DATELINE: DERAILED IN DENVER
Yikes, history repeated itself this weekend.
There was no joy in Mudville, nor in Foxboro.
The Mighty Brady has struck out.
Fans were thrown a curve ball, and the pitcher was an aging knuckleballer named Manning.
The bases were loaded in the bottom of the ninth, and Brady had many times in the past knocked the ball out of the park. But, on this pleasant day with ordinary meteorological conditions in the Mile High City, he was caught looking.
Back in the day the Mighty Brady would have pulled off a last second victory, but the sneer is gone from Brady’s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate at Goodell; he pounds his fists on the deflated ball, and now he lets it go.
The vengeance was shattered in Denver’s light air, and in the fans’ hearts.
Somewhere in the favored land of Foxboro, the sun will shine again; the Minutemen with their muskets will fire upon a Gronk spike; and sometime in the future, Pats’ fans will laugh, and children will shout, but for this season, the Mighty Brady has struck out.