I think I’m as sick of this “running up the score” business as I was of “spygate.” Patriots’ hatred runs deep around the NFL, though I’m not sure why. I don’t think the Patriots express an arrogance any different than many other good teams around the league.
Their “classless” victory celebrations are 100% the direct result of statements made by opponents prior to the game. You tell me this, let’s say the Boston Globe printed a parade route for a Super Bowl parade tomorrow. Indianapolis is thinking, “what the hell?!” Right? So, if they did defeat the Patriots after they were considered a time-wasting speed bump on the Patriots’ road to Super Bowl, the emotions of victory are going to be that much more inflated, right? This is logic here, not biased devotion, I promise you.
This gave me a chuckle this morning, “I asked FOXSports’ Howie Long if the Patriots were running up the score on the Redskins. Long’s argument was that the Redskins shouldn’t have been running their mouths about how New England had never seen defensive backs like theirs and that they wouldn’t get blown out like the other teams. Keep your mouth shut and maybe the Patriots would respect the Redskins a little more. That makes some sense to me.”
I’m intimately acquainted with the Patriots. I watch all the coverage, all the interviews, all the press conferences, I listen to them speak on the radio. I’ve heard nothing but respect. If you can sit back and tell me you hate the Patriots because they’re arrogant and classless, then you, my misguided friend, are digging REAL DEEP.
I’m going to tell it like I see it: I don’t think the Patriots were specifically running up the score on Washington. They were honing their game plan for Indy. There, I said it. By keeping the team on the field for most of the game, Belichick was preventing his team from becoming complacent because Sunday’s game in Indy is going to require all four quarters. Let’s get real here. This ain’t preseason. Does one honestly think Brady was so angry late in the game when his OL jumped offsides because he wanted to score more points on Washington? No, he knows that if they do it next week in Indy, they’re going to be up shit’s creek. Duh.
I think it was Glenn that said this yesterday on WEEI, “When the Rams did it, they were the ‘Greatest Show on Turf.’ When the Patriots do it, it’s running up the score.”
Years ago my dad said to me, “I always dream about a day when we (Patriots) are just blowing teams out of the water.” They could never make it easy – even Super Bowls came down to final timeouts and field goals. Now, my dad is getting his wish, which is kind of scary when you think about it. The Patriots are trouncing teams much to my dad’s enjoyment. This is fun, but like I said, Patriots hatred runs deep.