Life is strange.
You scratch off a 50-dollar winner and race out to collect only for your foot to discover Fido from next door has left another steaming surprise in your front yard. The insignificance of this turn of events is soon brought to light when your wallet is forced to come to terms with the fact the service engine soon light has just come on in your car.
Sundays are the closest thing we have to the days of the Roman Gladiator. Men larger than life, some for weighing over three bills and others for doing seemingly impossible things, all running into each other with enough force to break bones and jar the brain matter of the strongest men history has known.
They appear superhuman to the guy who lounges his Sundays away in the Lazy Boy lamenting the junior high coach who elected to hand the ball to Jimmy instead of him.
And while we perceive those in the NFL as leaders of charmed lives, the recent news of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s impending battle with Leukemia should serve as a clear indicator these men are in fact human beings not unlike you and I. There is no transcendental message here other than life is short and often has a way of surprising us when we least expect it.
This holds true whether you’re paid to knock the paint off Jay Cutler’s helmet or scrape the grease out of the fryer at McDonalds.
The battle Pagano and so many others are forced to wage should serve as inspiration for those struggling to face another day with their overbearing boss or obnoxious cube mate. Lost in the hectic nature of a 21st century life and holiday traffic is the fact that every day you put your feet on the floor with a clear mind and good health is worth far more than any winning lottery ticket.
Now is not the time to critique the forces of nature or probe for hidden meaning; that is best left to someone with a much more impressive resume and an eternity to work on it. Your time is better spent sharing a smile with the people in your life.
Cast aside the jaded predilections Coach Wannaputuonthebench fostered in you and stop to look at the moon or bask in the happiness your dog gets from peeing on a tree.
Of course the Colts have no choice but try and move on. And though the boys in blue will have had much to process in seven days, Green Bay is still going to try to put 100 points on the scoreboard Sunday no matter how shattered Indy’s spirit is. After all, given the events of two weeks ago, the Pack can’t afford to lose another game they should have won.
The Hollywood in all of us expects to see the Colts use Pagano’s situation as fuel for a ride to the front but the cold hard truth remains Indianapolis won’t win every game left on their schedule or play for a Super Bowl this year. Interim coach Bruce Arians made it clear the Colts need to keep their focus and can’t afford to be “over-hyped about trying to do something extra”; but he never said they can’t go out and play with the heart, guts and toughness Pagano will no doubt display during his biggest battle.
Stay “Chuckstrong” Coach.
Life is strange.
Mounties stun Stars with late-inning rally
For 5 1/2 innings Thursday night, the Western Boone Stars were well on their way to making it to the sectional semifinals.
Tigers put away Hot Dogs with late-inning offense
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Lebanon muscles past Southmont 4-2
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Tigers sweep Panthers on senior day
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Tigers spoil Bruins’ senior night
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Britt sends Tigers home victorious
The third time was the charm for Lebanon’s Lexy Britt and her Tiger teammates.
Zionsville end Lebanon’s tennis season in sectional semis
The Zionsville girls tennis team hurdled its biggest obstacle to its 13th-straight sectional title Thursday night.
Tigers hammer Mounties on senior night
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Seniors help pace Stars to win against Warriors
The Western Boone baseball team honored their seniors the best way they could Tuesday evening.
- Mounties stun Stars with late-inning rally