Aside from sporting defeats in your own personal athletics, was this the most painful loss for you? Simply as a spectator, yes, this for me was the most painful thing I've ever watched. I was too young to remember Buckner, so it's only competition is the 03 ALCS. And as horrendous as that was, with the Red Sox, losing is the norm, and no matter what, part of you always expects the Sox to find a way to lose. With the Brady-Belichick Pats, it's quite the opposite. In the case of the Sox, they redeemed their 03 loss the ensuing year - the goal for any Sox fan was to break the curse, win one, and die happy. As a Pats fan in this era, it's about making history. Nothing the Pats can ever do can give them this one ring that slipped out of their fingers. This one will sting for a while.