The New England Patriots win football games. Not popularity contests.
That’s the conclusion of USA TODAY’s Luke Kerr-Dineen, who ranked all 32 NFL teams according to their “likeability” to neutrals on Tuesday. Kerr-Dineen reasoned that only the Washington Redskins are less likeable than the Patriots, as training camp and the start of the 2016 NFL season approaches.
“The coach is an evil genius, they drafted one of the best quarterbacks ever in the sixth round, and the fans are never shy about boasting about it all,” Kerr-Dineen writes. “Only once since 2001 have the Patriots lost (failed to win) more than 10 games, and that year ? in 2002 ? they won nine. Absurd. Four Super Bowl wins plus two more finals over the same period along with a host of different scandals means Pats fans can count themselves lucky, very lucky, that they?re only second-last on this list.”
The Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins top Kerr-Dineen’s list (in that order) of teams neutrals should like. We didn’t bother to read his reasoning because the light reflecting off those Patriots Super Bowl rings blinded us to that part of the page.
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