Originally written January 23, 2013 on The Other Paper:
Matt Damon is still in denial about the Baltimore Ravens beat-down of his beloved New England Patriots. The actor and Boston native still will not admit the Ravens 28-13 trouncing of the Pats in Sunday's AFC Championship game could have happened if New England had been fully healthy. "A lot of injuries, they couldn't have beaten us at full strength," said Damon as he arrived at LAX last night.  His remarks were later posted to the celebrity website TMZ.com. Damon referenced the Patriots playing without Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, cornerback Aqib Talib and running back Stevan Ridley as the main reasons for the upset. Gronk missed the entire game after re-breaking his forearm last week against the Texans while Talib and Ridley suffered a leg injury and a concussion, respectively, during the championship game. When asked who he would pick in the Super Bowl between the Ravens and 49ers, Damon stuck to his guns and picked neither. "I'm going for a healthy New England team, that's the best team in the country," he said.  "'[Baltimore and San Francisco] are both pretty good.  They're like the same team, real similar." They might not be as good as the Patriots in the movie star's eyes, but at least they're healthy. How about them apples?
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