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True NFL Fans Appreciate The Patriots’ Greatness

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7th Super Bowl appearance since 2001. That is more than all but 3 other NFL franchises in league history.

11 conference championship appearances since 2001. That is more than all but 4 other NFL franchises in league history.

I understand why almost every NFL fan hates the Patriots. Everyone does. You may say it’s because they cheat, but you know deep down it’s not because of that.

Let’s start with SpyGate. Since the infamous taping scandal, the Patriots have compiled the best record in the NFL, rattled off six straight AFC Championship game appearances, and have reached three Super Bowls.

Next is DeflateGate. Now I do not want to get into this dreaded controversy that dragged on for way too long, but let’s look at the facts.

Aaron Rodgers stated in a pre-game interview with CBS broadcast announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, that he likes his footballs inflated over the legal level. Brad Johnson revealed that he bribed the ballboy $7,500 to deflate his footballs under the legal limit, for Super Bowl 37.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were accused earlier in the year by the New York Giants of altering their footballs, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s numbers would support that fact. Even retired NFL punter Josh Miller went on a local Boston radio talk show and talked about how everyone altered their footballs.

So no, you do not hate the Patriots because they cheat. It helps your argument, or soothes your ego that they have been caught red-handed, but that’s not your reason.

You hate them because they win, a lot. And that’s a shame. In sports, greatness should be recognized. Greatness should make NFL fans feel in awe, because you may never witness a dynasty like this.

NFL fans love Joe Montana. NBA fans love Michael Jordan. NHL fans love Wayne Gretzky. The New England Patriots are the modern-era San Francisco 49ers, or the Chicago Bulls, or the Edmonton Oilers of this day and age.

Yet, fans still hate the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, and that is a shame. My father, a Miami Dolphins fan, used to despise the Patriots. He hated Bill Belichick, and his arrogant demeanor. He hated Tom Brady, and his winning ways.

After all of the accomplishments he say the Patriots achieved, he realized something. He was witnessing history. We all are. The Patriots are in the midst of a historic, one of the best, sports dynasties in sports history, not just NFL history.

Fans hate that one of the greatest NFL coaches, was fired after his time with the Cleveland Browns, and that he was available to any team that wanted him. Fans hate that one of the greatest NFL players fell all the way to the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft, yet he ended up in New England.

In the salary-cap era, where continued success, especially at a high level, is almost impossible, the New England Patriots have once again become one of the final two teams to have the opportunity to hoist their fifth Lombardi trophy since 2001. Time to appreciate greatness, folks.

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Judge Blocks Release of Robert Kraft Spa Video

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Apparently that reportedly “damning” video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s visit to the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where he allegedly received sexual services, won’t be reaching the public just yet.

The Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County has filed new court documents saying that he is obligated to release the footage, involving Kradt and shot inside the Day Spa, to the media as a matter of law.

However, Florida 15th Judicial Circuit Court Joseph Marx has blocked the release of the video for now, according to ABC News.

“I don’t want this released until I’ve ruled,” Marx said in an emergency hearing on a conference call with the two parties and the media late Wednesday afternoon.

Under Florida’s so-called “Sunshine” law, any records made or received by any public agency in the course of its official business are available for inspection, unless specifically exempted by the Florida Legislature, per the report.

Florida state officials said that they would “pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public, absent a court order.”

Kraft’s lawyers filed a letter to the judge in court records to apprise him of what they described as “an extraordinary and alarming development involving what appears to be gross prosecutorial misconduct” and accused law enforcement officials of trying to circumvent the judgment of the court. 

The plot continues to thicken, but for now, Kraft’s video is locked away from the public.

For now.

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Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl

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It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.

A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.

Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic ,  As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.

The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.

In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”.  Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?

I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.

Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.

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