20 years, with a title of their own in 2008. Even the Chicago Blackhawks, the team I admittedly care about the least, were able to pull off a Stanley Cup victory in the prime of my sports life. While these events have helped me through certain points in my life, there is still one thing I would like to see before I hit the “Stephon Marbury” years of my career as a sports fanatic.

For the last few seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the preseason favorites to make it to the Super Bowl, or at least contend for a Super Bowl, but as the saying goes, championships aren’t won in September. Much like the rest of the Dallas media, I had fallen in love in those last few seasons with a man named Tony Romo…

Undrafted out of Eastern Illinois University, Romo subbed in for starter Drew Bledsoe during the first half of the 2006-07 season. After some early struggles, he settled down and helped lead the Cowboys to the playoffs. And then it happened…. the moment that has defined Romo’s career even to this day.

After driving his team the length of the field, Romo was in to hold the snap for game winning field goal. He fumbled the snap, scrambled towards the end-zone, and was tackled at the 1 yard-line, ending the Cowboys season. The image of Romo hunched over, grabbing his face mask resonates in the mind of Cowboys fans everywhere. As the seasons went on, so did the playoff disappointments. A disastrous 2nd half against my brother’s giants, along with a horrendous 3 quarters against the Minnesota Vikings helped strengthen the case against Romo ever becoming a Super Bowl winning quarterback.

It is easy to pin everything on the celebrity QB who dated a knockout, then a blonde sex symbol, and then dumped a fat chick, with two of those being the same person. However, Romo has done a solid job as the starting QB and I feel comfortable with him at the helm, even in games past December 1st.

The team has had a lot of questions over the last few years, such as its secondary, and how it is inexcusable to have Dave Campo as the cornerbacks coach when he hasn’t done anything positive in his entire career as a professional coach. The linebackers starting alongside All-World LB Demarcus Ware have been over-hyped since day 1 with the exception of Bradie James. Greg Ellis was over the hill, Anthony Spencer looks lost, Bobby Carpenter looked like a mentally slow Clay Matthews, and Keith Brooking needs to start taking some form of medication (Though this clip is awesome). Others have come and failed, and it leaves us all wishing Dat Nguyen would suit up and come out of retirement for just one magical season.

On offense, the skill positions have been tended to relatively well, but the big contracts doled out to offensive lineman have worked only in spurts. Leonard Davis isn’t worth the money he is making now, and some of it should be given to Doug Free. Marc Columbo hasn’t played a good game of football in about 18 months and his career looks to be over. Kyle Kosier was an injury prone starter for the Detroit Lions…enough said.

Something has to be done with personnel selections by this team’s front office and that means that Jerry Jones has to give some leeway to Jason Garrett and his coaching staff about what players he wants to put on the field. While Jones has said he would not tinker with Garrett’s roster decisions, it is more than likely Jones’ two cents will be heard come draft day.

But again, here were are with another off-season to tease my generation, the generation that really hasn’t seen a very good Dallas Cowboys team. My generation should not be allowed to fall back on the dynasty of the 1990’s, we were too young to appreciate everything that was going on during that time. Cowboys fans, when was the last time you can remember celebrating so ferociously that you let out curse words you only use during sex or when you stub your toe? If you cheered that way during the Eagles playoff game last year, that shows how much the Cowboys have fallen since its glory days.

Now here in 2011, we sit, patiently waiting to see what Jerry Jones and Co. will do to improve next year’s team that can be anywhere from a 6 win team to the division champ. We wonder if he will go with a need at the draft, or take another game-breaker like Dez Bryant.

(Quick thought here, how awesome does Dez Bryant look? Forget about his overconfidence and his inability to respect other people, he looks like the Akron Scammer in a football jersey. He runs faster than everyone, he jumps higher than everyone, and he catches anything that his his massive banana hands. I get why some teams passed on him in the draft, but still, plenty of teams could have used a number 1 WR , I’m looking at you  San Diego and Jacksonville. Regardless of his attitude, the guy clearly had enough talent to be selected in the top 20, and I can’t remember a number 1 WR coming out of college besides Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald who didn’t have some sort of swagger problem.)

My father always told me that when you win, you act like a gentleman. You go out there, shake your opponents hands with sincerity, and then go and celebrate with your teammates. I watched the 2004 World Series with my father, and we watched something he thought he would never see in his lifetime, a Red Sox championship. We hugged, kissed, and even shared some tears with one another, but that was it. There was the excusable scream when Keith Foulke nabbed that Edgar Renteria grounder but that was it.

