Re: What is a "real" Pats fan?
posted at 3/15/2010 5:51 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What is a "real" Pats fan?
" As a dolphins fan who loves the team no matter what...IMO, a real pats fan is one who cheered on the team before 01 and will cheer it on after brady and belichick leave and the pats are once again just like every other franchise and espn stops constantly brown nosing the team...the real fans are the ones that stay through thick and thin ." EXACTLY...but just a start. You have to have been a Patriot Fan PRE-2001, for No LESS than 5 seasons (IF you weren't born, or you were too young to care...I don't-so you're out). During that time (pre-2001), You need to have gone to a game at Sullivan Stadium during a time in the season when the weather was 45 degrees or below (also: IF you brought one of those padded b#tt-seats, then you need to have gone to no less than pre-2001 3 games...46 degree weather? Nope, you're out). During that time (pre-2001), You need to have owned at LEAST 2 New England Patriots forms of memorabillia (IF zero of said artifacts had/have the old logo on it, THEN you need 4 NE Patriots name-saked merchandise...Drew Bledsoe jersey's count as half in BOTH circumstances... Oh, you have 3 1/2 forms of Patriot Memorabillia, good for you...You're Out). IF a close relative was NOT a long-time NE Patriot Fan before you, yourself were (grandfather, father, uncle-IF your dad's dead), THEN you need written documentation of how and roughly when you became a New England Patriot Fan (IF you have been a NE Pats Fan PRE-1980, this amendment need not apply-You're in). You NEED to be able to name at LEAST 4 players from the 1985-86 Superbowl-playing team withOUT looking them up anywhere (this is easy c'mon-not just Hannah, Fryar, Eason, and Grogan, but c'mon now-Andre Tippet, Stephen Starling (sp?), Craig James, Tony Collins, Raymond Clayborn, Mosi Tatupu...THIS should really be harder considering I was like 10 years old or something...so perhaps 5 roster players). You NEED to be OVER the age of 18 years old (sorry, this would make you like 8 or 9 when NE sarted this current winning tradition early this past decade, So ALL you've really know is the winning tradition, and there's NO freak legacies allowed in my suddenly successful frat who haven't suffered...oh, you turn 18 tommorrow do you? (*spit) Go become a Jaguars fan). ~See there...That wasn't so hard, was it? I lowered my pre-qualifications from either having choked on the nachos or hot-dogs at least once at the old stadium along with a life-long pure animosity towards Jim McMahon and ray-bans, so consider everyone who just barely passed this easier test, LUCKY...
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium
I agree with this post. I am in my mod 50's and have seen this team go tthough its interestestng and at times surreal history and play.
Part of being a fan is being fanatical (hece the name fan) about the team. I have bought tickets, have been a seasn ticket holder at Sulliven (durring the Parcell years. Unfortunatly I'm on disability and get to Foxboro rarley now), and invested more time then I would like to admit following this team.
When Nixon was President many Americans(primarily Nixon supporters) were fond of saying my counrty right or wrong. One of the many thingsof the great aspects about the US if you disagree with the government, not only can you disagree, many would say you should make your opions heard.
It is not the Patriots right or wrong or in BB we trust. The guy isn't god. Damn it. we have lost a steady stream of players on defense since our super bowl wins, and they without replacing them. Our second and third roud draft picks have not made the team, except last years crop.
I am going to question every transaction or non transaction I feel appropriate. Those of you who feel it is sacriegious, be damned