The Pats loss and more serious things–like baseball

Dan Shaughnessy says that yesterday’s Pats loss to the Jets ranks alongside the Pats loss in the Super Bowl a few years ago and the Sox loss to the Yankees in 2003. But ol’ Shank has it wrong. This is, as Bill Maher might say, a false equivalency. Like saying Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann do the same thing. A loss in the second round of the NFL playoffs is nowhere near the equivalent of a Super Bowl loss for a previously undefeated team.

Unlike the Super Bowl a few years ago, the Pats were never in the game yesterday. It was a slow, painful descent into reality. Sure, losing to the Jets hurts. And it was a hugely disappointing way to end a season that was so promising. No doubt about that. But, please, this doesn’t rise to the level of the 2003 ALCS loss–when the Sox were leading Game 7 and blew it.

Go back to the way you felt after that loss in 2003. Think about it. It was a familiar feeling, yet it was unlike any pain I’ve felt as a Sox fan. Nothing in sports felt that bad. Offices were quiet, stunned, in a state of shock the next day. That loss had an aftertaste that lingered until the Sox swept the Cardinals in the World Series a year later. Some people have never quite gotten over it.

Today I’m sure there’s some water cooler talk, some typical Monday morning quarterbacking.

Maybe I’m an optimist who’s looking at the great possibilities of the new Sox team. Maybe I’m not as big a fan of football as I think I am. But this loss will evaporate in fairly short order–certainly in time for opening day.