Scoot: Emotion and the Saints
8.3.12 firstname.lastname@example.org - It has always amazed me how so many “sports experts” only assess the physical talent of a team and the physical match-ups in a game, while the major factor in any sporting event is often dismissed.
Emotion is what drives humans to triumph. The Saints beat the Falcons in a nationally televised game after Katrina, which marked the “rebirth” of the Saints and the city. The Saints would have beaten any team that day. More than physical match-ups, it was emotion that led to that celebratory victory.
With all the anxiety of this off-season, Saints fans and the team seem to be anticipating this first preseason game Sunday night with more excitement than any preseason game since the first one following Katrina.
Sports reflect life. In sports, there are those who win and those who lose. There are favorites and the underdogs. And, there are unexpected challenges. Any sporting event is a microcosm of life.
The monumental challenges of this off-season inject the Saints with the ultimate dose of emotion going into this new season. And the leadership of Drew Brees will help the team focus in the absence of their head coach Sean Payton.
Throughout sports history, underdogs and athletes who have faced the toughest challenges have used the “emotion factor” to inspire victory. If you doubt how strong emotion is in the lives of individuals, think about how you feel on a Friday compared to a Monday. The only thing different in your life is that it’s a Friday not Monday. It’s all emotional.
As humans, we have the ability to think of every “Monday” as a “Friday.” If we did that, consider how the “emotion factor” could inspire us to “win” every day.