I, of all people, should not be surprised. From 1992 to 1994, I was the director of entertainment for the Patriots. Believe me, those bleak years were anything but entertaining.
Back then, they played at Foxboro Stadium, best known for having the worst field conditions in professional football, in front of maybe 20,000 fans, best known for urinating off the upper terrace and assaulting women in the dirt parking lot. Really!
In other words, this was a drunken, dirty, obnoxious crowd. I don’t mean that in a good way.
Those fans were an embarrassment. The team stunk — 6-10 in 1991 and 2-14 in 1992 — and there wasn’t a lot to cheer about. Remember Dick MacPherson? Exactly.
But isn’t that when true fans continue to show up … and know how to use the indoor plumbing?
Well, exit Hugh Millen/Scott Zolak and enter Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady. Guess what? The crowds started showing up again.
It’s easy to be a fan when your team wins three Super Bowls in four years, but one loss at home in a couple of seasons and the rats jump off the sinking ship like Tom Brady jumped off Bridget Moynihan.
This past Sunday, when the Pats took a beating, their fans couldn’t take a hit.
In fairness to Patriot fans, anybody would have left with the way Ronnie Brown was shredded New England that day. But Guerrero brings up a good point and it’ll be interesting to see how loyal Pats fans are if the team starts to go down without Brady.