I sit here writing, I am still trying to figure out exactly why the New England
Patriots had to lose to the New York Jets. I mean any team but the trash
talking, cocky, annoying Jets. I would have rather gotten killed by the Steelers
next week, murdered in the Super Bowl by the Packers or Bears, heck even lose
in the divisional round to a team like the Seahawks then lose to the foot
Now I know that when I turn on Mike and
Mike tomorrow, Mike Greenberg will be sitting there saying how much he loves
Mark Sanchez and how good the Jets are.
Any team but the Jets. Any team. Any
team. I would have just loved the Jets to shut up. I mean after the week
thirteen loss, the Jets actually shut up! That was arguably the best two days
of the football schedule, the two days when the Jets were absolutely quiet.
But now though I think I’m beginning to
understand why exactly the Patriot loss still stings so badly and why it is
still keeping me up at night, two nights later. My conclusion is, Boston sport fans have been spoiled since
Name one other city with just one NFL,
NBA, and MLB with stars like Tom Brady, Paul Pierce, and David Ortiz. You just
Since 2001 the Patriots have won three
Super Bowls (2001, 2003, 2004), The Red Sox have won two World Series (2004,
2007), and the Celtics won the NBA Finals back in 2008. That’s six
championships out of the possible twenty-seven, or over 22%, of all the possible
championships in the NFL, MLB, and NBA, since 2001.
No offense to anyone, but many Boston
sport fans, myself included, can be brats when it comes to sports.
Oh this guy isn’t doing good trade him. We have a weakness at
this position, so we have to get the best guy out there. When we don’t get what
we want, we let people hear it. Same thing for New York, Philadelphia, Chicago,
etc. fans. Again, no offense.
However, that’s part of the “beauty” of
large marker sports. In Kansas City and Baltimore fans are more laid back for
the most part. Again, no offense. Fans are so dedicated and passionate about
winning. They accept nothing but the best. Look at the crazy fans at football
games that paint their whole body. They are either Raider fans, or fans of the
Patriots, Jets, Giants, Eagles, Bears, etc. When you grow up around a winning
culture, you don’t know how to deal with defeat. Do you get angry or sad? Does
it last a few days or a few weeks?
Recently though, I’ve been learning how
to deal with defeat (unfortunately). The Celtics lost game seven of the NBA
Finals, the Red Sox didn’t even make the playoffs, and now the Patriots are
potentially “done” with their dynasty.
When you’re a kid, you can’t imagine that
your team will lose. I mean they’re your team.
When your team does lose it teaches you a great lesson in sportsmanship and how
to deal with defeat. I am just now getting that lesson though.
I have a friend who is a Cleveland sports
fan and trust me he has got that lesson . . . big time. Today though, I realize
that when I’m practically screaming at the TV after a Kevin Garnett alley oop,
or a Tom Brady touchdown, or a David Ortiz home run. There is some ten-year-old
kid either upset or mad that that had to happen against his team. But he doesn’t know that he is learning maybe the most
valuable lesson in sports.
Looking back, I wish there was a time
when I was that ten-year-old kid. I wish I had learned that lesson sooner then
latter. The “bad” news is that the Celtics look to be making another title run
and the Red Sox have restocked to win another ring. On second thought, I think
that lesson can wait another year. J
When you don’t know how to deal with
defeat and accept nothing but the best and you don’t get the best it stings more
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P.S. Rex Ryan owes me for not making the title Dazed, Confused, and De-feet-ed
As some of you know there was a big mistake in the NBA all-star voting, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo got left off the roster. Allen as of 1-31 is averaging 17.9 points per game, with 3.4 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. Rondo is averaging 11.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 8.1 assist per game. I can sorta understand Rondo being left off. I mean this year was his breakout year, he is still young so he could be elected to more, he is not that good of a shooter, and he is only 6’1 which is tall just not for a basketball player. Allen though is one of the best three point shooters ever if not the best. Allen though is sometimes the forgotten piece of the fabulous four, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Allen, and Rondo, because Garnett and Pierce made it in and get all of the awards. Rashard Lewis and Jamer Nelson, both play for the Orlando Magic, got in. Before I thought Allen and Rondo should have gotten in but I just looked at their stats and I think that Lewis some what deserved it while Nelson still shouldn’t have gotten in. What happens is the fans vote for who should be the starters then the coaches chose seven players to be their reserves. The coach this year for the East (the Celtic’s and Magic’s league) is Cleveland Cavilers coach Mike Brown. The Cavilers are rivals with the Celtics so he could have picked only Paul Pierce as a reserve to see Allen and Rondo get left off. That is unlikely because the only player going to the all-star game from the Cavilers is LeBron James, who was voted in as a starter. The West head coach coaches the Celtic’s arch rival the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson. You might now him as that old guy that screams a lot. Well even though Allen and Rondo won’t be there Allen should be in the three point shout-out and Garnett is starting while Pierce is a reserve.
First- I have to go back to school tomorrow. 😦 I try to blog in the morning but I don’t think that will work out.