Why I Won’t Be Rooting For The Pats…

As most of you know, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will be heading to this year’s Super Bowl.  I have a confession to make: I couldn’t be too much less interested in NFL football than I am, at least when it comes to keeping up with who’s who and what teams are moving/stagnating.  Sadly, I’m not alone.

Each year our nation is faced with a tragedy of epic proportions: Super Bowl viewers with no team to root for.  Watching a football game without having someone to swear at or root for is like watching a women’s soccer game that your girl friend invited you out to; you try to act entertained by two teams that you’ve never heard of before and pray that you’ll get lucky that night, except during the Super Bowl replace ‘girl friend’ with ‘everyone else in the nation’ and ‘get lucky’ with ‘won’t look like an idiot the next day at the office in front of all the NFL fans’.

So here is my simple solution: see if Tom O’Brien or Chuck have any reps on the Giants and/or Patriots and give them preference.  As good NC State fans, we all know that a game would be complete without as anger and spite, so we’ll also look at who has the most UNC fans and deduct that from  who we root for. Former ECU players will be noted, but much like in actual college athletics, won’t be factored into any decision making.


All things starting out even, we see NO former NC State players on either team.  I would insert a clever quip about Tom O’Brien’s athletes, but I’m still patting myself on the back for that ECU jab.

That being said, the Giants do have 4 former Tom O’Brien players (Chris Snee, G; Mark Herzlich, LB; Mathias Kiwanuka, LB; and Will Blackmon, CB) so we’ll give the Giants half a point for each.


Counting against them they have Hakeem Nicks, WR, who provided $3,300 in improper benefits to players once leaving for the NFL.  The New York Giants are also hosting the infamous Anchorman Austin, himself!  For each of these players’ affiliation with ‘the sinking flagship’, that will cost them a point each.  Fortunately for the Giants, I think we have to give them a little credit for helping to do more damage to UNC than we ever could have dreamed of doing, so we’ll recoup them half a point each for their meritorious actions.

The Giants also have a guy from ECU but, as I mentioned before, no one cares.  No point deduction.


The Patriots are also lacking in NC State talent which, again, is probably deserving of some kind of smart-alik response.  They also contain a couple former O’Brien players in Dan Koppen, G, and Ron Brace, DE.  Again, half a point each.


Since we’re struggling for tie-breakers, we should also throw in there at the Patriots have a player recruited by Butch Davis.  Vince Wilfork is a decent enough person and a talented player, but he was recruited by Butch Davis to go to Miami right before Davis headed off to the Cleveland Browns.  We’ll take half a point for that from the Pats.


It looks like as an NC State fan, I have to go with the Giants.  Yeah, that means I’ll be rooting for a couple Tar Heels, but they are Tar Heels that did an effective job of running off a $2 million/year investment from the Rams Club and stabbed the UNC football program in the back right when Tom O’Brien is starting to get something going in Raleigh.  I’m not sure how much I can hate on someone who is capable of so much destruction at UNC.  The Giants also have several of Tom O’Brien’s players which seems to bring up then old adage ‘any friend of Tom’s is a friend of mine.’

I’m sure there will be a lot of discussion here and on our message boards about who everyone wants to root for, but for this Wolfpacker all I have to say is ‘Go Giants!’

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24 Responses to Why I Won’t Be Rooting For The Pats…

  1. Alpha Wolf 01/24/2012 at 10:20 AM #

    I’m not rooting for either team until I see where they are in the game relative to my numbers on the all-important scoring pool sheet. Since I have no personal interest in either team (I had as good a chance of playing in the Super Bowl this season as did any of the players on the team I pull for) I’ll just be selfish and pull for them both to put the right numbers up on the scoreboard.

  2. WV Wolf 01/24/2012 at 10:26 AM #

    Andre Brown is listed as being on the practice squad for the Giants.

    I hate the Pats but I’m not sure I want to live in a world where Marvin Austin has a Super Bowl ring. I’m sure he’ll have to pawn it in 3 years but still.

  3. NCStatePride 01/24/2012 at 10:27 AM #

    (@Alpha Wolf) Glad to see someone else matches my level of enthusiasm for any particular team on the field. My method isn’t exactly… err… scientific.

  4. 4in12 01/24/2012 at 10:43 AM #

    My wife grew up on Cape Cod so the part about ‘get lucky’ applies in my house.

  5. El Lobo Loco! 01/24/2012 at 11:14 AM #

    The Pats have never been a team I liked…. Neither have been the Giants
    so no favorites….

    nothing wrong with that, most of the time the SB is all about the tailgate and havign a good time with friends….

    PS If it wasn;t for Eli Manning I’d root for the giants

  6. Oldwolf 01/24/2012 at 11:21 AM #

    if you factor in the Eli vs PR and the Giants/Bolts trade factor, then you need to remove something from the Giants, but if Andre is on the practice squad then that might just offset it.

