The New England Patriots Have Made Me A Better Person


Being a Patriots fan has been nothing short of amazing the past couple of decades.  As a Patriots fan that was born in 1990, these are the only Patriots I’ve ever known.  I didn’t have to witness the team in its pathetic years.  Hosting prime time games has never been an issue in my lifetime.  The rest of the league now envies the Patriots, rather than pitying them.

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In my 28 years on this planet, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch the Patriots play in ten Super Bowls, and win six.  The team appeared in their first Super Bowl when I was five.  It took them five seasons to reach their next one, and that marks the longest amount of time I've had to wait in between Super Bowl appearances.

I’ve seen them play in 14 conference championships, and win ten.  Think about that number for a second...14!  For all you math whizzes, I’ve basically watched the Patriots in the AFC Championship every other year I've been alive.  They’ve also won 18 division titles, and have made the postseason 20 times in my lifetime. 

Like most irrational sports fans, my personal well being is tied to the success of this team.  It's simple.  They win, I'm a joy to be around.  They lose, leave me alone.  The Pats sustained success has brought me so much happiness in my 28 years of living, and that has made me a better human being overall. 

For one, the team’s success and the manner in which they’ve achieved some of it, has made me the ultimate optimist; almost to the point of delusion some may say.  They've had so many thrilling come from behind wins over the years.  They've turned many likely losses into unlikely wins.  Sure, they've had some good fortune along the way, but every successful team does. 

There was the playoff victory in San Diego in 2006, when Troy Brown forced a fumble on what could have been a game-clinching interception.  The Pats recovered, scored, tied the game with a two point conversion and went on to win.  There was the time they overcame a 27-6 deficit midway through the third quarter in Chicago in 2002; scoring the game winner with less than 30 seconds on the clock.

There was the game winner against the Saints a few years back where, with no timeouts, Brady and company went 70 yards in just over a minute.  Then, he hit Kenbrell Thompkins for a game winner with five seconds to spare. In that same season, New England found themselves down 24-0 at half to the Broncos, only to come storming back and win in overtime.  Not to mention all of the magical postseason and Super Bowl wins. 

Games like those - and countless others - are the reason I will never count out the Patriots so long as Brady and Belichick are still around.  With Brady under center and Belichick on the sidelines, I will always believe they can win the Super Bowl in any given season.  I carry that eternal optimism with me everywhere I go, and it makes me a much more pleasant person. 

If it weren’t for the Patriots, I’m not even sure I would be married.  That's not an indictment on my wife, it speaks more to the type of person I would be.  No way my wife would put up with me.  I’d be so miserable all of the time that I wouldn’t be a fun person to be around.  By the way, if my wife takes the time to read this, yes I love you like the Patriots and you also make me happy.

I’d also probably have less friends.  I couldn't tell you what half of my friends do for a living.  Honestly, I don't really care; but I can talk to them for hours about the Patriots.  If the Pats sucked, nobody would want to talk about them with me.  Then I would have to have an actual conversation, and that sounds awful. 

Is any of this rational?  Not at all; but that’s how I feel about sports, and the Patriots in particular. 

I mean, I can’t even imagine being a fan of any other NFL team.  Forget about being a fan of another team in the AFC East.  I’d be a miserable S.O.B.  I wonder if Jets, Bills or Dolphins fans even look forward to football season.  I don’t even want to think about what that’s like.  For the past 5 years or so, their fandom has revolved around rooting for one guy to retire.  I almost feel bad for them.  Then I stop and remember that most Jets and Bills fans are terrible human beings, and I don’t feel as bad.

So thank you to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Robert Kraft and the countless other Patriots who have been integral parts of these six Super Bowl championships, and decades of dominance.  I truly don't know what my life would be like without it.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: The New England Patriots Have Made Me A Better Person
The New England Patriots Have Made Me A Better Person
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