If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
The mad rush to place blame on this player or that one in the Patriot’s second Super Bowl loss in 4 years to the NY Giants underscore’s our collective obsession with score board orrientation in sports. It is a sad lesson for our children that the only thing we seem to value is a W. I was at the NFC Championship game in San Francsico two weeks ago and in the wake of their overtime loss to the now Super Bowl Champion NY Giants, the 49er faithful seemed to forget that a year ago they had a record of 6-10.
It is as if we forget the sheer effort it takes just to set foot on NFL game turf as a player, let alone be one of two teams competing for the Super Bowl championship rings each year. What great coaches know, and what hopefully Americans will come to appreciate, is that in every individual performance are strengths to build on for the next challenge.
Consider this TED talk by Shawn Achor:
The Patriots have had only two losing seasons (1995, 2000) since Bob Kraft took over ownership 18 years ago. The Patriots have gone to seven conference championship games and six Super Bowls during that span.
Consider what the Patriot’s have to build on in the off season…
- The Patriots have two first-round picks and two more in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Josh McDaniels will be the team’s offensive coordinator next season.
- Where can you go but up from the low rank of 31st in the league in terms of defense.
- Gronkowski will be healed from his injury.
- Tom Brady will stil the be the QB.
- Welker will push himself even harder next year.
Consider the words of Patriot’s owner Bob Kraft
When we dedicated this season to my sweetheart, I met with the players and coaches and asked them to do everything that they could do to make this season special in her honor. I think our fans were just terrific, the way they stayed with us. And, I must tell you, that the strength and spirit I saw with the team is unlike any other team I’ve seen in my 18 years in the NFL.
I think that sense of spirit also was ignited by our fans, the way they supported our team and also the way they supported our family. That’s something that I’m forever going to be grateful for. I think this was a memorable season, and one I won’t forget for a long time.
That’s it in a nutshell – gratitude for that which has just happened. No regrets for what didn’t. We should all have the owner’s perspective.
Congratulations to Tom Coughlin and his NY Giants.