I can't really put my shock and disappointment in falling short of a Championship in words. My overall opinion of the 2007 season: 1) For 18 weeks it was the best ride ever. 2) I'd trade as many of the regular season wins as needed to have the end result be a Championship. 3) I think there is no more disappointment in not finishing because the team was 18-0. I'd feel exactly the same way if it was a 10-6 season that ended in a SB loss. 4) How many teams' fans can be disappointed in 18-1 and no Championhsip? Ever, in any season? 5) How many teams' fans can be distraught that its been 3 whole years since a title, and feel somehow shortchanged by that? 6) If my #s are correct, over the last 7 years we have won more games, more playoff games, as many conference championships, and one less SB than any team ever has in 7 years. 7) I see absolutely no reason the Pats don't come back next year equally as competitive for a Championship as they were this year, hopefully, not being blind-sided at the end next year. 8) I see no team in the NFL more prepared to win the most of the next 5 SBs than the Patriots. 9) I think that when all is said and done, and the 'dynasty' is over, this year will be looked at as a point somewhere near the middle of the run, and if its closer to the end than the beginning, it won't be by much. 10) In the last 7 years, we have won 3 SBs, lost in the SB once, the AFCC once, fell short of getting to the AFCC once, and missed the playoffs once. Overall: 7 years 3 Championships 4 SBs 6 division titles 6 trips to the playoffs A 50% success rate in turning making the playoffs into winning the SB -If I had to guess at what I'd expect of the next 7 years, I would say just about the same. Finally, it is important that everyone recognizes that this run has been based upon every aspect of the organization top to bottom. We had, I believe 5 players who were here from the first title through this year. I count 11 guys who started in this SB that were here in SB XXXIX. That is half of the team turned over (well over half of the roster, 50% is just starters) from winning the SB in 2004 to being 18-0 then falling short in 2007. The very process of competing for Championships, builiding rosters, teaching and coaching players, etc, is the basis for the success, moreso that who is wearing the jersey. Certainly Tom Brady has been the consistent factor through all of it, but keeping him and the braintrust in place tells me that the most successful team of the last 7 years, will also be the most successful of the next 7. Unfortunately for us they have been so good, that our expectations are to be even greater than great.