Top Five Reasons Why You Hate The New England Patriots

Matt ConstantCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2009

The New England Patriots are truly one of the most hated teams in football.

I am a diehard Pats fan, always have and always will be. I encounter a wide variety of people who will sometimes ask what my favorite football team is, I tell them it is the Patriots and immediately I hear groans and about how much they suck. When I ask the people why they say this, the responses range from the witty "Because they do" to the inevitable "Cheaters!" And so on.

I am going to show you the crap reasons people give for why the Patriots suck. I then challenge you to come up with a good legit reason they suck, instead of using the ones I am posting.

Fellow Patriot fans, feel free to chime in on other reasons why people say the Patriots suck. And the following are not actually reasons why the team sucks, just the crap reasons people give because they don't actually have a reason.

The Cheating Factor

OMG, they suck 'cause they cheated! Cheaters! Cheaters! Pumpkin eaters!"

Let's get several things straight here. First, they did cheat, yes. The penalty was a loss of a draft pick and over $500,000 in fines. That's pretty hefty. Calling them cheaters forever should have ended right there, but some people like to hold onto the past.

When Patriot haters are outsmarted or one-upped by a Pats fan, they retaliate with the cheater line. This is overused and should not be used two years after the event occurred. Time to move on and stop living in the past.

If this is the only reason you have for not liking this team, seriously, do something else with your time. The Patriots got caught cheating, yes, but they are not the only ones that have done so. Every team has done something to get an advantage on their opponent. The Patriots are the most recent ones to be caught. (Now watch, someone will say that they were dumb enough to get caught. Sigh).

The Belichick Factor

My favorite of them all. People hate the Patriots because of Bill Belichick. Why? Because he is serious and wears a gray hoodie. This one makes me laugh out loud.

Belichick is one of the greatest minds in football and should be respected. People seem to hate him and the Patriots more because of their success. Yet they love Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, and other serious coaches who are now regarded as legendary.

The Brady Factor

Why do you hate Tom Brady and then hate the Pats?

I have got this down to a pinpoint. Brady was a draft steal, he has been successful, he is engaged to a Brazilian supermodel, and he is rich. Great reasons to hate a guy.

One person even told me he hated the Patriots because Brady doesn't do as many commercials as Peyton Manning.

Bandwagon Factor

You hate the Patriots because your dad, best friend, girlfriend, or that guy in the office hates the Patriots. You have no concrete reason to hate, you just do because someone you know does.

Winning Factor

You hate the Patriots just because they are who they are. They are three-time Super Bowl winners in the last 10 years and have a model QB, great coach, and a system that turns bad players (both in skill and attitude) into good players. They revive veterans and they are winners.

There are other reasons, I'm sure, but these are the five most common. The overall point is that these reasons are all junk, and I want the haters to realize this.