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The Super Bowl...Good vs. Evil!

By Dean Nicosia

February  2005

The Patriots are in the "Big Game" once again, but are we satisfied that they've won 2 out of the last 3, is this enough? In my world the answer to that is a big resounding... NO!!

 I'm not cocky about my team, I understand that the underdog always has a chance, I know what can happen on "any given Sunday". But I want my team for a bigger reason then to add to my collection of Super Bowl winning plaques that currently weigh down the walls of my den. I want them to win for a bigger cause then the fact that they are my all-time favorite team. This is more than just being about the team that I grew up rooting for that could never win the big game. This is not just about making up for all of those years that I was the fan of the worst team in the league. This game has bigger meaning to me than that.

This game is about good vs.evil, that is in my world. Now don't get me wrong on this one. I respect the Eagles, they are the best team in the NFC, and they deserve to be there. They are run by a class-act coach, and they are a good team that worked hard to get to where they are.

It's just that my Patriots are all about what I love about sports, and the Eagles have just a bit of what I hate about sports.

 The Patriots are all about working hard, being smart, and having class. The Patriots are the smartest team in the league, with the highest college graduation rate in the NFL, and they are also the most humble. They are all about working together as a team, and giving up your selfish desires for the good of the team. They are the military of the professional sports world, and they are also everybody's perfect role model. They do everything good, wholesome, and right, in a sports world that has seen their champions doing everything that is wrong in the world to get to the top. 

The Eagles are by no means bad, they just aren't the Patriots. They don't do everything quite as right. They have a touch of show and flash, and a touch of hip hop, that is the world of today. I don't hate them, I just hate certain aspects of them that reminds me of the selfish, showboat, things that I hate about professional sports. They just aren't the Patriots, they don't work as hard, and they feel more entitled. They have the feeling that the talent that God gave them entitles them to a championship, which is a sharp contrast to the Patriots who feel that they have to work for everything they have, to ever make the most of those talents that God gave them. 

It's about seeing, on the top level of sports,  a team beat a bunch of self-proclaimed stars. It's about all that is good and right in the world beating all that seems ok, but just isn't right. It seems ok to self-promote, and hang your hat on your God given talent, but it's much better not to assume, but to work hard and make the most out of what you have. 

It's about what you would want to teach your kids, beating what you don't want your kids to become. 

I don't hate or blame the Eagles, they are much lesser an evil than most professional athletes. But they are not the Patriots. They are not a team that  you could feel quite comfortable leaving your kids to learn from. They are not the team full of players that were told that they would never make it on the big stage, but took it upon themselves to work their butts off to get there. They don't have that much class. They can't live up to what the Patriots represent. 

The Patriots represent every fairytale that you want to be true. Every story of the good guy winning in the end. They represent every thing you tell you kids about working hard and reaching for the stars, and never looking back. What you tell them about doing things the right way, and how your good deeds and hard work will pay off. They are all about how you tell other people, including yourself, that you will reap what you sew. How casting your bread upon the waters, will return itself one hundred fold. They are a parable in the Bible, as apposed to the evil in the world. 

I don't mean to make this "Game" out to be more than what it is, but that is what this game means to me. It's about my favorite team, but it's also about my favorite struggle..."Good vs. Evil", and "David vs. Goliath". This is about much more than a football game, and if our team wins, this society will talk about all that is right about professional sports, and the kids will have something good and genuine to look up to. 

Let's hope that our team wins!!!

Go Patriots and God Bless!!

...Thatís just My Slanted View!!