If there’s one thing I have learned in the wake of Tom Brady’s season ending knee injury it’s that people, by and large, are sick, disgusting assholes who cheer and celebrate a physical trauma endured by another person. I don’t care what team one plays for, I would never cheer an injury.
Last season, for example, when Jets’ quarterback Chad Pennington was clobbered and hobbled, I was horrified when I heard roaring cheers from Giants Stadium. If Jets “fans” enjoy the injury of their own player, then I guess it’s no surprise they celebrate Tom’s injury. I mean, they know they’d never beat the Patriots with Brady at the helm, right?
Whenever I see a player go down, no matter what team or position, my heart skips a beat. It’s sad that “fans” forget those are human beings and not robots. Love ’em or hate ’em.
But, after witnessing the happiness around the league, especially the “YAHOO!” headline on the NY Post, I wanted the Patriots to win yesterday. Badly. Not since last year’s regular season Chargers match-up have I wanted a win so badly.
And after four quarters, I got what I wanted.
Matt Cassel was no Tom Brady, clearly, but he was efficient and he got the job done. As predicted, Wes Welker was his go-to guy and I expect that to continue for the next few weeks. And Belichick’s decision to keep five running backs on the roster seems almost prophetic now, doesn’t it? The Patriots defense looked great, with the sole exception being against that little shifty, speedy back Leon Washington. Man, is that guy good. Ellis Hobbs appears to relish the role of being the #1 corner. And Dom Capers must have been throwing balls at Brandon Meriweather all week because he finally was able to snatch one and hold on! The afternoon was capped off when Adalius Thomas took down Brett Favre with one of the best sacks I have ever seen.
But now with his first start under his belt, I expect Matt Cassel to only get better. Bring on the fish.