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Why I Love Championship Games

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on February 4, 2019 20:21

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Championship games represent so many great things about life: our hopes and dreams; the balance of winning and losing; the journey most people never see.

Did you go to a Super Bowl party? If you did, how many games did you really watch this year?

 
No question - people love Super Bowl Sunday. I do too.

I’ll admit that I really didn’t pay much attention to the season - not for any other reason than I had other things to do. But I love football. I love sports. All sports. And I love watching players leave it all on the line. 

I remember growing up in Hawaii and waking up to watch Sunday football. What I love is seeing people who have spent a lifetime training, competing, at times praying, to make it to the biggest show in their sport.

It gives me the chills every single time.

Maybe because I was once a young girl with my own sports dreams. For me, it was tennis; daydreaming in school about getting to the US Open, with the loud crowd, the energy, the rising to the occasion.

Hours were spent on and off the court for years. I certainly put my time in. It just wasn’t in the cards. But that only gives me a greater appreciation for those who get there. You don't get to the show without dedication, hard work, sacrifice and a lot of determination.

It’s easy for us to play living room coach regarding what decisions are made at what time of a big game. It’s easy for all of us to get drawn back to our own childhood dreams of greatness.

I love it!

Tears well up for the victors. A pit grows in my stomach for the losers. It isn't about any one team. I love seeing the records broken by a reigning dynasty. I love rooting for the underdogs to rise up and mark a changing of the guard. 

At the end of the game, Tom Brady in all his excitement made it a point to stop the reporters and ask people to move aside so he could embrace those from the other team. Those were the actions of a winner who understands what it is like to be the loser. 

Those are moments our children learn from. They see the winners and losers as part of life's natural balance and if you persevere, you have a chance to reign champion even when everyone else counted you out. 

Until the next game... 

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on February 4, 2019 20:21

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