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Groundhog Day in a Parallel Universe of Time and Regret

February 2, 2015

sherman bradyMy favorite image from last night’s game is this one of Seattle’s Richard Sherman congratulating Tom Brady after the Patriots stunning win in big game 49. It was a real display of sportsmanship after Sherman’s team ripped defeat from the jaws of victory. The only thing more improbable in this year’s football universe than last night’s finish was Seattle’s win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. I mean, second and goal from the one, and you throw an interception? What were the odds of that? Today I read that this year, 119 passes were attempted from the 1 yard line and the number of interceptions were the “integer immediately preceding 1…” Zero. Zilch. Nil. Like Phil Connors in the movie :Groundhog Day,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll will be reliving yesterday’s implausible finish forever.

Speaking of improbability, what were the odds the Patriots would lose another super bowl at least in part by a Barnum and Bailey catch in the final minutes? Turns out not this time.

groundhog day clockFinally, how long can Tom Brady perform at a high level? How long can any of us? This New York Times article published yesterday followed Brady through the season and provides glimpses of how he maintains and improves when logic and time would deem decline.

What do you do to maintain and continuously improve yourself and your team, especially if you’re an aging player? What are you doing to make yourself and everyone around you better?

“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” – Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in “Groundhog Day”

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