A lot of people say that what the opposing team says or does can't possibly motivate a team. If that's the case, why do we cheer, or boo? Why do we show up to the games at all? There's no question that actions by others can give that extra bit of motivation, even for a team as motivated as the Patriots. It's why there's such a thing as a homefield advantage. It's why we get on our feet and cheer as loud as we can, giving our tiring starter a bit of us so he can reach back, on an 0-2 count with two outs and runners on the corners, for one last heater. It's why we scream ourselves hoarse so our D can come up with a critical goal line stop. Athletes are human beings (most of them, anyways). I can tell you that if I was a pro football player, and someone was stupid enough to pop off before the game, it might make the difference between going my true 100% and going what I believe to be my 100%.