I’m not a huge sports fan, but like many of you, I’m tuned in to the games of the XXX Olympiad.
There’s a lot to talk about. The highly intellectual opening ceremonies, the flannels the beach volleyball players are sporting, the badminton scandal and Lochte’s star-spangled grill are just a few things that come to mind.
But what really struck me was a throw away remark made during one of the earlier events.
This past weekend, Zoe and I were watching boxing (this and gymnastics are the only sports that hold her interest), where, if I’m not mistaken, combatants fight in elimination matches, with the winner moving on toward capturing a medal.
During this particular fight, one of the commentators made the observation – and I’m paraphrasing – that a boxer may make a mistake in a given match and get away with it, if his opponent fails to capitalize on the error.
However, that boxer should still be coached to fix that mistake before the next match, because he may be in the ring with an adversary who – unlike the previous opponent – will take full advantage of the mistake and score a win.
How silly of me to limit my quest for pugilistic philosophy to Rocky movies.
It’s a decent lesson to learn – even for us steel-jawed midlifers.
Just because you get away with something in the preliminary matches, doesn’t mean someone won’t catch that mistake, tag you on the chin and go all mama said knock you out when you’ve laced up the gloves for the medal rounds.
And this is the just the first week of the games! Who knows what pearls of wisdom I’ll take away in week two!?!?