Tag:New England Patriots
Posted on: September 2, 2009 5:38 pm
The Labor Day Holliday means many things to a lot of people in this country. To many it just means that you cannot wear white shoes, or pants, or whatever article it is a faux pas to wear in white after the labor Dat weekend. I have never inderstood that and I probably never will. I just wear what I like whatever time of the year and to heck what anyone says about it violating some Labor Day Rule.
To others, Labor Day signals the impending season change from summer to fall. Here, in San Antonio, it signals the move from oppressively hot and humid summer to slightly less hot and humid fall. Eventually we get to very warm winter and then increasingly hot spring. This seasonal change probably means a lot more to people who actually see seasons, but I digress.
For myself, and many others, it means a changing of seasons of sorts as well. When Spring comes around, all of us baseball fans start signing up for our fantasy basball leagues, looking at spring training schedules, looking over our team's rosters, and imagining how great our team will be once games get underway. All baseball fans are anxious, and optimistic. This runs from the powerhouses like my beloved Red Sox and hated Yankees to the Royals and Pitrates. There are fans from every single team that have their optimism restored with the coming of Spring and the start of the baseball season. However, the beginning of spring signals that other sports are coming to an end as well. The NCAA tournament is winding down or over, the NBA and NHL are winding down their regular season as well. A lot of fans need something to cheer for at this time, and in comes baseball.
The baseball summer seems to go by very quickly these days. Maybe it is that I am getting older, but it seems like in no time at all we have made it through the All Star break, past the July 31 trade deadline and the month of August. It is the time when most fans come to the realization that their team will not be playing meaningful baseball in September and October, and their season is virtually over. Fans in Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and San Diego, to name a few, need something to cheer for once again.
And in steps Labor Day, and the signal of the start of fall. It, like the start of Spring, signals the ending of something. In this case, the baseball season is winding down to a close. The front runners are set. The division battles are close to over and it will all be over in a very short amount of time. what are fans to do? We have a solution, in comes football! College football starts Labor Day weekend, tomorrow night this year. Fans from all over the nation are waking up yet again. A week later, the NFL season starts. Those fans in Pittsburgh that had nothing to really cheer for in baseball, now have the Steelers season to cheer for. The fans in San Diego now have the Chargers about to begin play. The fans in Kansas City have, well, I am not sure what is expected from the Chiefs this year, but they can have hope once again. It may be gone in a matter of a month but they can have hope. I look forward to my New England Patriots starting the season against the Bills. Although it will be a busy start to the fall with the Boston Red Sox in good position to make the post season.
I am hoping for a great Labor day weekend and start to another season of football. we can all have belief in our teams and optimism for the season. Except for Buffalo, plan on losing your first game this year. Wink, wink.
Posted on: August 31, 2009 11:13 am
I write this blog entry after having read the breaking news story that Tedy Bruschi will announce his retirement from the new England Patriots and the NFL later this morning. In every generation there are a select group of players you hope to see play forever. For some people, myself included, that group includes Tedy Bruschi. In so many ways, he has served as an inspirational story for many in the nation. I would even be willing to bet that those people who despise the New England Patriots have at least some amount of respect for Tedy Bruschi and what he has accomplished.
From the beginning of his career, he should forever stand out as an inspiration to all. He was not a high round draft pick, and not even a good bet to make the cut onto an NFL roster. But he did. He was a special teams and limited play linebacker, but he made the team. How many people do you think told him that he would never make it? But that did not stop him. I know as a parent I tell my children to never give up and if there is something they really want, they should put in all the effort they can and not let others get them down. Tedy Bruschi did this.
Into his career, his good, no great, play earned him a starting spopt on the roster where he became truly the heart and sould of the Patriots defense, and one of the leaders of the team. This is from a man who was not even a good bet to make a team a few years before. He went on then to be a part of three Superbowl Champion teams. His adversity was not over yet though. We all remember after his first Pro-Bowl in 2004, he suffered what was described as a minor stroke. I am no medical doctor but my understanding is that a "minor" stroke is something that is not really minor by any stretch of the imagination. Did he let this stop him? Absolutely not. Within a matter of months he not only made a recovery, but was back in the starting defense for the Patriots. How many of us wish to have that kind of perserverence, or hope that our children do?
I have been busy this past weekend and the first I heard of Tedy Bruschi retiring from football was this morning and I could not believe what I was hearing. Truly I believed that he would come back and be an intregal part of the Patriots defense once again, even if his role was reduced. Now, I want to offer my thanks and respect to a man, and a player, who brought a lot of joy to those who have watched him play and given us numerous examples of why we should always have hope and never give up.
Thank you tedy bruschi.
Posted on: July 28, 2009 12:54 pm
Quite some time ago, Charles Barkley said that he was not a role model. I do not remember the entire quote and just simply do not want to take the time to search for it right now but I think most of you will remember what I am talking about. When he said that in a commercial, I believe he meant that athletes should not be role models for children but that their parents should be. I could not agree with this more, it is the way things should be. However, the truth of the matter is that athletes do end up being role models for children and teenagers, and have for a very long time. They also end up being heroes to adults and a great source of entertainment and inspiration for us all.