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You know the story of The Pink Hats, those alleged nouveau Red Sox Nationites who seem far more interested in the happening than they are the ballgame. Their arrival seemed to align with the arrival of those ubiquitous fashion caps by those sons of bitches at New Era Caps. You know, I can handle the brand name stuff, but you have to acknowledge the knock-off effect. You have to know when $4 versions of these things start showing up next to the Fritos at Shaws, there’s going to be some unfortunate applications of this particular fashion trend.

What’s this got to do with the Patriots? I forgot.

No, I didn’t. I keep hearing from e-mailers and site commenters that the ticket sites are suddenly overrun with Patriots tickets. People – primarily season ticket holders, I presume – are evidently bailing hard on 2008 ever since Bernard Pollard crawled into Brady.

Do we have The Pink Seats now?

Did the best coach this franchise has ever had – or is ever likely to have – and the rest of his staff also go down for the season on Sunday? Did Randy Moss and Vince Wilfork? Did Wes Welker, Logan Mankins, Adalius Thomas, Laurence Maroney, Ty Warren, and Richard Seymour? Vrabel, Bruschi, Harrison? Light, Koppen, Mayo, Meriweather? Of course not. So for all they’ve done over the last eight years, these guys haven’t earned even one week of your patience, then?

Yes, I should acknowledge that these tickets just happened to get hiked through the roof this past off-season, and in this day and age, people have every right to make whatever choice they need to get the most out of their money. It’s discretionary income, after all.

I’d embrace that idea a lot tighter if I wasn’t so sure that these scene-makers in perpetual search of a red carpet would be crawling, just like Pollard did, to reclaim those tickets if they look up one day soon to find the 2008 Patriots still in it.