The E.A.R.: Haterade


 

It seems like every time the Patriots win a football game, all the haters have to point out those one or two calls by the refs that went in favor of the Patriots.

What’s sad is that these one or two calls never really make or break the game, why? Because they don’t account for the other mistakes made by the opposing team that resulted in a loss. I get it. People are tired of us winning all the time, but don’t let your hatred blind you from the fact the Patriots are simply a good team.

The funny thing about the Tom Brady/Patriots hate is that it goes way deeper than just a bunch of wins and rings. Understanding the hate requires one to go all the way back to the 2000 NFL Draft.

Once upon a time, there were six young QBs, five of which you haven’t heard of since and one who is now a legend. Those who know history will know that Brady was pick 199 and looked over by many simply because he didn’t look the part of the many legends like Dan Marino, Joe Montana, and others.

No one thought anything of Brady back then, but little did they know the other 31 teams would live to regret their decision for the next 17 years.

The Brady/Patriots hate is one of jealousy and regret. It’s kind of like that guy in the movie who passes on that geeky or not-so-attractive girl, someone else picks her up and with time her beauty manifests itself, and when you realized what you could have had with a bit of patience and faith, it’s too late.

The other 31 owners are those guys that passed up on that geeky and not so attractive girl. For fifteen years, they’ve had to reap the consequences of letting an elite QB slip away. They’ve reaped those consequences in the form of heartbreaking losses, failed playoff runs, failure to control their divisions, failure to enter the playoffs, and failure to bring home Lombardi Trophies.

Brady, to the others, is more than just a reminder that they’re not winning, it’s missed opportunities. He’s a painful reminder of the critical mistake they made fifteen years ago, and that was not believing in him and giving him a chance.

Every division title we take, every championship we win, every ring and trophy we get, the others will always be reminded:

That could have been us.

He could have been our QB.

We could have been that dynasty.

We could have been the greatest.

If there’s anything we’ve learnt from all of this, it’s that jealousy is an ugly thing. It’s kind of like the catty girls in high school who hate a girl because she’s pretty and has it together and what do they do, they fabricate and spread false and ugly rumors about her in order to systematically smear one’s public opinion of her. We have a chance to make history in two weeks, so let’s rest up and go in to Minnesota to murder some Eagles.

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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