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After a stunning run featuring championships from the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics over the last few years, a malaise has settled over the city. Only the New England Patriots can change that now. Christopher Gasper from The Boston Globe shows the type of scrutiny the Patriots will be under:
The Sox remain resolute they’re not ringing in 2015 in the Fens, but they’re in last place in the American League East, 9½ games back. They’re eight games and eight teams from the second wild card. The Sox would have to go 42-25 the rest of the way just to reach 85 wins.
The Celtics’ plan to acquire Kevin Love looks less likely by the day, and they appear ticketed for another season of lotto-ball. The Bruins lost 30-goal scorer Jarome Iginla, and manacled by the salary cap, haven’t made any major upgrades. [...]
The Hoodie and his team represent hope on the horizon.
The buzz surrounding this team harkens back to the halcyon days before the kickoff of the 2008 season. A narrow defeat in the Super Bowl—or AFC Championship Game last year—whetted the appetite for a championship, and the roster had the capability of delivering on that promise.
New England will not be satisfied with an 11-5 record and an unlikely playoff absence this time around.
Look for the veterans like Brady and Vince Wilfork to keep a light atmosphere—no sense psyching yourself out this early while remaining focused at training camp.