Sunday’s Super Bowl was more than just entertaining – it was an American event. The favorite Colts took an early 10-0 lead. The underdog Saints roared back scoring 31 of the next 38 points. But it was close. With a little more than 3 minutes remaining, the Colts were driving down the field to tie the game. The announcer even mentioned the possibility of an overtime game. Peyton Manning then threw an interception to Tracy Porter and Porter returned it 74 yards for the game-clinching touchdown. New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17 – Final Score.
So that was the score of the game. But who else is the winner? How about the city of New Orleans as the winner? How about all of America as the winner? How about each and every one of us was a winner as a result of last night’s Super Bowl? Let me explain.
First and foremost, the City of New Orleans is the big winner from the Super Bowl. Owner Tom Benson deserves the lion’s share of the credit. In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it would have been very easy for Benson to move the team to another city. Benson didn’t do that. Instead, he stuck with the city while they rebuilt the Superdome, temporarily moving the team for a year. But he returned the team the next year and spent the money on recruiting a very talented and aggressive young coach, Sean Peyton. Benson also brought in quarterback Drew Brees as the inspirational field general. The rest of the team players were added and each of the last 4 seasons have shown improvement. Tom Benson proves that leadership starts at the top, and the City of New Orleans has benefitted from his commitment, initiative and command.
Secondly, all of America benefits from the outstanding play of both the Saints and the Colts. Two teams play hard and compete with all their heart, while accepting that only one team can be crowned champion at the end of the game. After the game, a new season lurks right around the corner and the competition will start anew. And at the end of the game, it’s only a game. I believe America benefits from the outstanding competition and the reprieve from economics, politics and world events. We look at the Super Bowl and realize it’s only a game. Maybe we can view economics, politics and world events with a perspective that tomorrow is another day?
Finally, all of the American people can benefit from the event in some way. Even those who do not choose to observe the occasion may benefit from the tremendous sale prices at grocery stores and electronics vendors, or the lack of traffic on the highway or at their favorite local park for an afternoon. For those who choose to congregate and watch, the Super Bowl helps us all get together and laugh, eat, share good times and hopefully recognize that all of life is a game and we can compete hard but be gracious in both winning and losing. Winning at any cost is not the way the game is played – there are rules. The rules of life include playing hard but being gracious towards others in both winning and losing.
This year’s super bowl had no villains. Rather, it was a hard fought battle between two teams that represent the best in sports — and in life. Leadership starts at the top, individuals need to do their part for the benefit of the team, luck is created by aggressive and focused play, and graciousness in winning and losing is the American way!
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