Tuesday, February 07, 2017
(2/07/2017 08:00:00 AM) - Al
I have to agree with Justin Garcia, who occasionally pities me enough into giving me a WTMJ spot:
I will never understand why people hate greatness so much.
The Pats win almost every year, and they do so in an era of extreme parity, in a league that goes out of its way to have teams go up and down...TV money split equally, salary cap, good teams get tougher schedules, and so on. They went 3-1 without Tom Brady. They have a team full of players that were mid and late round picks, free agents no one wanted, and guys that were a step slow and/or too small in height/weight. They always draft near the end of every round. And, never forget, they have a coach that the hapless Browns let go.
Sure they were lucky. Good teams usually are. That catch that was made because the ball hit the defender's leg and then foot...could not be replicated if you had infinite time and determination. To win, you have to get to the game. Every week, teams look forward to playing them, and they still lose far more often than not.
I see them a lot like Wal Mart...they simply do many things far better than others. And what they don't do well, they shrug and keep doing the other stuff. They didn't run the ball well all year...so they didn't run much.
No one cares if you marry a supermodel and they can't cook. With the ball at the 35, 65 yards away from the goal line, and a few seconds left, I told the Rambling wife Aaron Rodgers can throw it that far, but Brady can't. So they tried some sort of trick play and went to OT. Point is, they didn't try what they knew would not work, and didn't lament Brady's ability to throw deep.
They are a brilliant lesson for life, maximize what you do well, minimize what you don't, and don't sweat the other stuff. Brady said in preparation for the game, paraphrasing here, "We don't do that rah rah stuff. We're too busy preparing to win."
About 1970, the post office insisted overnight delivery was not just impossible, but was impossible at any price. Fed Ex not only proved it could be done, but did so for about $10. Fed Ex will ship anything you can cram into an envelope anywhere in the USA for $22.25, and if you drop it off before 5PM, will deliver it the very next day.
Impossible? For the post office, it still is. But, not if you care about winning....
2/07/2017 08:00:00 AM