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Super Bowl XLIX: The Hate Bowl

The Super Bowl kicks off today and the hate will be in full effect (picture courtesy

The Super Bowl is the climax of the football season for everyone. For some it ends on a happy note but for others it ends on a sad one. Well, for this Super Bowl, there seems to have been a common reaction going across the board: hate. Both the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots draw the ire of some football fans, so this game may be painful for them to watch. And in their thoughts, they would love nothing more than both teams to lose this game. Of course that is not possible, but it cannot be denied that both teams draw reactions out of many fans across the country. But what is it that gets under the skin about each team?

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the most physical teams in the NFL. Their defense gives opposing offenses nightmares with their hard-hitting, intimidating style. And on offense, they just feed the Beast aka running back Marshawn Lynch and allow him to wear on you during the game while Russell Wilson runs around like Fran Tarkenton all game and makes plays through the air. They routinely play at a high level in all aspects and that is what makes them so hard to beat. But there are a few things this team does that drives football fans crazy. The teams is one of the best in the NFL, but they always seem to feel like everyone is against them. Honestly, it is amazing that they have drawn inspiration out of imagining people counting them out. No one embodies that spirit more than Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin. After the team’s win in the NFC Championship game, he began to talk about how people started to count them out when they were 3-3 and 6-3 this season. Funny thing is very little to no people actually counted this team out at all. It seems like this team is constantly drawing from that mantra of “them against the world” and sometimes that can annoy fans about them. Another thing that can annoy fans about the Seahawks is the brashness at times that they exhibit. The player that embodies that the most on the Seattle team is Richard Sherman. He is the master of the mental game and he is always mentally at work, whether it be before, after or during the game. And more often times, this rubs people the wrong way to the point where fans hope that he has a moment of failure. And that moment of hate for Sherman spreads among the team and folks hope for failure for the rest of them. But like Ali, Sherman always tends to backup his talk with his play on the field. And it isn’t just Sherman that adds to the fuel. But he is an example of what some folks dislike about the team.

But the Seahawks are joined in dislike by the New England Patriots. The Patriots have been getting it done with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady together for some time now. The offense always finds different ways to win, whether it be running the football with their multiple options running the ball or with Tom Brady throwing the ball all over the football field. As far as their defense, they have found a way to make plays when they need them the most and that has helped them make the Super Bowl. But even with the trip to the Super Bowl, there is more than a few that wish this team would lose. There are a couple reasons that tend to draw the ire of football fans. That seems to be the things the Patriots have done to win over the years. Sure, other teams may or may not have done some of the same things they have done, but none of them have been caught multiple times doing so. And it is because of that and the most recent Deflategate that most look at the Patriots and want them to get what they deserve in their eyes. Going into the Super Bowl, many would love nothing more than to have the Seahawks blow the Patriots out on the biggest stage in football. Another reason the Patriots draw the ire of some fans is Tom Brady. Some cannot seem to shake the Tuck Rule and how this run of success even began with the Patriots. People tend to play revisionist history with them and think if one play would not have happened, Tom Brady may not be where he is now. The reality is the rules were in place at that time and the referees were doing their jobs. But some seem to not want to give the Patriots credit for this moment and the “win at all costs” mentality.

The reality is both of these teams have been highly successful over the last few years. And with being successful, that breeds disdain. There are either people that love success or hate it. But with both these teams, it seems there are a lot of people that hate their success. So instead of this year being the Super Bowl, this year is the Hate Bowl, pitting two teams that people love to hate. It should be interesting to see the reaction to whoever wins this game.

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  1. Steve

    February 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    In many ways the Patriots have become the present day version of the 1970s Oakland Raiders, the team everyone loves to hate….and for Raiders fans lamenting the Tuck Rule game, go watch the 1976 playoff game between NE and Oakland. Two words…Ben Dreith

    This should be a great game, Seattle is the better of the two teams by a slight margin, but never count out Belichick and Brady who can go to a number of options on offense. Looking for a three-point game here

    • Mike Patton

      February 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Gotta love it when you are always the object of ire right? Lol

  2. ASR

    February 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Can’t wait to express my IRE!!!! Enjoy the game #GoHawks #RussellWilsonsVoice

    • Mike Patton

      February 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Should I be on alert for this expression sir?

  3. Jason

    February 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I hope it’s a good game. The Seahawks I think people hate because they have players that do their own thing. …or maybe it’s just people can’t deal with the fact that their team isn’t currently good enough to be at them when it mstters.

    The Patriots have the Patriot Way….that alone is enough for some people to hate them. That and the fact that all they do is win!

    • Mike Patton

      February 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      I think the bravado rubs folks the wrong way about the Seahawks. As far as the Patriots, the Patriot way has been rubbing folks wrong for years.

  4. Rob Thomas Brown

    February 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    You’ve pretty much nailed it MP, I can’t stand either one of these teams. But for me, Pete Carroll annoys me, his behavior on the sidelines and especially the gum-smacking annoys me. Patriots win. Ugh

    • Mike Patton

      February 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      I was wondering when sommeone would say something about his gum-smacking. He attacks that gum with aggression.

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