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All Pats ... all the time

Stricken with a bad case of Patriots fever, Page 2's Bill Simmons offers a plethora of playoff pointers.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:09 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

Nothing makes a New England winter move along faster than the Patriots playing deep into January. Turn on any TV station and they're showing a Pats-related story. You see Patriots bumper stickers on toll-booth buckets and telephone poles. At my local bank, there's a Patriots sticker on one of the windows. At Monday night's Celtics game, the crowd cheered every time the Jumbotron showed someone in a Pats jersey. Visit any local coffee shop and there are six concurrent Patriots-related conversations ...

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