Okay so I've been quiet for awhile now. Actually I think perhaps for way too long. I've sat and listened to fans and haters alike for almost an entire season now, but enough is enough.
So let's just get a few things straight about the New England Patriots.
They are not Joe Montana's 49ers. They are not the Greatest Show on Turf. They are not the 90's Cowboys, and they are not the 85 Bears. Translation...they are not flashy, dominant, and sometimes they are in fact just plain ugly.
Yet since the dynamic duo of Brady and Belicheck took over, the team has won three of four Super Bowl appearances. I know, I know, tell you something you don't already know right?
Well, after Sunday's win against the Panthers, Bill Belicheck said something along the lines of, "Stats are for losers, final scores are for winners". I know in Bill we trust, but I'm trying to prove a point here oh wise hooded one, so forgive me.
If you take away the 07 Patriots (keep in mind the one Super Bowl they lost mind you), and look at the regular season results for their three other Super Bowl years, it's pretty easy to see that people (professional and amateur fans a like) have miscast the New England Patriots.
In the 2001 season, the Pats finished 11-5 and had an average margin of victory of 11.9 points. In the 2003 season, with a regular season record of 14-2, they had an average margin of victory of 10.14 points. In the 04 season, they again finished 14-2, and had an average margin of victory of 13.7 points.
So what about this season? Right now they stand at 8-5 and have an average margin of victory of 18.3 points per game. Now before everyone gets all up in arms about the blow outs they've had this season, calm down, because I found similar blow out scores in all three of the aforementioned seasons too.
Wow, stats are really boring! I'm sorry I had to go there, but I was tired of getting texts every Sunday every single time Brady over through a receiver, like "the Pats are done" or "No one is afraid of the Pats anymore" or "They look average at best". These are just a small sampling of texts that I've gotten this season.
Average at best?
Again, take out the total assault on the record books of 07 and I ask, when have they not been "average at best"? You're talking about a team that has won all three of its Super Bowls by only 3 points each time.
Okay, so now I've angered the Patriot faithful. Calm down everyone. Believe it or not, I had a positive spin on all of this, but all that number crunching made me drowsy, and it's taken me a little longer to get to my point that I (and I'm sure everyone reading) had hoped.
"Stats are for losers, final scores are for winners"
He summed it up nine words. Nine words. The man is definitely a genius. Here I am rambling on and on, and the man summed up my point in nine words.
The Patriots are okay with being average. In fact, their track record proves that not only are they okay with it, but that that is who they are, and that they thrive at being "average at best".
So, please, everyone stop trying to make them out to be some fallen giant. They are still winning. They are still at the top of their division, and believe me when I say that no team in the NFL is looking forward to having to play them come the playoffs. No team.
With the season winding down, the Patriots have once again shown their true colors. They are a blue collared team (okay that's only one color...sue me), and if that's okay with them, it sure is okay with me.
Like Bill said the final score is for winners, and the only final score that ultimately matters is the one at the end of the game on February 7, 2010 at Dolphin Stadium.