The New England Patriots are the most successful National Football League franchise over the past 15 years. They have four Super Bowl championships to back up that claim. They prove that overpriced players can be easily replaced with players who work hard, regardless of whether or not they are a household name. They should be the team that everyone loves.
Of course, they far more resemble the team that everyone loves to hate.
It is easy. They make it easy. I live in New England. I go to Foxboro all the time. I watch the Patriots. I follow the Patriots.
I hate the Patriots.
Yes, that may be a bit blasphemous, considering my location. I don’t like Robert Kraft. I’m not a fan of Bill Belichick. I can’t stand Tom Brady.
Are the winners? Absolutely. They certainly get the job done. They are successful business men, administrators, bosses and athletes. Still, I can’t take any of them.
They lie. They cheat. They steal. Well, I don’t know if they steal but, they definitely lie and cheat. They cover up scandals, whether they were at the head of the orchestration or not. They lie and let others take the fall, all while claiming deniability. They did it with Spygate. They did it with Deflategate. What is next?
I’m not saying that the suspension that Brady received is fair, especially in terms of what other players have done, even more so for their off the field actions. Still, Brady lied, destroyed his cell phone and had some sort of knowledge about footballs being deflated in the AFC Playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts.
Had that not happened, would the Colts have won? I seriously doubt it. The Patriots absolutely annihilated them.
That is the problem. They didn’t need to cheat. Barry Bonds was a great hitter before he took steroids. Roger Clemens was a Hall of Fame caliber pitcher without taking performance enhancing drugs. The Patriots were a phenomenal team before they deflated footballs.
That is what happens with spoiled, entitled, arrogant personalities. They feel that they are above everything. Above the law. Above the sport. Above everyone. They truly believe that the same laws and rules do not apply to them.
The Patriots will continue to be a great team for years to come. They will also continue to be the most hated team in the league for even longer than that.
And, deservedly so.