Today, it’s different. This is a team that has toughness, smart play, occasional heroics and a cast of interesting characters. But they don’t yet have a name. Maybe that will change.
The Patriots still have a trek to go before the Super Bowl. This weekend, they need to beat the sputtering but still dangerous Houston Texans — who by the way, have their own “named” player, running back Arian Foster. He was recently named “The Most Interesting Man in Football” due to his impressive ball-carrying skills and his unusual outside interests, which include philosophy, writing poetry and aspiring to be a children’s book author.
If the Patriots can overcome Houston, their next likely opponent is a stellar matchup against the Denver Broncos, a team that has been hauled up by its bootstraps by Tom Brady’s rival Peyton Manning. No doubt, most of NFL nation is hoping that this showdown will occur.
Then, it’s on to the Super Bowl for the winner, and hopefully we’ll see our Patriots again compete for the Lombardi Trophy.
Whatever happens, we think this crop of players deserves some celebrity in the pantheon of Boston sports.