Haven't been on the board since Friday, and am trying to use a keyboard with one arm... long story short, I had a little climbing mishap on Saturday and spent most of Sunday/Monday/Tuesday and yesterday doped out of my brain on painkillers. (Which, I have to say, made the Patriots' loss a lot easier to take...) I barely remember the game itself. Had a quick outpatient arthroscopic on Monday and am on the mend.
But, since I've been here with my proud Patriots fan chest puffed out for a long time now, I wanted to type a one-handed "congrats to the Ravens" and acknowledgement that New England - and Brady - pretty much stunk the place up Sunday. There are too many "Patriots fans are meanies" threads and "Brady kicked Ed Reed" threads and other lovely little pot-shots for me to read them all. I take the same approach here that I've always taken -- it's easy to kick a guy when he's already down. Easy yes, but courageous or even creative? No. That said... be as critical as you want. They deserve it.
So consider this one Pats fan's "mea culpa" of sorts. They did not come through when it mattered most and did not play their best football at the most critical juncture of their season. That's what champions do, and this was obviously not their year.
It's funny, I remember reading once that "pain is the ultimate emotion." It trumps anything. Are you happy about something? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you'll have a hard time remembering what it was. Conversely, seeing the Patriots suffer a devastating loss was really tempered by the fact that I couldn't move and that it literally hurt to breathe. Quite frankly, at that point, I did not give a (expletive) what happened, lol...
Good luck to both the Ravens and 49ers. I respect both organizations immensely, and hope that they can at least give us a good, fun, entertaining game.
So until training camp... wishing everyone the best.