8 Ways the World Has Changed Since the Patriots' Last Championship

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8 Ways the World Has Changed Since the Patriots' Last Championship
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While soaking up the adoration of their fans since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants also are getting "thank yous" from fans of other teams.

This isn't just a victory for Giants fans. It also is a victory for Patriot haters.

The New England Patriots almost won their first Super Bowl since the 2004 season, but for the second time in five years, the Giants stepped in and said they'll be taking the Lombardi Trophy, thank you very much.

For those who dread the thought of another Patriots championship, "Big Blue," as their fans call them, have acted as NYPD Blue. They have twice detained the Patriots as they've tried to make their way back to the top of the football world, handcuffing a franchise that was caught cheating.

Like the Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers have won two Super Bowls since the last time the Patriots won one.

The Indianapolis Colts, who, like the Steelers, were tormented by the Patriots during their brutal reign in the early 2000s, also have one championship since the Patriots' last one.

This article is for any fan who hates the Patriots, which I'm guessing includes some fans of all 31 NFL teams outside New England.

We're all rejoicing in the Patriots' seven-year championship drought, but to truly appreciate how long this sanctuary from Patriot oppression has been, let's look at how the sports world and the world in general has changed since the Patriots last won a Super Bowl.

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