Once upon a time, Americans from coast to coast cheered for the underdog Patriots. Twelve years later, is the NFL dynasty – once lovable upstarts, now an empire of success – still a metaphor for the nation?
"I believe we have played games, and watched games, to imitate the gods, to become godlike in our worship of each other and, through those moments of transmutation, to know for an instant what the gods know."
–A. Bartlett Giamatti