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Emil Steiner

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Don't Believe the Hype

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Hottest, no. Most over-hyped, perhaps.

In order to have a real rivalry you have to have fans who care. And while the Patriots and Jets both have loyal followings, neither is the biggest show in town. Boston bleeds Red, as in Red Sox red, the kind that crusted over the torn sutures of Kurt Schilling's ankle. New York bleeds blue, as in Giant Big Blue, the kind that won the Super Bowl last year, and lends its name to the stadium in which the Gotham Clippers play.

Now, people will talk about Spygate, they'll point out that the winner takes first place in the AFC east. ESPN will run the terse Mangini/Belichick post-game handshake on an almost continuous loop. Before the game, they'll probably even argue that the field has been leveled with the loss of Tom Brady for the Pats and the addition of Brett Favre for the Jets.

But they'll be wrong -- at least unless the Jets win convincingly. Until that happens, we're still talking about a "rivalry" that resembles the one between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer. When asked about it Roddick said, "I'm gonna have to start winning some of the matches to call it a rivalry!" In their past 12 meetings, the Jets have only once beaten the Patriots -- once! That's not a rivalry, that's domination.

By Emil Steiner  |  November 13, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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