Last 20 Secs of 2015 Super Bowl Big Error?


I am not a big fan of watching football but I did watch the Super Bowl game this year. The passing play that lost the game was confusing to say the least. I can only think that the coach thought he would fake the Patriots out letting them think the play would go to Lynch….

What is the lesson here? If the move seems logical to go straight ahead, with three tries shouldn’t one go straight? If, the play had succeeded and Seatle had made the touch down would the headlines be screaming about the worst play ever? Probably not!

I don’t know if there are any lessons to be learned. The coach gambled and lost. It was a calculated risk, one that would have gone done in the history books as brilliant had it succeeded. Instead, it failed and it goes down in the history books as a big failure to do the most obvious thing.

I think we are often faced with making the obvious choice or choosing the risky, even outrageous choice that, IF it succeeds, will be brilliant. I often seem to be caught between do the obvious and take the risk. Creative behavior always has a risk attached to it. There is never a guarantee of success. Actually, I think more times than not failure looms great.

You have to give the coach credit for taking such a monumental risk. He played all his cards in that one move and lost big. Still it took courage and guts to commit his team to such a risky play. Perhaps it could have been executed more precisely, then we would be having the other discussion about brilliance…

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  1. A bit of a coincidence: I was web-searching a friend and classmate from times gone by, one Linda, who as I deduce might have married and acquired the Firestone name. We also went to NYU, but I have lost track, being imprisoned on the beaches of the West Coast, as I am. She even looks like you (in your tiny pictures). In reading through your various blog posts, it seems the years might be a bit off. You seem to be a mere stripling girl of around 60–no, don’t tell me your age; I’m not fishing–but I am, although still stalwart, rugged, handsome, and youthful, 81 years old, and wonder of wonders still have most of my marbles. Powerful too; did I mention powerful? In any case, your blog and the country landscape on top are enough to confuse the scent since she came from a similar botanical region. Your entries are interesting, and it appears you have made the best of things and made a worthwhile life you can be satisfied with. Me too, to some extent, although my tasks do not yet seem to be completed. It is a strange and fascinating experience, to be admitted into the intimacy of another’s thoughts and experiences, those of an evident stranger, yours, and even to some extent into your feelings, which are difficult to hide, especially in the case of mistaken identity, since the identities are not too far removed. I hope you are well and as engaged with the world as your words suggest. There is not much difference between word and world, after all. Keep goin’.

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