The Very Important Game

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
A Different Perspective

Some people are just plain crazy. How else do you explain Canadian Football League fans sitting outside for hours in minus 20C weather, watching grown men in tights and shoulder pads chase after a piece of leather?


I would never say those words to Gary, though. Gary is a die-hard Stampeders fan. Has a sticker of the team logo on his car window. And on his sweater. And ball cap. Gary is a true fan.

His head hung low today- the day after his team got knocked out of the Division championship by the same team that took them out last year. Sadness filled his eyes.

They say it’s good to talk about your feelings. So, I asked him how he was. Disappointed. Very disappointed.

They also say it’s good to get your mind off things. So, I asked him what else he did on the weekend, besides watch football.

He told me he watched his 10 year old daughter play hockey. She had tried her hardest, but her team lost.

And then Gary said something I never would have expected him to say. He told me that if he had the power to change the outcome of just one of those two games, he would rather have his daughter win her girls’ league regular season game than have his professional league team win the Divisional championship to go on to the coveted Cup.

And with that comment, he showed me a different perspective:
Sometimes the outcome of one child’s game is more important than the game watched by tens of thousands.

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Over the next few weeks I’ll be using this section to apply in my real life thoughts from previous weeks. Feel free to join in.  

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Today’s 4 Minute Writer  

The Game

Cheering en masse, the crowds roar and rumble to the pace of the game. One minute everyone is on their feet, screaming and whooping it up. The next, a low jeer of disapproval fills the stands.

Up and down goes the rhythm, punctuated by the occasional orderless murmuring between periods.

There are those who feel they must stand out from the crowd, creating their own chants, shouts, and gutteral sounds. Have to be an individual, let everyone know how they see things.

Be an individual if you must, but do it from the other side of the stands, not behind my head!

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10 responses to “The Very Important Game

  1. I really identified with this post. I watched, and cheered excitedly, for my sons’ soccer team on Sunday as they won against a team they have lost to previously. And I was only mildly interested in the fact that the Stamps lost.

    • There is something amazing about little people becoming their own people in the world on a field.
      My favourite is when they let teams of five year old kids play on the ice between periods at NHL games. Such a wonderful picture- the same fans who are watching million dollar players are suddenly cheering for little guys struggling to keep themselves balanced on a pair of skates.

  2. Thanks for this great post Zoe – Phil is a dyed-in-the-wool Manchester United supporter, but he has had a real renewal of his love for the game now Felix is a player in his own little team. They speak the same language. They are clever though: they use it to learn life-lessons together: celebrate successes, cope with failure, work towards excellence. It has even inspired Phil to play again himself, and become a top goal scorer for his company team. Such an important game for them both!

    • So many life lessons can be learned from playing sports. I don’t play sports. That explains a lot…

      Getting involved in the game is far more exciting than watching it. How great that Phil and Felix can bond over their mutual passion!

  3. I’ve never been a sports fan. Scrabble is my game. Ha! I like the guy that cared more about his daughter’s team winning than his professional league team. Bravo. Blessings to you…

  4. V

    Children are, in my opinion, the greatest catalyst in knowing what true love is.

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