My good buddy Nick Lannon (who, I might add, gets ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church this week) sent me this quote from Chuck Klosterman’s editorial “All Too Perfect” on ESPN.com.
If the Patriots win, they will just become this thing that scorched the earth for five months before capturing a trophy that was never in doubt. Future historians will describe this New England team as if it were a machine. Everyone will concede the Pats’ superlative greatness, but the 19 wins will be just a collection of numbers. But if they lose — especially if they lose late — the New England Patriots will be the most memorable collection of individuals in the history of pro football. They will prove that nothing in this world is guaranteed, that past returns do not guarantee future results, that failure is what ultimately defines us and that Gisele will probably date a bunch of other dudes in her life, because man is eternally fallible.
I couldn’t agree with Klosterman more… “failure is what ultimately defines us”. It’s through our failures that we learn about ourselves, and it’s through our failures that we come to understand the truth about human nature – that it “is eternally fallible.”
So, I will join Klosterman and cheer on the Giants, not because I live in New York, but because the loss of the Patriots will remind us all of our true state and need for deliverance.
P.S. Full disclosure: I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, which means I hate the Patriots. However, I want you all to know that I tried to approach this topic with as much objectivity as is possible… I failed:)