As you can imagine, there aren’t many people outside of New England rooting for the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Every single state in the United States other than North Dakota would rather root for the Eagles–America’s most despised fanbase–than the Patriots.
Why? Primarily because for much of the last two decades, the Belichick-Brady and the Patriots have obliterated the competitive balance in the NFL. The Patriots have advanced to eight Super Bowls in the Brady-Belichick era, 12 AFC championships (including seven in a row), and played in four of the last seven Super Bowls. It’s not as fun to go paintballing when one of your opponents has a bazooka.
Giants’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall is fed up with the Patriots stomping all over the entire NFL, and says the onus falls in the hands of the other 31 NFL teams. Appearing on “Inside the NFL”, the six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl-less Marshall went on a rant for the ages.
“The league is not competitive,” Marshall said. “We all should be ashamed. Even you guys covering them on TV should be ashamed. Players should be ashamed, coaches should be ashamed, owners should be ashamed. How do we let these guys do this year in and year out? Congratulations. You guys are phenomenal. You can’t get any better. But how do 31 other organizations let this happen? I know Ray (Lewis) is going to say, ‘I won a Super Bowl. I did my job.’ You should have won five.”
He’s right, but for a guy who hasn’t played in one playoff game, calling out Ray Lewis who definitely didn’t kill someone, is a courageous move.