As a teacher, I draw inspiration from successful coaches and players. It's easy to buy into the Patriots' formula because it works and produces the desired results. Yes, more victories will be necessary for the Pats to achieve their ultimate goal this season, but it's easy to appreciate what they've done so far.
Off-season signings and injuries found the Pats without a number of their usual contributors for another postseason run, yet here they are, three victories away from a fourth Superbowl trophy.
Teamwork, preparation, discipline, cooperation, trust, hard work. Mix those ingredients with a little knowledge and talent, and you have the recipe for a successful sports team... and an effective school classroom. Congrats Pats. On to San Diego.