After winning two of the last three Super Bowl championship, the New England Patriots come in at No. 49 on FanSided 250.
Let’s face it, the rest of the NFL are tired of seeing the New England Patriots win division titles and win Super Bowls.
After nearly two decades of dominance, no fanbase deserves to top the FanSided 250 list of fanbases than Patriots fans. Commonly labeled as the most annoying fans in all of sports, no other fanbase has had to endure the drama of scandals high-pressured games than those who cheer for a team once barreled at the bottom of the league.
Yes, the same fans that once sat on the steel benches of Sullivan Stadium watching a team barely win a game in the early 90s are now some of the same fans enjoying two decades of excellence while supporting a dynasty the rest of the NFL world is rooting for to collapse.
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For that reason alone, New England Patriots fandom should be ranked higher than No. 7 amongst NFL teams on the list.
Sure, fans of the defending Super Bowl champions have gotten to enjoy six Super Bowl championships in the era of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady but winning has come at a cost. The Spygate and Deflategate scandals continue to be a stain on a dynasty that has been on the brink of collapse a few times during the Belichick-Brady tenure.
Even more annoying for Patriots fans is how every minor situation surrounding the team is completely blown out of proportion. Again, the cost of winning and dominance brings more attention to a team and their fans.
While looking up at fanbases like the Dallas Cowboys (No. 1) on the list, the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs, the greatest victory other than a higher ranking in next year’s FanSided 250 is watching Tom Brady at the age of 42 somehow lead the team to a seventh Super Bowl championship with an offense that is still trying to figure it out.
In order to accomplish that, Bill Belichick and his team will more than likely have to overcome Patrick Mahomes II and the Chiefs as well as the NFL’s shiny new toy in LaMar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
Fans have seen this story before. In fact, Brady and Belichick has overcome this feat a few times in reaching just about half of the Super Bowls since 2001. When the rest of the NFL world is counting them out, they raise up, do their job and show just why they are the model franchise of the century.
While other fanbases will quickly put the label “cheaters” behind the success, they also recognize the greatness. The numbers and victories speak for themselves, and so do the New England Patriots fanbase, who wear their Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski jerseys with pride.