Yes, we all know the New England Patriots are the most successful football team of our times. It seems like they win pretty much every year, and if they don’t they are pretty close to winning. If you follow football even a little bit you know the fans of the New England Patriots are very proud of their team, some might even say overly so. You also know there a ton of fans who absolutely hate the Patriots, fans of the team will say they’re just jealous.
Whether you love the Patriots or you hate them, the team has definitely has had its share of odd situations over the years. Whether it be allegations of cheating, players having brushes with the law, or just some shady situations, in general, there are a lot of things the Patriots want to keep on the down-low.
Here are 20 things the Patriots don’t want fans to know.
SPYGATE WAS ACTUALLY A THING
Back in the day, the Patriots were actually an underdog, remember when they beat the St. Louis Rams team in Super Bowl XXXVI? Well, come to find out the Patriots were actually taping signals of opposing coaches and had been doing it for a long time. For shame.
DEFLATEGATE WAS TOO
Ahh good old Deflategate. Remember how mad Patriots fans were after Tom Brady was suspended? If you don’t remember, and the Patriots hope you don’t, the team used to deflate their footballs so Tom Brady had an advantage. Such bad form.
THEIR FIRST SUPERBOWL WIN WAS TAINTED
While the Patriots didn’t really do anything wrong here, they still got lucky. Tom Brady looked like he fumbled during their first Super Bowl win but because of the Tuck Rule that states “any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass,” the play was ruled an incomplete pass.
TOM BRADY’S HEALTH ADVICE IS SUSPECT
Just because Tom Brady is a star quarterback doesn’t mean you know everything about health. Tom wrote a book called “TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.” Some reviews of the book have been pretty negative.
MOST PEOPLE ACTUALLY DON’T LIKE TOM AND GISELLE
While it’s true a lot of people think it is super cool that Tom Brady is with Gisele Bundchen, who is a famous supermodel a lot of others just find the two of them annoying. Maybe it’s just jealousy rearing its ugly head but either way, a lot of people don’t like these two.
THEY WANT YOU TO FORGET THE SNOW PLOW GAME
Way back in 1982, the Patriots were playing the Miami Dolphins in the middle of a huge blizzard. The field was covered in snow which would make any sort of kick difficult. They were attempting a field goal to win the game. Patriots had a snowplow operator come out and clear a spot on the field to make the kick easier. They made it and won.
BELICHICK IS RUDE TO THE PRESS
Everyone knows Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be pretty rude sometimes but when it comes to the press he takes it to a whole other level. He’s not only rude to the press but he seems to get a big kick out of being that way. That’s never a good look.
“DO YOUR JOB” IS MADDENING
A slogan is a slogan, and yes a lot of them can be pretty irritating. With that said there is something about the Patriots and their fans using the “Do Your Job” slogan that’s really irritating. The Patriots don’t want people to know how many people can’t stand this slogan.
THEY GET ALL THE CALLS
Whether it’s true or not a lot of fans of the rest of the league think the Patriots get all the calls. Sure if a team is good, and the Patriots always are, they’re probably going to get the benefit of some calls. But seriously? The Patriots won’t admit it but they get a lot of calls that go their way.
BOSTON MEDIA IS BIASED
Sure it’s true that almost every team’s local media gives the home team the benefit of the doubt, but when it comes to the Patriots it’s just ridiculous. The Boston media tends to fall all over themselves talking about how the Patriots can simply do no wrong.
THEY CAN BE HEARTLESS
Tiquan Underwood was cut 24 hours before the Patriots played in Super Bowl XLVI, even though he had a great attitude, even to the extent he had the Patriots logo shaved into his high-top fade haircut. These guys are cold, and there is no doubt about it.
JON BON JOVI IS A FRONTRUNNER
Jon Bon Jovi isn’t even from Boston, in fact, he is from New Jersey, which is not an area known for its love of sports. But ever since the Patriots cranked “Living on a Prayer” during a playoff game it seems he is a huge Patriots fan. Talk about lame.
THE FANS ARE ENTITLED
The Patriots make it sounds like they have a loyal fanbase, but in reality, the opposite is true. Most of the fans who follow the team are just all about winning and haven’t been long term fans. Some Patriots fans are okay but quite a few of them are insufferable.
THE FANS ARE ALSO OBNOXIOUS
Entitled is one thing, but come on many Patriots fans are also obnoxious. Many of them act like they were the ones out on the field winning games and not just fans of the team. They don’t care about irritating other teams fans though, they seem to enjoy it.
THEY DID THE WORST SUPERBOWL VIDEO OF ALL TIME
After the Chicago Bears won the SuperBowl they put together a video called the Super Bowl Shuffle. The Patriots made their own attempt at something like this, they did a video back in 1986 called “New England, the Patriots and We.” It was ridiculously awful.
BRADY WHINES A LOT
Sure Tom Brady is awesome. Probably the best quarterback ever. So why does he whine all the time? It’s almost like every single play that doesn’t go his way is something for him to complain about. Being a sore loser is bad, but being a sore winner is just ridiculous.
BOB KRAFT IS KIND OF CREEPY
Bob Kraft has always seemed kind of odd, but when he was arrested in a Florida prostitution sting he took it from “odd” to “creepy.” Not to mention he was about 40 years older than his girlfriend at the time of his arrest. Hey Bob, not a good look.
THEY PUSHED DREW BLEDSOE ASIDE
Drew Bledsoe was a darn good quarterback and the face of the Patriots for years. In 2001 he suffered a near-fatal injury and was replaced as the starter by backup Tom Brady. He got healthy in time for the playoffs but the Patriots kept Brady as the starter leaving Bledsoe in the dust.
GRONKOWSKI DUMPED DRINKS ON WOMEN AT A CHARITY EVENT
Former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spent a lot of time acting in a way he only could have gotten away with because he was rich and famous. A good example of this is when, according to Business Insider, he was at a charity event in 2012 and took his shirt off and dumped drinks on numerous women.
PROBLEMS WITH THE LAW
Of course, we all know about Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder, but many other Patriots have also been arrested recently. Some of them include Brandon Spikes, Willie Andrews, Chris Sullivan, Terry Glenn, Ty Law, and Irving Fryar among many others. Yay team!