Despite his unassuming demeanor, Wes Welker is the best receiver in the history of the Patriots. (AP)Is there anything people need more right now than a "Year in Review" column?



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In December of 1982 I watched a man dressed as Santa Claus vomit all over the counter of a Papa Gino's in the Billerica Mall. Since then it's been kind of tough to wrap my arms around Christmas.



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Some Patriots fans are souring on the Bill Belichick experience, while other leap to defend the coach. (AP)Tons of feedback (both in comments and e-mail) off the Bill Belichick column I wrote on Monday. I was surprised that most were in my camp (which is basically this: The guy is still a great coach having a rough year) or at least didn't completely disagree with what I wrote.



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After a week off for the holiday, the mailbag returns in fine fashion. Two things I can promise here at the 'bag: lots of Patriots talk and almost no sexting. The Monday Night disaster is Topic A this week, and it seems that most of the folks are ready to call it a season. There was a time, not so long ago, when 7-4 would have been cause for a parade on Route 1, but now it is a sign of things gone awry. Plus, we debate Randy Moss vs.



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Look, it’s all fourth-and-2 here this week. And I suspect that some may view that as more of a warning than an invitation.

I understand. But at least dig in and give the mailbag a shot, even if you are suffering from fourth-and-2 fatigue. Lots of good email from both sides of the argument this week AND I manage to zipper in some Andrea Kramer talk, nominate a mayor for Cougar Town and defend Bruce Springsteen and the Wayans Brothers.



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Trot Nixon played with passion and pain for the Red Sox and earns the nod over J.D. Drew on the all-decade team. (AP)We are doing our best to shake the bye week blues here at the mailbag.



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Kirk takes some hits for his Tom Brady love-fest. (AP)You’ll get a bye week mailbag and like it.



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Pats and Pats and Pats this week in the mailbag. No shock, with the Sox done and the Celtics not yet ready for our full attention.



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Report card feedback dominates the mailbag this week, and (brace for shock) the folks aren’t exactly thrilled with the 2009 edition of the hometown nine. It seems that 95 wins isn’t going to do it for the faithful, changes need to be made. Jonathan Papelbon and J.D. Drew receive the brunt of the drubbing here while Jon Lester takes yearbook honors for most popular.



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