Overall I'd rather it hadn't happened, but their are some positives from this: 1. In a year where they are the favorites to win it all, they've suddenly been given the best "us against the world" reasoning they've ever had. So now we have the most talented, savvy, confident Patriots team ever with the best motivation ever. 2. For the rest of the season, the issue will be a bigger distraction for the teams we play than for our guys. Witness the security measures taken by San Diego. Every team we play this year will have this issue enter their consciousness, and none of them will be as good at setting it aside as are the Pats. It will be in their minds as they prepare for the Pats, and as they play them. We could have naked cheerleaders show up at their practices and not get this much benefit from it. 3. The Jets and Mangini are permanently harmed. The chemistry between the current players and their coach will never be the same. And they will be under a spotlight, searching for hypocrisy, because they cast the first stone. And you know the Patriots will make sure that spotlight stays on for quite a while.