With heavy winds in the weather report for Monday Night Football, and the New England air-attack sure to suffer in the blustery confines of the Baltimore stadium, ESPN clearly felt this was the night that the Patriots were gonna get theirs, despite the network's transparent attempt at neutrality. With no expense spared, Don Shula was flown to the game where he was fawned over by the cast and crew, guffawing in smug confidence as if the outcome of the game was a foregone conclusion. As the game continued with Kolber and Kornheiser oh-so-subtley sowing the seeds of imminent downfall of the once-mighty Patriot Nation, Bill Belichick & Company played Jonathan E. to Goodell & Shula's Bartholomew. Two fourth-downs could not stop them. Holding Ravens could not stop them. The weather could not stop them. Time could not stop them. Ravens 24, Patriots 27. Sorry Don, the complimentary limo from the airport to the stadium was one-way. Take a cab.
ESPN's Shula experiment: FAIL!