In the years to come, the Patriots solidified their position as one of the great teams in football.
"We're all patriots," the 60-year-old said, "and tonight the Patriots are world champions." Only people with Missouri IDs or Rams bets in their pockets were rooting against the Patriots that night.
In 2011, Mangini went on NFL Live and said he regretted ever making the complaint and that it didn't offer any kind of "significant advantage."The story was basically used as a catch-all to discredit the Patriots' run toward the top of the NFL.
Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers was concerned that the Patriots might have been taping sidelines to gain an advantage during Pittsburgh's prior playoff losses to New England, which is plausible.
They famously were introduced to the crowd before the Super Bowl as a team, in lieu of individual introductions, a move that seems downright corny today but spoke to the relative lack of stars on their roster at the time.
(Lawyer Milloy, one of the team's four Pro Bowlers, said after the win that the Pats had no standout defensive players.)This was a team named the Patriots wearing red, white and blue jerseys and winning a Super Bowl during a season interrupted by the Sept. Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi was the brother of three New York City firemen, one of whom narrowly escaped the collapse of Tower 1.