- Dec 21, 2015
Well, I think you're missing that it's less about the team's success and more about the extraordinary individual contributors whom we've come to know, in a sense, as fans. It's harder to have an emotional bond with an amorphous entity like a team, than it is with an exemplary player (or even coach) from that team. Lots of fandom starts with having sports heroes, and then following and rooting for the team by extension or as a result. Brady and Belichick retiring (and they're expected to do so in close time proximity) means that several of the biggest emotional attachments a Patriots fan will have to the sport will go away. It doesn't mean they'll be consigned to a dark age - indeed, I would expect their success to continue - it just means there's a natural opportunity to make a clean break. At that point, a (former) fan might not care whether the Patriots succeed or not. They just refuse to make any new close ties, refuse to make following the team and league a priority in their lives anymore.I'm not sure what stipulates "stop being good" so I just inverted last season's record as 4-12 would definitely not be good. And again, I don't think there's anything wrong with that, but I don't think it falls under taking a moral stand either. I think I'm just hung up on the "I'll stop watching the NFL when the Patriots are no longer good... for moral reasons" as obviously the posters make a lot of good points in regards to the issues with the sport and especially with the league. So I'll assume I'm just an idiot arguing semantics and this will be my last post on the subject to avoid further adding to the noise.