In a town that's sports crazed like Boston anything short of a championship is a dissapointment but with the love-able loser tag still freshly in the back of our minds we find excuses and defend our hometown teams till the day we die. There is never a simple statement such as the Patriots were overmatched by the defensive front of the Giants and Bellicheck underestimated their ability to dominate the game to the point that we would lose. That's the problem. It's never that the Giants won, it's that the Pats lost. Since the magical run of the Red Sox to come back from down 3-0 to the Yankees in the ALDS we've been spoiled by greatness. Deep pocket's have given the owners the ability to hide mistakes that would set other teams back for a decade. Just think of what we have put into shortstops alone in the last 10 years. Since the infamous Noma' trade it has been a revolving door with one heralded veteran after another, each one brought in to solidify the position and each one shown the door as quickly as the last. Millions of dollars and errors later and we find ourselves still waiting for the next shortstop of the future. Slick fielding top propect in the wings could be ready by next season but that's the least of our problems....don't let Lackey be the one mentoring him, Jose Iglesias isn't old enough to buy beer yet, but with Lackey, Beckett and Lester around I think there's plenty extra in the clubhouse.