Super Bowl 46 ended much more exciting than it started – or even while it played out until the last few minutes. The New York Football Giants prevailed, though, and since most of you know me, you know that I like this ending much more than the alternative. Congrats to Eli and the Giants team – together they played hard and won a great game. And congratulations to the Giants fans – enjoy the parade tomorrow! I think that feeling when your team wins the Super Bowl is pretty awesome. (looking forward to having that again ahem, Steelers!)
Now, I am the first to admit that I have an irrational dislike of the Patriots. It’s not because they aren’t good, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. And most Steelers fans understand and agree. Ironically, this is a feeling we seem to share with Ravens fans. Why? Because for much of the last decade, the road to the Super Bowl seemed to go through Boston. But don’t get our hate twisted, it’s not that any of us think Brady’s terrible, in fact, we don’t. But what the last five years have shown is that he’s human, he’s beatable, even when he’s good. His skill level has no bearing on my dislike. And I admit, it’s kind of irrational – the level of dislike rather than the actual dislike.
But to add to my hatred, yesterday while waiting for the elevator to leave the VIP suites at Lucas Oil Stadium, Gisele said, “My husband can not f&%$ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times,” in front of other people and also a videocamera.
Soooooo…….a Super Bowl record of 16 receptions doesn’t include receivers catching the ball? I am about 99% sure that Tom Brady set a record last night. But beyond that, can Mrs. Brady get flagged for unsportsmanlike behavior? Yeah yeah yeah, I hear all the men saying she’s standing by her man and it’s commendable. I am all for standing by your man, but by taking out his teammates knees? I suggested via twitter that she stick to the runway and I was viewed as a sexist (last time I checked, I am also a woman, but ok).
I say stick to the runway because football is a TEAM sport. There’s no I in TEAM, right? All of us who have ever played a sport have learned that at one point or another. I don’t like to see the blame game. Not in sports, and not from someone on the same team, and certainly not from a wife.
You play together, you win together, you lose together. Wes Welker has been Brady’s go to guy for nearly all of his career with the Patriots. Sure that ball probably should have been caught – but it’s one ball – how many times has Welker helped Tom Brady put all those fancy rings on his finger? I don’t even like the Pats, yet here I am defending them from their own QB’s wife?
Yet the apologists out there claimed that my dislike of Brady made me want to lash out at Gisele? No, actually, it’s not that, it’s my belief in playing – winning and losing – like a team and sportsmanship. No one is perfect all the time. This is why we play the games. You can’t win them all – so losing gracefully is also an art athletes must learn. And apparently a skill even wives need to learn.
Some people define good sportsmanship as the “golden rule” of sports â€” in other words, it’s treating the people you play with and against as you’d like to be treated yourself. You demonstrate good sportsmanship when you show respect for yourself, your teammates, your opponents, for the coaches on both sides, and for the referees and other officials. In my opinion, Giselle needs to learn sportsmanship and until she does, perhaps she’s better off playing on the runway, where it’s an individual “sport.”
That my friends, is my point. I will not apologize for my response. I just won’t.
Now I dislike them both even more!
Not to mention how dumb she makes women look in general….but I will address that in another post on another day.