Two recent events involving two of my favorite local sports teams have left me speechless. Mouth agape. I mean chin-hit-the-floor kinda reaction. I know what you're thinking? You? Speechless? Unbelievable!
But come on, hear me out now.
I'm very proud of the Patriots owner for making a stand. Taking immediate action. It speaks louder than words. It shouts that they will not tolerate this type of behavior from their team, even from the high-profile "stars". It sends the right message to the team, the fans and the young impressionable boys and girls who dream of making it to the big show. Thank you, Mr. Kraft.
They didn't have to do this. They won the Cup. They could just skate away, enjoy their little parade. Milk the goodwill of the city for a bit, enjoy all the success and celebrity that comes with such a big achievement. And life would have gone on. Predictable. Until next season.
But no. They reached out to their opponent. To their opponent's fans. The opponent's home city. What good sportsmanship. Very classy. Gracious. To this, I tip my hat and tap my stick to you, Mr. Wirtz and your fine organization. You sir have set the bar very high for other owners to follow. And I certainly hope they will.
What do you think? Could this be the seismic shift in behavior we've all been yearning for? I think the fans will jump aboard the train of rational thought and follow suit when they see that the major sports teams and league owners are putting their collective feet down and sending out the message that bad behavior will not be tolerated and good behavior will be rewarded. Maybe then we'll all be on board and the days of player entitlement and thug behavior will cease to exist.
Hey, a girl can dream can't she?