Even though the New England Patriots have just won their 6th super bowl ring, the Patriots are still the most hated football team out of all 32 teams in the NFL. Why is there such shade thrown at this team? It’s not just because they win, there are a list of other reasons as well!
Bad Calls & Cheating
The New England Patriots have recently been infamous for getting close calls their way. Starting way back in the 2001 AFC Playoffs with the infamous Tuck Rule Game where Tom Brady was hit by Raiders CB Charles Woodson and proceeded to fumble the ball. The ball was recovered by Oakland and the game would’ve certainly been sealed. But, under further review the referees determined that Brady tried to tuck the ball back into his arms and was ruled an incomplete pass. This allowed the Patriots to drive down the field and kick a field goal to tie the game and send it into overtime. The Patriots then would kick another field goal to win the game. While this rule wasn’t the Patriots fault there are other instances where they have been caught outright cheating. During the 2007 season, the Patriots were caught filming their opponents sideline to capture the coaches play call signals. Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, was fined $500,000. The team was fined $250,000 and the NFL revoked their 1st round draft pick. This event would go on to be named “spygate”. But that’s not all, during the 2014 AFC Championship game Tom Brady was said to have their footballs deflated so that they were easier to throw and catch. The Patriots ended up dominating the game and winning 45-7. While the game wouldn’t have been a whole lot closer without deflated footballs, once the NFL found out, Tom Brady was suspended four games and the team was fined $1 million and stripped of 2 draft picks. This would go down under the name of, “deflategate”
The New England Patriots are based in the Boston, Massachusetts area and people from around there are not known for being the kindest people. Rather, they are known for being loud, obnoxious, and rude. And Patriots fans love nothing more than to brag and boast about how great their team is.That gets annoying after awhile especially with all the cheating scandals hovering over the Patriots!
They Win Too Much
No doubt respect is due to the 2 decade long dynasty that has won 6 Super Bowls and appeared in 9 since 2001. However, dynasties before the Patriots haven’t lasted this long. Even Joe Montana’s 49ers only won 4 Super Bowls in a period from 1981-1990. And seeing the Patriots have little to no competition is making the AFC very boring. The AFC East is especially boring as the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills have almost unanimously been terrible since the Patriots rise to dominance. What makes the game interesting is seeing teams rise up every year and fight for a chance at the playoffs and then the Super Bowl. But, the Patriots are taking the fun out of the game. While dynasties certainly should be allowed to exist, it certainly makes the game boring for any fan not of the New England Patriots.