- The New England Patriots are mentioned in the Game of Thrones books
Now you might think it would be nice to be written into a book, but any fans of the Game of Thrones book or television series will tell you otherwise. Any mention in one of George R. R. Martin’s books is likely to be followed by death or torture – especially when you remember that the author isn’t too fond of the Patriots. Indeed, Martin described the Patriots as the NFL’s answer to the Lannister family in an interview with Sports Illustrated, which considering that family gave us King Joffrey is not particularly flattering.
The mention in question happens in A Dance With Dragons and appears to reference the Patriots 2007 season where the team were undefeated all season but lost to the Giants at Super Bowl XLII:
“The gallery was also where the ship’s books were kept… the fourth and final volume of The Life of the Triarch Belicho, a famous Volantene patriot whose unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by giants.”
- The Patriots are the champions of the Post-Wembley Wave phenomenon
There’s a phenomenon that’s been travelling around the NFL for the past few years, a phenomenon that’s encouraging teams to make the trip abroad and play Wembley Stadium in London. That’s because it appears that any team who plays over in England sees an improvement in their performance when they return home according to statistics.
Known as the Post-Wembley Wave, the Patriots, after their visit to the English capital in 2012, went on to win their next five games. They are the only team in the NFL history to do this so far.
- New England Patriots wasn’t their first name
After Billy Sullivan bought the rights to a Boston-based NFL in 1959, the team were originally christened the Boston Patriots. That was until the team left Boston in 1971 and moved to Foxborough. Obviously the team needed a new name and it was here the Bay State Patriots were born.
However the NFL rejected the team name – and on good grounds! When abbreviated the team were the B. S. Patriots, a very poor marketing move. Thus the New England Patriots were born.
- Pat Patriot is the Patriot’s biggest legend
Everyone loves the New England Patriots iconic logo, Pat Patriot, but did you know he was created in just 45 minutes? Pat Patriot was originally penned by Phil Bissel in 1959 after his editor at the Boston Globe asked him to draw up a potential logo. The team loved the logo so much that they bought the logo for themselves.
The logo has changed a lot over the years, as seen in Bissel’s book PatsPa!, but Pat Patriot is still as recognizable as ever.
- The first thing Tom Brady ever said to Robert Kraft was…
Tom Brady is known for his confidence, and as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history his confidence is well justified. However, this confidence is nothing new. Indeed, when Brady was just 22, the first thing he said to Robert Kraft was: “I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.” All while holding a pizza box under his arm.
Brady may just have been drafted to the Patriots as a fourth-string quarterback at the time but he was nevertheless very correct.