Monday, February 04, 2008

The 'Relentless Pursuit' is overrated

If you were somewhere deep in the rainforests of Brazil and couldn’t get anywhere near a television last night, then you’re excused.

But you missed one hell of a game and arguably the greatest upset in professional sports over the last 50 years. Eli Manning and the New York Giants defeated the well-favored New England Patriots, 17-14 in the NFL Championship (how’s that for not using “Super Bowl” in a sentence?) and thwarted every last Chowder-head’s hopes for an undefeated season.

Not that the Pats looked horrible, so much as they just looked tired, banged up and old. Their number was up. And instead of being that Cinderella that beat a high-octane offense St. Louis Rams squad in SB 36, they were on the receiving end.

The 1972 Miami Dolphins were still able to pop the corks on their champagne and stay on their egocentric mountaintop of undefeated-dom. Even though I still believe that there are a number of teams throughout NFL history that were better, but that’s another argument for another time.

My bottom line is this:

As far as I’m concerned, the 2007 New England Patriots can take this entire season to their grave. Why? You may ask.

In the greater scheme of things, nobody will remember those good-old heart-felt back-stories. I've never cared about how old Junior Seau is, or if Tedy Bruschi had a stroke or no matter how many women are twanging Tom Brady’s wire. Nobody is going to care if that they went 16-0 in the regular season or how many records they set on Offense.

In the pursuit of perfection, it seems to me that they forgot how vulnerable they really were.

Perfection is just a state of mind, but being the BEST is proven on the field.

Perfection dwindles, but Upsets last forever.

The Pats really blew THIS one. The relentless pursuit of perfection left them gassed.

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