Remember the New York Giants teams that tackled the New England Patriots and QB Tom Brady into oblivion TWICE in the Super Bowl? Yeah, THOSE squads were what we call an underdog.
But apparently Tommy Terrific needs a quick lesson in semantics for thinking the 2018 Patriots -- a team that made their eighth straight AFC Championship Game and now third consecutive Super Bowl this year -- are the embodiment of an underdog. It couldn't be further from the truth, and it's taking the meaning out of what we love about sports.
The Patriots are a DYNASTY, and never will be a true underdog no matter how many of these cheesy videos and interviews surface for all of Boston to buy into this fraudulent narrative -- one that was pushed by the Philadelphia Eagles last season as well despite them being the No. 1 seed (although they were making their run with a backup QB).
"I'm too old...you're too slow...we got nothin'"— New England Patriots (@Patriots) January 21, 2019
"Unreal, bro." pic.twitter.com/7b2V9q6K6M
Too old? Who HASN'T talked about how unbelievable it was that you won an MVP at 40 years old and that you're still a top QB at 41?
I guess maybe people made fun of Chris Hogan for being slow? That's not too surprising or outlandish considering he wasn't a significant factor in the offense this year.
"We got nothin'"? For the love of God, can we be more self-involved and overly sensitive to any SMIDGEN of doubt that may exist out there? After all, the Pats lost to FOUR non-playoff teams this year, and actually got CRUSHED in three of four of those games (the fourth of which featured the "Miami Miracle").
Wow we all should really be rooting for this poor underdog to finally get a ring pic.twitter.com/NoilKRK7UO— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) January 13, 2019
In a game where they were four-point favorites against the Los Angeles Chargers, as many pedestrian NFL fans figured, the Pats destroyed the competition en route to a 41-28 victory (and it wasn't nearly as close as the score suggested). Yet, Brady says "everyone thinks we suck and can't win any games" immediately after the Pats secured a first-round bye and advanced to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship Game.
Why don't we talk about a more important topic here? Brady is literally the luckiest and most guarded quarterback in the history of quarterbacks.
"Tom Brady is 9-4 with a 69% winning percentage when he has a QB rating under 78.5 in the playoffs. All other QB's are 89-306 (23%)... So Tom Brady is the best QB at sucking of all-time."— Barstool Radio (@BarstoolRadio) January 21, 2019
-@PFTCommenter #BigIfTrue pic.twitter.com/TG9CNM0bSI
Only Tom Brady can throw two VERY costly interceptions in the AFC Championship Game on the road and SOMEHOW escape with a victory. Oh, wait, actually three interceptions, but Chiefs defender Dee Ford decided to line up in the neutral zone. Find me a QB that's ever happened to. And many critics were blasting Drew Brees for ONE costly interception in OT because he held the ball too long and was hit as he threw it. How many times did analysts dump all over Peyton Manning for making a bad throw when he constantly was carrying his team with a laughable coaching staff and defense?
Hm, exactly how many times did Tom Brady throw the same amount of touchdowns as interceptions (or more interceptions than touchdowns) in a playoff game and win? Sunday night was his sixth time doing so in 39 games. How many games did he win throwing one touchdown or fewer? Nine. And as for losses featuring a combination of all of those stat lines? Seven.
Also, let's not forget: out of those 39 playoff games, EIGHT were truly road games (obviously not counting the neutral turf for the Super Bowl), and Brady is .500 in those contests after Sunday night. His stats in the previous seven weren't even good!
Playoff career on the road— Jordan (@jrdnrnsm) December 6, 2018
Really makes you think. @SportsTalkBarry
Before you freak out, cry and go to your "I Love Boston Sports" Facebook page and tell all your cyber buddies that I'm a whiny hater, I'm not saying Tom Brady is bad or overrated. He's unquestionably the most successful quarterback in the history of the sport. He's 29-10 in the postseason and owns an equally incredible 73-33 TD-INT ratio. But guess what? He's also VERY lucky, graced with a football genius in Bill Belichick and a defense that rarely shows up unprepared.
So if there's one storyline we can start talking about more, it's how Tom Brady is rarely held accountable for any of his mistakes and that nearly every team that runs into the Patriots in the postseason inexplicably craps their pants in a way human beings can't even put into words.