Time to break out the iThink for a special football final four edition. I’m sharing a few football thoughts while wondering if John Denver was ahead of his time when he wrote “Rocky Mountain High” in 1972.
■ I think I would feel better about the Patriots’ chances if the AFC Championship game were being played at sea level. Regardless of the edifice or its Mile High moniker, Denver was a House of Horrors, long before Peyton Manning was in an orange uniform. The Patriots won their first 10 playoff games with Brady and Belichick, until they lost in Denver in the 2005 AFC Divisional round. That was the game in which Benjamin Watson chased down Champ Bailey to prevent a 101-yard interception return.
The throw by Tom Brady was quite possibly the worst of his career. The Patriots are 0-2 all time in the playoffs in Denver and 9-18 all time on the road against their former AFL brethren.
■ I think at least one local TV station had “Quarterback Contagion” ready to go after Brady missed practice Wednesday because of an illness. There is a better chance of Aaron Hernandez suiting up for the Patriots Sunday than Brady missing the AFC title game. Just remember Brady played brilliantly in the 2004 AFC Championship with a 103-degree fever, as chronicled in an excellent Sports Illustrated piece by Michael Silver that still gives you febrile chills just reading it. Brady’s biggest problem isn’t being sick. It’s the feeling he’s being sent into a drag race driving a Prius.
■ I think it’s quotes like this one from LeGarrette Blount that sometimes cause the Patriots’ approach with the media to draw eye-rolls. Blount was asked if it was different not having Brady at practice. He toed the company line, which is expected. But then he left reality in his wake, like Indianapolis Colts defenders.
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