I Just Can't Drink The Patriots Kool-Aid!

J HartmanCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots leaves the field during preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The media drinks it by the truck-load!  The Patriots fans would drink it even if they knew it was poison!  I know it's the "in" thing to drink mass quantities of Patriots kool-aid but I'm not buyin it! 


Don't get me wrong, the Patriots are a great team, probably one the top five in the NFL, but to give them top honors is simply media hype.

Here are a few reasons I am not drinking the kool-aid:

They didn't make the playoffs last year .....Now Patriot fans will jump up and down and scream "that's because we didn't have Brady"  So let me understand this......your saying that your "team" failed because they were missing one player, albeit Brady?  And this is your argument for why the Patriots are the best "team"?......sorry, doesn't wash!

Brady's injury was a bad one .....Younger QB's than Brady have struggled to come back from this injury.

Strength of Schedule ......They have a very difficult schedule this year and although Pittsburgh proved that SOS can be overcome, the Patriots play some tough defenses this year.

Competition .....Although nobody expects Miami to repeat their performance from last year, the AFC East should have three playoff caliber teams again this year.

Now, before you start with the "Las Vegas" thing.....keep in mind that a bookies job is not to predict the future but to predict how people will bet on the future.....the odds makers are smart enough to know that millions are drunk on Patriot kool-aid.

Sorry Patriots....as good as you are.....you have to earn your way to the top, even if you used to live there!