Ahh, how we love the splendid tale of the breakout star and oh how the world of sports never fails to deliver that "from nowhere to somewhere" story.
We are now just a week removed from the New York Football Giants Super Bowl XLVI win over the New England Patriots and the GMEN's incredible run (reminiscent of their 2007 Championship run) through the NFL playoffs. Just a few months ago, the St. Louis Cardinals made that same improbable run in baseball, winning when it counted and backing into the playoffs on the final day of the season, only to continue their white hot streak throughout the playoffs and end up with a World Series title. And just two years ago, we saw now Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton and his then Auburn Tigers do the same thing in college football.
What do these teams have in common? They were "All In." Literally.
If you listen to the pundits (which I don't), you would have counted both of these teams out. "Never had a chance. No way. Look at them on paper. They'll never do it." Sure about that?
As ESPN's Chris Berman puts it, "THAT'S why they play the game."
Championships are not won on paper. They are not handed out. A team has to earn them. And top-flight draft picks and big money signings do not guarantee wins. At every level championships are won by players who have the ability to come together as a unit, and the best team—and that doesn't always mean the team with the best athletes.
Let's take the past year in sports.
Athletes like this contribute greatly to the philosophical mindset that the unit, the team, the men or women in the locker room—is stronger than the individual athlete—and together the team can accomplish great things.