Losing a championship game has to be the most difficult thing to deal with for an athlete. To come so far and fall just short of a lifelong goal has to be so awful to come to terms with.
After every Super Bowl I can remember, both teams host official after-parties. While it is acceptable for members of the losing team to show up, you can imagine it being a somber affair. As a player you should arrive, maybe sit in quiet reflection in the back, nurse a few beers, mingle a little with fans, hug it out with your teammates and quietly make your exit.
You definitely shouldn't take off your shirt, dance on stage and party like you're on spring break in Cancun. Unfortunately for the New England Patriots, tight end Rob Gronkowski and offensive lineman Matt Light did just that.
While all of New England and Patriots Nation are dealing with coming so close to another title and falling short against the New York Giants in a game that could easily have been won, Light and Gronkowski thought it would be smart to party like they just took home the title.
Look, I get it. Light and Gronkowski were probably just blowing off steam after an incredibly disappointing outcome to something they've worked extremely hard for. But they had to know someone would be taking pictures and that those photographs would end up on the Internet. For how crushing that defeat was, fans would at least like to pretend it mattered as much to the players as it did to them.
When you read Dan Wetzel's incredible column about Tom Brady struggling to come to terms with the loss in New England's locker room, then read about "Gronk" and Light partying the night away, you have to wonder about their commitment.
Guys, at least wait a week before throwing down with your shirts off in public. The game was barely over and you were on stage partying like it never happened.
To me, the actions of Gronkowski and Light are inexcusable. Not for guys who belong to one of the classiest franchises in sports. Frankly, their ridiculous behavior is a slap in the face of their quarterback who obviously took the loss incredibly hard.
They should be ashamed of themselves, and they should apologize to their teammates and the franchise immediately.