We all know that the Pats love the "us against them" thing, right? They've tried to run it out before when it didn't even really make sense. But, if you're the 2007 Pats, you've just brought in the biggest offensive (Randy Moss) and defensive (Adalius Thomas) players that moved in the past offseason, not to mention adding guys like Morris, Welker, Stallworth and getting Samuel back. You go out on opening day and CRUSH your opponent on the road, dominating all three phases of the game. You are the winningest franchise in the NFL over the past six years. The envy of the other teams in the league. Under those conditions, it's kind of hard to play the "persecution" card. But, alas, there is hope. One of your former coaches has commited himself to engaging in a smear campaign over the past two season, including the leaking of the CamGate incident, which the league wanted kept quiet until they could investigate. (See post: http://www.patsfans.com/new-england-patriots/messageboard/showthread.php?t=60769) Mangini's attack contains some truth and some lies, etc. It really doesn't matter. He broke a code of silence among NFL coaches and stuck his hand into the hornets nest at the same time. The bottom line here is now it really is "us against them" again! The Pats against the Jets. The Pats against the National (and Boston, for that matter) media. The Pats against the league office. And to me, the Pats sound kind of annoyed (read: pissed off) having to deal with this c r a p. And wait until Harrison gets back! He is going to fuel the locker room fire with regard to this image of being hated by the rest of the league, etc., like no other player could! The rest of the league will be running into an angry buzzsaw now, when they play the Pats. And when the Pats play New Jersey @ Foxboro on 12/16, it is going to be a Mangini & Jet SLAM FEST. Don't be surprised if Bill Belichick, who knows his NFL history, tries to capture the all-time margin of victory record, currently held by the Chicago Bears, who trounced the Washington Redskins 73-0 in the 1940 NFL Championship Game. I guess I am one of the few who really doesn't mind any of this at all. It closes off Team Belichick from the mainstream and gets them fired up with a little angst and some good old fashioned "us against them"! Always a good thing, especially in football!