Underdogs & Surprises

Over the weekend I had the chance to experience a great holiday surprise. It happened at the Georgia Dome where I attended the Georgia single A high school football state championship game between Landmark Christian and #1 ranked and undefeated Savannah Christian.

Savannah was the eventual winner by a score of 20-3, but struggled to finish off their perfect season against Georgia’s fourth smallest GHSA school, Landmark. In fact, the score was only 6-3 with five minutes left in the game.

Cue the surprise . . . Landmark.

Landmark entered the playoffs unranked and actually had to win a play-in game just to make the playoffs. The War Eagles entered the title game on the heels of five straight road wins as the underdogs. They were within five minutes of becoming the first #4 seed to ever win an outright Georgia state championship.

I had the chance to watch several of Landmark’s games this year. Doing so taught me several things.

* Hard work, given time, defeats talent.

* Teamwork beats individualism.

* Belief is a prerequisite to greatness.

* It is more fun to win as an underdog than it is as a favorite.

Which brings me back to the surprise.

No one in their right mind would have predicted Landmark’s playoff run to end the season. But that is how surprises work. They are unpredictable. Unexpected. Even sometimes undeserved.

As you continue into the Christmas season, I challenge you to work hard, team up, exercise faith, and have fun.

I suspect if you commit to those four actions, you will find yourself surprised.

 

i2i,

Randy

 

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Ryan

9 years ago

Great blog today. It made me recall the joy and excitement that our Blue Devil Basketball players, including your nephew, had when Tift County knocked off #1 Ranked Milton at Milton Saturday night. Hardwork, teamwork, and belief definitely prepared them. And you’re right, it was fun watching the underdog win.

Randy

9 years ago

Its genetic bro!

Anonymous

9 years ago

I do not work hard,in fact I hardly work at all, 98% of my weekly exercise I get in 1hr. on Sunday morning ,moving slowly pretty well covers the rest & I HAVE reached the place where just waking up is fun—- and I forgot the 4th thing !!

Randy

9 years ago

Keep waking up anonymous!

Don Roscoe

9 years ago

Dude … as a retired football coach that lived exactly what you described back in 1997 when our team made it to the state championship game, I cheer on your observations! Your gift to me this year was to inspire me to take the time to “blog.”
Wishing you continued inspiration.

Randy

9 years ago

Great to hear from you Don. Send me a link to the blog!

Stephen LaFond

9 years ago

Great blog Randy, as always! I love to root for the underdog, it is so nice to see a team come together and see that hard work and working together pays off! The 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team comes to mind, (I love hockey). The movie Rudy, hard work and deterimination goes a long way. Thanks for the challenge!
God Bless,
Stephen

Randy

9 years ago

thanks Stephen

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