The Day After
The Super Bowl is one of the most celebrated days in American culture. Each year a large portion of our country gets crazy excited to sit down and scream loudly at a screen.
But it’s not the screen that we are yelling at, it’s at the team we cheer for, the team we pray against, or the visually impaired ref that seems to defy all logic. I can talk about this, because I’m one of those dorks who’s yelling at the screen!
Especially since my Niners made it back to the arena! It’s been a very loooooooong season of not being there. And I’m very proud of my boys for working this hard as a team to get here.
But today, one team celebrates, while the other is kind of…numb. Why? Because coming this far, with all of the hard work, and dedication, and sacrifice, only to walk away second best, sucks!
And to some, it’s unbelievable. For the winning team, there will be a pause in life to celebrate. Many times over the next few days they will ask themselves, “Did this really happen?!”
Then starts the journey back. And with the taste of victory, comes an even greater desire to return to the event where that victory was attained.
My question is, what does the coach of the losing team say to his players? “Sorry guys, you just weren’t good enough.” Or, “Hey, at least we made it this far.” Or, ”The great thing is, now we can get caught up on The Bachelor.”
You see, while they didn’t win, they did show up! They worked their backsides off to get here. They healed in ice baths, and played with torn muscles, some with broken bones. For what? The chance to be heralded the best! The chance to be called super!
The truth is, they are super. And they need to know it. So does your team. The team that shows up everyday, has worked through a lunch or two, has stayed some late hours to get the project done, needs to know that YOU think they are great. That you believe they are super. So tell them.
By the way, I wrote this right before the game so it wouldn’t alter my writing. Today I lament for the team that I am so proud of! You boys are champions!!