The last two weeks have been rough in Seattle after "the game." Many of us can't even bring ourselves to utter the words Super Bowl; it's just "the g...
In sports, we all love the "old days." Especially the ones that are a part of our childhood. They are not only memories, but feelings. The feelings make the memory that much larger than life. Sports is one of the only places where that can happen.
As a Patriots fan, I say this: The Seahawks and their supporters should walk tall. Two great teams and two great coaches displayed the violent game's appeal.
After weeks of buildup, hours of pre-game shows and the festival of football itself, you'd think that we'd pretty much be over the Super Bowl by now. But no. In fact, it turns out, that when it comes to the Super Bowl, it's all over but the crunching.
One of the most successful sectors in American society bases its business model on the principles of redistribution from rich to poor, fair competition, and explicit regulation of personal and business conduct. That, of course, is the National Football League (NFL).
While I never shared or understood his passion, it seemed important to him that I at least took some interest in it. But after several attempts to understand the game, even after he explained the rules to me a million times, I just couldn't get into it.
In Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll completely underestimated the New England Patriots. After all, his team just needed to advance the ball only one yard and it seemed that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming back to Seattle.
My partner Randy died of ALS nearly a year ago. His fight was a long one -- nine years. We moved to Boston from New York City in 2008 and soon thereafter Randy became a Patriots fan.
Americans probably like to think of their countrymen as a group of achievers, hardscrabble hustlers who pull themselves up by the bootstraps each morning to go to work, eat apple pie, and fall asleep watching baseball.
There will be no neutral fans allowed, nor those "just rooting for a close game," nor those who "just want to watch the commercials." You will support the Patriots and you will like it.
In building a profile of someone likely to cheat, you might start by imagining an individual full of hubris who is driven to succeed by any means possible. Would this description fit anyone within the New England Patriots organization?
Half-baked in Boston...
Sadly, the world paid more attention to the pounds of pressure in a football rather than the much more important stories resulting from alleged acts of terrorism and murder.
Until all the facts are known, the media's news-entertainment industry should leave the story alone. It should stop cheating the public by presenting the story as a serious news story about "cheating" rather than the entertainment story it is.
The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play in the Super Bowl this Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. It'll be a great game, and there are probably enough story lines and subplots to fill a 160-page Quentin Tarantino script.
The Super Bowl is only days away, yet if you open the sports pages, there's not much real football being written about. The rancor surrounding the game sounds more like a scripted build-up to a WWE WrestleMania than the biggest game in legitimate American sports.