New England Patriots

You might hate the Patriots, but you need to appreciate them

It’s easy to be fed up with the Patriots, but you’re never going to see anything this incredible ever again.

It’s been said many times before, but it rings true once again: The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.

In a game that turned out to be relatively anticlimactic, the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII to win their third championship in five years, and their sixth in the last 17 years.

Yeah, we know … you’re sick and tired of hearing about it. You’re tired of Tom Brady. You’re tired of Bill Belichick. You’re tired of seeing the same team in the AFC Championship Game every year (it’s been eight years in a row). You’ve watched the Patriots in the last three Super Bowls, and in four of the last five. It’s natural for sports fans to get bored quickly. You’ve seen one thing a couple of times, and now you’re ready for something new. You want some new blood. It’s just how we’re wired.

But former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, doing color commentary for CBS, spoke the wisest of words as the game neared its end.

“Enjoy it, folks. You’re never, ever going to see it again.”

He’s exactly right. We’re witnessing the single greatest achievement in football history — a dynasty to dominate all other dynasties — and we will never see anything like it again. It might be boring to watch the Patriots do the same thing every year, but we’re witnessing history, and the sad thing is that many of us won’t appreciate it until it’s long gone.

It’s like Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls going a perfect 6-for-6 in the NBA Finals in the 1990s. It’s like LeBron James making eight consecutive Finals appearances. It’s pure dominance, something that just isn’t supposed to happen in professional sports.

Getting to watch Brady and Belichick dominate the NFL for nearly two decades is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we’re fortunate enough that it’s happening in our lifetimes. We will always get to say that we witnessed the greatest football dynasty there has ever been, and that there ever will be. Future generations of football fans won’t be so lucky because they will never see anything even come close to this.

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It’s easy to hate the Patriots because you’ve seen so much of them. But before you know it, Brady and Belichick will be gone (or will they?), and all of this will be over. When that time comes, you’ll always be able to tell your children, and your grandchildren, that you watched the greatest quarterback, greatest coach and greatest football team there has ever been.

Don’t hate it. Appreciate it.

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