*The Bible says a good name is desirable above great riches (Proverbs 22:1). So what to make of the New England Patriots filming opponents against NFL rules? You could argue whether the hefty fines and forfeiting of a first-round draft pick next year was enough of a penalty. But really, what was the head coach THINKING? Did the team really NEED to steal signals? For crying out loud, they were stealing signals from the JETS when they were caught; it wasn’t like they were facing the Colts or Packers! I’m sure their Super Bowl victories were legit—but look at the price being paid, so far as their reputation is concerned. A cloud will be hanging over those triumphs because of this idiocy.
*Never give up, never give up, never give up. The New York Yankees, all but written off after being 14 games out in May, post the best record in the second half of the season and make the playoffs. The Philadelphia Phillies, counted out after slipping to 7-1/2 games out of first place in the NL East on September 1, plow ahead to a division pennant while the “sure thing” New York Mets go into inexplicable tailspin. The Colorado Rockies storm back to take the NL wild card from the Padres, after tying San Diego on the last day of the season and winning a 13-inning slugfest in the one-game playoff. The picture of perseverance, all of them.