Amanda from Tacoma, Washington, really, really, really dislikes the way the New England Patriots celebrated their victory over her Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Her open letter questions whether the Patriots took the “Patriot Way” after their triumph.
“Flying off at the mouth during the intensity and high stress moments of a football game is one thing, but going out of your way to parade around in front of your fans holding disrespectful signs and t-shirts directed towards the opposing team is simply bad form,” she writes. “The spectacle that players on your team have created not only rubs salt into an already painful wound but it tells those around you that you have no respect for any other teams or their fans.”
In Wednesday’s rolling rally through Boston’s streets, fans threw shirts, footballs, and placards upon the duck boats for Patriots players to sign–one even tossed Rob Gronkowski a beer, a beverage several of the Patriots players seemed well acquainted with by the early afternoon event. The cameras quickly identified some of the flying objects as disrespectful toward the Seahawks and several Patriots players didn’t catch themselves before joining the group taunt against the Seahawks. Laughing running backs Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount, for instance, held aloft a shirt that referred to Marshawn Lynch as “B*tch Mode” instead of “Beast Mode.”
One of Wednesday’s more memorable incidents of a Patriots player taunting a Seahawks player stemmed from that Seahawks player taunting a Patriots player. When the Seahawks extended their lead to 10 in the second half on a Doug Baldwin touchdown, which witnessed the receiver pretend to defecate on the ball, Richard Sherman ridiculed his counterpart on New England Darrelle Revis for blowing the coverage. He flashed two and then four fingers to the cameras (Revis wears number 24) and the touchdown signal with his arms. When a fan threw onto a duck boat a placard with that image of Sherman holding up his four fingers with a caption inquiring about the number of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl rings, Patriots slot receiver Julian Edelman held it up and then slapped it down.
“Any respect I had for your team before this incident was quickly lost when I saw your arrogant and unprofessional behavior,” Amanda penned. “Am I saying that the Seahawks have been perfect in this area? Absolutely not. But I can say without a shadow of a doubt that we have never taken things to the level you have chosen to and I honestly find it despicable.”
You mad, bro?