The New England Patriots have had a storied history since Robert Kraft took over the franchise in 1994, saving the team from being moved to St. Louis by then owner, James Orthwein. Foxboro/Gillette Stadium has been sold out ever since.

And the Patriots organization has had its share of controversy over the years, especially in the days of the Sullivan family. But none seems to compare to the trouble that hit the team beginning with the defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game.

Suddenly, the team began to jettison players in a sort of cleansing ritual to reverse the dearth that may have been the cause of an eight-year drought from Super Bowl glory. Remember that Tom Brady last won a Super Bowl without the likes of Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Aaron Hernandez.

Even "Spygate" seems to pale in comparison to the "luck" experienced in Patriot Nation since the close of the 2012 season. Here's a look at the worst of it: