"They hate us, 'cause they ain't us".
Nothing better describes the vitriol heaped upon the New England Patriots by fans and owners of 31 other NFL teams. Why? Because despite all attempts to create "parity" in the NFL, the Patriots just keep winning. Worse teams get earlier draft picks to bolster their lineups, better teams head down the list to reduce their chances of getting higher-caliber players. The earliest draft pick the Patriots have had without trading up since 2001?
Usually in the upper 20's to low 30's and even then they sometimes trade them away for higher second round position to get better value. Only once have they picked in the Top 10 since 2001, and that required a trade to make that happen. Attempts to enforce "parity" in the NFL by penalizing success has had little to do with the New England Patriots since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady hooked up partway through the 2001 season due to an injury to then-starting QB Drew Bledsoe.
Change rules on where a team can film the opposition? No worries. Call their transgression "Spygate" and claim the Patriots are "cheaters". An interesting read on that subject can be found right here. The Patriots use it as a weapon to go undefeated for 18 games and come within a miracle helmet catch of being the first team to go 19-0.
Use legal formations to confuse the Baltimore Ravens' vaunted head coach John Harbaugh? Run another legal trick play to have the wide receiver / former QB throw a touchdown pass to erase a second 14 point deficit, ultimately winning the game. Then watch the NFL change the rules during the offseason so that the refs and opposing coaches can't be confused anymore.
Bludgeon the Indianapolis Colts a second time in one season for the AFC Championship? Use a local Indy writer to start a rumor about the Patriots using deflated footballs to gain a competitive advantage. Enlist the services of former New York Jets personnel (always ones to hold grudges) in the NFL offices to create a sting operation that the NFL insisted wasn't a sting operation, and leak false information to media dolts like Chris Mortensen to portray the Patriots as cheaters, then implicate arguably the best ever QB in football history as the mastermind of a plan to gain a competitive advantage not only in that one game, but for years previously - without any evidence whatsoever. See: 4th grade science known as the Ideal Gas Law.
And the Patriots, with the media spotlight shining head on for the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, engineer two fourth quarter drives with Tom Brady only missing one pass in 14 attempts against the best defense in the NFL to come from behind and win their 4th Lombardi Trophy in six tries since 2001. Nine trips to the AFC Championship game in the last 14 years.
The New England Patriots laugh at parity. They thumb their noses at it. They flip it a collective bird.
If there is any justice in this world, the Federal judge in this sorry "Deflate-gate" mess will throw out the NFL's unprecedented punishment of a player for what is in the NFL's own rulebook as a team infraction. On an infraction they have yet to prove. If the NFL is smart, they'll take their lumps and drop this whole mess when that happens, but the NFL (as mentioned above) is led by, and populated with, former New York Jets players and officials; people who don't know the meaning of winning since 1968 (and aren't terribly bright as well), and much of their sorry history comes at the hands of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the past 14 years. So I don't expect they will let a loss for them slide.
Any independent arbiter of this unholy mess would exonerate Tom Brady and the Patriots before week's end.
But I predict the Patriots will keep on winning, because they don't give a damn about what the NFL or 31 other teams think about them. And they've got the rings to prove it.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.