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Thursday, February 07, 2002
So many topics swirling in my head, and they all seem to have to do with sports: John Valentin, with Jersey City origins, is "sort of" reunited with Mo Vaughn when Valentin signed a minor-league contract with the Mets. The Sacramento Kings are the best team I've seen play against the Celtics. Joe Thornton should really be on Canada's Olympic ice hockey team. Tiger Woods is playing at Torrey Pines this week, home to the Buick Invitational. I scored my first birdie at Torrey Pines. I'll be rooting for Michelle Kwan to win a figure skating gold medal. Magic Johnson said he saw a tremendous goal by soccer great Zinedine Zidane (who plays for Real Madrid), and Magic is quoted as saying "He's just as good as me and Michael Jordan put together." I'm still looking for this goal myself.

Monday, February 04, 2002
I was originally going to write that trying to win a Super Bowl with defense has to be the hardest thing to do. It demands concentration, dedication, a commitment to the play, to the position, to the coverage. I felt that the Patriots were starting to lose the defensive edge, especially when the vaunted Rams tied up the score 17-17 with less than two minutes to play. I was going to write that you win by the sword, you die by the sword: all the Patriots had was defense. They needed offense.

And then Tom Brady strings together a bunch of passes starting from the Patriots' 17-yard line, driving forward to allow Adam Vinatieri to kick in the winning field goal. Pure hurry-up offense. And the result is a pure feeling: a home-town champion! Reset the clock, New England! We are the champions! We are the Super Bowl champs!

Oh what a feeling...!