Consistently experts fail to understand The New England Patriots. How many times did I hear this week that The San Diego Chargers, with nine Pro Bowlers, were the superior team. But in a true team, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. And Tom Brady. Internet128 puts it nicely. “The Patriots earned their victory by fighting and giving it everything they had on every down. They never quit. They never gave up and they were never cowed by Chargers athletically superior players.”
Perhaps the play of the game was made by the ultimate team player, Troy Brown, who plays offense, defense and special teams. (Steve Buckley of The Boston Herald wrote yesterday that today’s game could be the last for the aging star). He’ll live to play again another day.
The Patriots success over the last six years transcends sports. In an era where ESPN celebrates individual achievement, such as endlessly broadcasting Shawne Merriman’s grotesque victory dance, the Patriots put the spotlight on teamwork, an apt lesson for everyone.