This is the greatest sports book of all time ! Well, not really, but it is quite good. I have to admit that as a long-time Vikings fan, I can agree with the author, who simultaneously: a. loves my Vikes, and b. recognizes the "Cheatriots" for what they are. There is no real reason for me to hate the Pats. My team is not even in the AFC. There are plenty of teams that have won the "Show" that I don't resent. Maybe it was that guy who kept giving me sh** during that Vikings-Patriots Monday Night Game, even though it was clear that his team would win. Instead of being cool about it, he wanted to rub my nose in it. My buddy almost ended up choking this dude, and I help them apart. Also, "Patriot Nation" really is a "bandwagon" group. When their team was losing a playoff game after their first Super Bowl Win, they actually chanted "Red Sox, Red Sox !" (i.e, f**** you, Patriots, if you don't win, you might as well jump off a cliff, cause we can watch baseball (by the way, their baseball team also is mired in controversy, thanks to Manny Ramirez, who is a doper and who would be working in a McDonalds if he could not hit a fastball).
But I digress. Yes, they cheated. Yes, they let other teams develop talent and then "raid" it (compare how they "develop" talent with how the Colts and Steelers do, which is, internally !). Most cruddy teams try to just buy talent. Also, their head coach with his "bum" cutoff sweatshirt irks me. How hard would it be to get a normal sweatshirt and show some respect ? Their fans bug me. Steeler fans seem ok. Colts fans are ok. Pats fans remind me of Green Bay fans, in that they are almost always jerks and uncool.
BTW, that first win vs. the Rams, they only won because they cheated, both before it, and during the game. Watch the game sometime.Read more ›
Ken Knight does a fabulous job with leading you to Chapter six etitled, "Spygate*". Secrets revealed behind closed doors to Roger Goodell by Bill Belichick that taping of plays went back to the year 2000! Oh, and no surprise, the 2002 playoff game Vs. the Steelers taped footage was also reveled in this book on one of the four tapes turned into Mr. Goodell. This book tells it like it is; and is a steal at under twenty dollars. They should place a book on each seat at New England's Gillette stadium. Yes, I'm from New England and have always cheered for the Steelers! Even when they were losing...Something MOST Patriot fans do not do...Perfect tite "Bandwagon Nation"! Do not hesitate to but this book. If I could give it six stars I would!
There are harsh realities and truths that people will always choose to ignore. Something about the written word brings legitimacy to previously neglected ideas and notions.
People can't only be told the truth--sometimes it has to be written with conviction, with no hesitation and no apologies.
That's exactly what Ken Knight did when he took on the daunting task of researching and writing his first book, New England: Bandwagon Nation.
An aspiring writer by his own admission, Knight isn't going to dazzle any readers with his poetic or rhythmic prose. Instead, Knight carries readers through a conversation for over 200 pages, channeling his honest and passionate spirit as he details the history of professional football in New England.
Supported by documented facts, an overwhelming barrage of statistics, and the all-important incorporation of life experience, Knight provides readers with profound material too significant to be disregarded as mere shock value.
As a New England native and resident, Knight isn't writing from the perspective of an outsider looking in. His experiences are the supportive backdrop for the irrefutable facts surrounding the New England Patriots' fanbase and their questionable history as a loyal and supportive bunch.
Knight's introduction does an exceptional job of setting the tone for what's to come.
"If you only support the team when things are going well, that makes you a fan of winning, not a fan of the team. There is a huge difference."
The opening chapter does exactly what's necessary to support Knight's theories. Beginning with the inaugural season of the 1960 Boston/New England Patriots, Knight impresses as he recaps every season up to the 2007 campaign.Read more ›