Fans of the New England Patriots and all of Boston's sports teams are not shy about boasting when their squads succeed. That fact was reinforced on Wednesday when the Boston Herald chose a couple of aggressive options for their placards to be handed out during the Super Bowl following the Patriots' win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The use of "One Finger to Go" is something that shouldn't be surprising. New England has four Super Bowl titles in the last 15 years, and with the "one for the thumb" movement used in other sports previously, this was a slam dunk. However, "DEFLATE THIS!" is so excruciatingly Boston.
This type of in-your-face insult to the rest of the NFL world may be warranted in this case, and it certainly should not be unexpected. The Patriots managed to win without even the hint of impropriety in the Super Bowl, and with how dominant New England was in the AFC Championship Game, it is easy to see how fans would be ready to pound their chest.
The Herald is playing to the crowd here, and the paper can't be discredited for that.
- Brad Rowland
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