According to Boston's WBZ-TV, it looks like Americans are tired of seeing the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. Online data analyses indicate nearly the entire nation wants to see the Kansas City Chiefs prevail in this weekend's AFC Championship game.
What are the details?
Online site SportsBetting.ag studied Twitter hashtag usage to gauge public interest in the weekend's upcoming games, and found that an overwhelming majority of the country — essentially, everyone outside of the New England states and Michigan — want to see the Patriots go down.
Almost Entire Country Will Be Rooting Against Patriots In AFC Championship https://t.co/XEYmnytxFB
— WBZ Boston Sports (@wbzsports) January 17, 2019
A survey conducted by SB Nation also showed — as the site said — that "everyone hates the Patriots," with 69 percent of respondents naming New England as the team they "most want to lose this weekend." The New Orleans Saints pulled in 11.9 percent of the vote, the Kansas City Chiefs had 9.9 percent and the Los Angeles Rams came in at 8.8 percent.
SB Nation said their numbers indicate that 83.1 percent of fans want the Patriots to lose against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Why all the hate?
Sunday will be the eighth straight year the Patriots will be in the AFC title game, and the team has advanced to the Super Bowl four of the last five years — winning twice. As USA Today's Andy Nesbitt put it on Thursday, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady "has been to what feels like 90 Super Bowls."
Numerous articles have been written in recent years listing reasons for hating the Patriots. In 2018, Jeb Lund wrote an analysis explaining why even folks from both sides of the political spectrum could hate their guts.
As the sports pundits speculate over the reasoning behind it all, it could simply come down to America's love of rooting for a true underdog. One jokester this week seemed to represent the public's view by altering Wikipedia's definition of the AFC Championship game, calling it "the annual championship game of the American Football Conference where one team gets to play the New England Patriots for a chance to play for the Super Bowl."
Well played, Wikipedia. pic.twitter.com/7aiFUCNeEf
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 18, 2019