Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls; It Has Yet To Toll

Silver BulletCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

Two weeks into the season, and a couple of things have already become clear, at least to the truly enlightened. As I look around the NFL pages of Bleacher Report and another site or two, I have become gratefully educated as to what is really happening.

The story of the day, of course, is the downfall of the New England Patriots. A "lucky" win over the Buffalo Bills and a seven-point "blowout" by the New York Jets, and that's it, two and out. Don't bother watching any more of their games because the Patriots are done. Stick a fork in them.

Tom Brady is washed up, Bill Belichick is insane for trading Richard Seymour, and the team can't win without cheating. They will never win again.

And their fans... decorum, not to mention the Terms of Use Agreement, prevent me from describing them accurately.

On a related note, Mark Sanchez is the second coming of Joe Namath, and the Jets will win the Super Bowl.

Or, depending on the source of all this remarkable information, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the most dominant team to play any sport, anywhere in the world, ever. Ben Roethlisberger could probably run the table all by himself, no teammates required. 

I have been so wrong. I feel utterly humiliated.

You see, I actually thought the Steelers would have to play the whole season before they could be anointed Super Bowl Champions. Same goes for the Jets.

So it turns out that one of these teams will definitely go all the way. I can't tell you how relieved I am to know the truth.

But the thing I feel most foolish about is the New England Patriots. Oh, how I have deceived myself.

Imagine, I really believed that this was a talented and refurbished team that only needed some experience playing together in order to achieve championship form.

I ridiculously thought that Tom Brady just needed to get some playing time to regain his confidence and efficiency. I thought he was doing well to come back from his devastating injury at all.

I even saw Belichick's trade of Richard Seymour as a stroke of genius because of the team's salary cap issues. I really believed that Belichick knew what he was doing.

And I certainly never had enough insight to understand the reality of the so-called cheating scandal. I thought I knew the story behind the story.

I don't know how I can possibly go on. I have been a Patriots fan all my life, and I am not young. Where do I go from here?

I'll tell you where I'll go: On to week three.

Write off the Patriots after two games?

I don't think so.