Tom Brady, Lady Gaga, and President Bush schooled the NFL on Sunday. I wonder if the people running the league will learn.
Most of America scorned Brady and Gaga going into the game.
Brady is dogged by rumors of cheating, actual cheating, and winning. His support for President Trump drove over the edge sportswriters who want to be as respectable as political columnists. Having done both, let me state for the record, sportswriters more respected.
But Brady is a Patriot and a patriot, and that half of the country that supports Trump got behind him and his team -- holding their noses in most cases.
His refusal to lose was inspiring. He played with a purpose: to get back at commissioner Roger Goodell.
Brady and his team became lovable villains. Everyone had to appreciate the gut check they did.
Then there was Lady Gaga. She was supposed to make some sort Meryl Streep political speech.
Instead she followed up her outstanding performance of the National Anthem at last year's Super Bowl with a knockout, patriotic performance at half time this year.
And yes, she sang, "Born This Way." It enhanced her performance. Conservatives are more open minded than liberals.
Then there was President Bush flipping the coin just days after escaping the hospital. The World War II hero is a throwback to a more gentlemanly time.
Finally, there was that Hyundai commercial in which a Korean car company not only brought the game to soldiers overseas, the company brought the families.
It was the biggest comeback in American sports history wrapped in a love of country -- be you a Trump fan (Brady) or a Clinton fan (Gaga) or a fan of neither (Bush).
Contrast and compare to the Colin Kaepernick debacle this season. His team finished second-to-last (Thank God for the Browns).
Goodell should have stood up to Kaepernick. His protests were on company time. Kaepernick was the face of the NFL for most of the season.
The lesson from Super Bowl LI is country first. I suggest a league that penalizes players for celebrating touchdowns penalize those who dishonor the nation. He can say what he wants off the field. On the field, though, he represents the NFL.
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It covers the nomination process only. The general election is covered in a sequel, "Trump the Establishment," which will be published in paperback on Tuesday.
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