In all likelihood, there are 31 NFL fanbases that just wish the Patriots would go away. With all the winning and alleged cheating, the team doesn't exactly endear itself to many people outside of New England.
Unfortunately for those people, though, it doesn't sound like they're going to fade into irrelevance anytime soon.
Not only are the Patriots fresh off another Super Bowl win, but it also sounds like there are some big projects in the works surrounding the team.
It was announced this week that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and cornerback Malcolm Butler would have their stories told in two separate movies. The film about Brady would surround the endless Deflategate drama and then the improbable comeback in Super Bowl LI, while Butler's movie would detail his rise from Popeyes employee to Super Bowl XLIX hero.
That got us thinking...who would play key roles in the movie(s)? It's always fun to speculate, even if the guesses are wildly ambitious or far-fetched -- let's just assume we're working with an infinite budget here -- so we took a crack at casting them.
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Mark Wahlberg as Tom Brady
C'mon, you really think Wahlberg would allow this story to be told without inserting himself as the hero? It doesn't matter that he's 5'8" and Brady is 6'5". They'd CGI the thing.
If they want to go "realistic?" Armie Hammer could get the job done.
Jeff Daniels as Roger Goodell
Daniels has experience in both comedy (Dumb & Dumber) and insufferable drama (The Newsroom) so he's well-equipped to handle the role.
Kevin Spacey as Bill Belichick
Spacey as a cranky, shady, intimidating, win-at-all-costs leader? Never!
Glenn Howerton as Josh McDaniels
They've sort of got similar faces but, to be honest, you can stick any middle-aged white guy in a visor and nobody will be able to tell the difference. The Pats' offense would really thrive on the D.E.N.N.I.S. System though.
This guy as Matt Patricia
This Pats fan was ahead of the curve when it came to auditioning for the role of the defensive coordinator. He nailed it so well that acting experience has been deemed irrelevant.
Martin Sheen as Robert Kraft
The last time he played a guy from Boston he got thrown out a window and painted a Pollack on the sidewalk. He needs redemption.
Richard Jenkins as Mike Kensil
Kensil was the alleged primary instigator in the entire Deflategate saga, so Jenkins isn't going to make many friends in Boston with this role.
Adriana Lima as Gisele Bundchen
Lima doesn't have a ton of acting experience but she's going to be in the new 'Ocean's 8' movie and something tells me she could play the role of a Brazilian model romantically involved with a Patriots star.
Malcolm-Jamal Warner as LeGarrette Blount
He'll be able to take off early once they start shooting the Super Bowl LI scenes.
Ben Foster as Julian Edelman
Foster was born in Boston so maybe he takes a hometown discount to re-create one of the most absurd catches in Super Bowl history.
Steven Pasquale as Chris Hogan
People forget this, but Pasquale played lacrosse in college.
Elijah Kelley as James White
Much like White, Kelley is known to deliver big championship game performances on the football field. He sang the national anthem before the 2011 Pac-12 title game in Oregon.
Michael Jai White as Dont'a Hightower
Okay, I'm going to be honest here -- this one's a stretch. These guys don't look anything alike, and White is nearly twice Hightower's age. But Hightower is a monster at 6-foot-4 and 270 lbs. and guys that size don't exactly grow on trees in Hollywood. Plus, White is going to be wearing a helmet for most of the movie anyway. Nobody will even notice, probably.
Chadwick Boseman as Malcolm Butler
Boseman has already cut his teeth in world of sports film, as he played Jackie Robinson in '42' and Vontae Mack in 'Draft Day' over the last handful of years. Not bad for a guy who just turned 40 years old. Seriously, he's 40. Look it up.
A vending machine as Rob Gronkowski
They're both huge, full of drinks, crush a handful of people dumb enough to mess with them every year, and will spew out anything if you give them a couple bucks.