Ever see a slot receiver in construction boots and no shoulder pads, who is allowed to smoke Basics on the playing field? Unless you watched the Raiders in the ‘80s, the answer is almost certainly "no," but NFL Bowl Season is about making history.
This week, the Patriots will only be Tom Brady and 52 guys named Rick signed mid-week. Some of the Ricks are on crutches. Some are senior citizens. A significant number are commercial fishermen. Some cannot eat tomatoes because it's hell on their joints. Some will play in old tucked in Richard Seymour jerseys and starchy, efficient, "I'm not trying to make any trouble" jeans.