Editorial: Pretty near perfect in New England
Perfection is overrated, at least when it comes to sports.
Not that we don't join all New England in celebrating the Patriots' "perfect" record of 16 wins and no losses in the regular season. Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of the organization have every reason to be proud.
But a perfect team playing a perfect game would be perfectly one-sided and perfectly dull. Every game would be a shutout, every series a sweep. And face it: Some of the Patriots' victories weren't much fun to watch. There were games when fans were safe to turn off the TV and get some chores done.
There was nothing dull about the Pats' 16th win this weekend, though. They played a good team and trailed late in the game. Then they showed what champions are made of. There's nothing as exciting as a come-from-behind victory.
As 2007 comes to a close, local sports fans have plenty of reasons to file this calendar with their most treasured memories. As strong a Red Sox team as Fenway has ever seen won the American League East title, came from behind to win the pennant, then swept to their second World Championship in four years. The Celtics, having been lost in the wilderness for nearly 20 years, have found their way to the best record in the NBA. And the Patriots have rewritten the NFL record book.
The state of our sports world as 2008 dawns isn't perfect, but it's as good as it gets.