I'm sick of this. The days are getting longer and the beginnings of baseball are blooming down in Ft. Myers, Fla., and I should be reveling in the upcoming ring ceremony at Fenway Park and the endless source of delight that is Jonathan Papelbon. On top of it, I am well and truly sick of bickering and name-calling and scandal! scandal! scandal! over the Patriots.
And yet, the continuing drama over the Pats is really all I can think about when it comes to sports. I spend more time ruminating on Spygate and the latest flame war over the Patriots than I do contemplating whether Clay Buchholz will make the starting rotation or what the deal is with Curt Schilling's shoulder. I'm poring over comments threads on Boston sports websites, tossing back and forth the various existential questions, thrown gauntlets and moments of cognitive dissonance that accompany the latest fresh bad news about Bill Belichick's reputation, instead of hunting for the latest bleeped-out sound-bite from Josh Beckett.
Since I'm thinking about it anyway, I've thrown out my point of view on things over at MVN--detailed the admittedly uneasy resolutions I've come to for now on the whole mess.
I can't speak for other Patriots fans, nor do I intend to. I can't answer for other Patriots fans who may have been obnoxious in the past, and the issue of whether or not we deserve this as a fan base is a pointless argument I'd rather not continue to have. Right now there's enough complexity just sorting out the facts.