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  • Frank Talk: Count the New England Patriots out

  • New England Patriots fans have clearly suffered enough.


    How long are we going to make excuses for this team?


    These bums didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl this year.

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  • New England Patriots fans have clearly suffered enough.
    How long are we going to make excuses for this team?
    These bums didn’t even make it to the Super Bowl this year.
    We’ve got to stop bedecking the pot-bellied pig that is the New England Patriots’ overall performance with the pink frou-frou of complacency.
    The numbers don’t lie.
    They don’t even fib.
    The fact is the Patriots have only made it to five Super Bowls in the last 11 years.
    And how many have they won?
    Just three.
    Three out of five? I may not be a math scholar, but that’s hardly more than 50 percent.
    And it only gets worse.
    Let’s not forget they lost the last two Super Bowls they managed to slink into.
    That’s two Super Bowl losses in the last five years. I may not have gotten the best algebra scores in high school, but that’s like losing almost half of all the Super Bowls played in the last five years.
    Think about that. They blew almost half of all the Super Bowls played in the last five years.
    It’s embarrassing.
    OK, let’s look at the “lost year” that was this season.
    They only won 12 of 16 games. I may not be a numbers-cruncher from MIT, but that means they lost four games during the regular season, or a game every four times they played.
    And how could they have fared any better, given the statistics?
    They averaged a piddling 34.8 points per game. That’s not even five touchdowns for every four quarters of football. That’s only 1.25 touchdowns per quarter.
    I may be no walking abacus, but I know piddling when I try to count it.
    Sure, some wise guy might try to make excuses by pointing out that 34.8 points per game was first in the league.
    OK, that may be true, "professor."
    But there are only 32 teams in the entire league. It’s not like they were first among hundreds or thousands or anything.
    I may be no Einstein, but when it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a disappointing New England Patriots franchise.
    We just can’t count on these guys.
    Frank Mulligan is an editor in GateHouse Media New England’s Plymouth office, and can be reached at fmulligan@wickedlocal.com.
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