  7. coppertop 01/24/2012 at 11:34 AM #

    I was going to make the point about Eli/Phillip, If only for that reason I think I might have to pull for the Pats as I don’t want Eli to have 2 rings to Phillip’s zero…

  8. lawful 01/24/2012 at 11:45 AM #

    Until Brady stops landing hotter chicks than me and bringing in more $ than me, I’m anti-Pats. lawful=H8R

  9. coppertop 01/24/2012 at 11:46 AM #

    ^Then don’t read it. Entertainment rarely is enjoyed by everyone the same way! 🙂

    [Editor’s note: this is referring to a post that was deleted for obviously not appreciating true art. Well put, coppertop!]

    Like NCStatePride, I don’t care for either team, and would have been fine with a team I could careless about playing in it. With these, I don’t want either of them to win!

  10. 61Packer 01/24/2012 at 11:48 AM #

    I’ll be dadlammed if I’ll pull for Lawrence Taylor’s old team.

    I can’t stand either one of them either, but go Pats!

  11. Wulfpack 01/24/2012 at 12:03 PM #

    Don’t care for either team, though you have to hand it to both for their continued excellence. As for the whole Eli thing, I don’t care. I’d rather see him hoist another trophy than Brady, it’s as simple as that for me. He’s shown to be a very good QB in this league. Whether or not he is among the “elite” can be up for debate, though I think winning two Super Bowls would pretty much do the trick, assuming he plays decent enough.

  12. TheAliasTroll 01/24/2012 at 12:06 PM #

    I’m of the opinion that watching a superbowl regardless of which two teams are playing is not the same thing as watching women’s soccer.

  13. Pack Mentality 01/24/2012 at 12:06 PM #

    Those ECU comments were hilarious. Just like almost every year I could care less about the super bowl. I’ve found that betting on the game – even small amounts does get you interested. I put $20 on all the games for the past 2 weeks…I am even on all the bets, but it did keep me interested in the games with a team to pull for.

  14. Texpack 01/24/2012 at 12:29 PM #

    I think this year’s Super Bowl provides an excellent opportunity to conduct a little nuclear testing. Between the Giants, Patriots, and Madonna there is absolutely no redeeming value to this game. At least the murderer Ray Lewis isn’t playing.

  15. old13 01/24/2012 at 12:52 PM #

    I gave up pro FB years ago – after the second strike I think. But I wouldn’t support anything of which a Manning (NOT Terrell) is a part!

  16. Howler 01/24/2012 at 1:30 PM #

    To really enjoy it, you should come up with a good drinking game. For instance, drink every time they show Peyton as a spectator up in the luxury box, or every time they refer to the game as a “rematch” from 5 years ago even though very few of those players are still on the rosters.

  17. tjfoose1 01/24/2012 at 1:38 PM #

    For all that he has given us, I was thinking we should give Austin a +10, then I remembered this was for rooting interest, not appreciation.

  18. West Coaster 01/24/2012 at 3:01 PM #

    Wulfpack –
    Not that I’m a big Tom Brady fan . . . but vs Eli Manning??
    Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round & only really got the chance to prove himself when Bledsoe got injured — & all without the help of his family name or being a little bitch about which team did draft him. Maybe you don’t like that he dates supermodels or something, but I have to have respect for him proving himself the way that E. Manning didn’t &/or wouldn’t do.

  19. WolfDude 01/24/2012 at 4:19 PM #

    To try out a new idea this year, I organized my Fantasy Football league so that the playoffs occur during the actual NFL playoffs. Basically, the top 4 teams from the regular season have “playoff rosters” that accumulate points throughout the entire playoffs. The team with the most points at the conclusion of the Super Bowl wins. Being a Panthers fan, it has made these playoffs more fun to watch than any postseason in recent memory.

    That being said, I don’t really care who wins the game but I will definitely watch to cheer on Welker, Gostkowski, Cruz, Bradshaw, and Manning (I know, I’m not a fan either, but he has the most points of any player so far this postseason).


  20. Wulfpack 01/24/2012 at 5:57 PM #

    Brady is a media darling. Eli just goes out there and plays, despite all the criticism. He’s proven he’s an elite QB, and he’s done it quietly and without the media’s help.

  21. West Coaster 01/24/2012 at 8:43 PM #

    “…quietly and without the media’s help.”
    Humm, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  22. ncsuallday 01/24/2012 at 10:26 PM #

    I won’t be pulling for the Pats because Bill Bilocheck (sp?) is coaching. Lets remember when the Panthers played the Pats for the SB and lost by three points. Later, it was found that Bill had cheated by videotaping his opponents sidelines and paying people to read the lips of coaches (now you see them hold clip boards over their mouth when calling a play) so that way he knew what plays were being called and when there were fakes (draws, play action pass, etc.). With that being said, it’s not difficult to imagine that without that advantage the Panthers and the state of North Carolina could have brought home the title. It makes me angry every time I see him on television. He only paid minor fines when he should have been forced to vacate games, if not seasons, and the superbowl that year. I think he should have been banned from the NFL, but that’s just me.

  23. Pack85EE 01/25/2012 at 5:27 PM #

    I was looking for a comment like ncsuallday provided, and satisfied when I read it. I agree 100%. The Pats cheat which make them a whole lot like the UNCHEATS. I agree about the Eli vs Philop thing but I’ll just have to pull for him against the Patriots.

  24. gotohe11carolina 01/26/2012 at 8:53 PM #

    I think we would be better off letting wood launch half court shots

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