Re: will the real pats fans please stand up
posted at 9/22/2009 9:59 PM EDT
I've been a Pats fan since moving to Boston in the mid 80's. I was so impressed with the team during their 85 superbowl run when they went on the road and won three straight during the playoffs. I didn't think they would beat the Bears, but I rooted for them anyways.
Then I followed them through the long drought - you recall (not in order I'm sure), Lisa what's-her-name and the flashing incident, the drug scandal, Victor Kiam, Rod Rust, Ray "I won't play Doug Flutie in the playoffs because he crossed the picket line during the strike, and therefore I will doom any chance we have in the playoffs" Berry...
Then things started to move in the right direction, although with a few bizarre, twists - Parcells came to town, and made the team competitive - then deserted the team on superbowl eve (!), Robert Kraft (finally a competent owner and organization), Pete "the handsome cheerleader" Carroll - nice guy, great college coach... and at last, a serious and original football mind in Bill Belichick to match a serious and professional organization. Add in many memorable fine, talented and intelligent players (Vincent Brown, Sam Gash, Troy, - too many to mention), and viola - overnight success:)
We are so lucky as fans to have the best and deepest organization and business framework in the NFL - it has enabled the team to survive myriad personnel changes on and off the field, year after year, without missing too many beats; changes that would have decimated lesser organizations.
Someday, Brady will retire, and probably be replaced with a servicable, but probably not brilliant new QB, Belichick will have to retool to win with defense instead of offense, Bob Kraft will let his kids run the team, and the team will fall back into 7-9 mediocrity for a few years - decline is inevitable. I will root for them then too, and optimistically wait for the pieces to fall into place for another rise sometime in the future.
As long as I live, I will never forget the season the Pats won their first superbowl - it was a magical, storybook year, and really, I wish that every fan of every team could experience something like that with their favorite team.
We Pats fans have been so fortunate for so long, that I can't get too upset over the tough losses. It wasn't so long ago we were 1 - 15.
Apologies for the long rambling post - short version - I'm still on board.