I wish to thank the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots for bringing us together.

We shared food, we shared drink, we shared space with strangers. We laughed, we cheered, we covered our eyes, some cried. We came together.

The South and North came together. Muslims, Jews, Christians and nonbelievers came together. Latinos, Native Americans, African-Americans and whites came together. The poor and the rich came together.

We are Americans! We invented the Super Bowl (Buffalo wings?). This is what we do better than anyone else on Earth. We are one!

Thank you deeply to Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. You both win!

Craig Whiton

Portland