Ok, so this past weekend was the first family gathering on my wife's side since the Patriots lost to the Ravens. Within her family I'm basically known as the "Patriots nut" so naturally that's what they wanted to talk about. The manner in which it was approached got under my skin though. You wouldn't believe what they were saying. Ahhh, what happened. The Patriots suck. They are losers. I would rather they have a bad record and just stop teasing us only to let us down. They suck, they haven't won a Super Bowl in 8 years. They choked again. They can't win the big game. They weren't just busting my chops, they meant it. That just goes to show the 'what have you done lately attitude'. How could they be the toast of the town one week and on the verge of the Super Bowl to being a team that SUCKS? I mean c'mon, they were one of the final four teams left standing out of 32. People seem to forget that there are 31 other teams with players and coaches that get paid to achieve the same goal. That we are consistently in the running is an achievement in itself. Even if there are four GREAT teams every year, only 1 can win. The Pats haven't won in eight years?!? Well, yes, in fact, only 6 teams have won Super Bowls in the past 8 years. But you mention 8 years and NOT 9 years because they did win it the season before that. The Patriots choked again? Is it choking when when you make it to the AFC Championship game and are playing a quality opponent? When two great teams play each other only one can win. That's the simple matter of it. ONly one of those teams can win, and that doesn't mean the other one choked. They can't win the big game? Really, if you classify the AFC CHampionship game as 'the big game' then you would be wrong, because they did in fact win that last year. No, last year the big game was the Super Bowl. Oh ok, so yes let's discredit all the victories each season and focus on their last loss. You'd rather have a losing team? Um, are you sure about that. How much fun did you have watching your Red Sox last year. I'm willing to debate things with some people, but let's not be stupid. I'd take a team with seriuos championship potential over a losing team anyday. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to pull my hair out. Trust me, I'm as disappointed as anyone that the Pats didn't win the Super Bowl. I want that more than you could know, but I'm also realistic. I'm smart enough to realize that it's not a given that if you have a good team you will win the Super Bowl. After all, we won the Super Bowl in 2004 wiht a 14-2 while beating a Steelers team that went 15-1. Did that mean the Steeler's choked? I just wish other fans were reasonable and realized that their expectations are unfair and to realize that making it to the AFC Championship Game still qualifies as a good season.