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Tom Brady on Patriots fans: ‘Maybe we’ve just spoiled some people’

Following another game in which the New England Patriots nearly squandered a lead in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady finds himself wondering if the expectations among Patriots fans may be too high. Considering they entered the season with one of the easier schedules in the league, it is surprising that the Patriots needed a win over the Jets to crawl over .500. When asked about his team’s inability to close out games during an interview with WEEI on Monday, Brady gave the following response.

“I wish it were that easy,” the three-time Super Bowl champion said. “And maybe there were times when it has looked that easy. But I think you appreciate it when it does work. And you realize the preparation that you put into it, that it pays off. Maybe we’ve just spoiled some people in the meantime. Because it’s hard to win, man. It’s really hard to win.”

Brady makes a valid point. A win is a win, especially in the NFL. Any Andrew Luck can beat any Aaron Rodgers on any Sunday. However, the expectations in New England coming off another disappointing Super Bowl loss are obviously higher than your average place. The Patriots rarely ever lose at home, so their fans have come to expect easy wins. Is that spoiled or simply knowing your team’s potential?

It would be one thing if the Patriots were just an average team, but they’ve lost three games by a total of four points. They led in the fourth quarter of all three games. You could make the argument that New England outplayed its opponents for three-plus quarters in each of its three losses. The blown leads demonstrate a lack of toughness and are the biggest source of fan frustration. Perhaps the fans and media are spoiled by the Patriots’ success over the past decade, but that doesn’t excuse their inability to close out their opponents.

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Patriots fan has massive Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick, and Patriots tattoos (Pics)

A man by the name of Michael Andresen who goes by the Twitter handle @ArchangelFury recently shared some pictures of his New England Patriots tattoos. Andersen, who describes himself on Twitter as a “life long Patriots fan” living in Indianapolis, has massive Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick tattoos on his forearm (seen above). He also has a massive Patriots tribute tattoo on his right shoulder (seen below):

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Peyton Manning Says Patriots Fans ‘Couldn’t Have Been Nicer’ to Him

Boston sports fans have been called a lot of things over the years. A few of them are positive. If nothing else, Boston fans have a reputation for being loyal to their teams.  However, more often than, not the words people use to describe them might include idiots, loud-mouths, jackasses, obnoxious, and ruthless among plenty of others.  As someone who has been a fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics for about 18 years, I can remember very few times the word “classy” was thrown around in conjunction with a group of Boston fans.  That’s why Peyton Manning’s comments from Foxboro on Sunday were so surprising.

“I signed a tons of autographs for Patriots fans before the game and they couldn’t had been nicer,” Manning said according to the Boston Herald. “They were all wishing me a healthy recovery and missed seeing me out there and I really do appreciate that. I’ve been getting a lot of support from my Colts fans and people across the country. But when it comes from fans of probably your biggest rival, and I’m sure some of them have probably said stuff that wasn’t so nice over the years, I thought it was pretty classy.”

Maybe something was in the air.  Perhaps it was the fact that Patriots fans knew they were on their way to an easy victory, so they didn’t feel the need to kick a person while he’s down.  It must have been a a casual, no shooting ourselves in the leg type of tailgate party at Gillette Stadium before the game.

All joking aside, New England fans will take the easy victory but they would rather see Manning out there.  It’s fun to pretend we despise Manning and talk about how much better Tom Brady is than him, but Colts-Patriots is nothing without Manning on the field.  Nobody wants to see an injury that keeps a star player out this long — even an opponent.

Man Accidentally Shot Himself in Leg at Gillette Stadium Parking Lot

We can’t say for sure whether the victim of this accident was a Patriots or Giants fan, but if he was a New England fan I’m a little surprised this incident occurred before the game. As a Patriots fan, I felt like shooting myself in the leg after Sunday’s game so I could understand where this guy was coming from. Then again, it was reportedly an accident.

According to The Star-Ledger, a 50-year-old man was attempting to empty the chamber of his handgun in a Gillette Stadium parking lot on Sunday when he accidentally shot himself in the leg.  Naturally, guns are not allowed inside the stadium.  There are, however, no rules preventing a licensed handgun from being taken into the parking lot.

Since no one else was injured during the incident and the injury is not considered to be life threatening, I feel it is safe to note that Plaxico Burress no longer plays for the Giants.  If the man was attempting to do his best Burress impression to get a laugh out of people, he failed miserably.  If you want a joke to land, you have to do some research.

Chad Ochocinco Plans to Live with Fan for First Few Weeks of Season

Chad Ochocinco is known for his wacky behavior and publicity stunts, but he’s come up with something so unique I’ve been compelled to share it. According to Christopher Price at WEEI, Ocho plans to live with a fan the first few weeks of the NFL season.

“I’m going to do something different — I’m going to stay with a fan, probably for the first two, three weeks of the season, so that should be fun until I get myself acclimated and learn my way around and just find a place,” Ochocinco said after practice Tuesday.

He’s not sure how he’s going to go about picking his new residence, but there are two minor requirements.

“They have to have Internet and they have to have xBox. That’s about it.”

Living in someone else’s property is nothing new for Chad. He used to talk about sleeping over at the Bengals’ facility at times. He also expressed his desire to spend a summer at Carson Palmer’s house.

If Chad really is serious about living with a fan for the first few weeks of the season, may I suggest LBS’ own Steve DelVecchio? He’s a Patriots fan, he’s clean, he knows his way around the area, and you better believe he has an internet connection. So what do you say, Chad? You down?

Boston Sports Fans Named Top 5 Most Loyal Across All Sports

Boston sports fans are similar to New York and Philly sports fans in that they’re very passionate and widely disliked because of it. But if there is one quality that Boston sports fans have it’s that they’re extremely loyal. Brand Keys conducted its annual sports loyalty test and Patriots, Spurs, Phillies, and Red Wings fans all were number one in their respective sports. Hardball Talk via Philly Sports Daily noted that the positive ranking for Phillies fans was a nice contrast to GQ which named the Eagles and Phillies fans the meanest last week. But the thread that stood out most to me was that the fans of all four major sports teams in Boston were in the Top 5.

In the NFL, the Patriots fans were ranked as the most loyal ahead of the Steelers, Colts, Packers, and Jets in that order. Celtics fans were named the fourth most loyal, behind the Spurs, Lakers, and Mavs fans but ahead of the Suns. Red Sox fans were named third most loyal behind Phillies and Yankees fans, but ahead of Giants and Dodgers fans who were 4th and 5th. And in the NHL, Bruins fans were 5th most loyal behind the Red Wings, Flyers, Sharks and Canucks. Not all teams’ fans seemed to be included in the surveys, but it still gives us a pretty good idea of something we probably already knew, that Boston fans are enthusiastic and extremely loyal.

Anyway, getting back to Phillies fans, this is great news for their reputation. Most of us know them for horrendous antics like this, this, this, and this. Way to redeem yourselves, Phillies fans!