New England Patriots detractors have a dilemma on their hands not that Tom Brady has taken his talents to Tampa Bay.
It occurred to me recently, that a certain quite large segment of the NFL rooting public has a bit of a dilemma on its hands. This segment, New England Patriots detractors has a wide following around the nation (or maybe the globe?). And they are now possibly faced with a choice.
Let’s explore this in a bit more detail.
For years now, a movement has arisen since the dawning of the Patriots dynasty, its era of unprecedented dominance and just plain domination of other NFL teams.
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It stretched roughly between 2001 and 2019 and a large group of football fans (and sports commentators) have taken a clear dislike to the team, their now-former quarterback and especially their unprecedented achievements. These are the Patriots detractors.
With Tom Brady gone, whither the emotions?
With the departure of the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL to Tampa Bay of all places, it is logical to ask, where will all this vituperation and venomous emotion now be directed?
Option 1 is still to the Patriots and their coach, of course. The usual banter about so-called cheating scandals, etc. have long been a constant in the otherwise vapid expression of dismay and dislike among those whose teams were victimized by the Patriots juggernaut of the past 2 decades.
Having been systematically dismantled by the greatest NFL team in history (especially punctuated by the fact that this is the free agency era we are talking about), these fans of other teams are understandably upset by the continued, incomprehensible, almost inconceivable and absolutely intolerable (to them) dominance of the greatest team in NFL history.
Thus, should the Patriots future proceed in a less successful manner henceforth, they most certainly will take great pleasure in any demise of the post-Tom Brady Patriots.
The disdain and glee of these Patriots’ detractors at the possible diminishment in the Patriots’ success in the future is understandable. Yet, it is also is widely known that a certain former No. 12 of New England was also the focus of great angst and disdain amongst supporters of the defeated teams and fellow Patriot detractors in the media.
We are left with observing just how the detractors choose to cast their aspersions in the future.
Here are some choices:
Patriots detractors continue to lavish their animosity on the team that demolished their favorites for two decades; or…
They turn their acrimony to the south to Tampa Bay to scold the perpetrator of the dynasty, the new Tampa Bay quarterback and his team. Or…
A third option is to divide the animosity between the Patriots and their coach, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ quarterback and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This choice impacts the fans of all of these also-ran teams. Their media supporters will also have to make these difficult choices. It will be interesting to observe this in the ensuing months and years.
We wish all those in that situation well in trying to sort out this dilemma.
Meanwhile, the Patriots with their new, mobile, passing and running quarterback and multi-tasking offense drafted next Thursday-Saturday will hopefully be beginning their march toward the next generation of unprecedented Patriots’ success.
The New England Patriots will be back, and if they go for gold and a mobile offense this week it will be sooner than you think. Enjoy the time between dynasties. It may not last very long.