i didn't think the patriots could do it. the colts started the game looking like the better team, thanks in no small part to early patriots mistakes, like two costly pass interference calls. the colts defense was intense, which could explain the poor patriots showing early in the game, including 2 interceptions from brady. despite being down, the patriots were never out of it, always within a touchdown or two from taking the lead. it was definitely a battle of two titans, and nobody can honestly say if one team was better than the other, except that by the end of 60 minutes, the patriots were the winners yet again. the team now stands at 9-0 going into the bye week. with just 7 more games left, the only team that might give the patriots some problems are the steelers who will play at foxboro stadium december 9th. if the pats clear that hurdle, can there be any doubt they'll end the season with a perfect record?
i went to an agassiz neighborhood historical walk this afternoon. i learned that the neighborhood i now live used to be swampy farmlands. wolves were a problem and fences were built to keep them out. some of the major roads - like mass ave - were former indian paths left by the natives after most of them died off from diseases. later the area was parceled to various landowners, who in turn further divided up the land into smaller subplots for sale. numerous local streets now bear the names of these former landlords. once bridges connecting cambridge to boston were built, there was a boom in residential development, helped further by the advent of public transportation like trains and electric trolleys. living in new england, i think i take the rich history of the place for granted sometimes. it stirs up a sense of pride to hear about the storied past of this area.
in the evening i went over to my parents' place. the last time i was there was on monday, and since that time my father had finished painting the kitchen and moved everything back already. the place still had the distinctive smell of fresh (oil) paint and everyone was still busy hanging up stuff on the walls. all that's left to do now is a fresh coat of paint in the bathroom to cover up the mildew stains. we ordered pizza for dinner as i watched the second half of the patriots game. i was already prepared for a loss so i was surprised when the patriots mounted a final comeback in the final few minutes of the game to regain the lead and win the game. i scared everyone with my sudden burst of cheering from the dining table. later i returned to cambridge. the temperature was 45 degrees - cold, but bearable for riding short distances on the motorcycle. if i can withstand this sort of winter weather riding, i may be able to keep my motorcycle until the first snow fall, probably sometime in december.