The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Patriots Getting Tons of Respect, Doubted By No One
Originally posted 1/26/2004

Patriots coach Bill Belichick talks about how nobody thinks his team can't win
FOXBORO, MA - The heavily favored AFC champion New England Patriots, who will face the upstart Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday, appeared dismayed and bewildered when talking to reporters this week. "I don't know what to say," said cornerback Ty Law. "Nobody's underestimating us. Everyone's giving us respect. It's tough to come up with cliched rhetoric for that situation."

The Patriots, whom no one doubts can beat the Panthers, not only believe in themselves but are believed in by experts, analysts, oddsmakers and fans the world over. "What can I tell you guys?" Patriots coach Bill Belichick said at a press conference on Friday. "I'd love to say we're motivated to go out there and prove 'em wrong, but, everyone's picking us. Not that I blame them. We have won fourteen games in a row."

"You just wait," said Patriots fan Steve Fitzpatrick of Pawtucket, RI. "Everyone's finally gonna know that the Patriots are for real!

"Not that anyone suspects otherwise, though," Fitzpatrick continued. "I guess what I'm saying is that the Super Bowl will reinforce what we already know, which is that the Patriots are for real. And have been for quite some time."

"We always believed that if we came together as a team and played our best, we could get this far," said tight end Christian Fauria. "But then again, so did everybody else. You know, since we won the Super Bowl two years ago, and everything. Normally I'd say how we wanted to go out there and show up all those people who are doubting us, but, no one's doubting us. It's weird."

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