With the NCAA and NFL seasons approaching, training camps about to kick off, and draft picks getting signed (let's put ink to paper there, Pouncey), I figured I'd get into the spirit with a little crossover action.
Starting with the AFC East, I'm gonna take all 32 teams, one division at a time, and give a basic overview of them (for our non-diehard readers), and the fighter they most resemble.
Debate in the comments if you agree, disagree, or have your own.
NOTE: I'm not intentionally trying to fighter-bash. These are just comparisons to NFL teams. If that team is an asshole, well, if the shoe fits...
New England Patriots: You were plucky and fun for a couple years around 2001-2ish and were downright dominant at times, bringing hope to a dismayed and jaded fan base. You really were a team we could all pull for. People were drawn to you and your aura and wanted to be a part of what you were doing. But then something happened...we all became damned sick of you. You became obnoxious, entitled, and smug. Your followers became insufferable and you wilted to big challenges. Now you're old, run-down, beat-up, and full of excuses. Some people feel a certain wife is affecting your focus and game.
Miami Dolphins:You garned an achievement some years ago that is still revered and that people have tried and failed to achieve, still. You have had some down years and some up years, but nobody sleeps on you, and it always feels right when you're in contention. Through the years, you've been very steady, just always missing that certain something to make you the best. You made a radical new move, one that no one did before, but over time, it's been pushed to the back-burner, not neccessarily having the last impact some thought it would.
New York Jets: Always entertaining, whether you're winning or losing. Because you're so polarizing, people will always watch you. You were in limbo until you re-dedicated yourself to the very basics of the game, wearing your opponents down on the ground and grinding your way to ugly victories. Hey, it's ugly, but it produces victory, and the purists love you for it, even if the casuals want to see more fireworks. Through it all, you've garned a lot of mutual respect from your haters. Some have you penciled in for a championship next year. It would be your second, but it would be hard to top your shocking victory of your first.
Buffalo Bills: Formerly dominant, you're now a shell of yourself. You still have a rabid fanbase, wistful for the glory days, but in your current state, those days aren't coming any time soon. Not with the guys in your division. After the glory days, what you should have done is blown everything up and start fresh. New personnel, new facilities, new strategies, new modus operandi, but instead you put Band-Aids on gunshot wounds and went with a series of stop-gaps until you've now hit rock-bottom and now have no chance of catching up to the division leaders.