Which is better — redemption or revenge? Why not both, Big Red Car?
Big Red Car here on a slightly gray day in the ATX, but yesterday was glorious. Out touring the Hill Country checking out the bluebonnets, the poppies, the Indian paintbrush, and, of course, the cows on the roads.
So, in the women’s Big Dance, the Mississippi State girls beat the University of Connecticut girls in an overtime game. The game was won on a last second shot and the final score was 66-64.
That’s Bulldogs triumphing over Huskies, which keeps the fight amongst the bitches (a bitch being a female of the dog persuasion, no?). [See the cheap trick the Big Red Car played on y’all. Not well played, BRC.]
The really story — what writers like to call the “backstory” — is that a year ago, the UConn girls beat the Mississippi State women like red headed stepchildren by 60 points in a Sweet Sixteen matchup. OUCH!
Redemption, Big Red Car? Or Revenge?
Bit more grist for the mill? The Huskies (UConn) were nursing a 111-game winning streak. They hadn’t been beaten since Lincoln was President [bit of an exaggeration, Big Red?]
So, there you have it.
1. A year ago, UConn trounces Mississippi State by SIXTY in a Sweet Sixteen game.
2. The Bulldogs (Mississippi State) marinate in that beating for a year.
3. Meanwhile, the Huskies (UConn) are enjoying a 111-game winning streak and show up again at the end of the season expecting to continue that streak for — well, forever.
4. The Bulldogs find a way to beat the Huskies in an overtime game in which the smallest player on Mississippi State drives the dagger into the heart of the big, bad Huskies.
Sometimes, life provides an opportunity, like this, to teach a lesson to all of us. Even better — it really happened. It’s the truth. Can you stand a little truth?
1. The Bulldogs lived with a crushing defeat for a year and came back stronger, with more resolve, and took revenge thereby redeeming themselves.
2. The Bulldogs coach, Vic Schaefer, showed his young women the movie Miracle, about the US hockey team’s electrifying Olympic triumph against the Soviet Union’s hockey team in Lake Placid at the 1980 games. He showed them that miracles can happen and then he asked them to create one for themselves.
He risked something in order to inspire his team. Remember this, y’all. Greatness does not come without risk.
3. Most importantly, one man — that coach — believed and inspired and led. He made the Bulldogs believe they could and then he put them into the position to prove it to the world and themselves.
He put them in the position to win. To beat a team which had slaughtered them by sixty the preceding year.
He told them they had it in them and he showed them where it was living. Inside each of them.
And, that, dear reader, is your job as a CEO, as a leader, as a parent — to put your team in a position to win through hard work and inspiration and believing and something more — by taking a damn risk to be great. Take a risk to be great in everything you do.
Is this a great country or what?