Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after throwing an interception against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Schechter's Lectures No.22: The Sore Losers that are the Patriots

Sorry to show up a day late NFL fans, but I couldn’t let the week go by without talking about this. It’s something that played out on Sunday evening in Foxboro, MA, and it’s the reason that a lot of the country hates the Patriots. Us Jets fans have felt this way for quite some time, but the rest of the country saw it on a national stage. What did they see? That the Patriots are sore losers.

Take your seats, class is in session.

I am sure most everyone saw the Patriots fall to the Ravens on Sunday night, 28-13. What I hope everyone noticed is how the Patriots seem to lack the ability to be gracious losers, starting with their quarterback. Did you see Tom the other night? If “Tebowing” is the pose that we are all too familiar with, then “Bradying” must be sitting on the field with his legs spread apart and frowning like a spoiled child. He looked like a kid that was denied his toy at Toys R Us. He looked pitiful, and was not a gracious loser coming off of that football field.

And then there is the man with the hoodie, Bill Belichick. He is known as arguably the greatest coach ever. Very arguably in my opinion, there is no way I put him there, but some people think so. In any event, you would think that, for all the winning he has done over the years, he could show some class when someone else plays well enough to get the job done. But, no that wasn’t the case. He declined to be interviewed after the game was over. CBS broadcaster Shannon Sharpe ripped him a new one for it, and he was absolutely right. If you are great, you can be gracious in losing. “Greatness” is not just a product of results, it’s a product of your character. Being great, and winning many many games is just one aspect. The other is being able to show humility in losing. The Patriots clearly can’t do that, and that is why they are hated around this country. They are sore losers.

School’s out, see you next time.

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