Arian Foster. (Getty Images)
If it's the NFL postseason, it's time for Patriots fans and columnists to ratchet their annoying tendencies up another few notches. Yes, they've reached many Super Bowls in recent years, and even won a few, and yes, we're all jealous of their success. But there's winning with grace ... and then there's the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy.
In a predictably trolling column, Shaughnessy takes shot after shot at the Houston Texans, the Patriots' upcoming division series opponent. He calls the Texans "fraudulent" and reaches back to the '30s for a "tomato cans" reference. The whole column is a fine stew of chickenhawk yapping, but here's the money line:
"The 2012-13 Texans? Pure frauds. The worst 11-1 team in the history of the NFL. These Texans have absolutely zero chance of beating New England here next week. And everybody knows that this is true."
There you go. That's locker-room bulletin board posting for the 21st century. Congrats to Foster for twisting the column on its head; unlike Shaughnessy, he'll likely have a far greater impact on the game this weekend. Foster does have an uphill climb; the Patriots are serious favorites this weekend, with some lines as high as 9 1/2 in New England's favor. But guarantees are rarely a good idea, and gloating guarantees only ensure that the NFL world will celebrate your team's inevitable decline.
Also, Boston sports fans? Stuff like this is why everyone hates you.
[UPDATE: We have been informed by a virtual army of Boston fans that Shaughnessy neither represents nor speaks for them. We get that. On the other hand, NASCAR fans don't much care for the toothless-inbred types in their numbers, either. You can't escape your team's worst fans, no matter how much you want to.]
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