So, I've been gone for several weeks now. I have been paying attention to Pats news off and on, mostly off - but I have been cheating on my Pats holiday as it is. But the news of the Saints and all that got me back into things a little - as twisted as that sounds, someone else taking some grief from the football world was a bit of a relief. Yet, a month later, after what was another failed attempt to make the Patriots & football a much smaller part of my life, the sting of the loss hasn't lessened too much, nor has my interest in the game. I am truly proud of what this team accomplished this past season - and grateful of being able to watch a team that competes at such a high level. However, I haven't shook that feeling of being THAT close - and really feeling genuinely bad for guys like Kraft, Belichick, Vince, Brady, Wes, etc. who really wanted & needed this. (Those young guys will get another shot, they took this one for granted, I'm looking at you dancing Rob Gronkowski). Of course, then I think, really: why am I feeling bad for millionaires who have experienced repeated successes in their lives? Seriously. I have my own problems to worry about far heavier than winning a game. However, this brief dose of perspective fades over time and I end up daydreaming about what it would've felt like had Wes and Brady connected, had Brady not thrown it up to Gronk, had Chung or Moore made a play down the sideline. It's too easy to envision that game turning out the way we wanted it to - and my imagination is far to great not to let it go there. Since spygate, I've been obsessed with this team getting the last laugh. Maybe that won't happen. Maybe I shouldn't care. So, how is everyone feeling a month later? Has everyone moved on to 2012? Are we just happy the team is in a good position going forward?