In response to ATJ's comment:
Attempting to inject an element of objectivity into this discussion (yes, well wouldn't want to be accused of being a homer, you understand), I did a cursory (less than exhaustive) on line search to see if we can define homer with some level of precisiion. It seems there are at least two (probably a sh*tload more but I am after all at work) definitions that apply to this context:
1) Sports fan that is loyal to his home team;
2) Someone who shows blind loyalty to a team or organization, typically ignoring any shortcomings or faults they have.
Since I would never presume to speak for everyone on this forum (who would want to??) I can only go by personal observation. Highly anecdotal I know and in our enduring search for truth this will undoubtedly fall short but it would seem most if not all fall under the category of definition one. Now I know that there are certain learned elements on this board who know better than the HHH (note 1) that I am who would assert, diplomatically to be sure, that most in reality fall under category two.
All of that being said (typed actually) I really don't give a rodent's patootie if I'm viewed as falling under category 1 or category 2. I love the Pats, think they have an outstanding GM and probably the best HC in the game and have some pretty impressive players. Neither the GM nor the HC nor the team is perfect and when there's something to criticize I don't hesitate to do so and so it appears no one else does either.
Note 1: HHH = Humble Hopeless Homer
Your two definitions were the Websters Dictionary definition of a fan just five years ago.
I'm just a fan, call me homer if you must but that is like calling Superman a superhero!