ESPN’s Bill Simmons took part in another one of his epic chats today. Among the topics, the Patriots and the NFL playoffs in general. Nothing to substantial as he’s probably saving the meat for his Friday picks column. Here are a few Patriots related blurbs but as always I’d advise you to check the whole chat out.
John (Cambridge, MA): What’s the general mood in Southern CA right now for the game on Sunday. I know you’re 4 hours or so away, but what the heck is going on with SD sports radio pleading with Chargers fans to not seel their tix to Pats fans? Is this a joke? I think it’s hilarious.
Joe (Boston): This is a sure sign of an impending loser: “The San Diego Chargers have restricted sales to the Divisional Playoff game to residents of Southern California…Orders by residents outside of southern California will be canceled without notice.” I hate California and Ticketmaster. You’re perpetuating this nonsense by contributing to the LaLa Land tax base.
Bill Simmons: (12:28 PM ET ) Yeah, this is a real issue out here – all the Boston transplants are flooding the game and there aren’t enough real Chargers fans to hold them off – plus, people from back home are trying to get tix and fly in for the game. You’re looking at 10-12,000 NE fans there on Sunday easy. I think this is good for the Pats…
Nate (philly): Bill, when you saw the opening 4.5 point line SD/NE, admit it you smiled to yourself and thought “Excellent Vegas has no idea what’s going to happen”
Bill Simmons: (12:30 PM ET ) I did – that’s the signature “we have no idea what’s going to happen” line. And it’s stayed right there, which means nobody else knows, either. I think it’s one of the toughest playoff games ever to figure out. Do you take the team that looks unstoppable on paper, or do you take the team with the Coach/QB advantages? It’s one of those games where you’re going to feel dumb either way if the other thing happens.
Neal (San Carlos, CA): Given his playoff history and propensity to choke, should Marty Schottenheimber fake a heart attack so his assistants can lead the Chargers to the Superbowl? That’s their best shot. Rivers will soon realize that tightening around his throat are Marty’s claws as they head toward a conservative defeat.
Bill Simmons: (12:49 PM ET ) I know I’m biased as a Pats fan, but seriously, can you remember a better Round 2 game than SD-NE? So many subplots, major star power… it’s just a fascinating game. i really feel like it could be a classic.
Murph (Bear, DE): Do you think Brady has extra motivation now that Rivers made the Pro Bowl over him?
Bill Simmons: (12:52 PM ET ) I don’t think he’s one of those guys who needs extra motivation… at the same time, it’s probably not a bad idea for Belichick to slip the Pro Bowl rosters in his locker on Sunday morning.
Dave (Georgia): Approx. how many “I told you so” emails will you get on Monday after the pats get stomped in SD?
Bill Simmons: (1:33 PM ET ) Possibly none – I haven’t made a pick yet. Still haven’t figured out how the Pats will be able to handle LDT.
Eric (Chicago, IL): I heard Pioli declined a request to speak to the Giants for a front office job there after the Patriots granted permission. How relieved are you right now?
Bill Simmons: (2:02 PM ET ) I think Pioli is smart enough to know that he’s the Joe Piscopo to Belichick’s Eddie Murphy. He doesn’t have nearly as much sway with the Pats as people think – Belichick runs that team.