The Wikipedia entry for Stanislav Petrov.
One of my favorite parts of the football season is when CNN/SI updates their website on Monday mornings and Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback article appears. Today’s is especially sweet.
A little dump pass, a safe pass, to Faulk, who catches-and-runs for 17. Ten for 10. Faulk’s hurt on the play. In comes Pass, the special-teamer/spot back. Brady, in trouble … steps up in the pocket, dunks it to Pass for 14. Eleven for 11. Dillon burrows for nothing. Fifty seconds now. Brady to Givens, again, this time for six. Twelve for 12.
Vinatieri comes in the game. Third and 4 from the Steelers’ 25. Shudder through the Steelers crowd. They know what this means. Vinatieri’s Mariano Rivera. Money.
Perfect snap from Lonie Paxton. Perfect hold from Josh Miller. Boink! Vinatieri boots it end over end, headed straight down the middle of the fairway. A Tiger drive. Maybe seven feet inside the left upright. Pats win, 23-20. The Steelers just left ’em too much time.
Runs like this have happened so seldom in NFL history. The Pats were 34-4 in 2003 and 2004, including the playoffs. At 2-1 now, that puts them at 36-5 since the start of the 2003 season. Start the great Miami team’s clock on opening day 1972 and advance 41 games, and the Dolphins were one game better — 37-4
I just know we’re witnessing something very, very special. Corny as it sounds, even if you bleed black and gold, you’ve got to appreciate the greatness in progress.
It’s not right to say: Root for the Patriots. You, of course, should root for your team. But I think it is right to say: Appreciate the Patriots. Their kind won’t come along again for a long, long time.