The real sports world hasn't been inspiring me to write much, so now I'll try to write about changing the past. Here's my first "What if?" installment:
What if the Patriots matched the Jets' offer for Curtis Martin?
With a running game, Pete Carroll's offense becomes more successful and Drew Bledsoe becomes a better quarterback. Meanwhile, without Martin, Parcells and all of is assistants who later became head coaches are a little less successful.
Ultimately though, the Jets' coaching staff would still be superior to the Patriots. The Patriots would have more short term success and maybe even have a trip to the Super Bowl. Therefore Pete Carroll would have lasted longer with the Patriots and Bill Belichick possibly ends up coaching the Jets.
Belichick leads the Jets to multiple Super Bowls because even with Curtis Martin, Bledsoe can't get past Belichick's defense. Meanwhile, Tom Brady gets drafted by another team with a coach too short sighted to give him a chance. He ends up in the CFL with an inferior girlfriend.
Thank you Bobby Grier for not matching the contract offer.