Re: Patriots are still the team everyone gets fired up to play
posted at 10/17/2009 2:42 AM EDT
In Response to Patriots are still the team everyone gets fired up to play
[QUOTE]With all the success the Patriots have had in this decade, I think most teams still get fired-up to play them as though they were the returning Superbowl champs, especially now that Brady is back. That's why, no matter what happens this year, I think without a doubt the Patriots are the team of the decade. You could see it in Denver last week. Those fans treated it like a Superbowl. In my opinion, I believe by the end of the year, the Patriots will be very, very tough to beat. I know many Patriot fans are frustrated, but as an outsider, I see a team that will be very strong by the end of the season. It's a long season, and some of the teams who are front-runners right now, could easily fade as the season goes on. Remember last year when the Giants, Cowboys, Eagles & Skins were being all-talked up by the so-called experts, but by the end of the year, they had lost all their hype. Even as a Steeler fan, I don't see opposing teams and their fans getting as fired-up to play the Steelers, like the fans do when the Patriots are in town. I thought coach Belichick did one of his best jobs last year, with all the injuries and the loss of Brady. By the end of the year, the Patriots would have been tough to beat had they made the playoffs. I know some fans are questioning the coach & wondering when Tom Brady will start to be 'Tom Brady', and that's only natural, it goes on in all the football town. In my opinion, the Patriots have a much better team than last year, and remember, Brady was off for a full year. He's a competitor, and he'll be back.
Posted by Steelcurtain75[/QUOTE]
You're still my favorite discussion board member who supports another team, and from what I can tell a world class football fan.
Props to you.
And I agree - the Patriots are the second most hated team in sports, and generally considered the Yankees of football (yes, Boston fans, get over it - we also got to enjoy a dynasty, and you weren't complaining then).
I think between the dynasty bit, Belichick, SpyGate, Brady, the media perception that the Patriots are a "model franchise" and therefore better than them, and the fact that the Patriots have been pretty talented regardless, other teams find the motivation to play harder.
On a side note, I don't see you trash talking if the Pats end up facing the Steelers in the playoffs - you seem like you're up for some quality football discussions. We'll come prepared.