Ordinary World 4 Feb 2019

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar Pinky says:

    OW1 – It was a really good game, but not interesting. But I disagree with the author that the game will have no rewatch value. I’d love to sit down with a clicker and watch that film.

    The article also got it half-right in praising Belichick and Brady. There was no MVP in the game, because all the best football was done on the sidelines. Certainly Brady didn’t put in an MVP-caliber performance. The Rams defense confined him, or at least stopped him from scoring. Four teams held the Patriots to 13 or fewer points this season; the other three won. And it is noteworthy that the Patriots “only” won 11 games in the regular season – this wasn’t as good a team as usual. The difference-maker was Bill Belichick.

    I have mixed feelings about him. He reminds me (and others – this isn’t an original thought on my part) of Nixon. He wins but doesn’t seem to get any joy out of it. He’s dedicated to perfection. Anything less is inadequate. But perfection itself isn’t satisfying, because it’s what you’re supposed to do. I guarantee you that today Belichick is replaying the game in his head, and he’s disappointed. Also, like Nixon, he’ll discard the rules if it’s to his advantage. Emotionally, it’s hard to root for the Patriots. But on the intellectual level, he turns slightly-above-average players into one of the all-time great sports dynasties, and that deserves respect.Report

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