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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Knee-Deep in Trouble


Let's dive knee first into this one -- Tom Brady's injury is so significant that you watched the final minutes of the Patriots' home opener against backup QB Damon Huard's Kansas City Chiefs yesterday because you actually didn't know who was going to win the game.

To their credit, Matt Cassel and the Patriots pulled it out in the end. But that was of little consolation when the final gun sounded.

All of New England, from West Hartford to Waltham, from Springfield to Saugus, would give that up in a heartbeat to trade for an 0-1 San Diego squad with a healthy LaDainian Tomlinson or an 0-1 Indianapolis Colts team with a healthy Peyton Manning at the helm.

It's so worrisome that suddenly not even a cake out of conference schedule with the NFC West guarantees four victories.

It's so costly that the Jets might be favored to beat them at the Meadowlands next Sunday.

It's so devastating that the Bills are actually thinking playoffs -- like real playoffs.

It's so serious that Patriots fans would allow him to wear a Yankees hat to his hearts content if it meant a healthy ACL.

Tom Brady's injury is so costly that the aura and mystique of New England vanished, like that.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 8, 2008; 1:56 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Is this the same Zach Liebowitz from Cold Pizza?! I love you man!! You and Kit Hoover made an unstoppable team. You only left one point out above: with New England effectively sidelined this season, who is there to challenge the Eagles in the superbowl?

Posted by: Ben | September 8, 2008 12:00 PM

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