Super Bowl Pride

Alan Smyth —  February 2, 2015 — Leave a comment

We recently had the National Holiday known as Super Bowl Sunday. Every football fan around the world was shocked and surprised at how the game ended. Not to go too deep into the X’s & O’s of football, but the Seattle Seahawks found themselves on the goal line at the end of the game. They had arguably the best running back in the league in the backfield. What has been described as the “worst play call in history” by many came next.

Instead of letting their “Beastmode” running back stroll into the end zone for the win, they dropped back and threw an interception and thus lost the game.

Interception

The internet almost broke with nearly a unanimous outcry of how bad the play call was. Patriot fans giggled with dis belief while Seahawk fans screamed in horror. Football fans that didn’t really care who won were in disbelief.

Pete

And then there was Pete Carrol, head coach of the Seahawks. He immediately and relentlessly defended his call. He was probably covering for someone else, but ultimately it was HIS call. EVERYONE is saying it was a terrible call. He stands alone and says it was the right call.

Pride has a way of deceiving us and defeating us. Pride has a way of blinding us and hurting us. Previous successes have a way of creating a false sense of invincibility. “Pride comes before the fall.” How is it that we can put ourselves on an Island and start believing our own press clippings to our own demise?

Lay down your sword and shield. Understand there is always more to learn and another way to see things. Toxic levels of pride never work anywhere. It doesn’t work as a leader, a husband, a friend or a parent.

Learn a lesson from the Super Bowl. Call a time out, consult some friends and make a great decision.

Be Strong!

Alan

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I have been married to Sharon for 33 years. We have two kids, Brittany (29) and Trevor (25) I am the Senior Vice President for Saving Innocence. I have a passion for my family and have learned a few things along the way.

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