In 2007, there was the mandatory scream when Jonathan Papelbon struck out Seth Smith to win the ’07 series. My father called me, we exchanged pleasantries for about an hour and that was it. After the Celtics derailed the Lakers in 2008, I drove home, gave my father a kiss when he was asleep, and we spoke about it the next day in great detail. While I am from the generation of baggy shorts, coarse language, and mainstream rap music, I have managed to gain some sense of humility through my father, compared with a lot of people in our generation.

I have been blessed in the past decade in my world of sports, perhaps the most important decade of sports in my entire life. I would say I am right in the middle of my “Kevin Durant” years of liking sports, as I am hitting my prime and still have a good amount of time left before a family, a real job, and responsibility drag me away from some of the things I love. Before I fade into the abyss known as adulthood, I would like to celebrate a Cowboys Super Bowl, not for gloating or for superficial reasons, but rather so that when I watch with my kids, they can see me get emotional and I can try and teach them how to win, something that the Dallas Cowboys should be trying to learn this off-season.

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By Nathan Hammer

Since the NFL upgraded to a 16 game season in 1978, week 14, up until the end of the regular season, has traditionally been reserved for fans that were fortunate enough to still have playoff relevant teams and to keep them on the edges of their seats. That all changed in 1989 when fantasy football exploded onto the scene. Although it is hard to argue with a typical “Purist,” who religiously believes that rooting for individual players can heavily taint the essence of the game, the benefit of 17 weeks of football being exciting for a fan who’s team is no longer in contention is both undisputable and invaluable. Nowadays, most fans like me are more concerned with their fantasy schedule and rosters, more so than their favorite NFL teams.

Fantasy football has evolved to the point where monitoring ones team is a crucial, and often dominant, part of a daily routine, and a win or a loss can have a major effect on ones general mood for the ensuing week. Inevitably, when the fantasy season is over, many of us will feel a major void in our lives, or like someone stripped us of our purpose in this world. Similar to cigarette and drug addiction, it will be nearly impossible to cope with this void early on, but as the offseason progresses and time heals our fantasy wounds, our short-term memories will allow us to believe that there is life after fantasy. The reason we ultimately accept this is because we have the comfort of knowing that there is always next season (realistically we accept that there is life BETWEEN fantasy). Fantasy football is no longer just a friendly game for bragging rights, but more like a secretly self obsessed backdoor society, with sub communities known as leagues. Even the NFL players themselves have fantasy teams, and will start themselves in order to have an added on field incentive. Maurice Jones-drew epitomizes this idea by starting himself in his personal leagues every weekend. In fact, MJD actually hosts a fantasy show on serious radio called “Runnin’ with MJD,” which airs every Friday at 7pm, for two whole hours. The remainder of this article will give my personal take on how to approach the critical week 15, and the remainder of the fantasy playoffs.

Finally, it’s here baby you made it! First off congrats to all of you still reading this, as it must mean that you have successfully qualified for the playoffs (or you are a fantasy junky like me who can’t help but indulging in anything fantasy related). Week 14 left many fantasy owners puzzled and frustrated, as many of the guys we leaned on to take us to the Promised Land were nothing short of invisible. Megatron was Megadone after his first reception, Jamaal Charles rushed for a season low ( the same week as signing a 5 year extension), Dwayne Bowe put up a doughnut, Rodgers didn’t survive the first half, and even AP looked more then pedestrian, scoring a mere 2 points in ESPN standard leagues.

Now the great question arises. Should these guys be given a second opportunity at fantasy playoff redemption, or is it time for them to ride the pine and your give your backups this week to shine. I can make a strong argument for both opinions, but the one thing I will say is stay consistent and most importantly, DON’T PANIC! If keeping a steady lineup with a few adjustments along the way is what got you here, then why go astray from a wining formula now when it matters most. On the other hand, for all those who do more then just a little tweaking from week to week, go ahead and jump on that waiver wire. The one common denominator for both styles of players must be to play your studs. It may be tempting to sit guys like Ray Rice for someone like Tim Hightower with a salivating matchup, and coming off a huge week, but you drafted Ray-Ray in the first round for a reason, and chances are he is likely to post more consistent numbers.

A major, but often overlooked factor to take into account in the fantasy playoffs is the record and playoff position of the NFL team your players play for. For example, last season’s proud owners of WR Reggie Wayne weren’t so proud come fantasy playoff time, because the Colts had already secured the division, a first round bye, and home field  advantage throughout. This is why I stress the importance of monitoring the NFL standings throughout the season, and preparing early for the potential of your studs being benched week 15 and on in real life.

