After losing to the Tennessee Titans, America’s most presumed hated team met hatred from a group of people they don’t even know. Yes, I am talking about The Patriots.
Ruled by Tom Brady, the team isn’t as popular as I thought it would be. Society may have different views on the country, but hating The Patriots seems to be a common American ideal for most. For someone that doesn’t follow football, it can be a hard time figuring out why they are hated to the point where people celebrate their losses.
I am one of those people, indeed. I’ve come to find out that there are some actual reasons as to why Americans hate this football team so much. As a New Yorker, it is my duty to share what I found with you.
#1 — Videotaping
Sounds simple. Except for the part where the New England Patriots did it unauthorized. It goes back a few years. In 2007, Coach Bill Belichick received a fine of $500,000 for his participation in the scandal known as “Spygate.” The Patriots were videotaping New York Jets’ coaches’ signals from an unauthorized location during a 2007 game. Videotaping of opposing coaches is allowed, but it must be done in designated areas. The Patriots were doing it from their sideline. In the world of the NFL, videotaping is okay, just not from the sidelines.
#2 — “Deflategate”
Are you sensing a theme? Good. In 2015, Tom Brady allegedly ordered the deflating of footballs used in New England’s victory against Indianapolis in the AFC Championship Game. Rumor has it that it was to throw the ball better in cold conditions. As a result, Brady was suspended for four games and the team fined $1 million and lost two draft picks.
#3 — Likability?
Here is the thing: Brady was never proven to have anything to do with deflating the footballs. A lot has to do with both Belichick and Brady not being seen as likable people. Belichick has been perceived to be cold, heartless, and rudely brief by the media. Meanwhile Brady is seen as arrogant and he is criticized for working with controversial alternative medicine practitioner and infomercial pitchman, Alex Guerrero.
#4 — First There Were Giants
Now this I can relate to. The Giants have been the owners of the northeast since before the NEP were born into the old American Football League. The Giants had a strong following across New England. In New England’s southernmost state, the Giants were a home team; they once trained in Fairfield and made Yale Bowl their temporary home. In Connecticut, the Patriots are viewed as intruders. Their fans are viewed as bandwagon jumpers, so the state will always be the dividing line between New York and Boston fan bases.
#5 — Trump
Seriously, it all comes back to this guy. There are three men who have linked the team with Trumpism: Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Belichick, and Brady. Kraft is a long-timed friend of President Trump; he even donated $1 million to his inauguration celebrations after the 2016 election. Belichick, moreover, is a known Trump associate. Brady, unlike his wife, is allegedly a friend of Donald Trump. He has also expressed his admiration for the ex-business tycoon in the past. This is rather more of a moral dilemma. While some fans don’t know how to react to the team’s affiliation with Trump, others brushed them off by reminding us that many of the team’s members, including Brady, chose not to visit the White House in protest after their 2017 Super Bowl win. This, however, meant that some members of the team did, in fact, attend. Thanks to Trump’s frequent embrace of the team’s success as an image of his own achievements, it’s a fact that the Patriots have become associated with Trumpism in the minds of many.