1) We are HUGE fans of the Patriots so to see them win in such convincing fashion was very satisfying. For this week at least all should be well in Patriots nation with the possible exception of Randy Moss and Logan Mankins. This win was especially gratifying because although we have been thoroughly spoiled by our sports teams since 2001, it has been a bit of a trial lately with the Red Sox out of the playoff race, the epic, historic, disastrous collapse of the Bruins and the Celtics blowing a big 4th quarter lead to the hated Lakers, not to mention the Patriots' Super Bowl loss in 2007. And now that I have made the day of all the Boston haters out there, let's just move on.
2) My son's team had a really good win this weekend too, not always pretty but a win. The offense struggled in the 1st half but the defense came up big with a huge goal stand at the end of the half. The offense really came alive in the 2nd half with 13 unanswered points. Sadly for me, I missed all but one of my son's plays because all of his plays came in the 1st half when I was working the parking lot as the parent volunteer for my other daughter's cheerleading squad. The one play that I did see was an excellent example of the power of teamwork. His side rushed the passer, in this case the halfback, forcing him to throw quickly which resulted in an interception. A really nice pick too, great instincts and catch on the part of the defender.
3) I got the chance to read a memoir by Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints which I would highly recommend it for any prospective athletes out there. He's a terrific role model for young athletes because he emphasizes the right things: hard work, discipline and teamwork among other things. These days a good role model can be hard to find, Tiger Woods anyone? I am hoping to convince my son to read it so that at whatever level football (or any sport) he plays, he will choose to emulate the approach of someone like Drew Brees. We all love to win but I want him to value the dual concepts of sportsmanship and teamwork most of all.