I would be lying if I told you I watched both NFL playoff games on Saturday but I didn’t. I watched the end of the Eagles Falcons game as the pass to Julio Jones went straight through his hands. Then I watched a few minutes of the Titans Patriots game to know the Patriots were kinda kicking butt. Before I knew it this ‘avid’ sports fan feel asleep on the couch and woke up around 4 am Sunday morning.
The next set of games were crazy good! The Jaguars beat out the Steelers, then the beautiful ending to the Vikings Saints game! Just when you thought the Saints had pulled it out the Vikings showed up. I will say I love Drew Brees so I was sad to see his season end.
I am not going to pretend I really had an eye on NHL and NBA this week. With my last week of work I found myself sleeping and watching movies and being a bad sports fan BUT there was some ups and downs in the standings.
So the other day I read a mental toughness blog over on Brighton the Day which we should all read these days. Mainly because I think a lot of my generation and those younger than me lost their toughness. Yeah I said it. On the other hand, many of our generations in the sports industry show that it isn’t a lost art. The post was a revelation and a reminder that I need to strive more to be mentally tough. What made me want to talk about her post today was the fact that I keep watching highlights of Olympics qualifications for Team USA.
It is always great to see someone who has put their heart and soul into their craft and be able to reach a goal that only comes ever 4 years. The one that really resonated with me was Shaun White’s final run at qualification on the half pipe. He scored a perfect 100. The excitement and the redemption you could see made it mean so much more as he qualified for his 4th Olympics. It was beautiful.
“Alice, are you blind? Don’t you see the family resemblance? That’s my brother.” – Remember the Titans, 2000