The hits just keep coming for the New England Patriots. Not only did the club miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 years this season, but they had to watch as their former franchise quarterback lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl. As if that wasn't painful enough, comedian and host Steve Harvey took some time out of his opening routine at the NFL Honors ceremony to rub some additional salt into the wound of Pats fans everywhere.
“Patriot fans had no idea what to do in January this year” Harvey said, per NFL Update. “They had to call Browns fans for advice.”
Not only will the jab draw a glare from every Patriots fan, but it's also sure to get a chuckle from Browns fans as their playoffs appearance this season means that the team is finally no longer the butt of every joke.
One can hardly blame fans for being particularly sensitive about the Patriots' lack of success this year since the team has spent the last two decades habitually destroying the rest of the league. In addition to earning playoff berths in 17 of the past 20 years, New England has also made the Super Bowl nine times during that span and took home the Lombardi Trophy in six of those appearances.
Currently faced with an aging roster and no heir apparent to take over the quarterback position, a scenario that they have avoided since the 1990s loom large: rebuilding.
For Patriots supporters, the only thing more hurtful than Steve Harvey's joke might be deciding which is worse: watching Tom Brady win it all with another team or seeing the Kansas City Chiefs start a dynasty of their own.