0% Disrespect for my Fellow Patriots Fanatics who're in various stages of Mourning: Each one of us must work through our Rage and Sorrow in our own way... But for me, the best cure for a Super Bowl Hangover is to wake up the next morning and immediately get to work on the next Super Bowl...even if it's only in my own mind. I CAN Handle the Truth!! Avoid footage of Super Bowl 46...or Super Bowl 42?? Hell, no. In fact...There is no game that interests me more than Super Bowl 46. Why?? Because, in the words of Brother Brandon Spikes: "I never want to feel like this, again." What Is Our TRUE Objective?? I couldn't care less about going 13-3. I care only about building a team that wins in the Dead of Winter. I care only about building a team that should expect to beat teams like the Ravens...and the Giants. How Do We Make This Happen?? We need to run the #$%&ing ball, gentlemen. Break it down: ~ We need to develop an O Line that can exert its Will upon any team in the World. ~ We need Running Backs who can consistently exploit that advantage. ~ And we need our leadership to finally remember how critical it is to do so. That's my take from the Super Bowl...not that I haven't been screaming this for the last 5 years. Other Issues I like the direction our Defense is headed in. And I pray we bring in Impact Players, for the D Line in particular. OutSide Receivers?? Sounds good to me. Spread the enemy out. By all means. The Ultimate Goal But, above all, I want to feel like we can impose our Will on the enemy...Like we did in 2001, 2003, and especially in 2004, in that beautifull Divisional PlayOffs domination of the Colts, when we slowly, incrementally, and relentlessly drove down the field, 4 or 5 yards at a time, CONSUMED the Clock, rested our Defense, and slowly, incrementally, and relentlessly...KILLED them. Paradise Lost: When The Patriots Lost Their Way That was before we became Air Brady in 2007. Frankly ~ as intensely as I hate to say it ~ we haven't been the same, since. And yet the wailing that it's "a Passing League" continues. Morlocks Versus Eloi ~ A Retrospective 2000 ~ Morlocks (Ravens) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2001 ~ Morlocks (Patriots) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2002 ~ Morlocks (Pirates) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2003 ~ Morlocks (Patriots) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. ~ The Rules Change, Courtesy of Bill Polian, former King of the Eloi ~ 2004 ~ Morlocks (Patriots) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2005 ~ Morlocks (Steelers) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2006 ~ Morlock Bob Sanders gets healthy for 4 consecutive weeks. 2007 ~ Morlocks (Giants) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2008 ~ Morlocks (Steelers) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. 2009 ~ Eloi (Saints) hire Morlock Greg Williams, discover Defense, and win. 2010 ~ Eloi (Packers) hire Morlock Dom Capers, discover Defense, and win. 2011 ~ Morlocks (Giants) win with Ball Control + Sweet, Ugly Defense. *** I don't know about y'all, but I count: ~ 8 Super Bowl Victories by MORLOCKS. ~ 3 Super Bowl Victories by teams that never made it until they learned to SPEAK "Morlock". ~ 0 ~ ZERO ~ Super Bowl Victories by ELOI. This Year?? The Packers... The Saints... And, yes: The Patriots ~ who ran on less than 1/3 of our plays that day ~ went DOWN. So much for the "Passing League". The Road Back to Valhalla: Paradise ReGained!! You are what you eat, I guess. We feasted on Eloi for so freaking long that we BECAME Eloi. That does not please me. But it's not too late to get our Morlock back on. RUN...THE...DAMNED...BALL.