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Patriots Show Their True Colors | The Sports Report Girl

Patriots Show Their True Colors

October 21, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After the Patriots’ embarrassing 59-0 rout of the depressing, downtrodden Tennessee Titans this weekend, the question that has repeatedly entered the public consciousness has been: is there such a thing as running up the score in professional sports? My answer: No.

Except when it’s the Patriots, so in this particular situation… Yes.

Let me explain…

This isn’t Pop Warner, there’s no such thing as a mercy rule. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars, so it’s up to you, as a player, whether you want to do your job and stop the other team from scoring (in turn, offensive players should be able to put some points on the board, as well). Seattle’s destruction of Jacksonville in week 5 (41-0) and the Giant’s domination over the Raiders (44-7) was merely one team performing ten times better than the other, without any ill intentions. The losing team just didn’t have enough juice to keep up.

In the case of the Pats-Titans game, while yes, one team performed far superior to the other, the second part of the equation is not true. In the Giants-Raiders game, Eli came out by halftime and a lot of the starters sat out the second half. Even though Seattle had a relatively healthy Hasselbeck, they gave backup Seneca Wallace some playing time. New England, however, played Brady, Moss, Welker and co. through the third quarter, even with a 45-0 lead. Lame.

The Patriots had every intention of running up the score, and I don’t believe this just because I will forever despise the Patriots and their BFF, Walt Coleman (remember the “tuck rule?”). I actually think there are legitimate reasons for their actions, like…

1. The Patriots aren’t the undefeated, untouchable team they once were. They wanted to show once and for all that they are still the supreme elite talent of the league (kind of like how a bully compensates for his lack of confidence by picking on the skinny, nerdy kid who picks his nose).

2. Labeled the “Cheatriots” from the “Spygate” incident a couple years back, Belichick is out for blood. He doesn’t care if he runs up the score because the NFL and all the other teams tarnished his reputation as a “great coach,” especially during their most recent Super Bowl year (like Barry Bond’s HR record, I will always grin a little inside when I see that asterisks next to their name).

3. And this, I believe, is the reason above all others… Belichick and his cronies were picked on as little kids and decided to turn the tables.

So, once again, athletes shouldn’t complain about running up the score. They’re professionals and should be able play like ones, especially when money is fattening their wallets. But again, the Patriots should know there is such a thing as class. I wonder where theirs went (assuming they once had it).

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