Am I the only Patriots fan that is looking forward to a major change? Don’t get me wrong, I have thoroughly enjoyed part two of the Brady-Belichick era of dominance, but a key ingredient has been missing: “hope.” Even in the two most-recent ridiculous comebacks (Atlanta and Jacksonville), I wasn’t hoping they’d pull it out, I was expecting them to pull it out.
There is some element of my identity as a Boston sports fan that has been taken away as a result of all the success in the past 17 years. I traded the hope of a new season for the expectation of success in the post-season. It is amazing, but I am never “amazed” anymore.
I am jealous of Eagles fans in the sense that they are able to approach Sunday’s game as underdogs. They aren’t certain that their quarterback will be able to avoid costly turnovers, or that their coach won’t throw up on his shoes. Philly fans can’t lose Sunday, even if they get blown out. Patriots fans really can’t win regardless of the outcome, either the Patriots will have “blown it” or simply lived up to expectations, neither outcome is thrilling.
As a Pats fan, I feel like a kid playing Nintendo with a Game Genie. Sure, you can beat every game that used to be so difficult, but is it really that much fun after awhile?
If Brady or Bill move on, I will still be watching, I just won’t know the ending. The golden age for me was 2008 with Matt Cassell at the helm: there was plenty of success coupled with uncertainty. I don’t think either of them will be gone for 2018, but it won’t be the worst thing in the world if they are.