Driving home, I heard a sportscaster mention how Peyton Manning had not yet signed with the Colts. And how, he had off- season neck (nerve) surgery. So, how fortunate are we as Pats fans that Brady signed a 4 year extension last year instead of holding out for the jackpot. (as an aside what a jackpot that would have been as the reigning league MVP). Imagine the state of these boards -- filled with predictions of gloom and doom should the Krafts fail to sign Brady. Imagine the range of advice being bestowed on the Krafts to do whatever was necessary to sign Brady. Imagine the rising blood pressure and mood of fans on this board on what would happen when the lockout ended. Imagine the endless media journalists (or should I more appropriately call them speculators or rumor-mongers a la Florio) who would have figuratively killed endless trees speculating on how San Francisco or Seattle or the Vikings would be willing to open up their coffers to tempt Brady or how they were willing to hand over their first round picks for the forseeable future to the Pats to trade him after signing him as a franchise-tagged player. Imagine if Brady was unsigned, how the cognoscenti would have dissected the Mallett pick in the third round as a sign that BB was signaling -- nay, pushing-- Brady out the door. Nothing BB could have said about how the Pats thought Mallett was the best player available would have stopped everyone from speculating and prognosticating endlessly. Just imagine the above. And if you don't believe the tumult (excitement) that would have prevailed on these boards (and the increased traffic they would have generated), just go back and look at these boards last summer at a time when Brady was entering the final year. There were endless threads..... covering the issue from every angle. Now imagine the Colts boards or the state of mind of Colts fans. I'm glad I'm not a Colts fan. As an aside, I should add that while Manning is a great QB, he has always held up the Colts for a King's ransom -- unlike Brady. And this year, he has the team where he wants them -- over a $ 24 million franchide tag guaranteed. Did you see their GM even threaten to draft a QB. Imagine what the Colts will be without a healthy Manning or post Manning. That is a one-horse team, more than most. Just imagine.......and think how much we have to be thankful for.