I saw this in the other thread and meant to reply. Great post. Great season. Great team.Guess I should have posted this here, instead of the goat thread:
Man, this one stung.
But someday, probably sooner than later, the season is going to end after a game in Week 17, with the Pats out of the playoff race and down by 3 scores as the final whistle blows. This is something that has happened for fans of nearly every other team, not just in the NFL but in all of sports, very, very recently.
There are certainly players, units, coaches that deserve a goat for this one, but right now, I just want to sit back an appreciate the fact that, once again, the Patriots were there right to the bitter end, in a game in which they seemed to get outplayed for 60 minutes and yet somehow, someway, found it in themselves to make it seem doable in the end.
I love this team. And I am sad that this season is over.
Is it that when a team plays at such a really high level for so long that the losses, say season ending ones, that do occur, are really hard to take? In other words, we get to the point that we don't expect them ever not complete the whole deal?It's a tough pill to swallow for reasons stated many times on this forum. But I just can't feel anything but gratitude towards Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and so many other of the players and coaches.
The team has played so many super-meaningful football games (32 playoff games or something, not even counting the key regular season games) over the last 15 years. And they almost never get blown out, especially in important games. As a result, we have a whole string of super-painful losses to accompany the incredible wins. But thank God for the incredible wins.
This is pretty much were I am. I won't be able to stand the ballwashing. What gets me is that those who truly know the game, know that Manning isn't good anymore. Yet he's going to be fellated for two weeks.I'm more upset that I will have to sit through annoying press coverage of Manning and the SB than I really am about the loss.
Going into day three of almost total news blackout. Check PFT.com and come in here to read and chat.I want to avoid any and all coverage because it still stings but I keep checking in because I really loved this team and don't want it to end.