I'm not really a Pats fan, but I'm far from a hater, and it is fun watching them play this year. I think they absolutely do run up the score (that's fairly obvious) and I do think that they do it knowingly and on purpose, with intent. I also think there's a common courtesy agreement in the NFL to sit on huge leads late in the game (whether we agree with that unwritten rule or not, I think it exists). I think most posts on these topics are much too far to the extreme on the whole Pro-Pats/Anti-Pats and Pro-Bellichick/Anti-Bellichick arguments this year (not neccessarily in this thread, just in general) and like most things, the answer's probably somewhere in the middle. I think Bellicheck isn't the villian he's made out to be by all the haters (but there are plenty of skeletons in his closet to use as ammunition, and some of them do present a pretty class-less picture) and I think the cheating thing wasn't nearly as big of a deal as it was made out to be (I don't think it really has that much affect on the games, and I think a large portion of the league does similar things). As for running up the score, I'm not sure what Bellichick's motivation is, but I do have to admit that it doesn't feel right to me. I hear a lot of "both teams are professionals getting paid to play" and "if they don't like it they should stop them" or other similar arguments (and those are all actually valid points that I can't really dispute). But the fact is that NE is better than everybody they've run up the score on. By a lot. Is that NE's fault? Absolutely not. Do they owe the other teams anything? Absolutely not. But just because you can
beat a team of professionals by 7 TDs and they can't stop you, doesn't mean you actually have to
. A win's a win, and showing some consideration when you're destroying another team isn't required, but it doesn't really hurt.
Oh and Kill, good post man. Ah, the good ol' days of your youth, back in the 1940's when you used to watch teams with part-time factory workers absolutely maul each other 73-0...