Patriots followers have experienced some gut-wrenching lows in recent years, such as a Super Bowl loss to the Giants, Tom Brady's season-ending injury 15 plays into the 2008 season, the fourth-and-2 disappointment in Indianapolis, and last season's playoff setback to the Jets.
Then there is the question seemingly asked more than any other, a result of frustration from watching opposing quarterbacks having too much time in the pocket: Where's the pass rush?
Add it all up and one might say being a Patriots follower can be an exhausting existence ... until one considers life in the 31 other NFL cities.
That's what the American City Business Journals did in producing a 32-team ranking of the easiest franchises to root for, and the research produced this result: "At the bottom of the scale are the New England Patriots. Three Super Bowl titles since 2001 have made the Patriots the easiest NFL team to root for."