It was almost three weeks ago.
That is how long it took me to re-cooperate from what happened on that dreadful Sunday.
That is how long it took me to gather my thoughts to write this article, that I still can't believe I am writing.
December 28, 2008.
The situation was no longer in our hands. Praying to the Football Gods was all we could do.
The fate of the Patriots rested on the shoulders of our most hated football rivals, the New York Jets. New England Nation has felt shame before, but none like this. Just the idea of rooting for the Jets made us cringe. It all set the stage for a very sad day in New England sports history.
Let me take you back to that morning.
As it stood, there was a two-way tie for first place in the AFC East between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins. The Pats' game was on at 1:05 that day against the Buffalo Bills, who they had to defeat to even care about what was to happen during the 4:15 games.
Despite ridiculous winds in Buffalo, the Pats were led by Stephen Gostkowski's right boot to close out the season with their first shutout of the year, finishing with a better than decent 11-5 record.
The team did not waste any time running into the locker room to watch their 127-inch Plasma TV, one inch for every year Brett Favre has been playing football (hopefully the TV had picture-in-picture so Junior Seau did not have to risk getting arthritis from changing the channels back and forth a trillion times). On the left side of the screen would be the Baltimore Ravens' game. They were facing the Jacksonville Jaguars. If the Ravens win, they are an automatic wild card bid. If they lose, the Patriots are in, whether it be as a wild card or division winner, varying on the outcome of the Jets' game.
Speaking of the Jets' game, that is what the right side of big screen TV would consist of.
Patriots Nation would together be harmonizing "J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!"
As much humble pie as Bill Belichick feeds his team, I can picture him getting a temporary tattoo of Brett Favre''s face on his right bicep. Hopefully, it was very temporary.
As the story goes on, the left side of the screen was starting to look hopeless. The Ravens were wiping the field clean with the Jaguars' heads, thus giving them the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs.
So now all eyes were on the Jets' game, which now took up the whole TV, despite Larry Izzo and Ty Warren wanting to play Madden NFL 2009 on the left side of it, even if they made it just a three inch screen.
The fourth quarter was winding down, maybe only four minutes left. The Jets were down by seven, and the ball was put in the hands of none other than Jett Favre.
He was the biggest story of the previous off-season, and if there was a time to show why he was, this drive would be it.
Despite already throwing two interceptions, Patriots Nation was still rooting for #4 to tie this game. At least overtime would extend the Patriots' season, even if it was only for less than fifteen minutes.
On a first and ten at about Miami's 29 yard-line, Brett "The Best Quarterback to Ever Play The Game" Favre threw an interception to Miami corner back Andre' Goodman, thus ending the Patriots' hopes for a post-season run.
As an outspoken member of Patriots' Nation, I think I speak for the majority when I say I took a shower immediately after that game.
Not to clean off my memories of a good season, but to sanitize myself from ever thinking that something good could come from rooting for the arch-nemesis that is the New York Jets.