“Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”
American Football is the most popular sport played in the United States. We have two major conferences, the National Football league (NFL) and the American Football league (AFL). Each league has a tournament for their best teams and the winners from each league play a championship game known as the Super Bowl. I am sure most of you know that but since some of you live in distant lands I thought I should let you know how it works.
My home town is Indianapolis, Indiana and last night they became the AFL champions in a hard fought game that was won in the last two minutes of play. It was one of the most exciting games in the history of the playoffs. Naturally our whole city is excited that the Colt’s are the AFC champions and that they will be playing the NFL champion Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl. I am pleased that our fans again demonstrated why they have a reputation for good sportsmanship and that they did not let their post game enthusiasm get out of hand. Mostly though I am glad that we have the Colt’s representing our city. Payton Manning, our quarterback is the best there is in the game; he is a hard worker, smart, and a real gentleman. I am particularly grateful for the time and money that Manning and his fellow players give back to our community as they help to make Indianapolis a better place to live, especially for children.
Our team is coached by an African-American man who always maintains a quiet dignity, he is a man highly respected not only by his players but also by all who know him. The coaches, players, and the owners seem to really care for each other. Naturally I will be cheering them on in the football championship game, but win or loose I will be proud of how they play and the men that they are.
“Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.”
There was this man who won a contest and got one free ticket to the Superbowl. He was so happy, but when he got to the stadium and found his seat he was somewhat disappointed. His ticket was for the last row, and it was WAY up there. He couldn’t see the game, so he began looking around.
Close to the field he saw an empty seat, so he decided to go down there. He reached the seat and asked the man next to the unoccupied seat if anyone was seating there.
The man replied, "No." So the guy sat down and struck up a conversation.
"Who would have a seat right next to the field and not come?!?"
The man answers, "Oh, that was my wife’s seat."
"Where is she?" the guy replied.
"Oh, I’m sorry…don’t you have anyone else to come with you, a brother, or friend?"
"No, they couldn’t come."
"Because they are at her funeral."
“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better”
Heard on the field
- Our offensive line was so good that even our backs couldn’t get through it.
- Football is a game of inches, and that’s how some teams move the ball.
- As John Madden says, "If you see a defensive line with a lot of dirt on their backs, they’ve had a bad day."
- We play in a dome stadium. We always prefer to kick with the air-conditioning at our backs.
- Football is a game when 22 big, strong players run around like crazy for two hours while 50,000 people who really need the exercise sit in the stands and watch them.
- The coach says his favorite play is the one where one of our players pitches the ball back to the official after he has scored a touchdown.
- I gave up my hope of being a star halfback the second day of practice. One tackle grabbed my left leg, another grabbed my right leg, and the linebacker looked at me and said, "Make a wish!"
- Pro linemen are so huge that it takes just four of them to make a dozen.
- The place kicker missed his attempt at a field goal. He was so angry, he went to kick himself and missed again.
- Wife: "It’s Super Monday. Football season is over!"
- We have so many players on the disabled list the team bus can park in a handicapped space.
- This year I can assure you that we are going to move the ball. I just hope that it’s forward.
- The only way they can gain yardage is to run their game films backward.
“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
Two elderly sisters donated $5 to a charity and, to their surprise, won tickets to a football game. Since they had never seen a live football game before, Madge thought the free tickets would provide an excellent opportunity for doing so.
"I think so, too," said Mabel. "Let’s go!"
They soon found themselves high in a noisy stadium overlooking a large, grassy expanse. They watched the kickoff and the seemingly endless back-and-forth struggles that comprised the scoreless first half.
They enjoyed the band music and cheerleader performance that followed. Then came the second half. When the teams lined up for the second-half kickoff, Madge nudged her sister.
"I guess we can go home now, Mabel," she said. "This is where we came in."
“There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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