I will finish by giving analyses of the first eight games being played this week, with the exception of Thursday night’s matchup, highlighting the players that are a must start. Best of luck to all of you this week on your matchups and remember that despite what anybody says, fantasy is life and cars are toys.

Please make note that I am writing this article on Friday, which obviously means that this column is unaware of any players ruled out after Friday morning and it is critical to check the status of you players (and players like Matt Cassel that your starters may be contingent on) on Sunday morning prior to kick off. Malcolm Floyd owners may have already been burned by this last night, as he was ruled out just hours before game time.

Browns VS. Bengals:

Must starts: Peyton Hillis is a must start as he is facing off against the 24th ranked rushing defense that has given up 9 rushing TD’s in the last 8 games. He is guaranteed a minimum of 20 carries and is very involved in the pass game as well.

Solid starters: Benjamin Watson, Carlson Palmer, Cedric Benson, T.O. (stock rises slightly towards a must start if Chad Ochocinco is out). Mohamed Massaquoi gets a slight boost with Colt McCoy under center.

Sleeper: Cleveland D/ST. This D always manages to step it up on the road and is facing a disgruntled Cincy offense

Cowboys  VS. Redskins:

Must starts: Jason Witten found the end zone twice last weeks and has a knack for stepping it up in divisional matchup’s. Chris Cooley I am less comfortable with, as he was virtually invisible last week and Dallas is pretty stingy against opposing Tight Ends. He remains a must start because he is the proud owner of the second most targets for a TE in the league and is Donovan McNabbs favorite check down option in a game where he will be bombarded by the likes of DeMarcus Ware. I will put Santana Moss here as well because Dallas has the 32nd ranked D against opposing WR’s and have given up at least 20 fantasy points (ESPN standard) to WR’s every week since week 1.

Solid Starts: Miles Austin, John Kitna (Yes, the Skins pass D is also that bad, ranking 27th In the league). A well rested Ryan Torain should be back on your radar.

Sleeper: Anthony Armstrong. He has an average of four receptions per game and is good for the occasional TD.  dd how bad the Dallas pass D is and your have your sleeper.

Texans VS. Titans:

Must starts: Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and Chris Johnson. A healthy Owen Daniels and a healthier Andre has Matt Shaub back in the top 10 coming off a game where he threw the ball 60 times. Peyton Manning smoked Tenn. last week and I expect Shaub to follow suit with at least a similar performance (assuming Andre and Arian Play).

Solid starts: Daniels, Kerry Collins, Kenny Britt.

Sleeper: Bo Scaife. In the red zone he is the one and only option for Collins.

Jaguars VS. Colts:

Must starts: MJD is my number one ranked back this week. Coming off 6 straight 100 plus yard performances, he gets a matchup which seems like a fantasy within fantasy. The Colts are dead last against the run. Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Jacob Tamme and yes the man that has given owners a heart attack all season Pierre Garcon. I predicted a big week last week from him and expect more fantasy goodness to come.

Strong starts: Mercedes Lewis, Blair White (4 receptions in 4 straight games), Mike Sims-Walker (if David Garrard plays)

Sleeper: Javarris James. 3 TD’s in his last 2 games and the Colts have to run the ball eventually right? …Right?

Chiefs VS. Rams:

Must starts: Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles (Big bounce back game expected), Dwayne Bowe (pending Matt Cassel’s status).

Strong starts: Matt Cassel (If he plays).

Sleeper: Tony Moeaki. A relentless running game and an open Bowe down field should open up the middle for the athletic Moeaki to see some targets.

Bills VS. Dolphins:

Must Starts: Steve Johnson. With Lee Evans ruled out, who else does Ryan Fitzpatrick have to throw to?  Brandon Marshall. Chances are if you owned him all year you aren’t reading this article, but he managed the only score against the Jets last week and the drop off in CB talent from the Jets to the Bills is…..well the Bills rank 30th against opposing WR’s.

Strong starts: Miami D/ST. No fluke last week against the Jets my friends. This group is nothing short of elite (they have given up less then 20 points per game in the last 5, and have forced 9 turnovers during that span). Ronnie Brown (More of a reflection of the Bills rush D then of Browns talents).

Sleeper: Ricky Williams. Traditionally plays his best ball against Buffalo, and Buffalo is last in the league against the run.

