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Monday, December 2, 2013
Death Threats and Stepping Into the Arena
Whether you’re a
college football fan or not, hang with me on this one….
If you aren’t a college
football fan you may have spent Saturday raking leaves or shopping or watching The
History of Wedgewood China on PBS.
If you ARE a college
football fan you couldn’t have missed the most exciting finish of a college
football game anyone has seen…ever.
Tied, 28-28. One second to go. Freshman kicker Adam Griffith to try a 57-yard
field goal for the Alabama win. Auburn return man, Chris Davis, is waiting in
the endzone in case the kick is short and he can try a runback.
Since it’s been all
over the news this is not a spoiler; the kick is short and Davis returns it 109
yards for the win.
Here’s the point,
though: Adam Griffith is receiving death threats on Twitter…after missing a
kick…in a college football game.
If your life is so
devoid of meaning that the outcome of a football game causes you to threaten a
college freshman’s life then, in the game of lifetime musical chairs, when the
music stops I’m thinking you’re one of the ones left standing.
Griffith and Davis won’t
have to remember last Saturday night for the rest of their lives, other people
will remind them…for the rest…of their lives.
In 1991, Florida State
kicker Gerry Thomas missed a 34-yard potential game-winner against Miami
causing thousands of fans and sportscasters to stick FSU with the name Wide
Right University. Thomas not only received death threats but his fellow
students razzed him so badly on campus that he left FSU and transferred to
Everyone makes mistakes
and has failures, some with bigger consequences than others. Most of the time, the
people giving those who failed a hard time are people who don’t have the
courage to try. As President Theodore Roosevelt would say, they are people not
willing to step into the arena.
Mike Collins is president of The Perfect Workday Company, an information company based in The Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. He presents 100+ programs a year for organizations such as IBM, American Express, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals and The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center.