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Patriots are the empire

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The Patriots always win, and they have been to the Super Bowl eight times since 2001, according to Sports Illustrated.

Under quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, five of their past eight Super Bowl appearances have been wins according to ESPN.

Some on the left side of the political spectrum may argue that because Belichick and Brady are good friends with Donald Trump, that is enough of a reason to hate the Patriots.

That is not the only reason that they should be disliked. The Patriots have been flagged for penalties 115 times this past season according to the NFL penalties website. Those 115 penalties that were called on the Patriots were the seventh fewest in the league.

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs, seven penalties were called in the game, and six of them were called against the Jaguars according to CBS Sports. The last time a team was called for one penalty in a playoff game were the Patriots in 2011.

Watching the game, the refs missed quite a few calls that should have gone against the Patriots or there should have been no call at all.

The penalty discrepancy is one thing, but the accusations of cheating is just another reason to hate them.

An article written by Mike Freeman lists the accusations of cheating that the Patriots have been accused of.

In 2007, the Patriots were accused of spying on the New York Jets. The Patriots were accused of videoing the other team’s walkthrough practice. They were fined, docked a draft pick and Coach Belichick was also fined.

One of the more recent controversies surrounding the Patriots was ”Deflategate.” During the 2015 AFC championship game, the Indianapolis Colts noticed that the footballs used in the game seemed underinflated.

The Patriots won that game and then went on to win the Super Bowl, beating the Seattle Seahawks.

In the ensuing investigation, it was found 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated. The NFL found that it was “more probable than not” that the Patriots staff had deflated the balls, and that Brady was at least generally aware there was a rules violation.

Over 500 days later and multiple appeals in courts, Brady accepted the four-game suspension from the NFL.

According to ESPN, the Patriots were fined $1 million and had to surrender a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

There have been rumors over the years of different things that the Patriots have done to gain the upper hand, such as stealing play sheets or sabotaging headsets, but there has been no evidence to support those rumors.

In every good story there needs to be a bad guy, and the Patriots are the NFL’s bad guy. If this were “Star Wars,” the Patriots would be the empire, and, in this Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles would be the Rebellion.

The Patriots are a talented team, but it is time for them to lose. This year’s Super Bowl looks to be a good one, and one can only hope that the Eagles will win and win big.

Moss Brennan is a freshman journalism major from Durham, North Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter at @mosbren

Photo by: SAB0TEUR, Wikimedia Commons

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About the Contributor
Moss Brennan, Reporter
Moss Brennan (he/him) is a senior journalism major with a minor in political science and media studies. He has worked on The Appalachian since freshman year as the Enterprise Editor, News Editor and most recently as the Editor-in-Chief. The past two summers Moss has interned as a foreign desk reporter for The Washington Times and as a data/general reporter for The Virginian-Pilot. Moss is back at The Appalachian for the 2020 fall semester to help cover the 2020 election in Watauga County.  Moss can be reached by email at brennanmp@appstate.edu. You can follow him on Twitter @mosbren. 
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