It’s safe to say that many fans of other teams dislike the Patriots. However someone feels about “deflategate” or Tom Brady, though, they can’t deny the fact that New England has some of the most diehard fans in the NFL. The region where most of them live is way up in the Northeast, so you may not have experienced what it’s like to spend time with them. Here are a few facts that may help paint a picture.
- They hate it when you say, “How are you a Pats fan if you’re not from Boston?”
Plain and simple: just don’t ever say this to a fan. First of all, they are the New England Patriots. If you’re talking to a Pats fan who lives in New England, there’s no reason for you to question their fandom. Sure, they were the Boston Patriots in the 1960s, but that was way back before the AFL and NFL merged. In other words, it’s ancient history.
Furthermore, the Patriots don’t even play in Boston, they play in Foxborough. Gillette Stadium is in fact closer to Providence, Rhode Island than it is to Boston, so to argue that they’re still fundamentally a Boston-based team is senseless.
- They are one of the most likely fanbases to live in a tiny home.
That’s what the data tells us, anyway. Homes.com recently conducted a survey on NFL fanbases’ home preferences, and the results found that Patriots fans were one of the most likely groups to consider living in a tiny home.
The findings also tell us that these fans are torn between preferring a rural or urban environment for their home. This actually makes a lot of sense considering the makeup of New England — there are a handful of cities but otherwise it’s fairly rural.
- Other people’s hatred only makes their love of the Pats stronger.
The only thing these fans hear when someone says “deflategate,” “cheaters,” or any other negative statement are reasons why they need to be even more passionate about their love for the team. The truth is that you’re never going to break a diehard Patriots fan’s spirit. You might as well keep the smack talk in your head unless you want it dished right back.
Football is more than just a game, and fans of New England know that to their core. The next time you run into one of them, keep these facts in mind. Avoid the smacktalk and maybe instead just mention the most recent comical thing Gronk did. At the end of the day, we’re all just football fans.