I’ve mentioned before in this space that one of my favorite blogs in the world is written by my wife’s friend Ali Taber. Ali’s blog is called Surviving Motherhood, and it’s a hilarious and poignant series of tales from life as a Mom to two little boys.
Ali, for all her good qualities, is unfortunately also a New England Patriots fan. I, of course, root for the hated rival New York Jets. So with the game today the first between the two this season, and with me needing a reason to get fired up after my boys’ desultory performance Monday night, I proposed a friendly wager this week:
If the Jets win, Ali has to go to a sporting goods store, put on a Mark Sanchez Jets jersey, take a picture of herself wearing it, and then post that photo prominently on her blog for the next week.
If the Patriots win, I’ve got to snap a picture of myself wearing a Tom Brady jersey, and run it here every day for a week.
After making this offer to Ali, she quickly accepted. As a Pats fan, she’s learned to become supremely confident over the years.
Me, I’m having second thoughts. As much as I expect Gang Green to play much better this week, I’m not sure the defense can slow Welker and Moss, and the Jets’ offense was atrocious last week. It has to be better, right?
I’ve got to think the Jets come out with fire, and urgency. Shonn Greene won’t fumble, LaDainian Tomlinson will catch some nice screen passes and turn them into big gains, and someone will remind the offensive coaches that Braylon Edwards is on the team, because they must’ve forgotten that last week.
Come on Jets, save me here. No way I want to be seen wearing a hideous Tom Brady jersey in public. That will ruin my rep (oh wait, I don’t have a rep).
Prediction: Jets 17, Pats 14.
Hope the jersey fits real nice, Ali!