I am becoming fascinated with all the opinions I'm hearing about the NFL Playoffs. I've always been a big sports fan, but as I talked about here I don't really have a favorite team. Yes, I decided to root for the Colts as long as Tony Dungy is their head coach, but they lost last week so now it's back to just enjoying the games no matter who is playing.
(By the way, if Dungy retires like many think he will, my allegiance to the Colts is over!)
So, as the Playoffs heat up with the AFC and NFC Championship games this weekend, I've been hearing a lot about people's feelings toward the New England Patriots. It seems almost everyone I talk to around here (northern Indiana) dislikes the Patriots - some with violent hatred and some with mild disgust.
The more I hear about it, the more it makes me wonder why people feel this way. I understand the Patriots have become kind of a rival/nemesis to the Colts and that probably explains a lot of it. But I get the sense that it's more than that.
From what I hear, the main reasons for the hatred are (1) because the Patriots got caught cheating; (2) because the Patriots ran up the score on weak opponents; (3) because the Patriots win so much (3 Super Bowl wins since 2002 and currently undefeated this season).
To try to understand this more, I've installed a poll at the top right corner of this blog where you can vote to show why you despise the Patriots. There's also an option to say that you don't hate them, just in case. Have fun!