You’ve all seen it by now. People are RATTLED that Patriots fans booed Tom Brady and the team off of the field last night as the game hit halftime. The reasoning seems to overwhelmingly be because of the team’s massive amounts of success over the last 19 years. Which, fine, I guess I get the argument?
But at the same time, kick rocks.
What? Are we not supposed to be upset when the team doesn’t play well just because they’ve won so many Super Bowls? The two can’t co-exist?
I get that we’ve been stupidly fortunate to watch the greatest quarterback and coach of all-time and frankly, I have no idea how it felt back in the days when this franchise was a JOKE.
I’ve read books and I’ve seen interviews, and it seemed brutal to be a Patriots fan. I’m a 25-year-old in Massachusetts and I mean, look. I’ve had my fair share of heartbreak with this team. I watched them lose in the AFC Championship game in 2015 that ALMOST went to overtime. I’ve seen them lose in THREE Super Bowls. I’ve seen Jimmy Garoppolo get TRADED. I’ve been through a lot.
But there’s this overarching idea that Patriots fans should just sit on their hands when they’re watching the offense struggle to move on some mediocre defenses? Give me a break.
Just go to Twitter right now and search “Patriots fans can’t boo patriots” and see all of the whining that shows up.
I can’t believe I’m hearing boos at Foxborough as the #Patriots go into halftime. We have been so fortunate over the last 20 years we should never complain again in our lifetimes. Too many “fans” have no idea of history, how far we have come. Totally entitled. I am disgusted.
— Thom Cordeiro™ (@Thom_Cordeiro) December 8, 2019
I mean, come on. You’re disgusted? Patriots fans upset you so much when they booed Tom Brady you physically felt disgusted?
The idea here is that Patriots fans just shouldn’t care either way I guess. So what’s that mean? Can Patriots fans not cheer when they watch the team have success? Look, in the end, I really don’t care that they lost the game. It happens, it’s football, the Chiefs are pretty good at the sport and let’s be honest, there’s a good shot they make it to another Super Bowl this year. But… I know other people are PISSED. So, can they not express that like you expressed your anger with people booing?
It’s a two-way street. New England has one of the most passionate fanbases in sports. And it’s not like they just started booing because of one bad game. This is weeks upon weeks of watching receivers be blanketed by mediocre secondaries and an offensive line that lets anybody threw the door like a bad bouncer.
Now, would I have booed? No, probably not. But the fact that people think that Patriots fans somehow lost that privilege is WILD.
Going forward, everyone should golf clap no matter what the circumstances are. Sony Michel breaks off a 96-yard touchdown run after being an overall disappointment this year? Maybe shake some hands? Kiss each other on the cheek and pour each other some tea? Shrug your shoulders, make sure you stay in your seat and give a light little clap. Maybe a coordinated, “good job, team” too. And don’t you dare boo. Don’t you know what we’ve been witnessing here!?
Is it a little unfair? Sure, I guess. But if fans want to boo because their team isn’t performing well, let them. Imagine being that upset because Patriots fans booed their team? My guess is that most people who apparently almost had heart attacks over it haven’t watched most of these games over the last five weeks. It’s been a bad stretch.
And are we spoiled here? Yeah, duh. It’s the greatest run in the history of sports and it isn’t close. It’ll literally never be replicated again in the NFL. But spoiled negates passion for the game? Meh.
They’re 10-3 which is great. But they really haven’t beaten any of their toughest AFC tests and that’s what’s got fans’ panties in a bunch.
Mannnnn is it soft to tell fans not to boo their team.
-Nick Quaglia (@NickQuag)