Friday, March 18, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Surprise March Madness Style

Linking up with Five Minute Fridays, where we write for five minutes, unedited, on a one word prompt. This week? SURPRISE

I love March Madness. Every year I painstakingly fill out my bracket, using my basketball "expertise" from watching ESPN while walking on the treadmill to choose which teams will be the Cinderella...

I'm not always the fan of the Cinderella story, because I'm a member of Big Blue Nation and loudly and proudly support my Cats, and if there is one thing Kentucky usually isn't, it's a Cinderella story.

However, I do love me some upsets.

The great thing about bracketology is that few people ever get it right.

Every year, there's always a surprise team that wins in the first round.

There's a surprise team that comes out and plays like they haven't played all year and somehow manages to barely lose.

There's a surprise team that America falls in love with because of their young coach or their tenacity or their story that involves somebody who has died/battled back from illness/ fill in the blank with another hard luck story here.

We like the surprise element...

If it's not our team.

Maybe it's the excitement.

The feeling that no matter how down we seem, we have the chance to win.

All of us, whether we will admit it or not, are underdogs in some way.

All of us luck in some shots every now and then.

There will be a day when we play the game of our life and still come up short... whether it be as parents, in our marriage, at work...

or all of the above.

And then there are days when we just keep swinging... just keep shooting... just keeping driving...

And we're the surprise.

Keep clinging to that dream, whatever it may be. You just may surprise yourself.

1 comment:

  1. I love surprises too when it comes to sports. Maybe South Carolina can pull one off this year? It would be a great big surprise indeed if they did.