In response to Muzwell's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
I don't think many Pats fans feel entitled. I think many feel great opportunities are being squandered and dread the aftermath where those opportunities will no longer exist.
I think the fans who lack objectivity wrongly see that concern as persons feeling entitled.
I agree with you because I've folowed this team back to the late 60's when sucked. If anybody can remember when Joe Kapp was starting QB for the Pats before Jim Plunkett and Randy Vataha came on the scene. I can remember the games in 73 when OJ tore the Patriots defense rushing for over 200 yards in each game. Still remember the Chuck Fairbanks years with Steve Grogan Russ Francis and Stanley Morgan. Good teams but not great other than having Nelson and Tippett as LB's. Never forget Hog Hannah, still haven't had a lineman as good, Bruce Armstrong came close. Let's not forget the Dick McPherson rara years or the poodle Pete Carroll. Too many have jumped on during the Belicheck - Brady years. I'm enjoying it, won't last forever.
I don't think that's quite it. I think the entitlement mentality is what causes fans to be seen as obnoxious, and it's primarily manifest among those who have followed the team for the last 8 or 10 or 12 years. They have no sense of the history of the team, and why should they?
When I started the following the Pats in the early 1970s, I had no appreciation of what happened in the '60s; it didn't mean anything to me, other than stories related to me by my father who went to AFL games in Fenway and Harvard Stadium.
Unless you lived through Clive Rush and Fairbanks and Rod Rust and so on, how could you know what those pre-Kraft/Parcells/BB years were like? You can't, no matter how many times you read or hear about it.
For me, the Kraft years (and that includes back to Parcells) are still a little unreal and I don't take one bit of it for granted. But if you don't know who Hugh Millen is, or how close they came to moving the team to about five different cities, then you only know times when the Patriots mattered, they are relevant.
You only know sellouts and playoffs, so you think that's how the NFL works. They've made it look too easy to win 11 games and remain relevant year after year. So, just like Red Sox fans who came along in the 2000s, you feel entitled. That's human nature.