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When did hate take over sports?

In this era of instant information and angry analysis, Bill Simmons wonders if everyone is missing a great story in the underdog Patriots.

Updated: February 1, 2007, 8:04 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

After one of the greatest victories in Patriots history, after one of the defining Sundays of the Belichick-Brady Era, after an absolute roller-coaster ride of a win, after one of the more memorable they-had-absolutely-no-business-winning-that-thing games in recent memory, I turned the television off, pulled off an awkward high-five with my father and waited for the phone to ring.

And I waited.

And I waited.

Nothing. None of my friends called. My mom never called. None of my ...

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