The thing I like about watching sports is that whoever was better at game time, wins. Period. It's not about whose quarterback was better the week before or who won more trophies leading up to the game. Sports is about who was better in that moment, that day, that game. In this year’s Super Bowl, that winner was the Philadelphia Eagles, who simply played a better game than the Patriots.
Too bad Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen was such a bad sport about it.
Tom Brady says he never gets over a loss. After the game, he was seen weeping in the arms of his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, which is certainly understandable. Even more understandable was hearing that their two young children were also completely distraught over their dad's big loss. Let’s face it, they’re not used to seeing Dad lose.
So, enter Mommy Gisele to console them, where she was reportedly overheard explaining the Patriot’s loss by saying, “Just this time. Daddy won five times. Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes. We have to share. Sharing is caring.’'
Uhhh ... excuse me?!
Apparently Gisele doesn’t watch a lot of football and clearly didn’t watch the big game—the Eagles won because they played better than the Patriots. There was no act of charity or generosity on the part of the Patriots. The Patriots didn’t "let" the Eagles win. The Patriots got outplayed and so they lost. Nick Foles played a better game than Tom Brady.
That’s how sports works. Whoever plays better that day, wins.
The truth is, in football and in life, you can train, prepare and execute and you might not win.
By telling her children that their dad’s loss was somehow an act of charity, Bündchen became the world's most famous bad sport. What a terrible message to send to kids: a loss isn’t a real loss, it’s a gift to the other team. Even Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, knows that some days you’re a winner and other days you’re not. The only difference is who played better in that moment.
How about explaining the truth—that the Eagles worked their butts off, played a really hard and really tough game, and in the end, were simply the better team? Sure, Daddy's team also worked hard, but sometimes there's someone else that performs just a little (or a lot) better.
The truth is, in football and in life, you can train, prepare and execute and you might not win. It’s frustrating, often demoralizing, and it's a part of life. It will happen to everyone—even to Tom Brady. How we handle and explain life’s losses will help our equip our children to better deal with their own.
Because, if there’s one thing we all can count on in life, it's that we will have highs and lows, wins and losses, successes and failures. No one is spared.
Brady's team may have lost this Super Bowl but in my opinion, the real loser here is Bündchen.