The Patriots don’t have many problems and even the ones they have are the type of things most NFL teams would sell their souls to have.
For instance, the Patriots have run into a real humdinger: they don’t have any more room for championship banners at Gillette Stadium.
As pointed out by Mike Reiss of ESPN, when the Patriots opened up Gillette Stadium in 2002, they created a big space over the scoreboard to hang giant championship banners.
There’s only space for four banners because when the Patriots built the stadium they probably weren’t thinking about filling up the space.
After all, when the Patriots opened Gillette in the 2002 NFL season, they had a single championship in their history, with it coming the year before when this guy named Tom Brady stepped into the starting quarterback role for Drew Bledsoe and helped New England upset the St. Louis Rams.
No one, not even the most optimistic supporter of the team, could have imagined that Brady and Bill Belichick would rip off another four titles.
Even after they picked up their third Super Bowl win (in four years no less), there might have been jokes about needing more space. But an extended drought highlighted by two losses to the Giants in 2007 and 2011 probably reminded New England just how difficult it is to win a championship.
But they’ve got five now after storming back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI and as a result are trying to figure out some design ways to incorporate the latest banner.
This is the definition of what owner Robert Kraft calls a “high-class problem” to have. When this was mentioned, it was relayed that the club is considering design plans on how to proceed with the fifth Super Bowl banner.
Whatever they do, the Patriots should probably go ahead and work in a way to include a few more banners. Brady says he wants to play another six or seven years, Belichick could coach for another decade and there’s a not-that-unreasonable chance that the Patriots dynasty ends up with New England needing room for seven or eight banners in total.
I used to get so mad when people would bash the Pats. Now I get it, I know it's just part of the territory, and embrace it. We are the new Yankees. I also guess I shouldn't say "used to" get mad because I still will get mad at times, especially during the Deflategate-witch hunt, but that was more about Roger Goodell and his lies than being upset at people who root for loser franchises talking shit.
Between all the winning, the scandals, Belichick's antics (and employing a serial killer for three years) I understand why the Pats are hated and why the Patriots always have a huge target on their back.
They're the best and it's not even close.
People hate winners because they're jealous. They're mad it's not them. (That's just a little intro to psychology for ya on a Monday afternoon) Plus since the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2002 (2001 NFL season) you get the combination of jealously/anger over a very long period of time.
To put the Brady/Belichick era into perspective, I am 25 years old and the Patriots are currently defending Super Bowl champs. The Patriots also won a Super Bowl way back when I was in 4th grade. That's a long fucking time ago, I've been out of college for almost two years now. For basically my entire life of having a conscience the Pats have been dominate. They haven't really slowed down in the years between either. Patriots have won at least 10 games every year since 2003. You could've killed someone when the Patriots won their 1st Super Bowl and gotten out of prison by time they got to #5. That's how long it's been going on.
Now even as a Pats fan I can admit it's getting ridiculous. Today the Patriots basically told the world they have won soooo many championships since Gillette Stadium opened that they literally have run out of room to display their accomplishments. Robert Kraft called it a "high-class problem" which even sounds so much snobbier than a "first-world problem". I mean technically it is a problem, granted it's a problem every owner, in not just the NFL but all sports would love to have.
So after reading that, yea I guess I can fully understand now why outsiders hate our guts.
Just think about the millions of fans who just want to win a single Super Bowl before they die. Then we have the Pats complaining about not knowing what to do with all their championship banners. If you're an Eagles fan this must make you want to throw soooo many batteries at us. If you're a Falcons fan (assuming you actually exist) you must be so mad. If you're a Browns fan and haven't killed yourself yet, shit like this might be what puts you over the edge. The Patriots are being the straight A student who complains about getting an 88 to a C- student. The Patriots are being the guy who complains that he hasn't gotten laid in 2 weeks to someone on a multiple year dry spell. Nobody feels bad for that guy, they actually probably hate his guts. So yeah to answer your question I guess I understand why so many people hate the Patriot.
I'll tell you one thing though, I hope they have the same problem next year finding a spot for banner #6.