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We waited eighty six years for it to finally be over. Winning their first World Series since 1918, the 2004 Red Sox had broken Boston sports’ biggest curse. The Curse of the Bambino was erased and Boston fans were on top of the world. But, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better some of our other sports teams decided to choke in big games and once again break our hearts. After watching the Patriots this past Sunday, everyone seems to be wondering what went wrong. Where was the dominant 14-2 New England Patriots team that we watched all season? How did the Pats lose to a Jets team that was embarrassed 45-3 earlier in the year? Why did Tom Brady throw his first interception since mid October? Something just isn’t right here. Since there is no logical reason for this loss it must be . . . it has to be . . . Another Curse???
What is the curse? Simple. Gisele. Ever since dating Gisele, Tom Brady just hasn’t seemed to be himself anymore. Tom Brady has always been a quarterback who stepped up in big games and knew what it took to win. Since Gisele became part of the picture, the Patriots haven’t been the same and it seems like they have figured out a way to blow almost every big game. Is this irrational and nonsense? Maybe, but when you look at the numbers it seems like we are in the midst of another dreadful curse.
On January 21st, 2007, Tom Brady and the Pats led the Colts 21-3 and ended up losing a disturbing AFC Championship Game. The following year, the Pats blew a perfect season and lost the 2008 Super Bowl to the despised New York Giants. Brady threw for only one touchdown after coming off a season in which he set a record for 50 touchdowns in a single season.
On September 7th, 2008 Brady took a blow to the knee in the first quarter during the first game of the season that put him out for the entire year, a year in which the Pats did not make the playoffs. In his return from injury, Brady had an extremely respectable season leading the Pats into an AFC wild card game against the Baltimore Ravens on January 10th, 2010. It seemed that things were shaping up but once again the curse hit as Brady threw three picks and lost 33-14.
Finally, in a season in which the Patriots dominated almost every team they played and Brady had one of his best seasons ever, they somehow manage to lose to a team they defeated 45-3 earlier in the year. Are Boston fans in for another miserable 86 years or are we just overreacting?