Funerals, Babies, and Office Space

“Sometimes in life, we all deal with challenges…We have an opportunity to look at those challenges and view them either as obstacles or as opportunities.” ~Ryan Braun

I’m hoping to use this mind-set as I tackle this week in my personal life, but this column is dedicated to us sports fans for whom this past week presented our own challenges, disappointments, and opportunities.

First for the disappointment. A good friend will tell you that to move past the hurt it is necessary to take 5 minutes to accept it. Cry it out. Do whatever you feel is needed to accept that things didn’t go your way. So here is to 5 good minutes (or seconds) to accepting that the Packer’s didn’t win, Joe Paterno passed away, and Cundiff shanked a field goal that would have put Baltimore on top. Go ahead. Let it out. Now onto the challenges.

How the soon to be ex-Mrs. Kobe Bryant will handle managing 3 mansions post divorce I will never know–maybe a stint on Basketball wives will do the trick.  Out this week, Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari are having a baby, and are engaged again, though I wonder what order that came in. He was quoted as saying he didn’t break up with her. Ya. And people aren’t crazy. Oh well, at least now Chicago fans will have something to celebrate. Oh no she didn’t! Yes she did.

The opportunities. Much to my mother’s dismay, Craig Counsell announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Much to my approval he has taken up residency in the offices at Miller Park, a scouting talent from my favorite Brew Crew and Doug Melvin. Here is a good article written by Doug Glanville, from, highlighting his career.  Not many people remember he has TWO championship rings with other franchises. The Florida Marlin’s (’97) and Arizona Diamondbacks (’01).

As you can see there are a lot of challenges facing us every day. Who do we cheer for come February 5th now that our teams aren’t traveling to Indy? Well least not to participate in the Superbowl. What sport am I going to follow now that football is basically over? Jury’s still out on that one for me folks.

The biggest issue will be how do we handle them. Do we throw our kicker under the bus? What about our coach that could have used a time out to give our kicker time to regroup? Or the WR who couldn’t wrap the ball up and had the winning TD stripped? Way I see it, you get 5 good minutes to accept the failure, disappointment, frustration, anger, hurt, or pain. 5 minutes. Then after that you try to move on and see what headlines hit us the next day.