Green Bay vs. New England: Which Team do you Hate the Least?
Sometimes people hate other people or organizations for no other reason than the fact that they're big, or successful. I'll admit, I've liked the 49ers, Cowboys, and even the Yankees a lot more since salary caps made professional football and baseball a lot fairer. However, I can assure you this is not the case with the arguably best two football teams in the NFL right now: the Packers and the Patriots. I hate these two teams for reasons other than their current success, (although I'll admit, their success probably isn't helping much).
People are always praising the Packers: Ohhh, America's favorite team, oh how awesome they are! I don't get this. Has everyone gone mad? All I ever see when I watch a Packers home game is a bunch of beer belly Wisconsin fans screaming like adolescent idiots, while ridiculous enough to wear cheese hats on their heads, and sit outdoors in forty below temperatures without shirts on. Meanwhile their baby-faced head couch stands on the sidelines who, with his pudgy stomach and adolescent appearance, is a perfect fit for Lambeau Field in the land of brats, cheese, and breweries.
But can he take credit for the Packer's recent success, or is he just another average head couch in the right place at the right time? I'd say the later indeed. The main reason the Packers have been a winning team over the past two decades is because they've been lucky with the success and durability of their lead quarterbacks. Some might argue it's their draft picks, or their coaching staff, but I've seen nothing to indicate any of Green Bay's non-uniformed staff possess any more talent than that of the average pro-football team. And as for the rest of their team, they'd win games with an average quarterback, no doubt, but not near to the extent that they've accomplished with Brett Favre in 90's and 2000's, and Aaron Rodgers for the past seven seasons. One good and healthy player can make all the difference in the world for a team. Look at the difference Babe Ruth made for the Red Sox, or what Michael Jordan made for the Bulls. It's just the luck they've had with their quarterbacks: nothing more, nothing less. And with regards to their current QB, I'd be willing to bet he will be coming out of the closet someday with regards his true sexual orientation, (not that there'd be anything wrong with that if it's true...just saying, his talent more resembles a Michelangelo sculpture than a gladiator, and if I'm right about this I think he should come clean about himself to world. Helmets are the only masks ball players should be wearing).
I could, however, probably put all this aside, and not dislike the Packers so much, if not for the fact that they've been around longer than my home team, the Vikings and, as such, I've had to put up with a lot of Packer backers in Minnesota throughout my life. Nothing bothers me more than being around someone ripping on their home team, or jumping on the Packer bandwagon just because their home team is losing. Yes, I can honestly say this has been the source of a lot of hatred in me towards the Pack over the past quarter-century. Regardless of the reasons, it's fair to say, I HATE the Packers, with a passion.
I didn't used to hate the Patriots. When their dynasty first began back in the start of the 2000's they seemed like a decent enough team. Then I started noticing something strange with this team. No matter how they got into the playoffs, whether they were at the top of their conference, and there with a first round bye week, or they had eked their way in as a wildcard team, nobody in the AFC could ever outmatch them once they were there. It was almost as if they had something going on under the table, some dark little secret.
In 2007 one of these dark little secrets was revealed. All football fans surely remember when coach Belichick was busted for authorizing the videotaping of opposing coaches from the Patriots sidelines. That's right, HE WAS CHEATING. In the old west men got shot for cheating at cards. What happened to Belichick, and rest of the Patriots who obviously went along with it? They got a relatively small fine, and had to sacrifice a lousy draft pick, (31st overrall). In layman's terms this was about the equivalent of getting a slap on the wrist. I guess people loved football too much to really throw the book at them, but I for one wouldn't have objected to a much stiffer penalty, (no pun intended). This incident told me this team can't be trusted. If they thought they could get away with it, they'd probably cheat in every game they played.
We're quite certain they did in at least one other important game. Eight years after the Spygate scandal, we found out that their beloved playgirl quarterback was likely playing with a deflated football in their 45-7 victory over the Colts in the AFC Championship game of 2014. Maybe a shock to a lot of people, but certainly not one to me. Belichick has been head coach to this team for over fifteen years now. He's already proved once he's willing to bend the rules to win whenever he thinks he can get away with it. What kind of inspiration could such a man have on all the players he's mentored over the past decade-and-a-half. Regardless of where the morale came from, the Patriots are cheating scum in my book, and I hate them.
The question is, which team do you hate the least? In other words, if it came down to these two teams in the Super Bowl, which one would you root for?