Re: Would You?
posted at 7/25/2014 3:34 PM EDT
In response to MattC05's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
In response to jjbag's comment:
I lived through the Patriots from (the first year I can remember is 1970 when I was 7) 1970 - 1992, um no I wouldn't trade anything we have had from the last 9 years, I'd much rather be in contention each year and have something to cheer about in Nov and Dec than having long years of saying well maybe next year when the first week of November rolls by.
The youngsters on this board have no idea what it was like from 70-93.. Long term bad years with a few good years tossed in, due to mismanagement / bad coaching. I'll take what we have now from what we had thank you very kindly.
but that's not really the discussion. no one is saying 23 years of futility.
would you take 3 SB's in 10 years if it also meant 3-4 years of mediocre teams?
That wasn't the original question either. It was 1 Super Bowl and 8 years of mediocrity.
I might think about it if the 1 Super Bowl was the 2007 team. But frankly, every single Sunday the Patriots have played for the past 13 years has been exciting and something to look forward to. Some folks may say that anything less than a championship is a waste of a season; I say those folks weren't fans of this team through the Rod Rust/Dick McPherson years. THOSE were wasted seasons. Watching competitive football from your team week in and week out for over a decade? Going into the playoffs invested in your team, knowing they have a chance to go all the way? That's a gift I'm thankful for.
I would trade the past 10 years for the Sox' past 10 years, sure (3 championships, 1 or 2 truly regrettable seasons, 5 competitive seasons). But, say, the Giants? (2 championships, 3 other 1-and-done playoff seasons, 5 missed playoffs). I think I'd rather have the Pats' 10-year run, even with the missed opportunities. The fact that they did reach the top several times in recent memory certainly helps, though.
Well said Matt.
BTW, you might want to include Victor Kiam in the "Wasted Years" category. :)