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I Think I Have To “Hate Root” For The Bucs

I’m not a hypocrite. I just don’t have any other choice than to root for Brady this Sunday.

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I Think I Have To “Hate Root” For The Bucs

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In one of my early pieces for this site, I talked about how not only was I glad to not have to root for Tom Brady anymore, I actively wanted him to lose every game he played in.

Well, I certainly tried that this year, and clearly it hasn’t worked. But I persevered, hoping he would get knocked out of the playoffs and his modest success with the Bucs would be just a footnote to his career.

That’s all over now. Brady has won, and I don’t just mean on the field. And now that he is in the Super Bowl, I think I have to root for him.

I Could Care Less If He Gets a 7th Ring

My decision really has less to do with Brady than who is on the other side.  

In this case, I’m not talking about Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes, though I don’t really like the Chiefs and I would have a much easier time cheering for Buffalo had the Bills showed up in the AFC Championship game.

What I mean is who is on the other side of the Brady breakup, and that’s the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick.

The Team The Team The Team

I’ve made it clear before that I’m a team over Brady guy. Often, that also has meant a Bill over Brady guy. But in this case, the Patriots (read: General Manager Bill Belichick) botched their quarterback situation, and they deserve to be punished for it by watching Brady lead a dumpster-fire organization like the Bucs to a Super Bowl victory.

As a Patriots fan, I don’t believe the narrative that we need Brady to win the Super Bowl to give Belichick more motivation to go out and rebuild the Patriots.

First of all, if getting to the Super Bowl isn’t enough to do that, then I don’t think Brady winning it will push Bill over the edge. Secondly, if we think Bill Belichick needs to see Brady win to want to rebuild the team and be competitive again, then it’s time for him to retire himself.

Then again, Bill has skipped the Senior Bowl and is allegedly on vacation in the Caribbean rather than getting ready for the NFL Draft or working the free agent market. So maybe he isn’t as motivated as we thought.

I also reject the idea that we need to root against the Chiefs because if they win again, they will become the new dynasty and overtake the Patriots.

Win or lose, the Chiefs are probably the new dynasty in the NFL right now. They have hosted the AFC championship game in three straight years and been to two straight Super Bowls.

It’s not like someone wasn’t ever going to be the new “team” in the NFL. If it’s the Chief’s time (it is), then so be it. It doesn’t change what the Patriots did for their (unprecedented 20-year) run.

I Might as Well Enjoy It

Brady has already stuck it to the Patriots and what he has the opportunity to do is historic. If he wins on Sunday, he would have the same number of Super Bowl victories as quarterbacks he has lost to in the playoffs. He would have more championships as an individual than any FRANCHISE in the NFL. He can continue to separate himself from possibly anyone to play football in the future.

So why not be on the right side of history? Why not be able to say “I saw him do the impossible.”

He’s on the cusp of it now. Might as well lean into it and be happy when he finishes the job.

Craig has spent the last ten years as a sports information professional, working for several schools across New England at the Division 3 level. A native of Peabody, Mass., Craig is a life-long Boston sports fan. He is also an avid player of fantasy football and baseball, and commissioner of the AKA Family Fantasy Football League. Like most other Turf team members, Craig has a penchant for theater, spending his high school and college years as a set designer, sound designer and theater shop worker. He became a father shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, and as such, hasn't really left his home since last December.

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