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Monday, January 24, 2005

So what did the Patriots have planned for Big Ben? Drop back and let him make his own mistakes.

Is it me, or is it a little weird to be presenting the conference championship trophy on the loser's home field? I would think the wise thing to do would be to let the victorious opponents retreat to the locker room. They did that last year when the Panthers beat the Eagles on their home field, probably figuring the Eagles fans wouldn't react very well to an on-the-field celebration. Had the Falcons won yesterday, I think they, too, would have retreated to locker room to pick up the trophy.

I remember in 2001 when the Ravens beat the Raiders at home for the AFC championship. I couldn't believe it when they presented the trophy on the field, right in front of Raiders fans, to Ravens owner Art Modell, probably the most-hated man in professional football. Raiders fans voiced their displeasure loud and clear, then a firecracker went off. Modell nearly jumped out of his suit.

The NFL, FOX, CBS, whoever, might want to think about this policy.

Weigh in, Gunkle Guru.


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