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Sad saga of a loyal Patriots fan

As a lifelong Patriots fan, Page 2's Bill Simmons is trying to enjoy this playoff run. After all, he's seen plenty of bad times.

Updated: May 31, 2005, 2:09 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

Now here's a sentence I rarely get to type: New England has been seized by Super Bowl fever. What's more exciting, the fact our beloved Patriots are playing host to an AFC divisional playoff game against the evil Raiders on Saturday night, or the fact we're two victories away from the Big Game? Frankly, it's a toss-up.

(I mean, the Super Bowl? The Super Bowl? Sweet Jesus!)

You have to understand, the Patriots have always been the Fredo Corleone of the sports scene in Boston -- ...

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