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Dynastic Pats? Faaaantastic

By Norman Chad
Monday, February 7, 2005; Page D02

For the 39th consecutive year, they played the Super Bowl; for the 39th consecutive year, I watched it. There was the usual array of quirky commercials, replay reversals and ex-presidents, and, in the end, the New England Patriots established themselves as the most unlikely dynasty since the Van Patten clan ran roughshod over Hollywood in the mid-1980s.

Anyway, I took notes.


Bill Belichick, Patriots' coach and genius, has a hard time figuring out where his headset is meant to go. (Ann Heisenfelt -- AP)

_____ Monday Morning_____
 Chuck Bednarik
A look back at the weekend and a look ahead at the coming week's action with a fresh new edge.

Norman Chad's Couch Slouch
Starting Lineup
The Chat: Oakland emcee Tion "Bukue One" Torrence
7 Days
The Review: Electronic Arts' NFL Street 2.

_____ The Quote _____
"I can't wait until the Super Bowl is over. I hope the 1960 team remains the last one to win. I hope it stays that way."

-- Former center/linebacker Chuck Bednarik, who played for the Eagles from 1949 to 1962 and is either refreshingly candid or deeply bitter.

_____ The Monday Morning Poll _____
Two weeks ago, the Maryland men's basketball team swept Duke and Georgia Tech. Last week, they got swept by Clemson and Miami. What's next? You tell us. With home games against Virginia Tech tomorrow and Duke on Saturday, how will the Terps fare?
They'll sweep.
They'll get swept.
They'll beat Duke, lose to Tech.
They'll beat Tech, lose to Duke.
They'll have at least one snow postponement.

  View results

2:25 p.m. ET: If I knew Tim McCarver was going to show up on Super Bowl Sunday, I would've watched "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" on FX instead.

2:42: Here's the thing about Terry Bradshaw: In the 17th century, he might've been the village idiot; in the 21st century, he's a potential running mate for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

2:57: Frankly, Kelly Clarkson on that pregame stage didn't exactly give me that Beatles-on-the-"Ed Sullivan Show" feel.

3:33: We get a preview of the upcoming Fox Soccer Channel. Thanks for the warning.

4:59: They just ran a Heineken commercial that scared me more than "Apocalypse Now."

5:13: At my MLS Cup party, I remember drinking too much Yoo-Hoo.

5:38: Bill Belichick swears by Sun Tzu's military treatise, "The Art of War." Couch Slouch swears by Gallagher's concert film, "Gallagher -- Melon Crazy."

6:31: If they wait any longer until kickoff, the NHL season might start.

6:34: We probably could fix Social Security for less money than we spend on the Super Bowl coin toss.

6:38: To be honest, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Terrell Owens playing if he were in a body cast.

6:46: My neighbor says I make too much noise when I'm watching football. Yeah, like she doesn't shout during "Iron Chef."

7:16: One of my ex-wives calls in the second quarter. Of the Super Bowl. Needless to say, this is one of the reasons she is one of my ex-wives.


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