Patriots fans show inconsistency

October 9, 2007 at 3:10 pm Leave a comment

There’s a good reason to cheer for the New England Patriots thus far. The team has begun its season by winning its first five games, all by lopsided scores.

Yet for those who view sports as a prism for character, the Patriots’ success is troubling. Their head coach, Bill Belichick, cost his team a hefty fine after the New York Jets caught Patriots personnel spying on them during a game. Two Patriots players have drawn media scrutiny for their behavior on and off the field — quarterback Tom Brady for being the Don Giovanni of Gillette Stadium, and safety Rodney Harrison for using the banned substance human growth hormone and getting a four-game suspension as a result.

Are New Englanders so championship-hungry that they will overlook any of their NFL team’s transgressions if it wins a title? The answer, so far, seems to be yes. But it does make Bay Staters look mighty hypocritical when, say, they criticize Barry Bonds because of the steroid saga.

I’m not calling for us to bring Belichick, Harrison and Brady to Salem and put them in the Puritan stocks. But I do think the perils of the Patriots should remind us of a timeless lesson: we should not equate a game played and run by competitive Croesuses with heroism.

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