The modern American society has become accustomed to the expectation of instant gratification at every turn. In the quest for such, there has been an exponential increase in fast food, stores of convenience, the use of Google for every kind of inquiry, all kinds of knowledge and technology at the fingertips of the average person in the promise of saving time and money and various forms of accelerated results without the necessary preparation.
This same kind of "on-demand" expectation has bled over into every area of society, and it is a direct contributor to the modern invention of the 24-hour news cycle and subsequent specialized news services.
With the public demand at an all-time high, networks, websites and various news agencies have created specialized programming and publications to suit the needs of the many various groups, fans and interested parties.
In a desperate quest to fulfill the appetite of the ever growing information beast, many of those assigned the task of keeping the public satisfied have begun to reach into areas that were once mundane, uninteresting and even off-limits.
Now, before you think that this is a self-righteous diatribe directed at the "system," understand that nothing could be farther from the truth. One of the many things that makes America great is the quest to become better, stronger, faster and yes—even more informed.
However, as the old saying goes; "Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater." There are some foundational principals that shouldn't be set aside in the rush to advance.
Other things that make this nation great are hard work, dedication and yes even the "P" word. That word is patience, and no farmer, artist, computer programmer, college student or parent could make it through this hectic, fast paced world without a little bit of this often villainized, but much needed, commodity.
So, what in the world does this have to do with Coach Petersen, Boise State and their quarterback?
Well, be patient.