Every so often, losing isn’t a bad thing. It builds character, humility, resilience. Some of the great stories in relativelky recent Boston sports history have come after backbreaking defeats, like the 2004 Red Sox and the 2011 Bruins. In the case of the Sox, they bounced back from a crushing Game 7 loss in 2003 (and a 3-0 American League Championship Series deficit in 2004) to win the World Series. The Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead in 2010 and rebounded to win the Stanley Cup a year later.
The point: defeats can be productive.
OK, so we had a bad week. It feels like everyone did. But often, in defeat, there comes knowledge. The sins come not in making the mistakes, but rather in failing to learn from them. We here at Pick It and Stick It believe that Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season will make us better in the long run, which is really what this game is all about. And in Week 7, one of the many story lines here in New England concerns William Stephen Belichick, who could overtake the great George Halas (above) and move into sole possession of second place on the all-time list for NFL coaching victories behind Don Shula, aka Fish Lips.
And yes, Bill Belichick, too, has had his ass kicked, at least metaphorically.
This week, we’re expecting a strong response. If not, well, it might be time for drastic measures.
But to the games…
Last week: 5-9.
Season to date: 47-44-3.
(Odds courtesy of our friends at DraftKings.)