Eagles VS. Giants:

Must starts: Michael Vick, Lesean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin(went for a buck 20 against the Giants in week 11), Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning. The Eagles D is banged up to the point where earlier this week, Andy Reid had no idea how he would fill the critical MLB position.

Strong starts: Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, Brandon Jacobs, Desean Jackson. In addition to being significantly dinged up (enough to miss most of Thursday’s practice), DJax only managed 50 yards against Big Blue earlier in the season.

Sleeper: Derek Hagan. I believe they will attempt to acclimate him into the slot receiver role now that Steve Smith has been ruled out for the season.

Lions VS. Bucs:

Must Starts: Bounce back game for both number 1 WR’s Calvin Johnson and Mike Williams.

Solid Starts: Legarette Blount and Josh Freeman.

Sleeper: Kellen Winslow. Starting to find the end zone in the nick of time and yeah, it’s Detroit.

By Michael Goldberg

Little known Sal Alosi, the New York Jets’ strength and conditioning coach, earned douchebag of the week award for his inexcusable actions yesterday, during a 10-6 Jets’ loss to the Miami Dolphins. During a punt return, with Nolan Carroll running down the sidelines, Alosi lunged forward, stuck his leg out, and watched as Carroll stumbled helplessly to the ground. Carroll remained on the ground for a couple minutes, clearly in pain. After having a night to think this over, two things came to mind: How absolutely hilarious and utterly stupid this was, and is Alosi really to blame? (Well get back to that in a moment).

First, in a sport that is viewed by millions of people every Sunday, in a stadium with more video cameras, capturing more angles than Paris Hilton’s bedroom (gotcha!), did he think no one would notice? There has been a lot of controversy in football this year, including fines for “illegal” hits, and the babying of star quarterbacks (yes you Tom Brady, and you Peyton Manning). However, this incident has to be the dirtiest, most shameful, and most cowardly act ever to take place on a football field, despite some “stiff” competition. The league has yet to come out with a punishment. Alosi is well aware of the potential repercussions and said, “I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment….I accept responsibility for my actions as well as any punishment that follows.” I interpret that to mean, “ Shit, that was so damn obvious. The only thing to do is play the good guy card and hope it works.”

Dolphins’ fans and players were furious, and rightly so. Channing “I don’t know who the fuck Anne Frank is” Crowder asserted, “I wish they’d tripped me. I’d have broken that old man’s leg.” As much as I hate Crowder, he does have a point.

I understand how truly horrible the act was, however should Alosi really take ALL the heat? As a die hard Jets fan, it has been excruciating to watch the last few weeks of football and seeing their once promising season fall apart faster than Shaquille O’Neal’s acting career. After last weeks beat down at the hands of the Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, many, including myself, thought the Jets would take out their frustrations on Miami at home in a must win game to save their season. However, the Jets, like they have done so many times in the past, let their fan base down again.

They are now 9-4 with remaining games @ Pittsburgh, @ Chicago, and home vs. Buffalo, and are dangerously close to finishing 10-6. In a conference with the Ravens, Colts, and Chargers at 7-6 or better, 10-6 may not be good enough to make the playoffs. To make things worse, no one can stay healthy. Jim Leonhard, the team’s field general and captain in the secondary, is out for the year. Damien Woody, one of the best Offensive Tackles in football and the anchor of the Jets’ offensive line, will join Leonhard. Added to the laundry list of injuries include both of Leonhard’s backups safeties, Eric Smith and James Ihedigbo. Determined not to be left out, Shonn Greene left Sunday’s game with a neck injury.

As a die hard Jets fan it kills me to watch them play like this and breaks my heart to see them lose the way they do. Santonio Holmes dropped a wide open touchdown pass, which would have tied the game, and for the most part Mark Sanchez played like a school girl running for her life. As a fan watching from home, I was infuriated. I could only imagine what emotions were running through Alosi’s body. He puts his entire heart and soul into the team and to see them lose from the sidelines must be gut wrenching. While I am not condoning his actions, I am merely suggesting that guys like Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes, Ladainian Tomlinson, and Jerricho Cotchery (who also had an inexcusable drop that would have gone for 30 yards), are partly to blame as well. Here’s hoping the Jets can turn it around so we can stop seeing the patented Sanchez sulk, and start seeing more of the calm, fun Sanchez, who has had so much success in this league.

By Phil Bausk

When talking about Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, Rex Ryan was his candid, brash self,“As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I came here to kick his ass, and that’s the truth. That’s just the way it is.”

