The Games Not Over Till the Games Over

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Submitted: May 15, 2014

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The Games Not Over Till the Games Over

Yogi Berra was a hall of fame baseball player, one of the greatest catchers in baseball’s history and also made extremely obvious statements.  One of these statements just so happens to be the title to this chapter and is something that despite its certainty is often exceedingly over estimated by the majority of people.  I mean we’ve all heard of great comeback stories when a team virtually has no chance in winning yet they somehow manage to win.  Some of these stories that come to my mind are Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary or when Lindsey Lohan came back from rehabs to make movies again.  Not really the Lindsey Lohan story, but you get the point.  My personal experience with comebacks and the whole “the fat lady didn’t sing yet” thing came at my misery however.

Remember in a previous chapter I mentioned about losing that game by one point after missing a free throw when I heard over the loud speaker that my friend won a state championship? Yes, that is this game and that is my personal experience.  It was one of the first games of my senior year and we were playing against our biggest rival Euclid.  The previous year we were blown out by Euclid by about 20 or so points and the year before that we lost to them after being up by 15 at halftime.  No, my sophomore season when we lost after we were beating them by 15 at halftime is unfortunately not the comeback story I was talking about. The story I’m talking about is my senior year and we were neck and neck with Euclid all game.

With both of our schools being predominately African-American, it’s safe to assume that I was the only white kid who played on the court that night.  Some of my friends from my hometown even came out for the game to support me.  The gym was packed and it was a huge game that we were winning by two points with about six seconds left.  I know you’re all wondering my stat line for the game so here it is..  I was about 1-6 from 3 pt. range, one block and one failed attempt to try to flirt with the opposing teams cheerleader (she was the only white kid on her team too, thought we had that in common but whatever.)

So there’s six seconds left in the game and we’re at the free throw line.  Oh, I totally forgot to mention that at this time I was fouled out and was forced to sit on the bench.  If I was in the game you better believe I would of got my second block of the game and we would of won..probably not.  This is where the story gets good, recall the hometown friends I had in the stands that night.  While we were on the free throw line, I turned to those friends and hit my chest yelling, “This is what we do!”  If the image of a skinny white kid beating a bunch of kids more athletically inclined than him then proceeding to talk trash about it doesn’t pump you up than I don’t know what does.

As my teammate missed the foul shot they grabbed the rebound with six seconds left.  As noted by my previous, “This is what we do!” moment, I was convinced we won the game.  In my three years of varsity basketball I finally beat our rivals.  I can walk my head high in their city for the rest of my life.

Negative ghostrider…

Some kid who up until that point has never even scored in the game comes up with a Hail Mary three point shot off the backboard to win at the buzzer…. Screw you Doug Flutie.

Morale of the story is pretty obvious just like how Yogi Berra said it years ago.  The games not over till the games over.  It’s a simple concept that is overlooked too much in today’s society.  This concept isn’t just for sports either, it’s a life concept.  When you’ve just been denied employment for the fifth time this year, keep applying for more jobs.  When Ivan Drago’s kicking your ass round after round, get back up and win it for Apollo.  There’s going to be times in life where you’re losing, you have to be able to show resiliency and like Jim Valvano once said, “Never give up!”


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