I want to be the first to congratulate the New England Patriots for winning their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years (for the second time in franchise history!) and 6th overall. It wasn't easy, as it never is but once again New England is home to the champions of the National Football League. To quote Gil Santos "back to back, 3 out of 4 yes it's a dynasty!"
Before you get all "ayyy why are you jinxing them Dozah? Haven't you learned anything yet?"
Please allow my explain.
I blogged this exact same topic last year congratulations-to-the-patriots-for-winning-super-bowl-li.html when it was announced the Pats would be wearing white against Atlanta. We all know how that game turned out.
However back then the Patriots didn't have a choice, as the "away" team they wore their white tops and blue pants since the idiot Falcons don't respect history and chose to go with their home uniforms.
As the designed home team this year the Pats had the choice to pick their uniforms; they went with history and chose white. Since Super Bowl XXXIX (2004 season) the team wearing white uniforms is an astounding 12-1 a trend so inconceivable you almost have to think it's not a coincidence. That's a .923 winning percentage. Considering white is also the traditional color of wedding dresses with divorce rates currently around 50% statistically speaking if you're wearing white you have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl than having a successful marriage. During this time-frame the Patriots are 2-0 wearing white and 0-2 wearing their blue home uniforms.
The 2010 Packers are the outlier as they wore green when they beat the Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. Even though the AFC and NFC rotate home and away in the Super Bowl, it doesn't necessarily mean mean the home teams wear their home uniforms. The 2005 Steelers chose to wear white despite being the home team because they had worn them throughout the playoffs. They became the first 6 seed to win the Super Bowl.
10 years later the Denver Broncos chose to wear white in Super Bowl 50. With the greatest offense of all time two years earlier the Broncos wore orange in Super Bowl XLVIII and got destroyed by the score of 43-8.
In Super Bowl 50 Denver went into the game 5.5 point underdogs, with one of the worst offenses in Super Bowl history as Peyton Manning couldn't throw the ball 30 yards anymore. They won the game 24-10 mainly because of their defense and Cam Newton's "business decision".
I just want to know who made this decision for the Pats. It's so intriguing to me because to me it means someone in the organization knows this trend, why else would they do this?
I can't imagine it's Bill since fashion is not exactly his thing, which in a way makes it his thing.
My guess is Ernie Adams, he's all about doing anything to get the edge. While I'll bet he couldn't give two shits about what uniforms the Patriots are wearing, he is a student of the game and all about finding any possibility to give his team an advantage, and going with a trend that has yielded 12 of the last 13 Super Bowl champs seems right up his alley.