Today In "Chris Collinsworth Is A Jackass" He Thinks Tomorrow Will Be A 'BItter Celebration' For The Patriots
Yardbarker- “There’s a whole swirl of emotions that go with this game tomorrow night,” Collinsworth said. “It is going to be a ‘bitter celebration.'"
Collinsworth went on to add, “there’s certainly a lot of bitterness in this town about how all of this was handled, but it will also be a celebration of that championship. How many times have we heard they haven’t won [a Super Bowl] since Spygate? Now they did, and now you throw Deflategate into that mix. It is just raw emotion here from the fans from a lot of the players.”
“There was a story that came out of ESPN yesterday that was going on while we were at the Patriots’ facility,” said Collinsworth. “Stacey James, their PR guy, was like a fireman. He was putting out fires left and right. Robert Kraft was involved and his feeling is that a lot of these unnamed sources, who are they? Are these sour grapes over games that we won in the past?”
“The one thing that we know from the New England Patriots is that they can compartmentalize with the best of them. There’s always something flowing around this football team.” Collinsworth added, “when you get inside the building itself, it really is much more of the same old Bill Belichick “do your job” and focus on the next play, focus on the next practice. I don’t know if there’s a team out there that can handle this stuff better than the New England Patriots do.”
Okay Chris. I know your years of schooling are far in your past, but maybe it's time for a refresher course. Bitter means angry, hurt, or resentful from past experiences. Would the Patriots have preferred to have not gone through 8 months of conflicting reports and court cases due to something it appears they weren't even guilty of? Of course they would have. However, that "bitterness" goes out the window once you win. Think about the people you are bitter towards. Friends that fucked you over. Ex-girlfriends that dumped you. Maybe an ex-employer that fired you. Generally just people that had the upper hand or got the last word. If you could take all those people to court and have a federal judge tell them how wrong they were then you wouldn't feel bitter, you would feel vindicated. You think the Patriots were bitter when they were undoubtedly popping bottles after Tom Brady won his appeal? You think they are bitter that ESPN is desperately reporting stories from a decade ago in hopes of making us forget that the Patriots just embarrassed them in front of federal court? Fuck no. There is no bitterness. That's in the past. They aren't even victims anymore. Now they are just winners.
This is going to be the biggest, most jovial championship celebration of all time. In a way, I am kind of jealous. There has never been an event where there so much for one team and fanbase to celebrate, and I will never get to experience that. Not only do Patriots fans get to celebrate a a Super Bowl victory, but they get to celebrate the return of their quarterback that, up until a week ago, they thought they would be without for a 1/4 of the season. If Jimmy Garoppolo were starting tomorrow then it would be the most bitter championship celebration in the history of organized sports. Alas, he is not. The Patriots players, coaches, executives, and fans are all laughing in the NFL's face. They are dancing on their grave. You know when you feel bitterness? When you feel you have been wronged. However, when you get retribution for being wronged then that bitterness fades faster than Roger Goodell's integrity. I have no doubt that the Patriots play will reflect that they have something to prove, but when that banner gets raised there won't be a single negative emotion in the building, because it represents a victory over so much more than just 31 other football teams.
P.S. I swear that Chris Collinsworth was put on this planet to prove to us that nothing is perfect, not even football season.