UPDATE: Oh yeah, consider this your NFL Open Thread.

This seems as good a time as ever to bring up the doom that follows Wade Phillips wherever he goes. I'm not talking 3-13 doom, but that agonizing 12-4 lose in the playoffs because of a penalty doom. The 3-13 team knows it sucks, and has adjusted to this fact. The 12-4 team actually has a shot at the crown, and instead shoots itself in the foot. Phillips--who allowed several of his star players, last week, to skip practice right before the biggest game of the season--forever carries rain clouds over his head--with lightning striking us hapless fans:

The only flakes floating around football today are the folks who no longer believe in the Curse of Doug Flutie. The Curse is alive and well and stronger than ever, casting its web of defeat around anyone who employs the architect of the Curse, Wade Phillips, and rewarding those teams that free itself of his shackles of ignorance.

If you didn't believe in the Curse before, this is a good time to grab an oboe or sousaphone and hop on the bandwagon. After all, some phenomena are beyond the explanation of logic, science, human perception or, even, the blind, sober reasoning of the Cold, Hard Football Facts.

Word is that the Curse began when Phillips inexplicably benched Doug Flutie before the first round of playoffs. The two videos below will tell you how that ended:

San Diego employed Phillips from 2004 to 2006 - a period during which the Chargers failed to win a playoff game and suffered two humiliating postseason losses at home to inferior foes. In the 2004 wildcard playoffs, Chargers kicker Nick Kaeding missed an easy 39-yard field goal in overtime, allowing the underdog Jets to pull out a shocking 20-17 victory in San Diego. Last year, the Chargers were 14-2, the AFC's No. 1 seed and undefeated at home when they suffered an improbable 24-21 loss to a 12-4 New England team that did everything in its power to lose (including three picks thrown by Tom Brady) but somehow came out on the winning end.

Of course there is another possibility--Wade just isn't a great head coach. Marty, as much as I love him, was losing big games long before Wade came on board. Eyal if you're out there, I'm sorry for putting you through this again.


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