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Saturday, January 31, 2004
The game is tomorrow. So much talk and so much hype. Living in the heart of Patriots Nation, every media outlet seems to be talking Superbowl. It's incessant.

Celtics almost pulled out a win against Indiana tonight. Bruins won a shutout at Montreal this afternoon, and the two teams will play in Boston tomorrow afternoon. The men's final is underway at the Australian Open as I write this. But this is all just background noise.

Kick-off is at 6:25PM EDT tomorrow night.

Thursday, January 29, 2004
Just last year, around this time, a football coach wrote a compelling op-ed piece about winning. From the point of view of a previous champion, he wrote movingly about how you get to the winner's circle. He opined about the frivolous and the serious. He noted the many details that separate champions from runners up (and from the rest of the pack). He wrote of joy and sorrow.

That writer was Bill Belichick and that article appeared in the Sunday NY Times (January 26, 2003). He is the coach of the New England Patriots and his team will be facing the Carolina Panthers in this weekend's Superbowl.

(You can read his article at All Things Belichick.)

Sunday, January 25, 2004
For the second time in a week my car has been towed. Persistent rough idle and starting problems. I've been in a rental since the first time I wrote about this, and it's starting to really dent my wallet (almost $300 per week). I hate having car problems over my head.

The first time I towed it, I sent it to a local place, hoping that it was something easy (the only change was the sudden cold weather). $150 later, the mechanic at the local garage said "I think the dealer needs to look at this. They have better computers there." So this morning, the car went to the dealer. I'm going to hate tallying all this up.