too much respect.

17 06 2010

The World Cup has been pretty slow through the first round of games. There were a lot of draws – and the big names didn’t perform as well as I would have liked to see. Even the underdogs didn’t show much spark as a whole.

Most of the teams seem to use the first game in their group to ease into the tournament. They are feeling things out and not taking too many risks.

I understand the logic behind the cautious start – BUT I wouldn’t play it that way.

This is the biggest tournament in national soccer. It only happens once every 4 years. You have 1 chance every 4 years to prove yourself. This is not the time to sit back and play cautious.

Too many people games to not lose – as opposed to seeking the win.

As I was watching the Nigeria/Greece game this morning the announcer said something interesting. He was complimenting Nigeria on the aggressive nature of their play and then said, “it’s too bad they weren’t more aggressive last week against Argentina. It seems like they just showed too much respect to the Argentines.”

Too much respect?

I agree.

Argentina is a respected soccer nation with a lot of clout in the soccer culture – Nigeria approached the Argentines with that thought at the front of their minds.

Today, against Greece, they stood tall. They were confident. They appeared to believe THEY were the best team on the pitch.


Nigeria lost 1-0 to Argentina. (Argentina didn’t exactly play well – and the Nigerian keeper was great) I wonder if the result would have been different if Nigeria had just stood a little taller and believed they were the best team on the pitch.

Being humble is good. Recognizing the talents of others is wonderful. Congratulating others on their accomplishments is great.

BUT when you step out onto the pitch, whether in soccer or in life – you need to believe you are the best team out there.

If you are out there more concerned with not losing than you are with winning you will end up like Nigeria. The team you respected (too much) will walk away with the victory (and not necessarily because they are better).

Show respect, and stand tall believing in yourself.

You can be the BEST.

It reminds me of the Houston Rockets in the ’94 – ’95 seasons. They were not the the greatest team to take the court – but they believed in themselves.
Their coach, Rudy Tomjanovich, said, “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.”

’94 and ’95 were CHAMPIONSHIP seasons for the Rockets. (Although it helps that Jordan was retired both of those years – haha)

I think this whole post is probably just for me. I’ve been thinking all day about it. It hit me this morning during the game and I think I sometimes try to not lose instead of taking what I want… the WIN.

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth…” (Mark 9:23)

? Do you go for the win or try to avoid the loss?




One response

22 06 2010

This might be my favorite post you’ve done yet. Love it, it really got me thinking!

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