May 13, 2014

Sometimes you find beautiful wisdom

In the most unassuming places.

I was watching Championship Sunday over a whole host of networks of the NBC family a couple of days ago.  It was the last day of the Barclay's Premier League, so all twenty teams were playing ten games, all at the same time, all televised on ten different channels, including Bravo and E!.

Commentator Lee Dixon when he played for The Arse

After flipping around a fair bit, I decided to settle in with the Man City game against West Ham United, as it appeared that Man City's result would deliver them their second EPL title in three years.

With about twenty minutes to go, color commentator Lee Dixon started speaking about a talented player for West Ham, who was approaching the beginning of the end of his career, and had had a disappointing season for the Hammers, and had not had a particularly good day on the pitch.

Dixon started by saying that this player had done nothing especially memorable today, as he was substituted for, but then Dixon said something like this (I am paraphrasing from memory):  "And, that is really what is important, especially towards the end of your career.  It does not always have to be goals, but leave the fans with a fond memory of something you did today.  I do not mean to be picking on [the said player], but a football career is fleeting.  It is important that you take advantage of every single opportunity in front of you while you have the chance.  I am not talking about trophies and titles.  It is important that you do something memorable every chance you get, and send the fans home talking to themselves, 'Do you remember when he did that last Saturday?' "

I told the Wife about this right after he said it.  She was gobsmacked, as well.  She said, "That is just great advice for life."

Arlo White (named after the Oklahoma singer Arlo Guthrie) and Lee Dixon were the top commentating team for NBC's sterling coverage of the Premier League this season.  I hope they keep them together, and I can not wait for more from them next season.

Mwah, ... 

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