Dynasty. A title that is graced to few. Two of those dynasties are known as evil. There is an Evil Empire of baseball and one in football. In baseball it is the Yankees and in the NFL it is my team, the New England Patriots. Both of these teams have had enormous success at some time and both of them are notoriously hated throughout the country. Both have had someone caught using performance enhancers (Rodney Harrison, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite, and more).
It amazes me how the Patriots have turned from the class of the NFL to classles almost as fast as Roger Clemen's fastball right after he shoots himelf up with 'roids or as fast as the Red Sox turned from doomed to destined in 2004 or even as fast as Mangini became "Mangenius" then turned back into Mangini. Here are five reasons for the Patriots being the constantly insulted team in the NFL by fans:
5. Tom Brady. Tom Brady is every Patriots fan's dream. He wins, he is calm under pressure, and he's not bad looking either. He has led our team to three Superbowls. Tom is consistently tearing teams apart, especially this season with his arsenal of receivers
While he is every Patriots fan's dream, he is every other fan's nightmare. There isn't a single team in the NFL, besides the Patriots, that can say that they haven't lost to Tom Brady. He manages to either tear your team apart or get your hopes up when you are leading with 2 minutes left in the game then he creates a miracle drive all the way to your endzone.
4. Running up the score. Okay, first of all, there is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL! This is a league with players being paid to do their jobs and if defenders aren't capable of doing their jobs that's too bad for them! The offense doesn't have to shut itself down because they are already winning.
Since some of you believe that there is running up the score in the NFL I will explain something to you. The Patriots aren't the only team to do this in the last couple of years. Have any of you heard of the Indianapolis Colts? When the Colts were making their own run of perfection in 2005, the Colts blew out a number of teams. Or how about before I was born, when the Dolphins came to New England and threw two deep bombs in the fourh quarter, already up by a considerable amount, for scores. I don't think anyone was calling the Dolphins of Colts classless, were they?
3. Bill Belichick. Personally, I love this guy. I don't see why any Pats fan wouldn't. He epitomizes this seasons Patriots. Win no matter what anyone else thinks. He dresses unformally, he is a jerk to the media, and he barely shakes hands with coaches.
I don't see why any of these things would cause someone to hate the guy. Who cares how he dresses? This is the NFL, people! If what they wore really mattered then Goodell would do something about it. He doesn't do anything, so therefore it doesn't matter! Would you rather go to a frigid game at the Razor in a suit and a tie and freeze **** off or go in a hoodie or a big, puffy jacket and feel comfortable?
Everyone gets annoyed with his defiance towards the media. Sure, he's a jerk to them, but they had it coming didn't they? Bill is smart to not reveal anything to the media. The media will either blow something way out of proportion or take something he said completely out of context. It happens al the time!
Everyone starts crying like J.J. Reddick did after a loss to the 'Heels when Bill shows insincerity during one of the post game handshakes. These handshakes mean nothing! Do you really expect Bill Belichick, the man known for being cold and defiant, to exclaim "Hey! Great game! I really enjoyed it! How about a round of beers tonight? On me!" Give me a break!
2. Jealousy of success. Jealousy is defined as mental uneasiness caused by fear. How can you not fear this team? They have blown out all but three of their 13 opponents this year! This team is known as being the bad guys or the cheaters.
When you are uneasy you are bound to make stupid mistakes. Like Anthony Smith, for example. Mr. Guarantee. That goes to show how easy it is to motivate this team. After how they rubbed it in Anthony's face, you have to be afraid to say anything about this team that involves the word "guarantee".
The Patriots come right out and shove it in your face with their "we're better than you and we know it" mentality. They are unrelentless. You know what they are going to do, but you can't stop it. They don't try to disguise what they are doing. They come out in spread formations, screaming "Pass!", but they don't care. They are consistent with their ability to succeed at everything they try.
How can you not be jealous of a team with this talent? Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. Randy Moss, possibly the most skilled receiver ever. Rodney Harrison, the "in your face" and cocky safety. They pull in free agents with less effort than other teams and spending less money than other teams. They draft better, they scout better, they plan better, they are better.
1. "SpyGate". "Cheaters! Cheaters!" NFL fans cheer all the way from Seattle to Miami after the Patriot's victory over the Jets. The Patriots were caught video taping the Jet's defensive coordinator from the sideline in week one of this season. Eric Mangini ratted out Bill Belichick, his mentor. Finally NFL fans have an excuse for being manhandled by the Patriots all these years.
There are people who claim the Patriots should have forfeited that game. Let's get this straight. You want the Patriots to forfeit game in which they were caught cheating before halftime? And do you honestly think that the Jets had a chance against this juggernaut known as the Patriots? Also, you are allowed to video tape the opposing coach's signals, just not from where the Patriots were. Another thing, the Jets had what? 3, maybe 4 people giving signals at the time? It's difficult to tell which one is giving the right signals.
I have heard a number of interesting conspiracies based on this drama. Perhaps the most compelling is the "Belichick got caught on pupose" conspiracy. Many people have written about it and many of those have been great pieces of writing. Imagine how incredible it would be for Bill to know that if he video taped the Jets that Mangini would rat him out and the Patriots would be universally hated. And he also knew that he would be able to use the "us against the world" theme as motivation for a number of weeks and be able to lead his team to 13-0. Who's the genius now, Eric?
Since the Patriots were caught cheating, the Jets have been called out twice. The first time was the week right after against the Ravens when Billick claimed that the Jet's defenders were shouting out signals to throw Baltimore's offensive lineman offsides. Then recently we were told that the Jets were caught video taping the Patriots sideline. They claimed they were given permission, yet they were thrown out. Hmmm.. something's fishy here.