It’s Not the Losing That Stings the Most
For a couple of brief minutes yesterday, it felt like the old days. Remember way back when there wasn't a global pandemic? Remember when the Buffalo Bills' stadium was quiet as a church because they weren't pumping in artificial crowd cheers? Aaaah, the good old days. The days when the New England Patriots had a chance to win any game they were playing.
The Patriots dressed up as the OG Patriots for Halloween yesterday, and we were tricked by glimmers of hope from their young running back, Damien Harris. But, in the end, the treats weren't for us. They were finally for the Bills, who have gone nine years without a win at home against the Patriots.
And the Halloween horrors happened when Cam Newton coughed up the ball on the 13-yard line with 31 seconds left in the game. There would be no last-second dramatic touchdown. They couldn't even settle for a game-tying field goal.
If it sounds like I'm salty, it's because I am.
I'm not upset because the Patriots are losing. I'm upset because it didn't have to be this way.
Every team has its ups and downs. Trust me, I struggled through many frustrating Patriots seasons before 2001. I get it.
The problem is when you have the very best quarterback in the history of the planet, you do everything you can to keep him. You make the effort to sign a wide receiver or two that can catch the ball, especially when your Hall of Fame quarterback agrees to get paid way under market value. You do whatever you have to do to keep him with your team. But they decided to take a different path, and here we are.
The Patriots have now lost four in a row for the first time in 18 years.
Tom Brady's "Told You So" tour continues tonight when he puts a hurt on the New York Giants.