Tags: disappointment

When Life Stinks

Sometimes life stinks. Like when you’re playing golf, and you are facing a shot that offers risk-reward options. After thinking through the options, you choose to play it safe and take the smart shot. Then you blow the “smart” shot and make a double bogey anyway—even after trying to play it smart and safe. Sometimes…

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Unhappy Endings

It wasn’t a terrible shock to the college football world when Mack Brown resigned as the University of Texas’ head football coach on Saturday. Rumors had run rampant for weeks, in fact ever since the team started the season 1-2. In spite of going 7-2 in their final 9 games, an 8-4 record was not…

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Factory of Sadness

As college football kicked off this past weekend, the NFL season launches tomorrow night with the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens traveling to Denver to battle the Broncos. For Cleveland Browns fans, it ushers in another year of hoping—wondering if those hopes will finally be fulfilled or will once again be dashed by disappointment. One…

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Seeing God in Our Disappointment

Matt Ghaffari is an Iranian-American athlete who represented the United States in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Considered one of the finest Greco-Roman wrestlers of his generation, Ghaffari had plenty of success, including gold medals in the 1991 and 1995 Pan-American Games. But, in the Olympics, Ghaffari was beaten in overtime by his arch-rival, Aleksandr…

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Great Disappointment

To say that Bristol Motor Speedway has not been kind to Tony Stewart would be putting it mildly. In 29 career Sprint Cup races at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Stewart has only 1 win and 8 top tens. This for a driver who has multiple championships and 47 total career wins. I think Tony could…

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Hope Deferred

I remember when the first Super Bowl was played in the 1960s. The Packers were the neighborhood bully, and the Chiefs never had a chance. Two years later, however, the balance of power began to shift as Joe Namath and his Jets shocked the football world by knocking off the feared Baltimore Colts. By the…

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When Your Faith Is Tested

In sports, all kinds of things can test you. You can be tested by the intellectual challenge of a game that requires a significant amount of memorization and study (like football). You can be tested physically by the wear and tear of a sport that has an extraordinarily long season (like baseball), and you can…

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Setting Realistic Goals

This weekend, college football begins in earnest—and every team at every level has expectations as to what they want to accomplish during the 2012 campaign. For some teams, adjusting to new coaches and new systems is the highest of all priorities and goals. For other teams, finishing the year at .500 would be considered a…

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The Upside of Disappointment

I grew up a Cleveland Browns fan (and am still today), which may explain a lot about my emotional state. In any case, as a boy, my favorite player was Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield. His grace, elegance, speed, and skill on the field demanded double- and sometimes triple-coverage from defenses, creating opportunities…

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Finding Joy in Disappointment

Steve Stricker is one of my favorite golfers—not just because he is great and levelheaded, but because he has faced adversity and come out better for it. Earlier in his career, Strick seemed poised for a great career—capturing a World Golf Championship title. Then the wheels came off. It was if he were constantly searching…

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