I think Wilbon hates the NFL, far more than any dislike he has for the Patriots. He's a hard core NBA guy, and always looks for reasons to slag the NFL. His rant yesterday struck me as more of an indictment on the quality of the game Sunday, rather than a shot at the Patriots. In fact as the show went on, he absolutely credited Brady and Belichick as the best ever, and usually does. He went on to say, paraphrasing, that they are, and absolutely should be, the odds on favorites every year until they retire. And that anyone who doubts them is a fool(directing that mostly at Kornheiser). Like seemingly everyone else in that business, he has become a hot-take guy. But labelling him a Patriots hater is not really accurate, IMO.Even Kornheiser, whose old DC radio show was excellent, has had to turn into a hot takes guy and has gone from reporter to lazy talking head.
But Kornheiser has always given credit to greatness and so has been very complimentary to Belichick even if his takes on spygate were a bit lazy. I think in the beginning Wilbon’s “hate” for the Pats was shtick so they could do their back and forth. But somewhere along the line it turned real. He has been especially panicked this year about the danger of Brady being compared with his beloved MJ.