If you have kids who did not get to see the amazing Patriots and Red Sox comebacks on Sunday, find the videos online and show them to your children. They might learn a thing or two about life.
The Patriots were down 27-23 with 68 seconds — and no timeouts — left. They drove 70 yards in 63 seconds, scoring the winning touchdown on a Tom Brady pass to rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. The focus, determination and persistence needed to pull off that drive are what sports is all about. But there is a bonus. Thompkins himself is a comeback story. His teenage arrest record kept him from being picked in this year’s NFL draft, though he became a Christian in college and has stayed clean since. The Patriots gave him a chance to prove himself, and he is rewarding their trust.
Hours later, the Red Sox found themselves down 5-1 in Game two of the ALCS when David Ortiz came to bat in the bottom of the 8th. No one had ever hit a grand slam that late in a league championship series game. Then Ortiz knocked one into the Sox bullpen. In the 9th Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in Johnny Gomes to win the game. Ortiz, Sox fans will recall, was picked up after having been released by the Minnesota Twins in 2002.
Kids, don’t don’t get discouraged when things look bleak. What matters is what you do with life’s opportunities, not what other people think you can do.