The NFL is split into eight divisions, and every year each of these divisions is required to crown a champion. It is a given that the best team in the division will have earned the right to host a playoff game, but with the state of the NFC East, it is not only difficult, but also absurd to label any of the four teams a champion. The NFC East currently has three teams tied for first place, and the forth team is only one game back, that seems reasonable until you realize that all four of these teams have more losses than wins this season. The NFC East has been plagued with poor play and damaging injuries, and while some teams have managed to play relatively solid football, huge mistakes have cost this division many crucial games. I personally have a stake in the outcome of this division because my favorite team, the Giants, happens to be mired in the mess of “contenders” for the title. The Giants are quite possibly the most frustrating team in the NFL, as they have lost five games this season while holding a lead within the last 72 seconds. I understand that anything is possible when it comes to sports, but the NFC East has given football fans all over America a reason to shut off their televisions in disgust. The football season is winding down, and as this awful division fights feebly to decide a champion, all of the other NFL teams and fans will be left with the realization that a team with a losing record will be awarded with home field advantage for at least one game in the playoffs.
Today is the running of the Belmont Stakes, it is the third race in a series of big horse racing events. This year’s event is special due to the fact that there will be a horse that is running in hopes of winning the triple crown. The triple crown is a feat that is accomplished by a horse who can successfully place first in each of the three races in the series. The winner of the previous two races, American Pharoah, looks to be the 12th horse to take home the triple crown in the long history of the sport. American Pharoah is a spunky horse, with a purposely misspelled name, and an absurd amount of energy, the most notable thing about this horse is how he never seems to get a great jump at the start, but he still ends up in first place. Over the past couple of years, there have been many attempts to win the triple crown, by many fast and well bred horses, but nobody has managed to bring home that title since 1978. I would love to see a triple crown winner in my lifetime, but unfortunately I don’t think American Pharoah will be able to overcome a poor start in this race and find a way to win.
I am on the road today so I have very little time to actually stop and write. I will just be leaving a short post about one of my favorite quotes.
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.
– Vince Lombardi
Aside from being a huge fan of football, the sport in which Lombardi is famous, I am also a big fan of redemption. This quote is about being able to recover from the “knock downs” and obstacles of life. I love this quote because there is no way to win if you never know how to recover from a loss, Lombardi knew this so he taught his team accordingly. Lombardi led his team to five championships, and the current championship trophy is even named after him. There are many stories about the life and exploits of Vince Lombardi, but through all the stories the only highlights are his victories. If Lombardi never got over his defeats he would have never been as great as he became, so it is beneficial for everybody to try again after every defeat, because you never know what greatness is possible.