By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Humility is in short supply in our culture these days.

Non-stop boasting and trash-talking is the coin of the realm, and sometimes you feel like modesty and humility are taken as signs of weakness.

That’s why it was so refreshing to hear Patriots Star safety Devin McCourty, fresh off yet another Super Bowl win, show up at the team’s first practice Wednesday and immediately shoot down the pre-season hubris of Pats fans who’ve been talking about the team going undefeated this season.

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Devin McCourty. (WBZ-TV)

“To say before we even tackle somebody or throw a pass that we’re going to beat everybody on our schedule I think that is kind of disrespectful,” McCourty said.

Thank you!

It’s not only disrespectful, I can assure you any player caught indulging in that kind of talk is going to find themselves in Coach Bill Belichick’s doghouse, fast.

But sports isn’t the only arena where humility is hard to find.

Remember then-senator Barack Obama’s speech the night he clinched the 2008 Democratic nomination for president?

“I am absolutely certain,” he said, “that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment… when the rise of the oceans began to slow.”

The “rise of the oceans?” Now that’s self-confidence.

And of course, President Trump is always the first to inform us that everything he does is the greatest thing you’ve ever seen.

“With the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. That I can tell you. It’s real easy,” Trump said earlier this week.

Sure it is.

Just like going 19-and-0.

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Comments (2)
  1. And who can forget Hillary” “basket of deporables” remark of Nixon’s “I am not a crook”…

  2. Hmmm, I’ve seen less Pats fans talking about going 19-0, than I have folks w/in the Sports News in Boston and elsewhere. I think most Pats fans realize how much has to go your way in order to attain the perfect season (so much, that it’s never been done before in this current incarnation of the schedule). That’s in large part to the culture that Belichick, their coaches and players emphasize throughout the year on and off the field. Can this team go 19-0? Sure. On paper they’re an absolute matchup nightmare offensively, and defensively they should be able to play any type of coverage necessary to counter opposing offenses.

    Will they go 19-0? Probably not. There’s just too many variables that go into a season, and everything has to go just right in order to get there. They’ll absolutely be in the playoffs, but I’m not holding my breath on a 19-0 season.

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