Before I start in on the 10 worst moments in New England Patriots history since 1976, let me answer the question—why since 1976?
Not to date myself too much, but I was very young in 1976, and that is when I first started watching football.
I really didn’t understand it much then, but I knew two things: I loved Steve Grogan, and I loved the Pat Patriot logo that everyone seems to loathe so much.
I didn’t live and die week to week with each win or loss in 1976 because I really didn’t understand all the implications then. I was too young. But by 1978 I did.
To make a long story short, nothing that happened before 1976 had a real impact on me since I was too young and didn’t know anything about football at that time.
Another difficult decision about this list was whether to include on and off field incidents or only big losses. I decided to include both.
Another thing that will be noticeable in the list is a lot of the most painful things are more recent, from when we have had a winning team, a dynasty and left a bit of history on the table. When we were mired in mediocrity and misery in the early 1990s, the suffering was quiet and ongoing. It was a recurrent yearly trauma to the psyche. Those were the dark days.
The whole period from 1987 to 1993 was utterly forgettable, with 1-15 and 2-14 records sprinkled in and woefully poor ownership. There was little to feel good about through that entire era. In fact, that entire period could easily rank No. 2 on my list. But let’s not do that.
Now on with the list.