Rajeeve Martyn compares bostonglobe.com home pages from Dec. 17 and today.
Of course, Globe Senior Hater Dan Shaughnessy led the doom train in December:
But it doesn’t feel like another Patriots playoff surge is coming, does it? There comes a time when mystique and aura are nothing more than smoke and mirrors. There comes a time when being smarter is not enough, when waiting for the other guy to step on his own appendage will not guarantee victory. There comes a time when your own ability and execution are more important than all the good things that have happened before. There comes a time when you will not get the benefit of some strange rule that will be changed during the offseason. There come a time when assuming the other guy will lose his mind and hand you the game is more hope than reality.
Today, Shank is fully aboard the Patriots bandwagon. He quotes Bill Belichick with not the least bit of self-awareness:
"It's sweet," said Belichick. "Everyone counted us out. We’re still here."