Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Sports from the Past - New England Defeats St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI
Growing up, I hated the New England Patriots. I loved the Dolphins and they are in the same division, the AFC East. Hating the Patriots came with the territory. Things started to change for me around 2005. I had started to slowly change to the dark side a couple of years earlier.
I started to become a fan due to the excellence that the team fielded each season. Bill Belichick is a genius when it comes to coaching and Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.
As I witnessed greatness in action, I also heard of the many detractors that the team had. I think when it comes to the Patriots, people are just jealous of greatness and a winner.
February 3rd 2002 - New England Patriots Defeat St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI
This was the beginning of an era, the Patriots era and the start of football greatness in the 2000's for the Patriots. Almost a decade and a half later the Patriots are still relevant and each year they continue to be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl.
It seems as if the Patriots are in the AFC Championship game every year. In fact the, the Patriots have been to nine AFC Championship games in the past sixteen seasons (beginning in 2001). That's nine out of the past sixteen seasons. They've won six of them and won the Super Bowl four times.
Back in 2001, few people gave them a chance to defeat the mighty St. Louis Rams who had arguably the best offense the game had seen until that time. The Rams were the clear favorite but the Patriots found a way to win by a field goal.
Greatness had begun and from my perspective it was hard not to be in awe of the Patriots and to fall in love with the Patriots. As mentioned above, it would be a few short years before I would be a fan of this great organization. Another reason for becoming a fan of New England was due to the team being in the AFC. I'm an AFC fan and the Patriots have been one of those teams in the past sixteen seasons that have given the AFC a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl.
Some people might think that the mighty Patriots are on the decline but Tom Brady still has a few seasons left in him and he has a nucleus of good players. Look for the Patriots to compete for Lombardy for at least the next three season!
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