This post also appeared on www.capecodonline.com/blogs in the opinion section of the Cape Cod Times, a division of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.
That’s my family prior to yesterday’s Patriots game. Smiling, excited and hopeful about the start of a Super Bowl season. As you can tell, sports are a HUGE part of my family’s life and I couldn’t have been more excited as I dressed Will up in his first Patriots uniform, took him to my parent’s house, watched the Patriots Super Bowl DVDs from years past and began the first of what will be an annual tradition for the rest of his life. So yesterday should’ve been a landmark day, a perfect day where father and son bonding is had and traditions are begun.
Instead, I came to the realization that my son is a curse.
Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Patriots, is by far and away the best QB in the league. When his career is finished, he will be one of the top 5 quarterbacks ever to play the game. Part of his success has been his toughness. He has started 128 consecutive regular season games in his 8-year career. Never been seriously injured. Until yesterday that is…
Tom Brady had eight years of unmitigated success and good fortune. And then I dressed my son in a Tom Brady jersey for two hours and now Brady is crippled and out for the season. He sustained an ACL tear in his knee yesterday and although it’s not official, everyone knows he’s done this year. And with his departure, the Patriots season goes up in smoke. I repeat, this entire season is lost without Brady. And it’s all because of Will.
As you may have surmised, I’m very superstitious. I have lucky shirts, socks, underwear and I am not afraid to switch positions on the couch or kick people out of the room to change back luck during a game. But with Will, I didn’t really know what to expect. He had to wear something Patriots related and his Tedy Bruschi jersey is still too big for him. So I put him in the Brady onsie and — BOOM — the best QB in the league is out with an injury.
I should have known it was coming. After all, Will is a great kid. He’s cute, he’s healthy, he’s fun, he sleeps through the night….he was TOO perfect. Now I know his downside…he brings my favorite team horrible luck. After all, MJ was 7 months pregnant when the Disaster in the Desert occurred last February and the Patriots were upset by the Giants in the Super Bowl. I’m pinning that one on him too. Thank God I didn’t put the Bruschi jersey on him, poor Tedy may have had another stroke right then and there on the field.
I don’t know I’m going to fix this. I hate that Will is bad luck, especially bad luck to the Patriots who I’ve loved and supported my whole life. I’ll have to experiment with my jersey selections from now on. Or maybe just dress him in a regular Patriots onsie with no jersey. I don’t know. To be honest this has thrown me for a loop. Instead of enjoying football with my son, I’m trying to figure out how to dress him so that he doesn’t single-handedly take out all the team’s starters. MJ is none too pleased that I’m blaming Will but he’s the only new person/thing this year. My jersey is still the same, nothing about my family changed…just the introduction of Will.
Oh well, to try to lighten the mood here are some cute pictures of Will’s first Sunday of football.