The “Golden Rule” is a common expression known to man and it easily means to “do unto others as you would have them to unto you.”
It’s a simple phrase that should be effortless to do; yet you’d be surprised how many people disregard this particular etiquette. So where am I going with this?
Tiquan Underwood, a guy who played wide receiver for the New England Patriots this whole season, only to be cut by the organization the DAY before the Super Bowl. Writing it gave me goose bumps, reading it must feel like nails going down a blackboard.
In no way, shape or form am I trying to criticize the Patriots. Don’t go throwing rocks at my window now, just let me explain. I am sure New England had valid reasons for releasing Tiquan Underwood. Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization have always been known to take advantages of mismatches if it was given. This move could’ve been attributed to game planning reasons, matchup scenarios, or even just a need for a roster upgrade. However, the release of Underwood was never the point of discussion, it was the timing of the move that made this situation a huge problem.
The Patriots released Underwood this past Saturday after the receiver had gotten a haircut with the Patriots logo on the back of his head. If this doesn’t make you feel bad for the guy, then something is wrong. The decision to release Tiquan Underwood the day before the big dance had “bad karma” written all over it.
We all know what happened in the Super Bowl. The Giants’ defense held Tom Brady and the Patriots to seventeen points. The New England offense wasn’t the same and even though the team played hard throughout the whole game, the New York Giants seemed to have more of the momentum.
It was definitely a tight game the whole way and sure enough, the championship was decided on the last play, a Hail Mary pass from Tom Brady. The Giants were fortunate enough to slap the ball down in the end zone giving New York the Super Bowl victory. Once again, the Giants break the hearts of the Patriots with the score of 21-17.
Given all the trials and tribulations, Tiquan Underwood remained a professional and even continued to support his New England teammates. Good for him.
“I don’t want to be a distraction to the game or the New England Patriots…I will say this, The New England Patriots are a GREAT Organization. I wish them nothing but the best today. This season has been dedicated to Myra Kraft (MHK) Mr. Kraft’s wife…. w/ that being said I hope they pull out the victory in honor of her & because the coaches & players have worked so hard this season for the opportunity to play in Super Bowl 46. Go Pats!!!! #PatsNation”
You know what they say, “karma” always has it’s way of making things right.
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