For the second year in a row, the Monday after Kick Off Sunday has been suck-ass. First Spygate, now Tom-Brady-ACL-gate. Can’t I catch a break?!

In all seriousness, I’ve been so consumed by personal drama and the crisis of a loved one, I think I’m emotionally prepared for this kind of thing. It would have been nice to have a good Patriots season to take my mind off of things but that’s not going to be the case.

But, I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t offer my thoughts, right? And, if there’s one facet of my life that I am the eternal optimist, it’s the Patriots. Let’s go…

That was not a dirty hit. C’mon guys. We bitch and moan when Vince Wilfork gets fined (for hits that I don’t think are dirty) and now when it happens against us, we freak out? Sure, Randy Moss thinks it was dirty. Tom’s his boy. Sometimes it doesn’t surprise me that our fanbase is despised throughout the land.

Since it did happen, and it does look like it’s the ACL, Week One is the best time for it to happen. Carson Palmer suffered a similar injury in the 2005 playoffs against the Steelers… an injury that appears to be worse than what Brady has endured. He was ready to go a few short months later. Of course, that’s a miraculous recovery but Brady will have a FULL 12 MONTHS of healing and rehabilitation.

Last I checked, it was a 53-man roster. I love that the national media thinks the Patriots are going to sink to the bottom of the AFC East. Hey, guys, the world thinks you’re nothing without #12. Whatcha think about that?

I could win games at quarterback with that offense. For real. It’s not going to be pretty but it’s not over.

It will push some fair-weather fake fans off the bandwagon. Smell y’all later, fuckheads.

The Patriots finish the season 10-6 and still win the AFC East. Yep, I said it.