Tragedy in Hi-Def: Super Bowl XLII and Me

Peter KuoContributor IJuly 27, 2008

Loss is an inevitable part of life. Some losses are foreseeable, while others are sudden and abrupt. Some losses are significant, while others are seen as trivial. The degree of loss depends on the magnitude of the situation, the relevance of the subject, and the significance of the memories.

I saw the New England Patriots lose the Super Bowl this week, but that has only taught me how to deal with loss. Losing is unfortunate, but once the situation is in the past, there is nothing much we can do about it. Everything that could have been done has been thought of; everything that should have been done have been done; everything that should have been said have been said, and everything that should not have been said have been heard.
While we can analyze and recognize what we could have done differently, we can only look forward. The plays have been analyzed, the calls have been critiqued, and the outcome has been felt. The only thing we can do now is to continue onward.

The players on the field celebrated their victory. The players in the locker room are staring only at defeat. The players on the field see their dreams reflected in Vince Lombardi, while the players in the locker room see their dreams locked away in tears.

Words refuse to form on the page to describe the Patriots’ loss. It is an event like this that people call “indescribable.” Winning is a part of the game, but so is losing. However, this does not mean we have to accept it. The refusal to accept a loss keeps the fire burning, and as long as the fire is burning, the desire to win it all will burn strong.

    - It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.
Vince Lombardi