Patriots' Super Bowl loss can help kids put "perfection" into perspective

02/5/2008 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Sunday's Super Bowl loss for the Patriots is providing a teachable moment for young New England fans whose favorite team has earned unprecedented success, educators say. "It does provide a little perspective," said Dave Czesniuk of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. "We heard so much in the last few weeks about perfect, perfect, perfect, and there isn't any perfect. ... It's an idea that distracts kids from other things that are healthy and leads to goal obsession and big emotional letdown."

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