Why do I think that the Patriots are almost at that "pinnacle,", and surely will be there if they go 16-0, then win the Super Bowl? Well, I'm starting to hear comments like "I hope they DO lose, and lose bad. I can't stand those guys!"
Why do these people hate the Pats so much? Well, first off, obviously, is the fact that no one has beaten them in recent memory, and some people just don't believe
that any professional team should go undefeated for an entire season. Secondly, some of the "anti-Patriots" group are probably long-time fans of the Miami Dolphins - or at least remember 1972's 14-0 Dolphin team of Griese, Kiick, Csonka, Warfield, and Sioux Center's Vern Den Herder with fondness. Third, the team's coach, Bill Belichek, is an acknowledged genius as a coach, but terrible at the public relations, meet the press thing; and last, the team's quarterback, Tom Brady is, contrary to his coach, very good with the media, is very good looking (so they tell me) and has dated super models. Gotta hate a guy like that, right? Never mind the fact that Brady was not even a starter in college at Michigan, and basically earned his job the hard way - "he earned it," as John Houseman used to say in those old TV spots for Smith-Barney. Brady was everyone's darling in those early days of his pro career, because most everyone likes an underdog, "rags to riches" story. Although when the underdog becomes top dog for several years, he apparently loses a bit of his popularity.
Those are the only reasons I can figure out for the growing group of Patriot-bashers. But that is them. Me, I'm a long-time front runner and sports history fan, so I'm loving what "The Brady Bunch" (a natural nickname) is doing this year, and hope that I will be able to reminisce in future years about the 2007 Patriots .
I can see it now... sitting in my easy chair and saying, "The 2007 Patriots - now THERE was a team."
Good luck, Patriots!