I kind of, sort of get Patriots fans cheering for Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy G is Tom Brady’s former backup, and he has done a really good job mimicking Brady’s attitude, intensity, and pregame run down the field. I mean, I don’t remember anybody rallying behind Matt Cassel or Brian Hoyer, but I also get why Garoppolo is different.
I’m not going to be that guy who tells people who they can and can’t cheer for. If you want to cheer for Jimmy G and the 49ers then you go a head, and I hope that you enjoy the Super Bowl. For me, it really is a lose, lose situation. This will be the first Super Bowl since Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packer beat the Pittsburgh Steelers that I am not cheering for anybody to win. I love football so I’m going to watch the game, but I’m really going to be cheering for a good, competitive, entertaining game.
Nightmare Scenario #1: Chiefs Win The Super Bowl
Over the last couple of seasons the Kansas City Chiefs have somehow become the Patriots greatest rivals. The Tom Brady / Patrick Mahomes scorecard currently sit at 2-1 in favor of Brady and the Patriots, and yet the Chiefs Kingdom who is returning to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969 have pumped their chest for the last two seasons like they had actually accomplished anything. As a Patriots fan, the Kansas City Chiefs are the most insufferable fan base in the NFL.
Patrick Maohmes is a fantastic quarterback, and he very well could be the most talented player in the NFL right now. But, the love affair with Mahomes and the media is another reason that the Chiefs winning would be devastating to me, because it would just solidify an already annoying narrative. Is this jealousy on my part? I wouldn’t say jealous, the Patriots have accomplished too much in my life time for me to be jealous of a team who has one more divisional championship than the Patriots have AFC Championships.
I think for me it’s going to be the pedestal that the Chiefs “Kingdom” is going to put themselves on if they win the Super Bowl. Since 2017 I have talked and wrote about the New England Patriots, and you will never hear me say the word “We” when I am referring to the team that actually plays the game. Chiefs fans actually believe that they have contributed to the Chiefs very recent success. Sitting at home watching games, or going to a stadium with a great acoustics and cheering as loud as you can has nothing to do with Patrick Mahomes having an offensive genius as a head coach and the fastest wide receivers in the NFL. I have celebrated the Patriots accomplishments as a fan. Chiefs fans celebrate the Chiefs accomplishments as their own. If there was ever a fan base that I wouldn’t want to see celebrate their favorite teams championship, it’s the Chiefs, because if we think that they are insufferable now, I can only imagine what they’ll be like if Patrick Mahomes lifts the Lombardi Trophy in Miami.
Nightmare Scenario #2: 49ers Win The Super Bowl
Jimmy Garoppolo hoisting the Lombardi Trophy wearing a San Francisco jersey does nothing for me. I really couldn’t care less if he ever wins another championship. Just because he was a Patriot, doesn’t mean he’s still a Patriot. The 49ers have the opportunity to tie the Patriots and the Steelers with six championships and the irony of Jimmy Garoppolo achieving that franchise milestone the same season Tom Brady had one of his worst statistical years and the Patriots being bounced from the playoffs so early it almost feels like Jimmy G is purposely rubbing it in Robert Kraft’s and Pats Nations face. Obviously he isn’t, but you get the idea.
I’ll be honest when I say that I don’t understand why Patriots fans are cheering so passionately for Jimmy Garoppolo as if he was still a New England Patriot. He’s not, and I just can’t get passionate about somebody who’s not wearing the blue, red, and silver jersey, even if they’re facing the Kansas City Chiefs. If Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick were leading the 49ers to Super Bowl 54, nobody in Pats Nation would be cheering with this much love and admiration.
To make a long story short, I cheer for the New England Patriots and the players that are on the team. I am a fan of Jimmy Garoppolo, just like I’m a fan of JJ Watt. But, there will never be a time that I openly cheer for them. That’s why if I had my way, we would just cancel the Super Bowl and get started with the 2020 offseason and focus on Tom Brady’s contract status.
It’s ok to not care who wins the Super Bowl, especially since when we know it hurt the Patriots not matter who wins. This is obviously just my opinion, and frankly I don’t care who cheers for who because I can only control the things that I do. But, if you’re a Patriots fan, it’s ok not to cheer for anybody else to win the Super Bowl, even if one of those players is the former backup of the greatest Patriot of all time. If Tom Brady were to leave the Patriots this year (He won’t, but if he did) I wouldn’t be cheering for him to win a Super Bowl. In fact, besides staying healthy I wouldn’t be cheering for anything good to happen to him. I appreciate everything Brady has done for the Patriots, I would probably continue wearing his jersey, but if he decided he no longer wanted to be a Patriot, that’s his decision. I cheer for the Patriots, I don’t cheer for players. If you’re a player on the Patriots then I will cheer for you, if you’re not, then I won’t.
That’s why Super Bowl 54 actually sucks. I don’t want the 49ers to tie the Patriots. I don’t want Chiefs Kingdom to win their championship, and the reality is, one of the scenarios is going to happen. Now I have two weeks to figure out which one of these nightmares I want to wake up to the day after the Super Bowl.