In Camelot

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    In Camelot

    I've been a Patriot fan since my high school days in the late 60's and I've read this board for many years as well.  The events of the past few days, and the whole off-season actually, have jarred me more than they should and I am trying to figure out why.  My conclusion is that the Patriots saga has taken on Arthurian overtones.  You know, like the "Once and Future King" legend.  We saw Camelot rise after Tom Brady (Arthur), he of humble beginnings, pulled Excalibur from stone against the Jets.  That Day, in battle, Mo Lewis mercilessly torpedoed beloved Drew Beldsoe out of bounds, and struck a mortal blow.  From there, the whole saga, with its improbable Super Bowl win later that year, was nothing short of magical.  Almost as magical has been the continued excellence since, with the constant emphasis on the Patriot Way.  We had our own Knights of the Round Table and the showed the league that sacrifice and total team effort could defeat any foe. 

    Sadly, like the Round Table before it, The Patriot Way crumbles before our very eyes.  There were signs of weakening over the years.  Alas, the aging Knights, Sirs McGinest, Troy, Tedy, Vrabel, Light, and Rodney, who extolled the virtues of the Patriot Way, could not continue in their Quests for the Holy Grail.  Younger Knights were needed and so began the decline.  The Patriot Way was cast asunder when Adelias Thomas was brought in to be a Knight and found wanting, incapable of grasping the team first, defensive scheme.  The Great Knight Randy Moss, tried nobly to be a Knight of the Round Table, but he was undone by greed and petty jealousy.  The Knights Haynesworth and Ochocinco failed on their very first Quest as did so many others. 

    Our modern day fable has a Lady Guinnivere, of course.  Our Lady G has many noble qualities indeed, but also the power to bewitch.  Poor humble Tom was no match for her guile.  He lost the sport for combat as he neatly placed the bricks for his castle and toyed with governance his kingdom. 

    Alas, none have fallen so far as poor Sir Lancelot.  He of the diminutive frame and number 83, pledged lifelong allegiance to King Tom.  He was undone by treachery, however.  On the eve of promotion to the Inner Circle of Knights, his title was stripped and given to Sirs Hernandez and Edelman.  Noble Sir Lancelot attempted to bury his fury in combat, but to no avail.  The indignity of his plight distracted him at most inopportune times.  In the end, he was banished.

    Whither Merlin?  Unfortunately, The Mad Genius of so many compaigns was smitten as well and now sleeps enshrouded in his hoodie within a tree until Excalibur rises anew.

    Obviously, I have resorted to fantasy.  The truth is that even with the few facts available it would seem that the The Patriot Way has been dealt a mortal blow.  Of course, one part of me is hopeful that our Pats can summon the strength for a title run.  I am curiously ambivalent, however as I weigh that emotion against the reality of the callow pretenders that don the Patriots uniform today.  

     
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    In response to user_4160947's comment:

    I've been a Patriot fan since my high school days in the late 60's and I've read this board for many years as well.  The events of the past few days, and the whole off-season actually, have jarred me more than they should and I am trying to figure out why.  My conclusion is that the Patriots saga has taken on Arthurian overtones.  You know, like the "Once and Future King" legend.  We saw Camelot rise after Tom Brady (Arthur), he of humble beginnings, pulled Excalibur from stone against the Jets.  That Day, in battle, Mo Lewis mercilessly torpedoed beloved Drew Beldsoe out of bounds, and struck a mortal blow.  From there, the whole saga, with its improbable Super Bowl win later that year, was nothing short of magical.  Almost as magical has been the continued excellence since, with the constant emphasis on the Patriot Way.  We had our own Knights of the Round Table and the showed the league that sacrifice and total team effort could defeat any foe. 

    Sadly, like the Round Table before it, The Patriot Way crumbles before our very eyes.  There were signs of weakening over the years.  Alas, the aging Knights, Sirs McGinest, Troy, Tedy, Vrabel, Light, and Rodney, who extolled the virtues of the Patriot Way, could not continue in their Quests for the Holy Grail.  Younger Knights were needed and so began the decline.  The Patriot Way was cast asunder when Adelias Thomas was brought in to be a Knight and found wanting, incapable of grasping the team first, defensive scheme.  The Great Knight Randy Moss, tried nobly to be a Knight of the Round Table, but he was undone by greed and petty jealousy.  The Knights Haynesworth and Ochocinco failed on their very first Quest as did so many others. 

    Our modern day fable has a Lady Guinnivere, of course.  Our Lady G has many noble qualities indeed, but also the power to bewitch.  Poor humble Tom was no match for her guile.  He lost the sport for combat as he neatly placed the bricks for his castle and toyed with governance his kingdom. 

    Alas, none have fallen so far as poor Sir Lancelot.  He of the diminutive frame and number 83, pledged lifelong allegiance to King Tom.  He was undone by treachery, however.  On the eve of promotion to the Inner Circle of Knights, his title was stripped and given to Sirs Hernandez and Edelman.  Noble Sir Lancelot attempted to bury his fury in combat, but to no avail.  The indignity of his plight distracted him at most inopportune times.  In the end, he was banished.

    Whither Merlin?  Unfortunately, The Mad Genius of so many compaigns was smitten as well and now sleeps enshrouded in his hoodie within a tree until Excalibur rises anew.

    Obviously, I have resorted to fantasy.  The truth is that even with the few facts available it would seem that the The Patriot Way has been dealt a mortal blow.  Of course, one part of me is hopeful that our Pats can summon the strength for a title run.  I am curiously ambivalent, however as I weigh that emotion against the reality of the callow pretenders that don the Patriots uniform today.  



    Were you injured in a joust?

     
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    Re: In Camelot

    You had me right up until Lancelot/Welker

    I buy the loyalty part, but Lancelot cuckolded Arthur, didnt he?

    Can you picture Wes humiliating Tom like that? No, neither can I. Not that Welker would ever have the opportunity to of course

    Little W hooking up with Super Gi is impossible to imagine

    Wes Welker is no Sir Lancelot

    Nice post though. Well done. Bravo!

     
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    DAFUQ DID I JUST READ?  Undecided

     
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    Re: In Camelot

    LOL.  Dude, that was great.  Well done

     
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    Funny post.
    I'm sorry I can't "stay in character", but hopefully I respond to the core of the post.

    Look, alltime favorites as you mention are gone, traded away, stopped, retired, cut and so forth. It's the name of the game. Some exit, others enter.

    I'll also give you that the Hernandez thing is really a tough blow to the team and the fans. It'll be a long time before trolls forget about it, even if by a miracle he is not charged with murder but "only" obstruction of justice. But the damage will be minimized when they release him. 'Cause they will release him , which the Ravens didn't do with Lewis, and that will show the difference between these organisations.

    But to idealize (sp?) the Patriot Way to Camelot level is just out of proportions. It's a managerial philosophy about putting the team first, staying low in the media and DOING YOUR JOB! Nothing more, nothing less. I don't for one second believe that they draft or otherwise hire players based primarely on their moral talents - it's about football.

    Even if you look only at highround picks/high profile players, guys like Wilfork, Mayo, Jones, McCourty, Hightower, Ridley, Vereen, Solder, Vollmer, and Brady are examples of players doing everything The Patriot Way.

    I don't see that what this team is about - winning - is altered one bit. We've had som really bad luck the last couple of years, but nothing is indicating a serious decline.

     

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