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The Antonio Brown signing once again debunks the myth of the “Patriot Way” even if New England fans won’t admit it

The Antonio Brown signing once again debunks the myth of the “Patriot Way” even if New England fans won’t admit it

By Kevin Flanagan

BSD Senior Staff Writer

Pure Belichickian.

Following the Patriots signing of Antonio Brown – the self-absorbed diva who the term d-bag only scratches the surface of describing a guy who just took TNT to two NFL franchises in less than a calendar year – the exultation that many of the sycophants who can find nothing but praise for an organization that likes to think of themselves as the model franchise that all others in professional sports should emulate is quite frankly sickening.

While the “Patriot Way” was once considered a noble thing, the truth is they believe in what made the Raiders “The Raiders” back in their halcyon days of the 1970s and ‘80s.

Just win, baby.

Nevermind that the nitwit wideout squandered $30 million guaranteed because he didn’t like his outdated helmet and nearly lost his feet to frostbite in the offseason, there is no doubt that this dimwitted dickhead will suddenly find his way under the benevolent hand of Bill Belichick is nothing short of outlandish optimism from a fanbase that has transformed a football coach into some sort of diety, right?

I doubt it.

And yet the pious Patriots fans – especially those who have only known New England football with the hallowed Hoodie and Tom Brady – will twist themselves into pretzels to turn this trip to the bowels of everything that is wrong with the culture in the NFL when it comes to the lack of character of the players who entertain millions every week from September until February because they have a couple bucks on the games in the office pool.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot.  “In Bill we trust” has replaced the pledge of allegiance in schools all across New England over the past two decades.

To them, this is just the latest coup from conscienceless coach/franchise czar to could care less about the character of the men he chooses to play for his team as long as they can help him win on any given Sunday.

While it is likely that the addition of the DB known as AB will likely send a shudder down the spine of the other 31 teams in the league that already wet themselves when they face Bill and Tom, it should also inspire a sour taste in the mouths of the fans for the team that calls Foxboro home once their initial glee is gone.

But who am I kidding?  There is no way it will.

Just like at almost every level of professional sports, those who only care about the wins and losses of the laundry they root for will be thrilled.  “Who cares if he is an a-hole?  He’s our a-hole now,” will be the overwhelming response from a fanbase that quite frankly overestimates themselves whenever the opportunity arises.

The term “Patriot Way” is pathetic.  It has been a myth since its inception nearly 20 years ago.  If guys like Corey Dillon, Randy Moss, Albert Haynseworth, Michael Floyd, Aquib Talib, and Aaron Hernandez are any indication, Belichick and the organization that he leads couldn’t care less about the quality of the people his puts in a Pats uniform for any given game, just their play on the field for 3 hours a week during the fall and winter.

Rejoice, Patriots fans.  You just landed one of the most talented wide receivers in the game today.

Too bad he is one of the biggest turds in the overflowing professional football punchbowl, as well.

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