Sunday, February 12, 2012

Courage, Teamwork, and Passion Wins Games

   Arriving home from school on a Wednesday night. I did my normal routine; chop wood, take out the trash, and do homework. I was very anxious to get home from school that day though because my favorite college basketball team was playing. A big rivalry game was about to start between North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils. With only five miles separating both colleges along Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I was getting my snacks ready for the game. When the game came on I was instantly glued to the television cheering on the Blue Devils. With the number one high school all star athlete, Austin Rivers, playing for Coach K. The game was a nail biter with the blue devils only trailing by nine points in the first minutes of the first half. By the time the second half started the Tar Heels had moved their lead by seven points making it a sixteen point ball game. Throughout the whole game, my hopes of Duke winning was barely fading away. I was about to turn off the television, but then I kept the television on having faith for Duke. Minutes passed by when Duke started to cut into the lead. The Lead was shortened to eight points with two minutes to go in the second half. My palms started to get sweaty and my heart pounding. One after the other, North Carolina made careless passes and numerous turnovers to cut the lead to two with ten seconds on the clock. I was cheering so loud, I could barely talk. Austin Rivers brought the ball down and took a screen to the right side of the three point arc. Dribbling, the big power forward Tyler Zeller from North Caroling was guarding Rivers. The big seven foot Zeller fell asleep below the arc and took a step back, Austin Rivers knew it was the right time so he jumped and flinged his wrist in the air. With Austin Rivers looking on, the ball fell through the hoop SWISH! The game clock hit zero. Everyone from the Blue Devils bench busted out celebrating, while they left the North Carolina players and fans in disbelief. The blue devils came back from a sixteen point deficit to win the game in the second half. In the locker room after the fame, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski wrote on the white board COURAGE, TEAMWORK, and PASSION. 

   When I seen this game, it brought me back to the state championship between Holbrook and Fountain Hills. Holbrook did not give up in the end, and came back with a win to capture the entire championship. In basketball it takes a huge amount of teamwork to win. Whether it would be trying to get an open shot to score a basket, or stopping a person defensively. Everyone has to know their assignment and know exactly what they are suppose to do. Not only teamwork, but with courage and passion. If the score board is one sided, the team has to give all they got if they want to come out with a huge 'W'. Both girls and boys are pursuing a championship this coming week and I have faith in them that they will try their hardest and give it their all, especially the graduating players. Just as Coach Krzyzewski stated "When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!" 

1 comment:

  1. I love the quote you used to end your blog! Good for Duke as well. Just because you are behind in a game doesn't mean it is over. Hard work does do a team wonders and it can pay off! The Duke and North Carolina did sound a lot like the championship game last year. That game still gives me the chills. I girls did an incredible job this season and I wish they could have advanced but hopefully the boys keep the victories coming. Nice blog buddy!