Matt Cassel-Sarah Palin '08! There's your dream ticket for the fall.
They are actually remarkably similar -- a conceit that leads today's SN column. They are the most pivotal figures in their respective sports this season.
Meanwhile, after OD'ing on Brady yesterday, I was struck by a new sensation (this isn't in the column):
The team is so much more likeable now. There is intrigue. There is uncertainty. There is creativity. Everything they lacked over the past 8 years.
I'm obviously no Pats fan, but I find myself rooting for Cassel to do well -- for Bill Belichick to push the boundaries of NFL Xs and Os to turn this team into a playoff winner.
Similarly, I find myself with the same feelings about the Packers. As all of you know, I don't care much for Brett Favre. But this Aaron Rodgers guy? Hell, after last night, what's not to like?
He is silencing the doubters and the haters -- the Favre-lovers -- and making his own way. Again: I find myself rooting for him to do well.
(I have always had a soft spot for Jay Cutler -- after watching highlights of last night, it's obvious he's in for a monster year. Royal dominated -- and that was without Brandon Marshall drawing the other team's best DB. And Scheffler looked like he's ready for a break-out, too. The only problem was that Darren McFadden didn't go crazy like I had hoped he would; my various fantasy teams, where I bet big on D-Mac, suffered.)
And so I find myself so conflicted: Pathos for the Pats and Packers, two teams I have historically disliked intensely. How odd....
Complete SN column here, including a look at why it might be time for the Rays bandwagoneers to panic; for Lance Armstrong to return; and for everyone to tune into Jeopardy tonight.