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    Exclamation No more pretending; time to win and contend- NY Post

    No more pretending; win and contend

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - One man.

    One man changed the course of history for two franchises.

    The Patriots have won three Super Bowls since Bill Belichick told Woody Johnson to take that job and shove it.

    And the New York Jets haven't been able to do a damn thing about it.

    It's time.

    It's time for this head coach, it's time for this quarterback, it's time for these players, to give their owner, to give their tormented fans, a great big belated bang for their buck.

    Beat this man, already. Beat this team.

    Beat this cheat who brazenly spied on you in broad daylight in defiance of NFL rules.

    Beat this man and beat this team tonight so you at least give yourself a chance - a chance - to beat this man and beat this team to the Super Bowl.

    Beat this man and beat this team tonight so you can use this game as a launching pad for the rest of your season.

    No excuses.

    Beat this man and beat this team that without Tom Brady. And Rodney Harrison. And Adalius Thomas. And Lawrence Maroney.

    Beat this man and beat this team, Brett Favre: This was your mandate when the franchise whacked Chad Pennington and brought you to New York, to win games like these, to infuse your new team with undying belief, especially in the fourth quarter, to make the big throw in the big moment. Sure, sure, as a 39-year-old gunslinger you carry fewer bullets in your holster, but you still pack enough heat to keep defenses from ganging up on Thomas JonesThomas Jones , and all that savvy, moxie and guile, and shame on you if you don't know your new offense well enough to outduel Matt Cassel.

    Beat this man and beat this team, Eric Mangini: This was your mandate when Woody The Owner [no relation to Joe The Plumber, as far as we know] decided that imitation is the greatest form of flattery and gave you and Mike The GM the green-and-white light to build Patriots South. You beat this man once, in your rookie 2006 season, and haven't beaten him since. Beat this man and restore the faith of a wary and weary fan base that longs to hail you as Mangenius again. Beat this man and you become the pupil who steps out of his mentor's shadow once and for all.

    Beat this man and beat this team, Mike Tannenbaum: This was your mandate when you were promoted to replace Terry Bradway, who tried to beat this man with Herm Edwards and Pennington and could not. You endured a sophomore slump, but then Woody The Owner gave you the green-and-white light to morph into Scott Pioli, and $140 million later, here we are. Nose tackle Kris Jenkins, possible defensive MVP. Calvin Pace, pass rushing demon. Alan Faneca, tough and fiery. Damien Woody, pretty smooth transition to right tackle. Oh, and Brett Favre. Thought you didn't know much football. Thought you were a salary cap guy.

    Beat this man and beat this team, Woody Johnson: This man stiffed you, walked out on you, told New York that he didn't want to be HC of your NYJ after one day on the job. Yes, he wanted to escape the giant shadow of Bill Parcells, GM at the time, but face facts, he wanted Bob Kraft signing his checks instead of you. So you formed your own Generation Jets management team and here we are. You didn't enjoy being 4-12, so what did you do? You silenced the naysayers who were certain you didn't want to win badly enough by opening your wallet and turning Mike The GM loose in free agency. You went "4" it by signing off on Brett the Jet, even if you knew it would help you sell those outrageous PSLs.

    Gentlemen, your team is peaking, oozing swagger, finally finding its identity. You stand once more at the corner of Contender and Pretender.

    Turn that corner.

    Beat that man and beat that team.

    They have never been more beat-a-Bill.

    steve.serby@nypost.com

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    Serby sucks.

    Don't fall for his hype. He's just waiting to bash the Jets at the next possible opportunity.

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    How come sometimes the town the patriots play in is spelled Foxboro, and sometimes it's spelled Foxborough?

    Wtf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Vick View Post
    How come sometimes the town the patriots play in is spelled Foxboro, and sometimes it's spelled Foxborough?

    Wtf?
    Cuz Auburn is the Tigers but their battle cry is War Eagle. Go figure.

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    It comes down to Bellichick vs Mangini. Ugh.

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    Good read! I'm pumped !

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