It's a good time to be a Boston sports fan. While the Red Sox won their second World Series in four years, the Patriots began their rampage through the weak and effete, well, rest of the NFL, leaving smoking ruins and man-high piles of bobblehead skulls in their wake. OK, except perhaps Indianapolis and they've lost a bunch of their starters to injury or, more likely judging from the prevailing media attitude, the dark magic of Bill Belichick and the Godawful Hooded Sweatshirt of Doom.
Their fans have also emerged blinking into the light. At least one of them has a great blog.
I have had several debates with different people about the whole "running up the score" business. My position matches those NFL players who have been quoted as saying that it is the job of the defense to stop the offense. Of course, given the volatility of rosters I would go out of my way, were I an NFL player (i.e. 2.5 of the current me), to avoid antagonizing a coach and team for whom I might eventually have a chance to join. However, for me it comes down to the same reason that dogs routinely perform personal hygiene: Because They Can. Any coach or player that says they would do otherwise is lying. I speak not as a player but as a Bills fan and veteran of the increasingly horrific Super Bowl years of the early 90s.