In our house, Football is truly a SEASON I look forward to every year.
My two favorite teams are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Carolina Panthers.
But I am not talking about them today.
Today I want to share with you a lesson learned about HOPE and PERSEVERANCE from a football team that I don’t even follow.
For those of you that don’t follow NFL football, let me give you some background –
Team #1 is going through a lot of “stuff” due to one player quitting because another player was being a bully to him. (that’s the short version of a very long, covered-everyday-by-sports talk shows story.)
Team #2 has its own share of drama starting with the star quarterback not having a great start to the season, being traded and the team has not won a game all season. (Keep in mind that the regular season is almost over).
So, these two teams played each other and Team #1 was favored to win.
Team #2 still had not won a game.
Seemed like a done deal right? Why bother to even watch the game?
Well, because it seemed as though Team #2 had NOT won a game all season, they had one thing going in their favor:
In the first quarter, they outscored their opponent 10-0.
When you already have a losing season and then you start of with a great first quarter, its inspiring and they probably got a lot more hope.
In the 2nd quarter, the opponent outscored them 7-5 but halfway through the game, they are still winning.
In the 3rd quarter, they got outscored 12-0. This certainly diminishes hope that they will win the game but they
PERSEVERED because they had HOPE
In the 4th quarter, this team that hadn’t won a game all season, that started the 4th quarter losing 19-15
DID NOT GIVE UP
and in the 4th quarter, they SCORED a touchdown to win the game!!!
They started the game with HOPE that they could win and they DID IT!!!
Now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t be the only team that hasn’t won a game all season.
BUT, the Miami Dolphins WILL be the team that got beat by the team that hadn’t won a game all year.
Here’s the lesson: even if you are ALWAYS losing, NEVER give up hope that one day, somehow, someway you will WIN.
All you need is hope and some perseverance.
And maybe even some good defense along the way as well.