Growing up in Walpole MA, next door to Foxboro, home of the New England Patriots, I grew up a Pat's fan. 

I remember the days of the Pat's losing almost every game in one season, the year they went to the Superbowl and were crushed by the Bears, through it all I stayed with the team.  I remember driving to the stadium and sitting on the cold aluminum benches to watch a game on a cold December day at the old Schaeffer Stadium cheering on some teams that were pretty good.

I look back at the past decade and see what the New England Patriots have become since Robert Kraft had taken the team over and it makes me more of a fan than ever of the Pat's. The Kraft family took their values, put together incredible talent and started winning championships.  Not only that they took a team that not too many New Englander's were too proud of to the pride of New England.

I look at Gillette Stadium and what the Kraft family created in that area in awe, they had a vision and made that vision come true.  This weekend the Patriots host the Houston Texan's for the chance to go to the AFC Championship game and then on the the Superbowl, something we are used to as Pat's fans.  We are spoiled by this team, we expect them to win and come down hard on them when they lose, I guess that's the nature of being a fan.

I look forward to watching this Sunday's game, I expect the Patriots to win, why wouldn't I?  After all they crushed the Texan's in week 14 at Gillette Stadium.  If they don't win and some how Houston wins, I will be like many other fans and say it was a good season and second guess some of the decisions that were made during the game, but let's not think about that, let's think about an AFC Championship that would pit two of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history against each other, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning battling to go to the Superbowl!