No chance at all that the Patriots could lose this one ... until they did.
That play by Manning, toward the end -- swarmed by the D, three different guys got a hand on his jersey, and he fought them off and and got that ball into the air -- man, what a great moment. Even if I hadn't been rooting for the Giants (and I wasn't, much, except that they were playing the Pats) ... even if I hadn't been rooting for them, that's the sort of play people remember on their death beds.
And earlier today the Lakers, sans Gasol, Ariza, Bynum, and Mihm, took it to the Wizards. They're now 2 & 1 on their longest road trip (9 games) in the modern NBA era, and what's left isn't as scary. They should beat the Nets (with Gasol in the lineup) -- should beat Atlanta, Orlando's going to be tough, should beat Miami (though the Heat will be amped for them), and should beat Charlotte and Minnesota. That's a likely 4-2, or 6-3 to finish the nine game roadie.
I wish we had our own football team in L.A., but barring that, watching the Patriots lose works for me.
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