A home crowd can definitely give their team an edge with the noise factor. It’s been shoved down our throats how great the Chiefs and Seahawks fan bases are because they are the loudest, which is great for them. I couldn’t help but think it was odd that the announcers couldn’t speak to Philip Rivers last night during half time because the crowd was so loud in the background.
It wasn’t until the second half when I found out why:
@nfl @patriots breaking the NFL rules on national tv #nonoisemakers
— mike guittar (@GdoubleT) October 17, 2014
The Patriots and their fans are breaking stadium and NFL rules on live TV and you better believe that there will be no consequences, because, well, it’s the Patriots.
I decided to look into this a bit more, but I finished where I started, at the Gillette Stadium General Security Protocol where I found this:
If you can’t see that too well, the highlighted section states:
- Noisemakers, bullhorns or air horns
Last time I checked, a cowbell would be a noisemaker, correct? This was nationally broadcast and there was nothing said about it. When they aren’t breaking the rules via made up penalties that the referees hand them or spying on other teams practices, you better believe they are gaining competitive edge when they are in their stadium. For anyone who ever wondered why this football team is good at home, this is one starting point. They aren’t held to the same standard as the rest of the National Football League.