America Should Embrace, Not Scorn, Winners
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Sports Blogger
Half the talk leading into Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta was this: “Not the Patriots. Not again!”
This was from people whose teams were eliminated in the regular season or the playoffs or from others who simply wanted to see a different team on TV between the commercials and halftime show.
What I want to know is what’s so bad about the Patriots being in the Super Bowl so often? This country is supposed to be about winning. We don’t remember who finished in second place, only those that win. And the Patriots are winners.
Yet, fans and the media always talk about “what doe the NFL have to do to get more parity? What can be done about the Patriots always being in the Super Bowl?”
If you ask me, the NFL has too much parity. That’s part of the reason you can’t predict what one team will do from one week to the next. Take the Steelers this year, for example. One week they resembled the Steelers dynasty of the Chuck Noll era and the next, they looked as if they had never seen a football. Is this maddening consistency what people prefer to the dominance of one team?
I hear the same things in college football. Alabama again!? Now it’s “thank goodness there’s Clemson” but mark my word, if the Tigers win another National Championship this year and play for one the following year, then people will be saying “can’t somebody else be in the game?”
It’s time for these people to consider why these teams are in the championship every year. Their coaches outwork the other coaches. The players work harder than the other players. They earn those titles; they are not just handed to them.
Instead of criticizing a winner, Americans need to appreciate them.