How Much do you Really Know About the New England Patriots Football Team?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
For some sports fans, the Patriots are a gag-inducing team that reeks of smug superiority. But that superiority is well-earned -- New England is the NFL club to beat. How much do you know about the fabulous football dynasty?
Julian Edelman is a talented Patriots player. He's not only played wide receiver, but also _____.
Edelman is a true athlete who can play on both sides of the ball. He's better as a receiver, but in 2011 he also spent time at cornerback.
Quarterback Tom Brady played for which college team?
Brady had a rather unspectacular college career at Michigan. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft and then worked his way to one of the most impressive resumes ever compiled in pro sports.
A scandal involving Bill Belichick and, well, chicks
A videotaping controversy
In 2007, the Patriots used cameras to record defensive signals used by Jets coaches. They created the recording from the wrong location, though ... and the event turned into a fiasco that resulted in a $500,000 fine against the Patriots' head coach.
At the beginning of his career, Tom Brady was stuck at fourth-string on the depth chart. How did he become the starter?
He bought steaks for the entire team after every game
A key injury
Drew Bledsoe was the clear starter for the Patriots, but he nearly died after a horrific injury in 2001. Brady stepped up his game and made the best of the situation, proving that he belonged on the field as a starter.
During a terrible few seasons in the early '90s, a man named James Orthwein bought the team and planned to do what with it?
He wanted to move the team
Orthwein pounced on the struggling Pats and planned to move them to St. Louis. But New England businessman Robert Kraft (who owned Foxboro Stadium) had the power (and the cash) to buy the team and prevent it from vacating the area.
True or false, have the Patriots sold out every single game since moving to Gillette Stadium?
The Patriots' unparalleled success has helped the team sell out every game in the posh environs of Gillette Stadium. But the sellout streak predates Gillette, going all the way back to 1994 -- more than 230 games and counting.
Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. Why?
Shower room antics
Brady was implicated during Deflategate, a supposed scandal in which the Patriots purposely underinflated balls during the 2014-15 AFC Championship game. The idea was to gain a bit of an advantage over the Colts. When he returned to the field from the suspension, Brady unleashed a fury of statistics the likes of which the NFL has never before seen.
The Patriots have a cheer squad known as the End Zone Militia. What does the Militia do after New England scores a touchdown?
They fire blanks from guns
Each time the Patriots score a touchdown, the End Zone Militia steps forward, raises their muskets and fires blanks. Then, they sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence and mock King George, and we probably made that part up.
They execute a spectator who is supporting the other team
At the end of the 2007 season, the Patriots were undefeated and headed to the Super Bowl. Which team did they face in the big game?
New York Giants
Tom Brady and company seemed destined to complete the most impressive undefeated streak in NFL history against the Giants. But as the clock wound down, Giants receiver David Tyree made a catch for the ages, helping New York end the Patriots' dreams of glory.