I read some guy on SI (forget who, and it's all sounding the same now) that ragged on the Pats for having presented themselves as the High Road team a few years ago. Then he enumerated all of the "adventures" that the team has had that "prove" them to be mortal. Mortal equated to being evil, of course. But finally an insight to the genesis of this image problem. I think we're seeing payback for all of the "we're humble" and "we're better than that" bullshidt over the years. We're getting a dose of what we handed out. Whenever somebody now holds us up to that lofty religious level of good versus evil, it's because we grandstanded our goodness in denial. We started it. Deny it now, and suffer even more. We grandstanded the same way Tony Dungy does, and the same way Don Shula does. If we don't like them doing it, time to shut the hell up and put all that crap away. It's ancient history. I'm not saying that the moralists are right. That is ludicrous. That is stupid. You are an idiot if you even thought that mildewed thought. You are not hearing what I'm saying: We started it by putting out the same exact message. I don't think most NFL fans are ready for that truth. I expect to be skewered because I "don't get it" about how wrong the critics are. No, I do know how wrong they are. They are exactly as wrong as we were to start this High Road nonsense in 2001. We were not a patriotic team. That was nonsense. That was Madison Avenue. That was a coincidence with the tragedy. We have nothing to do with mom or apple pie or wars. We were not morally better or better for America than the Rams. We had a better football team on the given day - period. End of bragging rights. This isn't about tears for the country, and who is Ameriica's team and who is lovable because they are on such a moral high road. That was a lie, as much as Don Shula is lying. My question is: Why the need to lie? Aren't three SB trophies speaking loudly enough that the team is well run? If the team is actually a leader then they'll stop feeding this asinine myth that they are morally better. They simply are better at executing an organizational plan in the NFL. Period. The team is made up of imperfect people - WOW - big news.