I’ve decided that, contrary to my previous stance of absolutely despising the New England Patriots–I’m pretty sure there were very few people happier than I was when they choked hardcore in last year’s Super Bowl–I’ve decided I want them to make a 2001-esque miracle run to a Super Bowl victory.
Why my change of heart? Not because I suddenly like the Pats, mind you–I still can’t stand the media love fest for them, and I still think 90% of their fans are worthless bandwagon jumpers who couldn’t name their quarterback at the start of the 2001 season (More on that later). No, I just decided I want the Pats to win so that everyone will love Matt Cassel and go “Tom Brady? What’s a Tom Brady?” like the bandwagon jumpers did with poor Drew Bledsoe (He’s the answer to the little trivia question posed above, by the way) seven years ago. I’m of the opinion that
Big Babychick Bill Belichick isn’t the coaching messiah that so many see him as (Look how the Wildcat absolutely confused the heck out of the Pats during the Dolphins game this season. Gimmick plays aren’t supposed to work more than once or twice, but the Dolphins kept running them, and the Pats–led by the supposed defensive genius that is Belichick–bit every single time), but rather just got really freaking lucky that a sixth round chump selection got some playing time thanks to a freak injury and turned out to be one of the best quarterbacks of my generation. I’ll remind everyone once again that after two games of the 2001 season, Bledsoe was out for the year, the Pats were 0-2, and everyone had proclaimed their season D-U-N Done. I’ll also remind everyone that Brady’s record through his first five games was 3-2, the same as Cassel’s record. And yet everyone who follows the Pats, apparently forgetting how their Golden Boy QB came to prominence in the first place, has apparently just given up on this season and are waiting for Brady to come back. Wrong attitude, I say.