And then there were two.
On February 5, the New England Patriots take on underdogs, the Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots are led by the winningest quarterback in the history of the NFL, Tom Brady, and are (as of today) 3 point favorites to take the championship.
The Patriots are the one of the most loved and, simultaneously, most hated athletic franchises in the US. Uttering their name elicits strong emotion from sports fans across the country. If you’re from New England, these are your boys. Your team. You’re proud of the complete and total domination they’ve had in the league for so many years. If you’re from virtually any other area of the country, you hope the field opens up and swallows Belichick and Brady.
The Patriots were formed in 1960 as the Boston Patriots. When they moved their home field to Foxborough, Massachusetts in 1971, they altered the geographic location in their name to New England, becoming the team we know today. The scrapping young lads experienced a rough start, losing more often than winning. It wasn’t until the end of the 1985 season that the team made an appearance at the Super Bowl. Sadly, victory was not yet in the cards for Patriots, as they fell to the Chicago Bears, 46-10. In 1990, the team earned a 1-15 record, the worst season in the franchise’s history.
The tides turned for the Patriots when, in 2000, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady came to town. The dynamic duo captured 3 world titles in 4 years and began what’s been 16 years of mostly incredible seasons.
It’s easy to dislike the Patriots for their overwhelming success. The thought that Belichick sold his soul to the devil for this epic ride has crossed my mind several times. However, as an America-loving individual, the Patriots’ marketing is appealing.
The red and blue clad mascot, Pat Patriot, is cloaked in the garb of a Revolutionary War minuteman. He is as patriotic a character as you will ever find. The team’s display of national pride is at least a little attractive to even the most bitter naysayer. And, most Americans love America. The New England Patriots are able to capitalize on that pride by fashioning their uniforms, logos, and mascot after our beloved symbols and colors.
Provident Metals likely has more Dallas Cowboys fans than Patriots, but we do appreciate the beauty that is America; therefore, we offer unique ways to add patriotic beauty to your investment portfolio. The America the Beautiful series features 5 unique designs each year, beginning in 2010 and ending in 2021. Each design is a tribute to an event, person, or place in the history of the United States.
If 5 oz of silver is too much for you, check out the timeless American Silver Eagle; this 1 oz bullion coin is an investor favorite, featuring Lady Liberty, herself. This very stackable coin is a perfect way to celebrate America.
In the spirit of contests and capitalism, Provident is offering a giveaway. Comment below to let us know who you think will win the Super Bowl. From those who guess correctly, one winner will be chosen at random to win an American Flag 1 oz Silver Bar– one of my own personal favorite silver bars and a very attractive display of patriotism.