03-29-2008, 10:27 PM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Bradford, MA
Re: How Do You Feel As A Pats Fan?
I was just about over it and then my alma matter got bounced in the first round of the NCAA's in heartbreaking fashion to a team that had no business beating them (talent-wise). Sound familiar?
I typically am a huge college hoops and MLB fan, in addition to a draft nerd. After those two crushing losses within six weeks of each other, I am not pumped about much. Not even spring football in the college ranks.
Over the next few weeks I'll begin to pull apart some more of the draft info and hopefully that will get me going. I still check Reiss several times daily, as well as come here. It just hasn't been the same for me since that night in February and was exacerbated by the basketball loss a little over a week ago.
I still love the team and the franchise as much as I have since I started watching this team. I love the additions and resignings made by the front office. I hold out hope for several more Super Bowls in the Brady-Belichick era and I am not a sky is falling, Chicken Little-type. I am loyal to a fault. I am just not yet "pumped".
I don't ever recall feeling like this during an off season. After the 96 season there was so much youth and expectations of several super bowls to come. Once those type of feelings washed away, you had Belichick coming in and hope was on the way. Even after the 2000 season I did not feel the way I do now, probably because they were so active in FA and held a high pick. There were a ton of changes, a new stadium was being built, new uniforms, new everything. I don't feel this way now.
Nor am I sure what needs to happen for me to regain my energy. Hopefully the draft stuff will help and then reading about rookie camp and mini-camp. The true test will be the long stretch from early June mini-camp through the start of training camp where we are in full football hiatus mode. I expect that then I should officially be foaming at the mouth for football.
Wow, after writing that and reading it over, I feel somewhat better. Now, where is my draft guide?
It is what it is!