Supporting the New England Patriots

An American man from Massachusetts talks about supporting his local NFL team, the New England Patriots.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


Oh, what's my favorite sports team?

I'm from Massachusetts, I have to say the New England Patriots. They're the best (American) football team out there, in the US.

And I think, I don't know if you've heard, the "Deflate-gate" (scandal) which was basically accusing the Patriots of (intentionally) deflating a football, their footballs, in one of their games.

And supposedly, you know, deflating the footballs ended up giving them an unfair advantage, because you could grip the football a little easier.

But I want to say that the game was like 40 to like 16 (40-16 score). And I honestly do see how even if the footballs were deflated it would have made that bigger difference?

But the NFL, which is the National Football League, basically took this and made it into this giant ordeal. Tom Brady, our quarterback, he's been suspended for two different series of suspensions now I think. For this, you know, silly "deflate-gate" is what they're calling it now.

Yeah, but (I) still love the Pats. They were, we were this close to winning, winning it all last season. But just couldn't get there.

But Tom Brady and the rest of the Pats, you know, (Julian) Edelman, (Rob) Gronkowski, very good players. We have a solid team and wicked fun to watch, very fun to watch.