The fruit of the labor of the Oakland Raiders would be to win the championship in the AFC, and to win another Super Bowl.
Sometimes it is helpful to connect the behaviors in one area to those of another.
Tennis Mantis, a 19-year-old college student, who listens to the little gems of wisdom that just might inspire the Oakland Raiders, has something to say. Let's just say that out of the mouths of babes can come great wisdom and simplicity.
As I demonstrate the power of preparation and of doing your homework, sometimes college students get the message and present me with a little kindnesses. Tennis presented me with a basket filled with fruit grown in his garden.
I told Tennis and the other students that if the Oakland Raiders would acquire the intense discipline similar to that of a gardener, they would be more likely to reach their goal and win more games.
When Tennis was asked what role he played in producing the fruit presented to his professor, he said "My mother (say, for example, the head coach) has a garden in our backyard. I helped take care of her plants (like an assistant coach) by nurturing them and pulling weeds.
"I also helped to identify insects such as the lace wing and centipede," he went on. In some strange way some insects can be helpful to the crop.
"Working in a garden can help teach the value of hard work and dedication (consistency,)" he continued. "The fruit of my labor was tomatoes, sage, malabar spinach, and eggplant."
The inspiration drawn from Tennis's experiences leads many of us to question whether the Oakland Raiders have had that consistent, dedicated, regular set of behaviors to produce great outcomes.
As a metaphor, the problems on the playing field can be like weeds and blemishes which come from insufficient water, bugs, fungi, and other diseases.
For example, in the case of professional athletes, constant and regular care of their health, emotional well-being, and good character can help to minimize the presence of "bugs, fungi and, for example, club root." If you have not heard of the disease called club root, here is a definition:
"Infected plants may grow slowly and appear wilted or stunted..."
Over the past seven years it seems like the Raiders have suffered from slow growth, and their performance has been somewhat wilted and stunted.
Another student and musical prodigy, whose Bleacher name is Hobbes, said:
"Having the same crop in a plot for multiple years bleeds the ground of the nutrients needed for the harvest to thrive."
The parallel would be that in some instances the trade of an old crop of players or the drafting of 'new seed' allows nutrients and productivity to return to the playing field.
"Therefore, the 2010 draft choices will prove fruitful," he continued. "Not because the picks will fall in line with the current trend, but will instead revive the Raiders to the previous trends of 1976, 1980 and 1983."
In conclusion, Hobbes emphasizes:
"In conclusion, if the Raiders use the time honored American agricultural tradition of hard work to nurture, by example, the new draft picks of 2010, then as a team, the blood, sweat, and tears sacrificed by all will lead to a new harvest and a renewed trend of victory."
Dedicated to a College Class, Summer 2010.