I was born and raised a New York Giants fan. Every Sunday in our house was like Super Bowl Sunday, as my dad had at least 10 transplanted Giants fans over to our place in Northern Va. to watch the game with a wide variety of Italian food. We’ve been season-ticket holders for about a decade, and the tickets are the possession my dad is most excited to pass down to us and the grandkids.
Unlike most Giants fans, my dad has always had a soft spot for the Patriots dynasty. He admires the team’s talent, work ethic and smarts. It rubbed off on me. Fast-forward to me falling in love with a Pats fan, and my appreciation for the franchise has only strengthened. Honestly, I think it’s un-American to not respect the Patriots, at the very least. Striving and achieving greatness shouldn’t ever be called unfair in our society. So please never tell me that the Patriots going to Super Bowl after Super Bowl is unfair, and that they need to give someone else a chance. And please don’t give me any BS about their cheating scandals because you know they still would have won those five Super Bowls with fully inflated balls and without sideline recordings.
It’s through these mediums and Jared’s storytelling that I’ve developed an attachment to the tales and the characters of this dynasty. It’s a fantastic drama. Chicago native Jenny McCarthy has always been a big Bears fan. When I was on The Jenny McCarthy Show earlier this week, I asked Jenny if she finds herself as enamored with the Patriots as I do after she married a Boston guy (Donnie Wahlberg). She says she loves coach Bill Belichick and the gang even more than Da Bears now after watching so many hours of documentaries and games with Donnie. They’re fun to watch, and they’ve miraculously never been taken down by hubris. Despite all the talented players, you don’t hear about locker-room cancers with New England. They don’t put up with divas. The players really seem to put team before self.
Fast-forward to me falling in love with a Pats fan, and my appreciation for the franchise has only strengthened. Honestly, I think it’s un-American to not respect the Patriots.
Jared and I are headed to Atlanta today for the Super Bowl. I’m most looking forward to seeing him in his version of heaven, and hearing his voice get to its highest octave with excitement. If the confetti falls to honor the Patriots' sixth Super Bowl victory, with a win over the Los Angeles Rams, I’ll probably cry happy tears. But after that, I’m going to need to be a pillar of strength for Jared once Brady and Belichick retire because I know he will spiral down a very dark, sad hole.
Ashley Iaconetti is a writer and hosts a number of podcasts, including I Don't Get It. She and Jared Haibon got engaged last summer on ABC's Bachelor in Paradise after multiple seasons of friend-zone agony.