I've come to embrace it as well. I live in the southeast and there are a lot of front-running pro sports fanbases down here, where they want to be as good as the north in so many ways, but they are insecure about everything. True story: A Broncos colleague of mine said this to me the Monday morning after the loss to the Panthers in Sept: "Oh, how the mighty have fallen", with a big smile on his face. Talk about awkward. 1. He actually believed it. 2. NE is never a great team in Sept. And, then, look at what has happened to Denver. I've never gone back this year to even rub it in his face, because I don't want to lower myself down to his level. People actually think their teams have achieved Pats-level of status if their team happens to beat the Pats early in the season or when the Pats put out a B Squad. It's very odd. It's like some kind of weird phenomenon. What's really strange is the NFC fanbases who have had little to no confrontation wit the Pats, where those fanbases are seething with jealousy. It's very odd. The Pats have literally created this sports version of mental illness all over the league. lmao I've also noticed that Pats fans who have never ventured outside of NE, have no clue of this insanity. Until you've experienced Patsnoia yourself from other grown adults, you can't appreciate it.