Patriots keep angering fans with their success
January 24, 2017 3:01 AM
by Dennis Ball
I know you’re tired of hearing it, but I’m going to tell you again because it’s absolutely true. Bill Belichick is a genius and Tom Brady is super human.
Get over it.
Take a few deep breaths and try to remain calm. You have a little over a week to come to your senses and realize this fact. Perhaps by then you’ll get over the rage you feel.
Maybe then you’ll have a chance to make a rational decision about which team you want to back for the Super Bowl.
The reason I know you’re tired of hearing about how great Belichick and Brady are is because I am as well. I understand your pain. I realize many of you dislike them simply because they’ve won so many playoff games and Super Bowls together.
I know you’re probably sick of all the winning, while your team and all the others basically have to suffer with coming up short. Although I have to admit I’m a little tired of it myself, I do respect the hell out of both of them and the entire Patriots’ organization.
Why don’t we all just try to get over it! I know, it’s hard, but let’s give it a try. We’ve got a week or so to take a few deep breaths and try to come to grips with yet another Belichick/Brady trip to the Super Bowl.
I know it’s tough to admit but Belichick outcoached Mike Tomlin again. He adjusted on the fly, gave up on the run and basically had the heads of Pittsburgh’s outclassed secondary spinning the entire second half.
It didn’t help the Steelers’ cause when Le’Veon Bell went out with the groin injury. Geniuses do get big breaks now and again. But the key point is they take advantage of them. The Steelers had three killer Bs. Belichick took the main one away (Antonio Brown) as he normally does. And then Bell was taken away by injury.
That only left one killer B and Big Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t enough of a force by himself to upset the Pats. Again, Tomlin had no answer or adjustment and was no match for Belichick.
Brady, the super human, is another story. At 39 years old, he’s defying Father Time and acting like he’s 29. Look at the difference between Brady this season and Peyton Manning last season. Brady is throwing the football like he’s 29 while Peyton last season (even though he won a Super Bowl and was the same age as Brady this season) tossed the pigskin like he was the 39-year-old he actually was.
Yes, I can understand how you may be sick and tired of seeing all this winning coming from one franchise. But you have to respect it. You don’t have to embrace it, but respect the heck out of it so you can make a great decision on which side to back with your hard earned dollars in the coming week.
I definitely have respect for both of them. Even though at the same time, I do think the Patriots have lived on the edge over the past several years as far as breaking the rules of engagement.
Did the Pats take video of the Jets’ practices? Absolutely. Did someone in the Pats’ organization deflate Brady’s footballs? Of course they did. Did Bill Belichick’s nephew pull the fire alarm at the Steelers’ hotel the night before the game? Absolutely not, but that would have been a great story if it were true!
As much as I do respect the Patriots, I have a ton of respect for the Atlanta Falcons. No one saw this team as a potential Super Bowl winner until the playoffs started. It’s almost as if they were overlooked by most of the media until they wiped out the Seahawks and the Packers in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
This just in – the dirty birds were pretty darn good all season long. As great as the Patriots look, I think they deserve consideration for a play in the Super Bowl. I just haven’t made up my mind fully.
I’m not sure Matt Ryan is ready to lay claim to being one of the elite QBs of his era. Can he finish his MVP-type season and win a Super Bowl? The Pats haven’t trailed in a game since Week 12. They’re 13-1 since Brady’s return and have a point differential of +208 points during that span.
Brady, Mr. Super Human, has spun 33 TDs and relinquished a mere four picks since his return. The Falcons will have a tough task ahead to claim the Lombardi Trophy. But Belichick and Brady will have plenty to say about the outcome before it’s all said and done.
This particular genius and super human, who have been beaten in the past, did win and cover their last Super Bowl partially because the Seahawks thought it would be cute to pass instead of handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch on the goal line.
And, there’s the two Super Bowls before that they lost to the New York Giants. Prior to those SB setbacks they did win a couple Super Bowls without ever covering a pointspread.
So there is hope for all you dirty bird backers. It is possible to bet against the Patriots and walk away a winner. But that task is definitely fraught with danger.