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Rivalry at It’s Best

October 26, 2010

Yankees suck.  Well, at least in my opinion, but that’s my Boston instincts kicking in I guess.  But any New York sports fan would say that the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots all suck too.  I guess it just depends on where you’re from, or where you grew up, or if you’re a sports fan at all.  There has always been a rivalry though.  New York and New England are continuously in competition; whether it involves sports, politics, or the culture in general.  Regardless of whether you’re a true Yankee or devoted Bostonian, I still think we should respect one another.  Sure we can banter and exchange snide remarks, but at the end of the day, we need to agree to disagree.

Sports are what usually cause the most arguments and fights between the two areas.  It’s always the same story: Yankees vs. Red Sox; Jets vs. Patriots; Knicks vs. Celtics, and the list goes on.  But going to a school in New York filled with Jets, Giants, Mets and Yankee fans, it’s tough for a Boston girl to hear news about her home teams.  So take a minute to read about the New England sports scene for a second.  And as stated before, if you don’t agree, just respect my opinion.

The home opener at Foxborough Stadium was extremely rewarding for the New England Patriots.  The team overcame the first opponent of the regular season and easily defeated the Bengals 38-24.  The second game was not so enlightening.  The Pats were run-down by the Jets who anticipated the offense and made quick, sharp plays that eventually led to a New York win, 28-14.  Once again, this was a tough game to watch in New York since I am obviously not a Jets fan.

Moving on, the first two games are not the most vital news or interesting piece of information about the New England football team.  The buzz circulating the sports press and media outlets is the extended contract Tom Brady signed with the Patriots.  Upon this agreement, the third ranked quarterback in NFL history, according to ESPN News, will receive $18 million for an extension of four years with the Patriots.  Currently, this makes him the highest paid player in the league.  However, the contract has not been filed with the NFL yet.

This also brings competition to other, extremely talented players in the NFL- Peyton Manning being one of them.  Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, “intends to make his quarterback the NFL’s highest paid player,” as he stated to the Huffington Post newspaper.

But what makes a player so valued and worth so much money?  I think it all comes down to a statement recently made by wide-receiver Randy Moss in a memorable post-game press conference.  “No people, it’s not football, it’s a business. When I get in my car every morning, I’m not going to play football, I’m going to work.”  It’s true.  For these men on the field, that is their job.  They are here to work hard, play tough and win for their team, coaches and fans.  If they don’t do their job, their salary’s affected by it.

So don’t be bitter New York fans.  Even though Tom Brady’s worth the most in the NFL doesn’t mean other players aren’t more talented or better at the sport.  It’s all a business.  It all comes down to how much money each team has and the amount the owners and the league are willing to put into the players’ contracts.

It will be interesting to see how the contracts for other, already highly paid players (Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre) will turn out especially heading into the end of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which expires at the end of this season.  One thing is for sure; Brady has definitely set the bar for NFL players’ salaries.

Since that was a small blurb focused on New England’s football team, there should be no hurt feelings.  Just a simple fact that the Patriots’ quarterback is the highest paid NFL player…that’s not to say that New England is better than New York.  But as was mentioned before, let us agree to disagree.

Each issue a new sport, player or team will be featured in this section of the magazine.  Feel free to send comments or suggestions about the articles or if you want a specific topic to be discussed. We’d appreciate any response.  You can contact us by emailing cwpstpnr@gmail.com.

 

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