Upon hearing of Ryan’s aggressive statement, Belichick replied in classic B Squared fashion,“I’m not really worried about anybody else. I’m just trying to get this team ready to play.”

Since Ryan took over for the Jets in 2009, he has given the team a swagger that previous New York Jets squads were missing. His  “do whatever it takes, say whatever I want” attitude has impacted his players positively, and has helped  turn the Jets into a legitimate contender. His confidence that he has shown, whether it be from day one of training camp, to right up until their playoff game against the Colts last season, is consistent and unwavering.

Rex Ryan reminds me a lot of Roger Rabbit. You can’t get him to shut his mouth, he constantly seems like he is up to something, and odds are he is guilty of whatever he is being accused of (I Know Roger Rabbit was innocent in his movie, but I am sure he has done awful things that only people in Toonland can comprehend).

But where both Ryan and the Rabbit are truly similar is that both of them always come through. While Ryan has not won a Superbowl, he has sent this Jets team to the top of the standings quicker than anyone could imagine.  Roger Rabbit, on the other hand, assisted in proving his innocence, and defeating Christopher Lloyd to then going on to living happily ever after with the smoking hot Jessica Rabbit (“I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way”).

In about 5 hours, the polar opposite of Rex Ryan will be staring at him from across the field in Bill Belichick. While B Squared has had his fair share of colorful statements (Ahem! Freddie Mitchell, Check the comments) , he generally shows a passive, ice cold demeanor (Like that of Dolph Lundgren) that his star Quarterback Tom Brady, undoubtedly inherited from Belichick.

These two teams, the Jets and the Pats, embody the character traits that their Head Coaches ooze on a day to day basis. This is what we are going to see in tonight’s match up. Two teams, two very different philosophies both on and off the field, and just one goal in mind, beating the other in a prime time setting.

The Jets bring one of the best defenses in football this season to Gillette Stadium, while the Pats will be protecting their home field with the league’s top ranked offense.   While there are a lot of different match ups and story lines to take a look at, two in particular jump out.

Firstly, how will the Patriots defense be able to stop the Jets running attack. While Jets QB Mark Sanchez has made strides in his 2nd season, the offense will still rely on its powerful running game to keep Brady and the offense off of the field. The Pats run defense has given up 110 yards per game (ypg) so far this season, in addition to 9 Touchdowns and 72 first downs. This means on 3rd and short situations, the Jets are going to try and run the ball as the Patriots have had trouble stopping 3rd and short running plays. I expect the Jets to hold the ball for a large percentage of  this game, limiting the amount of touches Brady and friends are going to have.

On the other side of the ball, will the Jets be able to stop the Patriots short passing game. Since the Randy Moss trade, the Patriots have used an offense similar to their early 2000′ s offense, which led them to multiple Superbowl titles. It is this style of offense where Brady seems most comfortable, and it shows with his consistency in the last few weeks. The Jets, who have no problem stuffing the run, will have to  focus on this aspect of the Pats offense, as the Pats may use short passes to substitute for running plays. Expect to see a lot of Ex-Jet Danny Woodhead, a Hard Knocks hero, in the middle of the field, as well as both TEs, Aaron Hernandez Rob Gronkowski.

These are the kinds of games that us football fans get excited for. Two teams that truly hate each other, two coaches that definitely hate each other, and two fan bases who argue about baseball 9 months of the year, getting their chance to try and grab a leg up in the Boston-New York Rivalry.

Now I have lived in NY my entire life and I love it. I love living in Manhattan, going out to Long Island, and heck, I even like going upstate sometimes (Westchester is NOT upstate!). But I do not get it when I hear New Yorkers trash talk, not just the Boston sports teams, but the city itself. I mean C’mon?!?!?!?! The city is filled with history, something New Yorkers should appreciate and if they can’t, they should have to spend a weekend on Staten Island to see what hell is really like.  Its the same weather as New York, with cleaner streets, great food, and college students galore for us 23-year olds to go hang out with and go make fun of their accents to their faces. And you know what, they play along with it because they know what they sound like.

The bottom line is that these cities do not like each other. Not only do their passionate and loyal sports fans hate each other, but the normal, everyday citizens of each city do not respect each other. I am sure the Jets and the Pats are aware of what they are playing for in tonight’s game and will play 60 minutes of tenacious football. The hate between the teams and the cities bring out the best in sports, both at the bar and on the sidelines. Whoever thought that so much hate could make people forget about how cold weather ruins everything (Well, except for football).