Bill Belichick and Ocho Cinco always had a mutual respect for each other.
WARNING: We interupt your normal Red Sox post with a flash of Awesome
Editors Note: I mention numerous times below that the Pats obtained Ocho Cinco and Haynesworth in two days. Nope, they did it in about 12 hours, I was (still am) so stunned that both happened so close to each other that I was dizzied by the one-two combo. Regardless, Coach Bill FTW.
The Dallas Cowboys like to call themselves "America's Team" even though the only people who root for them are residents of Texas and bandwagon refugees left over from the 90's. Both groups I could care less for, but there's no venom in my slight, they're like hyper-color t-shirts or snap bracelets, completely irrelevant. The one Team and fan-base that is universally despised in the NFL is your New England Patriots. Granted, the amazing work and tough times endured by Robert Kraft over the past month to save football may have worked as an olive branch to help ease the hate, but the moves made in the past two days have erased this good will in an instant.
The New England Patriots have improved a Team that went 14-2 a season ago, and in the process they obtained two players who are equally despised throughout the Sporting World - and I absolutely love it. During the Patriots incredible 18-1 season they officially began wearing the black hat in the NFL, this despite the efforts of those bozo's in Oakland who dress up like a bunch of juggalos at a frat party. People loathe the Patriots, and us as fans should wear that as a badge of pride. People only hate the excellent franchises - and the Patriots are the gold standard for NFL excellance.
Granted, they haven't won a SuperBowl since 2004, the longest drought in Boston sports (good God, re-reading that sentence makes me want to make love to it), but still, they're a perennial contender and threat to win it all each season, and that should be no different this year. I can't defend Albert Haynesworth too much. He's an amazing football player when he wants to be, but off the field he's a crooked thug and deplorable human being - maybe he can turn it around in the Pats no BS system, and I hope so - but there will be some trepidation when trying to root for him. Ocho Cinco on the other hand, I absolutely love the guy. He's a hard worker, big-time talent, real fun to watch, and generally good for the game. I know for a fact he'll step in line for Coach Bill, and it will be an absolute blast to watch him play with Brady and Welker.
The hate may be amplified to 11 this year with the likes of Ocho Cinco, Haynesworth, Belichick, Brady, and the cloud of SpyGate still looming near, which will again keep us Patriot Fans on an island by ourselves, and that's just the way I want it, it'll be as fun, if not more, then a handsome ride down a Mexican waterslide.