It’s time to just face facts at this point. No matter what happens with deflatgate, Brady’s suspension, or Rodger “the czar” Goodell, America is going to view New England as cheaters and the villains of the NFL. Well you know what, why not just role with it. Instead of trying to defend ourselves to people who aren’t going to listen, let’s crank the meter and be the biggest Massholes we can possibly be.
Now let’s get one thing straight, I know Brady’s innocent, you know Brady’s innocent, the NFL knows Brady innocent, but the rest of the country will always put an asterisk next to his name. No amount of evidence we’ll ever change their thinking. The only thing to do then is ham it up and try to make the rest of the league as miserable as possible.
It’s time to stop trying to get people to like us, and embrace all of the people who hate us. Besides, it’s way cooler to be the villain anyway. Everyone knows the best part of The Dark Knight was the Joker, not Batman.
I have always been a fan of the villain regardless of what team or sport, and the best villain is the one who fully embraces their role. A perfect example of this is Ndamukong Suh. He’ll step on you, rip your head off, and the best part, he never apologizes. He just blows it off and keeps on playing. (Unless of course the NFL suspends him.) He could care less if he is liked, he just goes out and does his thing, which usually involves hurting people.
However, on the other end of the spectrum we have the guys who only care if people like them. There’s nothing worse than watching athletes as they desperately try to win over the approval of the masses. The most glaring example of this today is Alex Rodriguez. The guy is hated throughout all of baseball, yet he is constantly trying to win back the fans. For instance that stupid ESPYs skit that he did that just went on forever. It bombed and made A-Rod look like a pathetic, desperate twerp.
Stop trying to get people to like you and accept the fact that you are the bad guy. How awesome would it be if after every bomb that A-Rod hit he pretended that he was juicing up. That would be great. He would be despised by every team, and there would be constant fights revolving around him, but I would at least respect him for owning it and not backing down.
Now, what makes sports so great is that there are so many storylines that come into play within each game, and villains help to create some of the greatest of those plots. Whether it be the bad boy Piston’s, Christian Laettner, the Broad Street Bullies, sports have always had the people that you just love to hate, and I for one love that the Patriots are finally starting to embrace this role.
People have labeled them cheaters ever since spygate, and for the longest time I would always try to defend them by saying, “everyone filmed, we just got caught”, or “if we had just filmed from the stands it wouldn’t have mattered”. I fiercely wanted the Patriots to be seen as the good guys across the league, but now with this insufferable “deflategate” scandal I’ve given up. I’ve stopped trying to defend them to people, not because I don’t believe them or think that they cheated, but because it makes other people upset.
When you tell everyone that you have four rings, and you don’t care how you got them, people will get furious. After all, that’s the whole purpose of being sports fans right, to make other fans miserable.
Now, this is the first time in a long time that a Boston team has become the most hated in its’ respected sport, and I say we run with it. I want to make the whole country fume, and this time winning isn’t enough.
We need to be the most arrogant, cocky team that has ever competed in the history of sports. I want trick punts, hook and laterals, anything to get Jon Harbaugh and the rest of the NFL irate. We have the opportunity to be the villains of the NFL and that is something that you can’t pass up.
So, on that opening night, when the team runs out of the tunnel to take on, not just the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the entire NFL, I want you to be the most obnoxious, cocky, in-your-face fans that you can possibly be. Because the only thing better than winning, is making someone else lose.
by Jake Cianci