Originally posted on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 3/25/13

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints runs on the field during player introductions against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Eight years, one month and 19 days later, the Patriots have yet to win another Super Bowl.... but who's counting, right? The last Super Bowl that the Pats did win was Super Bowl XXXIX... this upcoming Super Bowl will be XLVIII. They've certainly come close to winning others; they have made the Super Bowl another two times and reached the AFC Championship game 4 additional times. Unfortunately for all of Patriots Nation, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. Most people believe that as long as the Patriots have Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, a Super Bowl victory will always be a possibility. NFL Network analyst Darren Sharper apparently decided he was going to be devil's advocate, saying that the Patriots window of opportunity has been "slammed shut": "We know they have Tom Brady which always gives them a chance to win, but they lack that veteran presence. You think about the Willie McGinest's, Rodney Harrison's, Tedy Bruschi's, (and) Ty Law. . . These were ...
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