By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
The rest of the country woke up unhappy again today. Everyone from New York to the Pacific Ocean is experiencing another miserable Monday following a huge Patriots win, while everyone in New England gets to soak in the tears of the haters.
But cry not, America, the Patriots latest trip to the Super Bowl is another blessing for you that you may someday appreciate. Whether or not you choose to admit it is up to you.
Accept it or don’t accept it, but it won’t change the undeniable fact that there is no team in sports more compelling than the New England Patriots. Their mere presence makes the NFL so much better.
The drama when the Patriots are involved is unparalleled. They are the surest bet in football for tremendous theater, and there isn’t a close second.
Without fail, the Patriots deliver a spectacularly entertaining product on the biggest stages every single year. This year’s AFC Championship Game was easily one of the greatest title games ever played. Last year’s Super Bowl was a shootout thriller. They pulled off the greatest comeback in NFL history in Super Bowl LI.
And those are just a few of the games that come to mind in the last two years alone.
Every Brady-Belichick Super Bowl has been decided by one score. Why would Super Bowl LIII be any different in two weeks?
Get ready to be wildly entertained again, America.
The Patriots are the best product to watch in all of sports. They’ve proven that for two decades. Anyone who can’t admit how good they are for football and the NFL is just blinded by jealousy and hatred.
And that’s what makes the Pats so damn compelling: they are universally detested. They are the undisputed best villains in sports, and that status is well deserved.
Every great story needs a great villain, and the Patriots are the Darth Vader of the NFL story.
Tom Brady is as ruthless as Vader. There’s no experience in football like watching Brady choke the life out an opponent on the final drive of a game. The Chiefs are just his latest victim.
He’s a stone cold killer. The baddest mother(bleeper) on the planet, indeed.
There’s no athlete in sports that commands your attention in the biggest moments as much as Brady. It’s as if the stage was invented for him and we are all just meant to watch his latest act.
You hate it, America, but trust me, you’ll miss these Patriots when they’re gone. You’ll miss the instant classics they put on for you every year. You’ll miss the drama. You’ll miss hating them.
The NFL will be a lesser product when the Brady and Belichick are done. They are one of the greatest things that’s ever happened to the sport.
Anyone who can’t admit it is just a hater.
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