Julian Edelman celebrates the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII win. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Growing up and living in New England isn’t always easy.
The winters can be long and grueling. The cost of living is high. There are times of economic downturn when we get written off as an expensive anachronism, too old and tired to matter much in the big picture.
But the true New Englander survives and thrives because we work hard and persevere, even when we don’t win the swimsuit competition.
And our football team reflects all that, this year’s Super Bowl champs in particular.
Here’s what I heard all season long on sports radio and read in the papers—the Pats were too old, too slow, too understaffed to make another run. Belichick has lost his fastball, letting talented players leave and failing to replace them adequately. Tom Brady just can’t get it done the way he used to, Gronk is washed up, on and on and on.
But it turns out the experts like Belichick who run this team know more about what they’re doing than the onlookers do.
And last night they delivered a clinic that every New England kid should pay attention to.
Its lessons: experience matters.
So do preparation and attention to detail.
And one more lesson—it’s now how you start, or what happens during the race that matters. It’s how you finish.
And once again, New England—warts and all—has finished first.
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