Tonight at our house, something big is going down. The New England Patriots play arch-rival New York Jets in the second round of the NFL playoffs. We are New England Fans. Alex by blood (or birthright, if you will), me by marriage.
Have you noticed the recent trend at bridal showers to distribute index cards or stationery bits and have people jot down a word of wisdom or advice for the about-to-be-bride? The hard part has always been to know what to write. Of late I always write the same thing. It is my one piece of Marriage Advice, offered to you here today free of charge: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s it. It means genuinely interest yourself in the interests of your spouse. I started watching the New England Patriots with Alex somewhere around 2003, half bored in the beginning. By 2007 I was almost as devastated as he was by the Almost-Perfect Season ending in
a Superbowl defeat to the Giants the game that shall not be named. I know the team, I love the game, I’m not gnashing my teeth in the kitchen every Sunday afternoon for six months. (Unless it’s because I have to pull the nachos out of the oven and we’re on offense.)
Here I am at Patriots Training Camp 2009 at Foxboro Stadium. I’ve hardly missed a game in six years. Truth is, I’m hooked. I genuinely love it. Especially the Patriots. I can see how, if your husband was a Steelers fan or a Forty-Niners fan, this type of support would take more courage and effort. Fortunately the Patriots are a solid organization with good leadership and strong values. They also tend to win.
Tonight/this afternoon they’re going to take the field at Foxboro and play sixty minutes of football in all three phases of the game. They will hopefully clinch a definitive victory over the Jets for the second time this season and head to the AFC Championship with a record of 15-2. GO PATRIOTS.
Norah at two months old.
My girls and Goat gearing up for the playoffs. (video here)