...has been one shot to the gut after another. First the team goes perfect the entire 07 season only to lose in shocking and dissapointing fashion in the Superbowl. It was a tough pill to swallow but we muddle through it with the help of three championships in recent memories. So, we dust ourselves off confident that we still have the best team in the league and look for redemption in 08. Afterall we have Brady...or at least we did for not even a half a game. Another disapointment, but whatever, these things happen. However, suddenly a new star emerges and hope springs anew. Cassel comes into his own and theam is on a roll. They begin to look like the team that nobody wants to face in the playoffs and go a very good 11-5. But despite all that, they still miss the playoffs on a tiebreaker and have to sit and home and watch a bunch of good but not great teams battle it out for the superbowl, all the time thinking what could have been. But its not all a total loss, we still come out of the season with Cassel. At the least a great contingency plan in case Brady's recovery is questionable, at best a highly valuable bargaining chip that will allow the Patriots to restock their aging stable of players. Afterall, history has shown QBs to be the most valuable of players and even in recent years average QBs have brought it a good cache of picks. So what to get for him? A second round pick...well a second round pick after we through in Vrabel as well. So, now people are saying to have faith. This trade allows the team to be major players in FA! Yeah right. I'm not building this up for another disappointment. This has been a difficult thirteen months, not that they couldn't have been worse. They could have been much worse. But evertime it seems like something great is going to happen, it just seems like we have the rug taken out from underneath us. Oh well.