Look back at the Pats and ahead to the Super BowlWhen football fans are asked about their feelings about the Patriots there are always two answers: either they love them or they hate them.
By: Jessy Sandhu, The Jamestown Sun
When football fans are asked about their feelings about the Patriots there are always two answers: either they love them or they hate them.
Hardly will you ever meet a football fan that will have mixed feelings about them. So why do football fans hate this team so much? After all, in a 13 year span they have made seven AFC Championship appearances, five trips to the Super Bowl, and three Super Bowl Victories.
Could it be because the Patriots continuously beat their team over and over again? Could it be their football coach who is considered a tyrant to some will go down some day as the greatest football coach of all time?
Maybe it has nothing to do with football. Maybe its Giselle’s crying out after last year’s super bowl loss about her husband not being able to throw and catch the ball that has people hating them?
For some, it may be the Patriots inability to handle a loss. No need to discuss Bill Belichick as a poor loser, Shannon Sharpe has done a great job of that this week.
Maybe it’s spygate? I still don’t understand why the Patriots and Belichick weren’t punished more severely. Regardless, they still haven’t won a ring without cheating.
Whatever it may be, football fans have many reasons for taking pleasure in watching the Patriots lose.
Despite them being regarded as one of the most hated teams, they are the best thing that can happen to the league as much as it may be to some hater’s dismay.
The reason being is because every great story needs a villain. The Patriots play the perfect villain because they have a coach that looks the part and yet will always scare every fan year after year because he will ensure that his team will make a yearly run at the Super Bowl.
Bellichick is such a genius that he can plug anyone into an open position and demand nothing but perfection. Some fans forget that when Brady went down in 2009, their backup quarterback Matt Cassell led their team to a 12-4 team.
With that great year, people were quick to anoint Cassell as a great quarterback. I wonder how the fans in Kansas City feel about that?
Bellichick is so demanding in his players for perfection that he even had one of his receivers, Troy Brown, play defensive back in one of their Super Bowl Runs.
Nonetheless, as much as football fans may hate them they will always respect them and will always watch their every move. If I am wrong, then why do so many football fans tune into Patriot games? It’s because they want to see another game where the Patriots lose.
As for this year, the Patriots made another Super Bowl run but came short and gave many fans a sigh of relief because the Patriots will not be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy this season.
However, as every villain in a story is defeated, they usually come back in the next episode. As for the Patriots, they will come back next year. For all of the football fans that truly hate the Patriots, we have another six months of relief until the season opener where we just hold our breath hoping the hated villain loses again.
Another villain, however, is coming into play. Jim Harbaugh and his “who has it better than us?” attitude is making a lot of noise in a short amount of time and the rest of the NFL and its’ fans need to be aware.
Actually, 49ers players need to be aware as well. Just ask Alex Smith. Harbaugh showed no remorse and no sadness in benching Smith. Most coaches in every major league across North America go by the unwritten rule that players will not lose their starting positions due to injuries.
Harbaugh, however, was probably waiting for Smith to get banged up, or start throwing interceptions.
Harbaugh’s attitude has the 49ers playing on another level and they have the potential to make a lot of enemies quickly. Their never say die attitude and bullying tactics on the field have got them in position for a Super Bowl.
On the other side of the field is the likeable and calm John Harbaugh, who brings in the calm and collected Joe Flacco who finally has brought his team to Super Sunday.
The two brothers couldn’t be more different, but their teams couldn’t be more alike.
Both the Ravens and the 49ers have running backs that can come in and make big plays, and both have back up running backs who make the most of their opportunities.
oth teams bring in a tough and physical defense that can shut down anyone on any given Sunday and have given their offense the day off many games.
It’s going to be a great Super Bowl for the Harbaugh family and for football fans around the globe. Enjoy it.
Jessy Sandhu is the founder of www.fantasymoves.com you can email Jessy at firstname.lastname@example.org.