Thank you New England Patriots and congratulation on your Super Bowl LI win.
Growing up, I was never into sports, I didn’t play them much and I didn’t watch them much on television. I missed out because now that I’m a mom to two sports fanatic boys, well one fanatical sports fanatic and one who really likes sports but not quite as much as his brother, I am learning just how many teachable moments come out of not only playing sports but watch sports as well. Life lessons, we can all learn and grow from. This past Sunday, the New England Patriots helped cement a life lesson we have been repeating to our boys. As we re-watch Super Bowl LI and the highlights again and again, in our house we have continued to discuss these lessons. Yes, we are those Patriots fans, re-watching our team’s great moments in sports history.
Life Lessons we’ve been discussing:
- No pouting and no panicking. Never get your head or your heart down during a game, doing so will only hurt your performance. Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick kept their game faces even down 25 points, and my oldest commented on his while watching that the Patriots’ sideline didn’t seem worried – they did not pout or panic.
- The whole game. No matter what game you are playing, you HAVE to play the whole game, every single second because you never know what will happen next. If the Patriots had stopped playing once they were down 25 points, especially when no team had every come back from more than a ten-point deficit in the Super Bowl, well, it would have different outcome.
- Haters gonna hate and know your truth. It drives my Patriot/Tom Brady loving boys that some people don’t have respect for Tom Brady and the Patriots. During their school food drive, the “SOUPER” Bowl, students could pick the Super Bowl Champion by donating their food items under the football team of their choice. In our Florida school, my little Patriot fans are in the minority, and they saw first-hand their friends pulling for the Falcons to win. It doesn’t matter what people say about Tom Brady, the facts, and the stats, with 5 rings speak for themselves. If any of the players on the Super Bowl field questioned their ability to “do [their] job” the outcome of the game might have been very different. We talk a lot about how important it is for us not to give other people’s words too much power over us and the Patriots proved just how wrong people’s words can be.
None of these lessons are lessons that countless other teams haven’t shown us before and will show us again. There are even more lessons that other teams can and will show us. But these, these are the lessons my babies, at the ripe old ages of 10 years old and almost, almost, almost 9 years old took away from Super Bowl LI. So, thank you again, New England Patriots for helping me to impart some important wisdom on to my sports loving boys.