Life is full of its little lessons. A look at recent events in the sports’ world only reinforce many of these rules of thumb.
Take for instance the old adage: “Cheaters never prosper.” That works with sports.
Maybe that’s not such a good example, considering Kelvin Sampson didn’t exactly follow the rules, and he received a cool $750, 000 for doing so.
That’s all right. We can find other mottoes.
Then there’s “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” The New Jersey Institute of Technology men’s basketball team probably doesn’t see any wisdom in this idea. The Highlanders are 0-29 this year and have lost 33 in a row overall.
Well we can try “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” That works right? Unless you consider Brad Daugherty. The eight-year NBA veteran has now shown his expertise in left–hand turns as a NASCAR analyst for ESPN.
OK, so those don’t work. There are others.
“A man should protect the good name of his wife.” There you go. Sports reinforces that rule…oops…Mr. McNamee, in the bedroom, with a hypodermic needle.
We’ll find one that works.
How about: If a>b, and b>c, then a>c, right? Unless you ‘Self’-destruct.
The Kansas Jayhawks annihilated the Oklahoma Sooners earlier this year, 85-55. Oklahoma beat cross-town rival Oklahoma State 64-61. Kansas should handle the Cowboys right? Not quite. Okie St. won 61-60.
Maybe “The best things in life are free.” Sports personify that right? Snap, New England Patriot fans might not agree—the AFC Champs increased their highest-priced tickets by $44.
Here’s one that works—“What goes up; must come down.” Check out Leonard Houston, No. 5 in blue, climbing the ladder. Throw it down, young man!
More that work:
“A good friend always has your back.” Andy Pettitte can attest to this. As he responded to media questions this week about his HGH use, teammates Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Riviera sat nearby to offer support.
“There’s no place like home.” Yeah, the Boston Celtics, mired in a three-game road skid, would gladly trade the warm breezes of Phoenix for the snow-covered streets of Boston.
Remember always take your B-12 orally.