Beyond the Box Scores

For Every Action...

By: Jeff Archer
By: Jeff Archer

Sir Isaac Newton wrote what possibly is the greatest description of sports over 330 years ago.

Anyone who has managed to stay awake during a high school physics class knows that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.  Sir Isaac Newton published that statement in 1687 (along with some other ones).

Nothing better describes high school basketball in March.  I look at the Pike Central win over Sheldon Clark and the Shelby Valley win over Betsy Layne on Tuesday night.  For all the excitement and joy that comes with the wins there is the opposite reaction on the other bench.  It's an interesting mix of emotion.

I always love to see close exciting games, I mean, who doesn't?  But I can't help feel bad for those players who give everything for so many months and years of their lives to come so close and not reach what they were hoping for.  It happens it all sports and all walks of life.  The guy who gets the girl and the guy who doesn't.  The person who gets the job and the person who was "the next choice." It's difficult and it's painful... and it's life.  Both the highs and the lows.

So I wish everyone good luck.  I hope every team plays to their potentional and leaves everything on the field/court/boardroom/whatever venue.  As long as you give everything you had, you will be okay.  After all, John Wooden said that you can't control wins or losses, you can only control your effort.  And he knows a thing or two about winning.

~ Jeff Archer

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