Dr. Duran Duran wrote:fezzik wrote:
These elements weren't necessary to make your point, but...it just looks like you had an emotional response when you felt like your team was vindicated...nothing wrong with that, but there's no need to pretend like your post was anything but caustic and abrasive.
I'll give you that, my post was certainly abrasive because I let my emotions show. Also, I'm not above admitting that I could have gone about this differently. However, you can't argue that quite a few Patriots fans around here, and elsewhere, seem to look for any reason to deflect blame when it comes to their team's actions. That was the basis for what I was trying to convey before my emotions took over and turned this thing into a crap-flinging contest. I think Patriots fans should be able to enjoy their dynasty. Unfortunately, it seems that the Pats are almost as well known for what the team doesn't do right. While I do think the media is doing its best to make the Pats out to be villains, the Pats themselves, along with a defensive fanbase, are making it all too easy. It's just unfortunate that the team, as great as it is, has been overshadowed by controversy, finger-pointing and abrasiveness.
I agree that a lot of them deflect blame...it's probably more of a knee-jerk reaction to defend your team than anything else...like if my wife was in a subjective argument with a third party I would always support her and have her back (even if I disagreed with part of what she was saying...I would tell her my opinion later in private, but...she knows she always has my support).
I would have used a football analogy, but I'm a Dolphin fan and they have left me pretty apathetic this year...at least I have my fantasy team, because my real team is hard to watch.
It's difficult to say at this point what the Patriots legacy will be, but I think their accomplishments will outweigh the negatives...and they will be seen as one of the most dominant franchises of this era.
Emotion and passion for your favorite team are good things...