In his book, "Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect" Dr. Bob Rotella talks about the importance of playing golf with a simple mind set.
Mistakes are a part of the game, but they can't get you down or get in your head. You just have to keep playing.
The Patriots are a great illustration of perfect not being perfect. In yesterday's game, the Patriots were down, but they didn't panic. They methodically went about their gameplan and they eventually prevailed.
When Brady underthrew Moss on one play late in the game, he didn't hang his head and think he had blown it, he came back and threw to Moss on the very next play for a touchdown that took the lead from the Giants. The sequence is a perfect example of imperfection. Every play is not ideal. They are not perfect.
I hear some people saying the season was rigged for the Patriots. Some hate the Patriots, some love them. Say what you want, they won all their games and they did it with a simple, cliche attitude of "one game at a time". They will certainly go down as the greatest team ever to play in the NFL.
This may sound like I am a Patriots fan, but I am not. (My Broncos could learn a lot from them) I am a sports fan, however, and I think all who love sports need to appreciate what we are watching. We aren't just watching history being made, we are watching a set of players and coaches with a great mindset and great ability. We can all learn from what we are seeing and apply it to our own endeavors.
Today, the rest of the NFL battles for final playoff spots and their chance to play for second place. It is hard to imagine any of them beating the Patriots in the playoffs, but if they stay fucused and don't try to be too perfect, they might surprise themselves by winning it all.
At one point in his book, Rotella describes a round of golf as being like driving a car. When you drive to the grocery store, you don't think about each little turn of the wheel or pressing of the accelerator, you just drive the car.
The Patriots have driven their car through sixteen holes, to stick with my golf analogy, but unlike a real golf coure, this course they are on does not guarantee a nineteenth hole. They only get to enjoy the nineteenth, if they can stay "perfect" through three more holes. If I were a bettin' man, I would say they will certainly be in a good mood when the Super Bowl is finished.