For New England, An Early Thanksgiving

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All Pats fans worried for a week, though some denied they did,
But who among them could deny they feared a dreadful skid?
No regular had suffered from a badly broken head.
Attendance hadn’t dropped at all. Tom Brady wasn’t dead.
But Belichick, the wily coach, so wise in days of yore,
Had blundered like an amateur on fourth and two. What’s more,
His defense, sometimes solid, had surrendered and they lost.
So who among New England fans could even count the cost
Of Belichick’s mad blunder? And no wonder it was news.
From Maine to mid-Connecticut those Pats fans sang the blues.

But Sunday gave them reason to trot out a different song.
The Pats ran circles ‘round the Jets. The coach did nothing wrong.
When disappointment rarely raised its head, he pulled no stunt…
Coach Belichick remembered it was no disgrace to punt.

There may be doubt in other cities housing football teams.
In some, there may be dreadful nightmares trampling the dreams
Of fans who see post-season play as nothing but their due…
There are such cities and such teams. I can’t deny it’s true.
But no such nightmares trouble fans of our New England crew.
Once more the lads are confident in doing what they do,
For on the sideline, in his sweatshirt, Belichick restored,
Has risen like a phoenix over that which was untoward…
In football terms, he has redeemed himself with Sunday’s win,
And turned each doubtful frown around New England to a grin…
It may not be the greatest thing yet done among the living,
But is it not a reason now to celebrate Thanksgiving?

This program aired on November 25, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bill Littlefield was the host of Only A Game from 1993 until 2018.