Originally Posted by murabma
All the sweeter for the other 99% of the League that hates your cheating guts, if and when you lose next week.....
You really think 99% of the league hates NE because they got caught? Or is it because NE has been dominant for the better part of a decade... I.E. 5/7 AFC East Championships, 5/7 AFC Championships appearances, going for their 4th ring in 7 years...
I'd bet that MOST of the problems people have with NE stem from the fact this team has been dominant in an era of football that you're not supposed to be able to be dominant.
Sure, there are those fans that can't let go of week 1, and have posturized themselves into all sorts of conspiracies regarding how much taping, what was on the tapes and whatever else they can that allows them to sleep at night. But if you ask most players, NE is pretty respected as a team. The players that lash out are generally young and/or immature players.
Just my .02, which is why I've stopped defending NE to trolls. Even at my bowling league in San Diego I get some words and looks thrown my way... When someone goes off the deep end, I just say "whatever helps you sleep at night". Because what most fans lack is objectivity. You put any other team in NE's position and damn near every fan of that team will follow suit in defending their team. People believe they have some "moral high ground" because it wasn't their team caught, so they can't even fathom it, but I guarantee you that if any other team had been caught, it would have had the same feverish defense from it's fanbase.
So go ahead, stand on your moral high ground... Whatever helps you sleep at night!