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Patriots Ignite Political
Debate On Success

New York Sun, by Ira Stoll

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Posted By:toledo, 2/4/2019 11:48:26 AM

American politics at the moment can pretty much be explained by what you make of the record sixth Super Bowl victory by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft. One view of it is to marvel at, and celebrate, the hard work, risk-taking, and skill that produced the achievement. That’s the more conservative view of it. Another is to complain about it and wish the winning were more evenly distributed. That’s the more left-leaning view of it. President Trump has been cheering on the Patriots. “Never bet against Bob Kraft,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 2/4/2019 12:18:00 PM     (No. 11890977)

No longer follow the virtue signalling NFL and not a great fan of the Patriots, but the leftist idea of distributing championships more evenly is stupid. Participation awards are for sissies. People admire winners, regardless of their personal feelings about them. That´s what separates the adults from the Left.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rubberneck, 2/4/2019 12:25:13 PM     (No. 11890990)

Obviously a team named the "patriots" is racist and doesn´t take a knee with Kaepernick. /sarcasm

(Since they won the Super Bowl, they should have the last draft pick AND have to be managed by "management" of my once-beloved Raiders next year. hahaha)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: panther361, 2/4/2019 12:25:58 PM     (No. 11890991)

If you want to win, then put up the greater team.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 2/4/2019 12:57:33 PM     (No. 11891044)

The example of the Patriots is Leadership->Respect->Hard work->Unrelenting, despite, or even because of, setbacks.

I watch the games with my husband, although i still do not completely understand the game. What i like to do is observe body language and how in the crisis moment of the game, these men can summon a burst of collective energy and determination to push through when success seems impossible.

This is the American spirit. It has been. It´s like watching a Medieval jousting competition which tests physical and mental toughness, courage and stamina, qualities necessary to win a war, lead a people, a nation. But more is necessary, and that is love: love for family, love for the community, love for country. You can see this brotherly love amongst the Patriots.

As Bostonians, we are partial to the Patriots. But we appreciate the team cohesiveness, how the players and management pursue the goal of victory and SO VERY OFTEN achieve it!

Team success is possible by means of individual success, and that is possible because they all demonstrate mutual respect for one another. Imperfect human beings (as we all are) will make mistakes, and fail in a moment, but the Patriots have shown that in the end those "parts" are subordinated to the "whole", and the higher goal of winning.

This Super Bowl Victory is a good example for the political Parties to ponder. As things stand, sadly, the Democrats are willing to see the United States torn apart for the sake of their venal ideological ends. Republicans fight among their poltical "team-mates", unable or unwilling to put petty gripes ahead of saving the nation.

The game´s not over quite yet.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dwa, 2/4/2019 1:43:18 PM     (No. 11891089)

If the Left gets its way, we will all be like the N. Koreans. We will all wear the same outfits, individuality will not be accepted, we will be told by the government what to think and when to think it and exceptionalism will not be tolerated. That is what the Left´s "ideals" will bring to this country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: AltaD, 2/4/2019 2:19:10 PM     (No. 11891118)

fta: Another is to complain about it and wish the winning were more evenly distributed. That’s the more left-leaning view of it.

In last week´s story about the Harry Potter actor upset by the MAGA hat in Brady´s locker there was also a quote from him saying Brady "should stop winning things". Typical young liberal, it isn´t fair that one team (or person, or company) is consistently better than all the others.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 2/4/2019 3:26:05 PM     (No. 11891174)

"Even all those steps to level the playing field, though, have not prevented the Patriots from assembling their impressive collection of Super Bowl wins."

Illustrating that working together as a TEAM and keeping the focus on each individual game as an opportunity to improve means more than individual talent. Individual talents that work to build the team are the most valuable.

That is a business truth as well.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Golden Goose, 2/4/2019 4:41:16 PM     (No. 11891262)

As a Crimson Tide fan, I face this issue regularly. And as Americans, we can all relate to the efforts to cut America down to size so that we can live in a "fair" world.

I´m not an NFL fan, but congrats to the Patriots. If other teams want to aspire to that level of success, let them continue to work to do so without any special assistance. And pardon me for smiling about the Rams boycotting a visit to the White House.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tennman, 2/4/2019 5:20:40 PM     (No. 11891300)

Kraft, Belichick, Brady. Conservative. That´s 3 reasons I´m a fan.

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