The New England Patriots are one of those teams like the Yankees that people either love unconditionally or hate with the firey passion of a thousand suns. I fall into the latter category and I must admit that I’m enjoying seeing The Patriot’s destruction.
When the team signed Terrible Flash-in-the-Pan Tim Tebow, I knew the downward spiral had begun. Aaron Hernandez’s “supposed” actions and arrest only drove the team further downward and when you add to the mix the long list of key injured and traded players, The Patriots are going to be in trouble next season.
Following the above slew of problems, Patriot’s news got straight up weird when the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, recently reported that his Superbowl ring was stolen by Vladimir Putin (this is merely more proof that Putin does whatever he wants).
So what are we supposed to take away from this? Let’s review: The poor Patriots have to suffer through Tebow; loosing a murdering star player; loosing a whole slew of other players due to injury; and while the team is dealing with all of these setbacks, the President of Russia has stolen their precious ring. Ultimately though, I can’t really feel too sorry for this team. I mean, the ring was stolen back in 2005, so why bring the public’s attention to the incident now? Is the team trolling for sympathy? Let’s also keep in mind that The Patriots knew Aaron Hernandez was a bad seed the day they signed him, so the team obviously doesn’t seem to care about suiting up sketchy players with troubled pasts. That said, should they really be so shocked by Hernandez’s actions? Hell, they signed Aqib Talib last year.
Alright, so after all of this, a question remains, is the dynasty falling? The Patriots dominated the NFL for about two decades and I feel that their downfall would cause many to rejoice. Basically, unless it’s your team, sports fans intrinsically hate victorious dynasties. But is this the end? If it is, will NFL fans begin to love the new downtrodden underdog Patriots? Then again, perhaps I’m being too hasty in throwing in The Patriot’s towel, I mean, what if Belichick can save them? After all, rumors are running rampant about the possibility of Bill moving Tebow to tight end, which begs the question, did Belichick know something we didn’t…?
Maybe it doesn’t matter whether the dynasty has fallen, or it’s being revamped, or if Bill Belicheck is psychic. Perhaps we’re just supposed to just laugh at the fact that Vladimir Putin has more Superbowl rings than Dan Marino.