Patriots' Loss to Dolphins Cements a Refreshing Season for Patriots' Fans

Chris RadezSenior Writer ISeptember 22, 2008

One would think after the decade Patriots' fans have had that the loss of Tom Brady and the idea of having difficulty winning the division would cause turmoil in the hearts of fans.

It's only natural to think that way. Why wouldn't a person who's been a die-hard Pats' fan for years be a little unsettled at the way things are going?

There's no turmoil in this Patriots fan's heart and I'll tell you why I'm not feeling even the slightest bit unsettled.

When I look back at the 2000-01 season, when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl, the joy experienced when my underdog Patriots made an unexpected run through the playoffs continuing on to beat the "Greatest Show on Turf" for the championship was a feeling like no other.

It is impossible to recreate that feeling.

In the years that followed, especially last year, New England has been the team to beat. Victories lost some of their greatness and losses became more hurtful.

Being a Patriots' fan, in general, had become almost a chore... watching with one eye open every week, hoping we wouldn't be embarrassed by whatever team we were matched up with.

The rest of the week at the office was never fun after a loss. Not that it happened all that often, but still...

In any event, I would like to welcome all of my fellow Patriots' fans back to the land of uncertainty. A land where each and every Sunday is filled with hope and the most wonderful form of anxiety known to man.

Wins will be more fruitful, losses will be less impactful, and the overall ambiance of Sunday football will return to normalcy.

Enjoy the rest of the season.

I'm Chris Radez, co-owner of TheScoreBoards.