This is in reply to Amanda’s letter. If you have not read this letter on how disappointed she was with the way the Patriots handled themselves during the parade, read it here.
To Amanda and other Seahawk Fans Who Agree With Her Sentiment:
On the night of the Super Bowl, there were over 111 million viewers…the most watched TV show in all of television history. We can be sure that almost every Seahawk fan and every Patriot fan were glued to their TV.
You were excited at the prospect of getting your second consecutive win. Pete Carroll had something to prove being once fired from the New England Patriots and found his way back into the NFL, and proved with a Super Bowl win that he was a worthy coach and competitor.
I can assure you that as a Boston fan, I rooted for the Seahawks to win against Tom Brady’s rival, Peyton Manning. That blowout was amazing, and as a football fan, I had respect for the best defensive team in the league, and a nontraditional quarterback who is one of the few changing the QB role in the NFL.
With that being said, I can assure you that we had no ill will towards the Seahawks. The Patriots respected them, and to your credit, we fans were a little scared to face them. We knew it would be a tough game.
The whole Revis vs. Sherman thing didn’t really get under our skin. We may not like the way Sherman runs his mouth, but we’ve had our own stars to deal with and could just say “that’s Sherman being Sherman.” Just as long as he puts his money where his mouth is, he can get away with it.
In the city of Boston we’ve seen our share of parades, and even when we beat the Yankees, we didn’t dig on them. In fact many of us show respect to the greats like Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter. A worthy rival makes for great sports moments.
But this year, was different and I’ll tell you why.
Picture if you will, a Patriots fan on the night of the AFC championship game. It wasn’t just a win, it was a historic blowout. This meant we were going to the Super Bowl. It meant Brady and Bellichick could get their fourth win. Something that would cement this Patriots dynasty next to football legends like Joe Montana and the San Fransico 49ers.
I cannot tell you the excitement I felt that night, and how much I looked forward to listening to sports radio and watching highlights and all the media making their predictions and analysis going up against the best defense in the league. The Seahawks also had an amazing NFC comeback, and I knew this match up would be a nail biter.
Instead of basking in the afterglow of our AFC win, we were slammed with what would become known as “deflategate”.
I don’t know how long you’ve been a Seattle Seahawks fan or what that means in your area, but I’m pretty sure you don’t understand what it means to be a Boston or New England fan in general. It’s a tough city to play for and our local media never lets a team get away with anything. Neither do the fans. Passionate would be an understatement to describe Boston fans. We’re down right brutal, but we also are some of the most loyal and most hardcore fans you’ll ever meet.
Many sports journalists were very quick to attack the Patriots. People around the country took people like Rosenberg, Kravitz and Mortensen at their word. They called us cheaters and that the Patriots didn’t deserve to go to the Super Bowl. As if everything they worked so hard to achieve was meaningless.
Belichick and Brady stood their ground. Kraft supported his guys, and so did the fans. It was truly us against them. I even remember Sherman making his little digs during media day, but even that didn’t bother me very much. We’re used to the hate and we’ve got a tough skin.
In our minds, and in the minds of all those players, The Patriots had to win this Super Bowl. Why you may ask? Well, to quote Brady “This game is about honor. It’s about respect.” Since their poor start in the beginning, people like Dilfer were saying that Brady was old and “let’s face it, the Patriots just aren’t good any more.” Then we have the witch hunt and attack that is “deflategate”, which turns out was filled with a bunch of hot air. I even read a story of a young boy in Florida who wore his Patriots jersey and was bullied to the point of being in tears.
They. Hate. Us.
Now that you have some sort of understanding of what this game meant to the Patriots and their fans, I will point out one significant moment. It was the end of the third quarter and Wilson sent a touchdown into the end zone. That meant a devastating 10 point deficit for us this late in the game. Our hearts sunk. Every Patriot fan watching and praying for a miracle, and what do we see? Sherman looking straight into the camera in front of 111 million plus viewers and taunting us. 24 with the hand gestures and saying touchdown. Revis is number 24, and he happened to be covering that player. Sherman’s rival corner back. Rubbing salt into a wound of fans that were already feeling the sting.
You gave the excuse that he was caught up in the heat of the moment, but I didn’t notice any Patriot player taunting your team or another player to the camera in front of 111 million plus viewers. In fact, I saw nothing but the class Belichick would expect his players to show after the game, and even during. When Brady had that amazing comeback in the 4th quarter to take the lead, I don’t recall any Patriots player taunting you Seahawks fans in the camera. Yet when the Seahawks knew they lost after that interception, I saw some players being poor sports and acting like hockey players to get their jabs in. Classy move.
When we won, and the camera showed Sherman’s face of shock, we in my living room extended our middle fingers up to my TV screen, a gesture we rarely would ever do, but after his taunting, he deserved it.
And as for the parade….well, the parade isn’t for you. The parade isn’t for the media or for football fans across the country. The parade is for the players to show appreciation and celebrate with their fans. Frankly, I could care less what the Seahawks do at their parade. That’s between them and their fans.
The signs and shirt were made by fans, and a few players got caught up in the excitement of it. Most were sick of the bandwagon of haters that had something to say throughout the year and the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The sign you most likely are speaking of was a meme created or promoted by one of our Red Sox players. It wasn’t a picture of the whole team or your symbol of the organization as a whole. It was a picture of a guy who was over-confident and opened his mouth to 111 million plus viewers too soon and it backfired.
And you better believe we as fans will respond.
If we lost that game, and you as fans did the same, we wouldn’t write a letter to a network complaining about poor sportsmanship. Why? Because as fans we get it.
If you choose to no longer respect the whole Patriots organization because of a couple players having fun with some of the best sports fans in the country, then get in line with many others who have been there long before you were ever a Seahawks fan. It won’t change us or our love for our teams. It won’t change the fact that Brady and Belichick have become a legacy in the NFL. And it certainly doesn’t taint what this win has meant to them or us fans.
So go on and write your letter on how much you don’t respect us, because as Rhett Butler once so eloquently put it… “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Leila from the best city of fans and teams I’m proud to call home.