Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8:03 am
I heard on the news today that the kicker for Boise State was getting death threats for the field goals he missed against Nevada. It’s shocking. Maligned online, this young man who has been so clutch for Boise is now a target of wrath. But we both know, it’s never the last point. It’s not the last volley in the net, not the missed free throw, not the missed play at home plate. The successor in sports is the one who accumulates the most points. Accumulate – to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees. I’ve been the one to strike the ball into the net, the final point of a match. I’ve seen my sons strike out looking with the winning runner on third. As much as we believe at that moment that the loss is our fault, it is only one point in a game of many points.
Kyle Brotzman didn’t lose the game for Boise State. Boise State lost the game for Boise. And anyone who thinks differently has never competed, or if they have, forgotten that success in sport is an accumulation of successes.
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