As for the Patriots mocking the Merriman dance after the game yesterday, do you think the Patriots might’ve had this scene in mind from the last time these teams met? (From Tom E Curran’s game story in the Projo that day.

01:00 AM EDT on Monday, October 3, 2005

Journal Sports Writer

One after the other, sweaty, smiling members of the San Diego Chargers walked through the massive concrete artery that leads to the visitors locker room in Gillette Stadium.

As they walked, tearing grass-stained tape from their hands, they gloated aloud about their just-finished, 41-17 hammering of the New England Patriots.

"That's a [butt]-whipping," said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

"21-1, now," tackle Leander Jordan announced, referring to the Patriots' punctured 21-game home winning streak.

"[Bleep] New England and their team," suggested cornerback Drayton Florence. Florence then said to the collection of onlookers in the hallway. "Get the look of shock off your faces. Don't be shocked. We beat your [butt]."

Stuff like that gets remembered. The funny thing is, there’s been plenty of Chargers giving interviews today which have been shown on ESPN and NFLN and these players are saying how when they beat the Patriots last year, they were so respectful and complimentary and didn’t rub it in all. Shaun Phillips says he’s going to hold a grudge against the Patriots forever for their actions yesterday.

L.T. doesn’t have a leg to stand on for his complaints about the Patriots being “classless.”

Nice of Tomlinson to tell us all in the interviews yesterday that he is a classy individual. When Deion Sanders has to come on and remind you that it’s not really proper to refer to yourself as “classy” – that’s somthing that you should let others say about you, then you know you might need to rethink your position.


Don Banks last Friday:

• The X Factor: OK, this is it. Time for Steve McNair — playoff-battle tested quarterback — to show his stuff. Games like these are one of the main reasons why the Ravens went out and got him, so that there’s somebody back in the pocket who knows how to avoid the game-deciding mistakes and give Baltimore’s defense a chance to lead the way to victory.

Don Banks today:

• If you’ve paid attention to this space this season, you know I never really bought into the idea Steve McNair had delivered a big-league offense to Baltimore. McNair saved the day a few times early in the year with late game-winning rallies, but often they covered up for pretty mediocre to poor performances in the game’s first 3½ quarters.



For an early preview of this week, Mike Felger says on his ESPN Boston show today that the Patriots lose on Sunday, and possibly lose big.

He is also strongly leaning towards the angle that the Patriots didn’t beat the Chargers, the Chargers beat the Chargers. Pathetic.

He did lead off the show making his mea culpa regarding Deion Branch and for calling the Patriots cheap and arrogant all season. He said he was wrong in saying that they wasted a year of Tom Brady’s prime, etc etc etc. Then in the same breath he went on to say that the Colts will win this Sunday. (Listen to the first part of the show here.)


Can CBS please start providing subtitles for Shannon Sharpe?