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We Can Learn from Super Bowl LII's Fumbles, Touchdowns

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Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 03:27 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Miracles do exist. The Miracle on Ice in 1980.  The Miracle at the Meadowlands.

But there was no miracle in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Despite being labeled the underdogs, and despite lining up against the greatest quarterback in NFL history, the Philadelphia Eagles were the best overall team in the league this year.

They didn’t need a miracle because, as they say, God helps those who help themselves.

And this very special team helped themselves in droves. They never slacked off, never doubted, never quit. Philadelphians may consider it miraculous that the city finally won a Super Bowl, but the actual victory was anything but.

Let’s look at the "scores" and "fumbles" of Super Bowl LII.

Fumbles

Tom Brady. One wonders if the outcome would have been different had Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady not let the ball slip through his fingers on a pass thrown to him.

But that dropped ball pales in comparison to Brady’s blown play after the game.

The greatest disappointment of the Super Bowl was Brady’s behavior. Rather than demonstrating the class of a champion by shaking hands with the winners, Brady skulked off to the locker room.  

This from a guy who has been to a staggering eight Super Bowls, winning five. You can be sure that Brady expects to be congratulated when he wins, yet when he loses, to heck with everyone. Hypocrisy at its worst.

Children mimic athletes like no others. So after watching Brady’s conduct, they will undoubtedly do the same, since it has now been "normalized" by a highly-respected star.

Many young athletes already mouth off to coaches and parents, argue with refs, ignore coaches’ instructions, blame umpires when they lose, and refuse to shake hands with the winning team. Now it will only get worse.  

Who would have thought "Tom Brady" and "sore loser" would ever be in the same sentence?

Politicizing Football. Once again, we hear that some champions will boycott the traditional visit to the White House. How self-defeating, and most of all, sad. Playing football should have nothing to do with politics or who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Instead, meeting the president should be an occasion to showcase what hard work and perseverance accomplishes.

What a tragedy that athletes are getting so caught up in partisan politics that they are foregoing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially since boycotting will achieve nothing. And to be sure, they will one day look back with regret on their misguided decision.

Children Texting. It's truly regrettable that so many children, witnessing history in the making, chose to be glued to their phones, texting in chatrooms and posting on social media, rather than experiencing the game with their family and friends — human to human.  It is hard to understand why so many, especially Millennials, find it necessary to post a running reiteration of what happened 30 seconds ago. Makes you wonder how much of the game they actually missed while their heads were buried in their laps trying to outdo one another with the “wittiest” tweets. Those people simply don’t know what it’s like to watch a game the right way: cheering alongside people, not emojis.

Biggest Scores

Finally! The last time the Eagles won a Championship was 1960 — before the Super Bowl existed. Eisenhower was President; no Americans had flown in space; and many houses still didn’t have television. That is a long, long time to wait for a city that has always bled green, living and dying with their Iggles.

No words can describe the sheer pride and jubilation from the long-awaited Eagles’ victory, especially since they beat the best franchise in NFL history. Fans poured out into the streets, banging pots, lighting fireworks, and sharing their disbelief that the eternal drought had finally ended.

Football in Philadelphia is infinitely more than one hour on the gridiron. It is perhaps the one thing that unifies everyone: liberal, conservative, black, white, gay, straight. None of the traditional "lines of demarcation" dividing us so mattered.

"Race" wasn’t skin color, but the how fast the Eagles were running for the end zone. And "conservative" wasn’t Republican politics, but a nonexistent philosophy for Coach Doug Pederson, whose aggressiveness was the kind of guts normally found only in movies. In our risk-averse society, his go-for-it, no-risk, no-reward attitude struck a note across the country for how things should be done. And it has enshrined Pederson in Philly’s heart forever; a near-deity whose accomplishment will never, can never, be forgotten.

And to think that just nine years ago, Pederson was a high school coach. The American Dream is alive and well.

Anthem: All players stood respectfully. Well done. God Bless America.

Horses! Rioting should never be condoned. However, revelers stealing two police horses in good fun is almost as good a storyline as winning the Super Bowl. Who does that but Philly? We may never shed our reputation as the craziest fans, but at least we finally added the one thing missing from our resume.

Super Bowl Champs! Fly Eagles Fly!

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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Once again, we hear that some champions will boycott the traditional visit to the White House. How self-defeating, and most of all, sad. Playing football should have nothing to do with politics or who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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