Posts Tagged ‘New Orlean Saints’

Courage, Confidence, and Recklessness

February 10, 2010

The New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl Champions.  There were several key moments.  Towards the end of the first half, the New Orleans Saints went for the touchdown on fourth and goal.  They were stopped short.  However, they managed to get the ball back, move it downfield and score a field goal in the little time that remained.

At the start of the second half, the Saints tried an onside kick.  It worked, they recovered the ball, and went on for a touchdown, and the lead.

These calls showed the courage of the Saints coach, Sean Payton, and the confidence that he had in his team to make the gambles pay off.

What if things had gone the other way?  What if they had been unable to get that field goal at the end of the first half?  What if the Colts had recovered the onside kick, and they had gone in for the score?

Then Sean Payton would be the goat, instead of the hero.  There would be lots of people vocally criticizing the calls that they now praise.  He would be called reckless, instead of courageous.

His courage to make risky calls, and his confidence in his team, may have been a part of what inspired them to perform so very well.  The reception by Lance Moore for the two-point conversion was a beautiful example of a player going beyond expectations, as he managed to gain control, and reach across the goal line, while tumbling head-over-heels.

Congratulations to the Saints. 

It worked.

This time.

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Raising Hopes and Crushing Dreams

January 25, 2010

I was a Vikings fan in the sixties, seventies, eighties and into the early nineties.  Then I moved into a new area where they were not broadcast every week and I no longer followed their seasons with any real interest.  Actually, I had become increasingly frustrated because year after year they would show wonderful promise and potential, but were never able to win the BIG GAME.  Each year started out with wonderful potential, many years would show promise, but each year ended with a loss.

This year was no different.

Once again the Minnesota Vikings fans had their hopes raised… and their dreams crushed. 

The funny part is that I was drawn into it. I do not consider myself a Vikings fan.  I hadn’t watched a game all year, but last night I went over to a friend’s to watch the game.  ( He is a devout Dallas fan, and was rooting for the Saints.)  It was, for the most part, an enjoyable game.  The only problem was… I found myself wanting the Viking to win, hoping they would win, even daring to believe that they might win.

They didn’t.

Turnovers.

Sigh….

Congratulations Saints, good luck in the Super Bowl.  Vikings, thanks for  a great season for your fans, and an exciting conclusion.

Maybe next year?