I was unable to watch the Patriots/Chiefs game live due to other plans, so I set my DVR to record the game. My intentions were to not watch or read anything about the game until I got home, so I could watch the game oblivious to the final score.  While I was out, I pulled out my iPhone to catch up on a few feeds in Google Reader. In today’s connected age, it is pretty hard to remain completely isolated and I unfortunately stumbled across something I prayed I never read:

“Tom Brady leaves game with knee injury.”

With those words, it is almost certain Brady will miss significant time, if not (gulp) the whole season.

I watched the game when I returned home and the horror of watching the video of Brady’s injury etched itself into my mind.

Being a Patriots fan since the early 1990s, I know how life is like without a good quarterback. Bledsoe resurrected the franchise, but Brady is the one who took it to another level. Since Brady took over Bledsoe, he has started every single game. That is right, every game since September 2001. Now next week will almost certainly break that streak.

I will hold out hope that the injury isn’t as bad as it looked. Maybe Belicheck can completely reinvent the way the Patriots have played football the past 7+ years. Maybe Matt Cassell can pull off a poor man’s impression of Brady taking over for Bledsoe. Maybe a team that had a lackluster training camp can put it together and play the best Patriot team football yet.

That is a whole lot of maybe’s that we didn’t have a few hours ago. Suddenly a bright season turns dark and gloomy.