What It Means To Be A Patriots Fan: Part 2

What It Means To Be A Patriots Fan: Part 2

One more.

We are the (AFC) Champions! Last night in Foxboro, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots took control of the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the AFC championship, 36-17. Luckily, the Pats maintained a solid lead throughout the game, as it could have been extremely nerve-wracking for us -- had the final score been a lot closer. As the clock ran out in the latter half of the second quarter, I experienced very positive vibes, as we are now onto Super Bowl LI to battle against the Atlanta Falcons. The upcoming game is a totally different story, as a trophy and fifth ring for Brady are both up for grabs, but most New England fans can say that they have faith in the team that we have all come to know and love. I am so excited to see where this game ends up taking us, and I have a

As I wrote about previously, I attended the AFC divisional playoff game versus the Houston Texans. Anyone who knows me is well aware of the fact that I tend to keep to myself and that I am on the quiet side -- except when it comes to the Patriots (especially Tom Brady). Anyways, my family friend gave me a ticket to the game as a surprise the day before, and I could not have been more excited to go. That most definitely showed while I was in the stands. In fact, I did not have my voice back in full until almost three days later. As the night when on, I noticed that there was an older man in front of us who kept looking back and talking to the person next to him, and I assumed it was something about the game. However, right at the start of the third quarter, he turned around to confront me for my enthusiasm. He said, and I quote, “Do they patent your voice for dog whistles? Is there any way you could take it down at least two decibels”. Shocked that someone at a football game would even have the audacity to say that to someone, here was my response:

No. I am not going to take it down a notch. Just like you, I’ve waited all day for this game, and not to mention Tom Brady is one of my all-time favorite people. So no, I do not think that it would be possible for me to be quiet.

As much as I wanted to lay into him, that seemed to work. I knew it would be better to approach this absolute buzzkill in a respectful manner, and that’s how I am anyways. It probably would have aggravated him more if I had responded obnoxiously. He ended up leaving with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter, but I did not let this man kill my spirit. That is the true nature of a Patriots fan. No matter what is thrown at us, we will never stop cheering on the team that dominates and always leaves us wanting more.

One. More.

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Watching your favorite team win a championship can be one of the best feelings of a lifetime. Professional sports have the power to bring immense joy into our lives. However, with that joy can come immense despair. Some franchises lose much more than others and only bring despair and apathy to their fans. These ten professional sports franchises are among the hardest to root for.

1. Cleveland Browns

The Browns have been the definition of terrible since their return to Cleveland in 1999. They’ve made the playoffs just once since then and have won just 38 games in the last ten seasons. Last season, the exclamation point of their poor performance arrived when they became the second team in the history of the NFL to finish the regular season 0-16.

2. Sacramento Kings

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3. Arizona Cardinals

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4. Seattle Mariners

The Mariners have the longest playoff drought in all of pro sports. In fact, in their entire 41-season existence, they’ve made the playoffs just four times. In 2001, they won a regular season record of 116 games and they still lost in the American League Championship Series. The Mariners always find a way to disappoint and it doesn’t look any better this season now that Robinson Cano has been suspended for 80 games.

5. San Diego Padres

No other MLB team has lost more than the San Diego Padres in the modern-era. In the last 49 years, they’ve made the playoffs five times and have a winning percentage of .462. They’ve made the World Series twice but lost in five games in 1984 and got swept in 1998.

6. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have an unfortunate reality of sharing a city with the Los Angeles Lakers. As long as the Lakers remain in town, the Clippers will never become the hometown favorite and will always live in the Laker’s shadow. They were the laughing stock of the NBA until Chris Paul and Blake Griffin came around. Even with having success and making the playoffs six straight years, it just wasn’t meant to be for the Clippers because they could never get past the second round of the playoffs.

7. Brooklyn Nets

This decade has been particularly rough for the Nets after trading away their future for an aging Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in 2014. The Nets gave up first round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018 while having to swap picks with the Celtics in 2017. As a result, the Boston Celtics are one of the best teams in the NBA and the Nets… well they’re the Nets. They’ve been terrible for the better part of their existence and have a .415 winning percentage to show for it. The only years where they had relative success was with Jason Kidd in 2002 and 2003 when they lost in back-to-back NBA Finals.

8. Arizona Coyotes

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