Crunch Time ex­plores the ‘pink hat’ cul­ture.

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The Pa­tri­ots’ pop­u­lar­ity in New Eng­land has eas­ily reached the level the Red Sox at­tained in the mid-2000s. Any­one and ev­ery­one has an opin­ion on the Pats in and around Boston.

The main­stream pop­u­lar­ity mostly makes things fun, but it can also get an­noy­ing for long­time Pats fans. An ex­am­ple of the cur­rent pink hat Pa­tri­ots cul­ture is JAMN 94.5 FM try­ing to be 98.5 or WEEI when not play­ing “Des­pac­ito” for the 223rd time that par­tic­u­lar day.

On Tues­day, a host was talk­ing about Julian Edel­man and Stephon Gil­more get­ting into a scuf­fle dur­ing a train­ing camp prac­tice. He said, “Edel­man got in a fight with our new run­ning back, Gil­more.” (Of course, Gil­more is a cor­ner­back.) Last week, JAMN was ask­ing lis­ten­ers to call in and talk about the best sport­ing event they’d ever at­tended. Some dude called in and said the Colts-Pa­tri­ots AFC ti­tle game (aka the De­flate­gate game) from two years ago (it was a bor­ing game, BTW). The host re­sponded by say­ing, “Hey man, any time you can stick it to Pey­ton Man­ning, it’s a good day!” Of course, Man­ning was the QB of the Bron­cos at that time and hadn’t played for the Colts in four years. Not say­ing ev­ery­body around here has to be a sports ge­nius, but if you’re go­ing to in­sist on talk­ing sports in Boston — don’t be a pink hat.

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