I have no intention of doing sports here beyond the occasional TV schedule for a major sport's playoff, but I really need to get this off my chest.
I'd like to say to all of you Patriots fans out there that your team, bar none, has the least amount of class of any team in the NFL. Up by over thirty points, your hero of a QB had to go for it on fourth down not once, but twice. You had already won the game by half time, but that wasn't good enough for you. Playing against a team ranked second to last in scoring that up until last week hadn't been over .500 for over two years, with 32 and then 40+ points already on the board for your own team, you just couldn't settle for field goals.
No, you couldn't settle for just winning the game. Your ego couldn't take being scored on by such a lowly team like Buffalo. You had to pile it on, embarrass a franchise and a sold out stadium full of 90,000 fans that have more heart to stay with their guys than you or Brady could ever imagine, and make a mockery of the sport in the process. The 2007 Pats may very well be the most skilled team ever, but you'll never amount to anything, because all the championships in the world can't make up for being assholes. NBC choose to move that game to Sunday night thinking it might be an honest contest, and it's not their fault it was never a fair match-up in the first place. Hardly is it anymore the fault of the Bills for not getting lucky by finding this generations best QB and not even knowing what they had until the starter got hurt, and then pushing him down the stairs and out the door.
Brady may break every record in the books, but it won't matter in the end. His true colors and those of his team have been laid bare for all to see this year. Cheating for god knows how many years resulting in god knows how many illegitimate championships and wins, now they ride into the national spotlight and humiliate a lesser team on purpose - purely for the fun of it.
Every sport has one. In baseball it's Barry Bonds, in football, it's Tom Brady and the Patriots. They cheat without caring and ruin the sport's good name for their own cheap thrills. Winning is never enough for people like that, probably because they know they could never do it legitimately. They over compensate by thrashing everyone and everything around them because that's all that matters - them - not you, not the opponent, and obviously not the game.
It's all about them, and what they want. Screw everything else.
Some day down the road, Brady will get hurt, or lose his edge, or the Pats will suddenly find themselves unable to afford all their high priced mercenaries at WR and other positions. The three other teams in the AFC East have been held down and stumbled for far too long. Eventually, at least two of them will rise and NE fans will be back where they were in the 90's.
Only without the cheating, with a coach and QB that care about more than just winning.
At some point, the Pats will find themselves on the losing end of a 30-whatever rout, and their opponents will know when it's time to quit, when it's time to respect the game and the other team and their fans. When it's time to be men, they'll put the gloves away.
That day is not here in New England, nor will it ever be under the current coach and under Brady. In the year the Patriots will probably go undefeated for the first time in franchise history and only the second time ever, their accomplishments will be forever marked by their immaturity as a team and organization that didn't know when to stop.
Tom Brady and his Patriots are anything but real patriots - the class of 2007 is ironically the team lacking it where and when it counts the most.