Patriots Charge Ahead with Boston's Lucky Streak

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series. The Boston Celtics have the best record in basketball and the New England Patriots haven't lost a game all year.

Bostonians are thrilled. "At the moment, it is the sports Mecca. Dynasties everywhere! Championship, it's fantastic!" says Patriots fan John McKenzie.

Outside the area, though, Boston's luck has been stirring up some heated resentment.

"Like any great team or great organization you sort of start to dislike them for how powerful they are," says Gary Belsky of ESPN, The Magazine.

So far this season, the Pats have been steamrolling through their opponents, including the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. Now football fans are arguing over who to thank, or blame.

So What Is It?

The seemingly sour disposition of the Patriots' coach, Bill Belichick rubs many the wrong way. Even if fans from opposing teams hold it against him, something seems to be working.

Belichick says their streak comes as no surprise to him: "It's just a good example that records don't mean anything."

Tom Brady, the Patriots' superstar quarterback with movie star good looks and supermodel girlfriend Giselle Bundchen, is getting his own dose of resentment as well.

"I don't think people dislike him. I think they're jealous of him... I'm jealous of him," Belsky says.

Focused Forward

Despite their spotless record the Patriots, and their coach, are focused on the future.

"This year has been a special year that we were undefeated until this point. But, believe me, if we go 16 and 1 this year, nobody is going to be happy about that," Brady says, implying that a perfect record in the regular season won't mean anything if they don't go all the way to the Super Bowl.

With two games left to go in the regular season, the Patriots won't going down easy.

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