When the clock strikes zero at the end of any competition, their is usually a winner and loser. Though a regular season game may result in a tie, in the playoffs, this isn’t an option. Whether you’re talking about the National Championship, Super Bowl or Olympics, only one team or individual will walk off as the victor.
From a personal perspective, I once blew an eight shot lead during the Club Championship; then lost in an 18 hole playoff. When things start to slip away, as momentum goes in the opponents direction, a helpless feeling grips your body. This tide often results in the agony of defeat, something I’ve tasted on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, this is the cruel reality of sports.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. – 1 Corinthians 9:25
Therefore, as Ohio State and Oregon fans go to sleep tonight, one will celebrate into the midnight hours while the loser will ponder what could have been. For the senior players, several will be playing their final game, trading in their jerseys for a career in their field of study. Perhaps, this is why the apostle Paul wrote the words of 1 Corinthians 9:25. Like of the motto of Little League, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game!” May these words stick with you the next time you experience the cruel reality of sports.
by Jay Mankus