Before I get into the post, bear in mind that I’m cranky. What is it about sports? In the grand scheme of things whoever wins a particular game is meaningless, right? Then why does it hurt so much when my teams lose? Whyyyyyyyyy!?!?! How can something stupid that quarterback’s wife says on the night of a big loss create so much discussion? And why am I falling into the trap of continuing the conversation? Because hopefully we all can learn from her mistake. I was so put off by the quote below that I just had to reschedule today’s post for tomorrow and give Ms. Bundchen a piece of my mind…
Those of you who don’t follow the NFL, the New England Patriots, like many teams, have a secret code – a set of rules you must follow or you’ll be cut faster than a blindfolded man in a knife fight. Rule number one is you keep all team secrets until you die. Rule number two is anything having anything to do with the team is a secret.
Over the last two weeks, the code was broken. First, Rob Gronkowski’s dad blew a secret about the extent of his injury – twice, although the second one might have been trying to make up for the first. Then, after watching her husband and his teammates blow a game they easily could have won, Gisele Bundchen was caught on camera trashing the Patriots’ receivers for dropping balls when the game was on the line.
As a Patriots fan, count me as voting for Gisele and Rob Gronkowski’s dad to be sent to a deserted island for two weeks if the Patriots make the Super Bowl next year. Mr. Gronkowski might second that vote…haha!
Seriously, truer words have never been spoken:
You’ve to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot [bleeping] control (or throw?) the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.
If you’re interested in checking it out, here’s the video (her outburst starts about 15 seconds in). If a ball hits you in the hands you’re supposed to catch it. And the quarterback doesn’t catch. I get it. But what the heck were you thinking Mrs. Brady!?!?! You obviously haven’t read up on the Patriots’ code or read Step Away from the Mall lately because none of my readers would ever be caught on camera speaking those truths (not to mention the potty mouth…).
But what was Gisele thinking? Does she really believe the receivers are to blame for the loss? Or was she just trying to defend Tommy Boy’s good name?
Either way, it’s ugly, should never have been said. After all, we’re all about taking control of our lives and money – not blaming others for our “messes or successes.” Don’t let me catch you doing the same thing. Even if someone else actually performed the screw-up, most likely you could have done something differently or better to have helped avoid that screw-up. You could have reviewed the work, spent more time, trained more/better, lead better, etc. I know that’s how it works in my world, for sure.
What’s your take? Overblown emotion or indicative of deeper issues? I’m torn. But even if it’s truly overblown, playing the blame game is ugly. This woman is a super-duper-model, but watching her react like this is just ugly.
Next time you’re thinking of blaming someone else remember the pic at the top of this post and the cliche attributed to the noted philosopher “Anonymous” that whenever one finger is pointing at someone else three more are pointed right back at you.
Until next time, put your credit card down and slowly step away from the mall!
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