In this week's Sports Illustrated, Peter King leads off an issue largely devoted to the NFL and mostly to the New England Patriots. King identifies the Pats as the most “hated” team in its sport due to its great success and dominance, I think that in WCBB, UConn shares this distinction with NE. Here on the BY we take quick note of the “haters” in our midst. But, King asks, is this really “hatred” or something else? He poses a question to explore a wider range of emotions than just “hate.” What best describes your feeling about the Patriots? -Admiration -Envy -Hatred -Boredom He received via Twitter almost 17,000 responses “in half a day.” Results: Admiration=46%; Hatred=27%; Envy=14%; Boredom=13%. Surprised? King was. He admits the poll was “unscientific,” But he concludes that “there appears to be a growing (if grudging) respect for a team that has stayed on top” as long as the Pats. There's a lot more to it, but it all adds up to what King suspects is a changing attitude about consistent greatness--more admiration, less hatred. When I read this, I thought: this is really about UConn (w/out the deflation scandal). Wonder if we'll share in this trend.