8.2.11

Day 308. The Losing One.

Obviously, if you know me, you know I love sports. And, yes, I am one of those cheesy people who thinks that sports can be a great way to learn what you value, what you should value, and the importance of team, cooperation, loyalty, etc. I have found sadness in a trend that shows up more and more frequently in sports and that is "the blame game". I hate post-game discussions - I'm so sick of "if only..." or "if he would have..." or "blame the refs/umpire/coach..." If we aren't willing to accept that we aren't always right, or aren't always the best, then we miss the lesson that life was trying to teach us.

So what's my point?

When asked if I had a pick for the Super Bowl my answer was "I don't really care." Ultimately, for my Brown's heritage, my Buckeye allegiance (more on the Packers) and my desire to stick it to Brett Favre ;), I was coming down on the side of Green Bay. But ultimately I found myself always saying..."I just want a really good game...but I must say I do really like Mike Tomlin".

Mike Tomlin's team lost the game.

But Mike showed countless examples of class on Sunday night...I found myself nodding along to his post game interview - not because I took joy in his defeat, but because of how gracefully he remained fiercely loyal to his team, took on the ownership of his mistakes, and how brilliantly he offered acknowledgement of Green Bay's victory as deserved and earned - all without taking an ounce away from his team.

Many pundits may take aim at a lot of what he said and read meaning that may or may not be there, and trust me, if I was really REALLY passionate about either of these teams, its possible I would too. But - I challenge you to consider if, after reaching the doorstep of a goal you have fought for for every second of 365 days - if not longer - you fail - and you fail with millions watching that you could handle things in the manner Tomlin did:


No blame, no shirking of responsibility, no pointing fingers. Class.

And if football alone isn't really your bag, well Tomlin is just as classy as a pure "person". Check it:


Steeler fan or not, football fan or not, sports fan or not, I can guarantee, that if I was going in to a situation where I needed someone who would have my back, Mike Tomlin would definitely be a contender.

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