The culture of sports today seems to leave little room for an appreciation of the competition. How else to explain the negative reactions to the Patriots' loss in Super Bowl XLVI?
What passes for excitement in the NFL today happens on Park Avenue in the commissioner's office. Roger Goodell is the person to watch in the NFL, on every issue, with every team. The NFLPA is losing the battle for the public.
After their playoff exit, it's clear the Pats have been knocked off their perch.
It wasn't always pretty, but Tom Brady helped lift the Patriots past the Bills.