Originally Posted by BSR
This here is the issue. Setting unreasonable expectations. For many everyone of the last 8 seasons are failures, which is ridiculous.
How many times have you seen some dum dum say "anything less than a super bowl victory is unacceptable" or some such crap?
Hey, I've "accepted" every season in this run, including the 5 SB appearances, 3 victories, and annual playoff appearances (or 11-win seasons that shoulda
been playoff appearances.)
Maybe it helps that I've seen this same franchise sucking hind tit for years on end. Who doesn't remember those seasons of "...and if Miami loses and ___ wins and ____ doesn't score 24 or more we're in..." or for that matter, "Eh well. 0-4. At least the Sox are still alive..."
It never drove me to following hockey but it has come close.
THINK, people. There are 32 teams. It's pretty nice to be in the top 10 year after year after year... and usually one of the top 2-4 teams. As in, the majority
of the time. Cripes.
I honestly don't want to hear another peep about what's "unacceptable." The only fanboys using that terminology are bandwagon jumpers.
The rest of us have been forced to "accept" what's normal for an NFL fan... at least those with some semblance of franchise loyalty.
Sooner or later, it has to come, and that's what some of the more sanguine posters are afraid of year after year... if not quite so henny-penny or so angry as the newbies. There will come a year when we again are a bad football team. We don't know when... we perceive it as tied inextricably with Brady's prowess, and that perception has a lot to be said for it. He's possibly the best QB of all time. Kind of hard not to have a drop-off at the position when he declines, and it just happens to be the most important position in football.
Brady wants to play until he's 70, which we all appreciate (at least right now.) One day he will turn 40. One day he will turn 45 (in 10 years, to be precise.) One day he will be watching games in a Lazy Boy and Giselle will be fat. It is the way of the world.
But that day is not today
And I don't think even that day destroys the franchise. It just makes it much less likely we'll continue to be the perennial team to beat. (And don't even talk to me about the day BB goes.)
So in this perpetual state of fear that today's Tom is merely among the best in the league, not performing at the best-season-of-all-time level, we always look for the signs that it's "the beginning of the end."
Well $%&* that. 3-3 can turn into 7-7 or 13-3. Getting too high or too low before the playoff seedings are final is just plain silly. I thought so then, I think so now (although back then, I thought we'd get in at 10-6 or so.)
Anybody here planning to jump ship after Brady, or after the Pats start losing, if that happens?
If so you might as well be honest with yourself and skip out early. Otherwise stop with the "unacceptable" crap.
If you're a fan you can feel strongly that X, Y, and Z has to happen to right the ship, if in fact your ship needs righting, and if you're dumb enough to think you really know better than the guys at Patriots Place.
But you don't get to say "unacceptable." You get to say "I'm disappointed" or "I'm crushed" or "I'm so p.o.d at BB for that play" or whatever. You don't get to say "unacceptable."
Because truth is, if you're a fan, you accept the best seasons with the worst.