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Sunday, 4 November 2007

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The most hyped regular season game ever for the National Football League has been thrown into disarray just before the opening kickoff, as both the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts have made major concessions to each other, each claiming it is to "make the game fair."

Las Vegas gaming analysts and pro football writers alike say they are mystified by the moves -- and now at a loss to say which team should be favored in the game was to be "the Superbowl before the Superbowl."

New England coach Bill Belichick announced at a pre-game press conference that he gave his current playcard of defensive signals to the Indianapolis Colts last Wednesday, "so they would have time to prepare."

Many football analysts believe that this action may be related to the incident earlier in the season in which the New England coaching staff was caught stealing the defensive signals from one of their opponents during a game. As a result, many fans, mostly of other teams, had started calling Belichick "Belicheat" and had nicknamed New England all-pro quarterback Tom Brady "Shady Brady."

Even as the professional football world was reeling from the revelation of this move by the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy announced that he would not be praying for his team's success in the game.

"After Bill gave us his signal card, it just didn't seem right, or necessary, for that matter, ask for divine intervention. Peyton will shred them like shredded wheat with it. No need to use up God's unmerited favor when you don't need it," said Dungy.

"Besides, based on my conversations with Lovie (Chicago Bears' head coach Lovie Smith)," said Dungy, "God hasn't seemed to have made professional football a point of emphasis this season anyway."

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