Newsflash, Eagles fans: Tom Brady's hand is just fine. We know he'll find a way to use a radio host's diss of his daughter as motivation in Sunday's game, and let’s not forget that Gronk is back from getting his bell rung, looking healthy and ready to roll.
I'll be open and honest upfront: this prediction is purely that of a diehard Patriots fan, someone who bleeds red, white and Tom Brady-blue. As a native of Stoneham, Massachusetts, a small town just north of Boston, I grew up a watching Steve Grogan, John “Hog” Hannah and Andre Tippett.
I sat in the old Foxboro stadium, shivering my okole off in the freezing cold during the Pats' 1-15 season in 1990, and I was there to watch my beloved team get completely dismantled by the '86 Bears.
It’s time to talk about Gronk pronouncing the location of the Super Bowl “Minneanapolis” pic.twitter.com/TF5t4QphHN— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) January 30, 2018
But that was then, and this is now – and we’ve still got Tom Brady calling signals. The last 17 years have been very good to Patriots fans; eight trips to the 'Big Game' and five Super Bowl rings aren't too shabby.
Speaking of fans: Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg says he won't be devastated if New England loses to the Eagles on Sunday. Are you kidding me!? What kind of Pats fan are you, Marky Mark? Just because you once played Vince Papale in the 2006 Disney movie Invincible doesn't give you the right to waver in the biggest game of the season.
Then again, this is the same Wahlberg who famously left last year’s Super Bowl early and missed the greatest comeback in sports history. I knew there was a reason I liked his brother Donny better!
Are Patriots fans arrogant, over-confident and full of themselves? Absolutely. But consider that there are many Philly fans who are vile and just plain cruel. These people booed Santa, threw batteries at opponents, puked on an 11-year-old and even insulted that adorable 99-year-old Vikings fan during last week’s NFC title game.
Somebody send the guy that pulled the table to the pit of misery pic.twitter.com/6bIP4ee0Tv— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) January 23, 2018
When we watched Eagles fans toss glass beer bottles at the Vikings' team buses following last week's game, one thing was certain: if there was any fan base in the NFL capable of getting America to root for the Patriots, it was the Eagles.
Here's how this Patriots diehard sees this game going down: First of all, the first quarter streak will come to an end. Incredibly, in seven Super Bowls, Bill Belichick's team have never scored a point in the first quarter. That ends on Sunday!
Look for the game to be close until the 4th quarter, when halftime adjusts will take over and propel Brady into history: on Sunday, he'll become the first 5-time Super Bowl MVP, winning ring number six by a score of 27-23, thanks to a late touchdown inside the final two minutes by Danny "Playoff" Amendola.
Like we did 13 years ago, the Patriots and TB12 will once again break the hearts of those in the "City of Brotherly Love."
Fire up the duckboats, Beantown. The Patriots are having another championship parade on Tuesday.
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