LOL if anyone thinks the Pats have a shot today
A case study - if you want an easy illustration of the difference between trolling and pointing out deficiencies and challenges for the Patriots as a fan - the "LOL" in the post notated - demonstrates taking pleasure in putting down both the team and its fans.
Do I think the Patriots are sitting on tremendous odds to win today? No I don't. The defense and special teams has to take over this game AND have a few couple flukey things happen like a tip-pass pick 6 or a bad snap fumble for the Bills. Most fans realize that, but at the same time retain their actual fandom of the team and their fellow fans.
This will be labeled as "get off my lawn"ism from the old man, I know. This is twitter-culture in a nutshell - self-worth not by one's own actions, but instead the denigration of others. I am noticed because I point out how badly everyone else sucks at life.
Even if the Pats do lose by 30 today this is a team that crafted a damn solid defense when many stated it too, like the offense, could not get past the loss of JC Jackson and "couldn't stop the run" due to the re-signing of Godchaux by not drafting a NT or could never stop the short pass of any opposing offense without picking a LB with the pick "wasted" on Strange.
Does the team have challenges - uhhhh, yeah...they wouldn't be fighting for their lives to get into the playoffs if they didn't, but they are still better than all the other teams that don't have ANY shot at the playoffs despite the offensive and coaching challenges. We're not collectively seeing a 2-15 record where we knew from game one that no aspect of the team from offense to defense to special teams was competitive against any other NFL team and it was going to be that way for YEARS to come (many here have seen those type teams before).