[quote=“MarkH, post:6, topic:2905”]Maybe they will pre-empt it with something about Sandusky…
Nevermind, I hope they show hoops :-[[/quote]
While funny (though you have to be careful about “funny” around here lately), this brings up a good point.
These are games, just games. What has happened at Penn State in the past month has sort of changed the entire playing field concerning what is important.
Wins and losses are everything to a lot of players, coaches and fans. But after November 5th, my whole perspective on such things has changed drastically.
As a youth coach I’ve won my share of championships and had a number of undefeated teams in football, baseball, basketball and soccer. But I’ve learned more and so have my kids on teams that were more challenged. And it’s through those tough times that you learn and you grow to where one win or one loss doesn’t consume you anymore. You learn that losing a game or two games or twenty games doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. It’s what one takes from those losses to better oneself.
And then there is something even greater…
In the past year our local Little League has had to deal with the death of an 11 year old from a stupid “choking game” that his friends liked to play…a horrible accident that still haunts this community. For the past few weeks, one of my son’s former teammates and my former assistant coach’s son is fighting his own battle in the hospital with a mysterious illness. And just yesterday, I got word that one of my fellow Little League coaches just lost his battle with cancer.
We put so much pressure on ourselves and our kids to win, win, win. And when things don’t happen the way we want them to, we react in silly ways. We get depressed over trivial things like losing to Lafayette. Yet it doesn’t make me any less of a fan by not wanting to kick the dog after every tough loss for my team(s).
We all want the best for this team and we all want them to win every time they step out onto that court. The Maine loss, yes that was tough. But the boys came back to beat Indiana in Bloomington the next time out, something that probably wouldn’t have happened without the loss to Maine.
Maybe because of this loss, this team will come out and surprise a few folks at Duquesne this weekend. And if that happens then I will point to last night as one of if not THE main reasons for the win.
And if they do come out and win at Duquesne, it will be just that, a win. Nothing more, nothing less.
As we have learned over the past month at PSU, there are a lot of bigger issues in this world right now and i’ve learned to use sports as a release from those issues. Sports to me is now a couple hours a day when I can just smile and, win or lose, know that there is still some good in this world.
Perspective…it’s a great thing to have when things in your life go awry.