On Saturday night I had the pleasure of meeting with otherÂ members of UKPatriots.com. The meeting place was the CBS Scene at Patriot Place and the subject was the New England Patriots.
Yes, I am a proud member of UKPatriots.com.Â These fans came up last week from the UK to see the Patriots play the Vikings. They actually had quite a trip. Many of them went to a Bruins game, a Celtics game and a tour of Fenway Park. But, the main reasonÂ of the visit was to come see their favorite football team.
TheÂ first thing that struck meÂ was just how dedicated these fans are. To follow the Patriots in the UK is better than it was several years ago, butÂ they do not get the sameÂ access that weÂ getÂ here in the United States. Sky Sports isÂ showing more games, butÂ they don’t get theÂ media coverage in the UK for the NFLÂ thatÂ we get here.Â
They have the internet, andÂ that obviously helps a great deal.Â However, the games are onÂ generally 5 hours ahead of kickoff in the U.S. Imagine watching a Monday night game that starts around 1:30 in the morning. That is what I call a dedicated fan that is going to stay up in the middle of the night to watch the Patriots.
The second thing that struck me was their knowledge of the history of the Patriots.Â I met a fan from Liverpool England who has been following the Patriots since the season of the Patriots first Super Bowl appearance. This fan gave details of his experience following the team. I thought I was talking to myself atÂ one point.Â
The third thing that stood out to meÂ was the knowledge they have of theÂ current team and the game. We were discussing how young the defense was, and they could tell me theÂ players that were developing.Â I didn’t feel there was anything they didn’t know about the Patriots that I knew.
The fourth thing that made an impression on me is that these fans have felt the pain of losing as a Patriots fan. We talked aboutÂ theÂ almost perfect season and that Super BowlÂ which I generally despise talking about.Â One fan broughtÂ up an issue thatÂ bothers many fans before that game. The name John Tomase came up, and why did he break that storyÂ on theÂ day before the Super Bowl. They alsoÂ talked about how long it took to get over that game.Â
We talked about the Patriots for three hours, and I have to say I loved everyÂ minute of it. I honestly could have stayed their 7 hours talking about the team.Â It was great to meet fans thatÂ go through the same experiences you do as a fan. They just happened to live in the UK.
These fans are extremely knowledgeable about the Patriots, and really want to discuss the team.Â So I would highly recommend going to UKPatriots.com and becoming a member on their messageboard if you’d like to have a chance toÂ talk to some of UK’s finest Patriots fans.
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