The Texan trap
Page 9 of 25 -- -- Dolly Champsi, San Francisco, CA
A: The Patriots, despite their health, have suffered major losses. You mentioned Colvin, who by the way has never made the All-Pro team, Patten and Compton. Normally they would be serious injuries that playoff teams could not overcome. This Patriots team will likely overcome them.
Thanks for taking the question and thanks for doing a great job, as you always do.
Just wanted to let you know that I thought the article on Ty Poole was very well done!
-- John Ghirardi
A: Thanks John. The response was overwhelming from readers and spiritual and religious leaders around the world.
Why did you write, "Quite a difference there. Rush Limbaugh made a racist comment." Limbaugh said three things. One, McNabb was overrated. (He is!) Two, the reason the media overrated McNabb was because they wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. And three, by implication, the media should not consider race when rating athletes. This seems to be just the opposite of "racism".
-- Barry Goddard, Manchester, NH
A: You're entitled to your opinion, Barry.
Your recent article on Poole was FANTASTIC. The best article I have ever read in the Boston Globe! You should be proud of yourself. I don't have a question, I just wanted to compliment that and couldn't find your email.
Never thought I'd see the day when a legitimate, fair, article was done about a Christian football player. The networks don't even like showing the players praying before a game.
Transplanted Pats Fan,
-- Jason Jarvis, Mansfield, OH
A: Thank again. I think if you're writing a profile on a player and a big part of who he is tied into spirituality and religion, you need to bring that out.
I have to say that your article on Tyrone Poole was great! I typically tune out player interviews when they start to "thank god my savior" because too often it appears to be more of a mask than heart felt. (I wonder how many of these players spout this stuff to put off reporters!) I'm not a religious person, but I can certainly respect Tyrone's faith and his devotion to his family. Keep up the good work!
-- Michael Mudge, Wilmington, MA
A: Thank you Michael. Hopefully, it's all real and heartfelt by the players.
First let me say thanks to you and the globe for providing this forum for us, it's really great to have.
Now to the question, why can't everyone build their team like the Patriots do? I know this needs some extrapolation so give me a second. In reading your Tyrone Poole piece this week I realized that the Patriots want guys like him. Not for religion or faith but because of their values and work ethic. When I first heard Poole was one of the only ones not attending off season workouts I said oh great, here we go with one of those players. Then when it came out why, that he wanted to spend more time with his family, I couldnt blame him. Then I started thinking about the rest of this team, they are all sort of like that. There are superstars in the making, Colvin, Brady, Law, but they don't do the me first thing that you see on so many other teams. I mean why do teams put up with guys like Shockey, Sapp, Owens, Moss, etc. that are obviously distractions to the team and lightning rods for criticism? It occurs to me that the Patriots would never pick a guy like this up and if they had one they'd let him go (Terry Glenn). It seems like the Pats put a lot of time and effort into finding out what kind of person they are getting and don't even draft these kind of guys. Now I don't know whom this comes from weather it be the Krafts or Belichick but I appreciate it. Now seeing the Patriots do it and be successful at it I keep wondering why other teams don't do it. It just makes sense to do it this way to me.