Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Post No. 189: Some Observations of, and Life Lessons Gleaned from, the 2014 Super Bowl
© 2014, the Institute for Applied Common Sense
Now that we’ve had some time to think about it, we’ve concluded:
1. Pundits, experts, and talking heads don’t know jack about jack;
2. Humans really are unpredictable;
3. Organizations consisting of humans are pretty unpredictable, too;
4. The weather and most things associated with Mother Nature might as well be considered unpredictable;
5. Gambling on any anticipated human behavior is stupid, but then again there’s marriage;
6. The Denver Broncos Football Team is a relatively small, government-owned and operated collection of individuals, with only 53 players, a host of highly paid coaches, and a pretty decent front office, and still could not pull off its goal within the time allotted;
7. The Seattle Seahawks Football Team is a relatively small, private enterprise . free market entity composed of individuals, with only 53 players, a host of highly paid coaches, and a pretty decent front office, and managed to pull off its goal this time, but it should be kept in mind that success is frequently transient and episodic;
8. At least players, contrary to politicians, pundits, experts, and talking heads, put their bodies and their health on the line in connection with their claims and goals;
9. Although virtually everyone who gambled on the game thought it through and perhaps legitimately thought they picked the right team and the correct spread, probably more people lost money on the game than got it right;
10. The joke about Seattle beating a dead horse was tired and old before Monday rolled around;
11. We suspect that the vast majority of people actually attending the game on Sunday had some degree of difficulty finding their parked cars after the game;
12. Almost every player on each team, with a couple of exceptions, know that running into another man at full force may result in a concussion, and in an ordinary lawsuit this knowledge would constitute either assumption of risk or contributory negligence on the part of the player, and thus deny his [or her?] claim for compensation;
13. Pete Carroll was not solely responsible for his team’s performance on Sunday;
14. There is no question in our minds that Peyton Manning was solely responsible for his team’s performance on Sunday;
15. If you want to lend legitimate support to someone, some group, or some cause you support, get in your car, or catch a plane, and be there with your slickers when the crap’s flying;
16. Once the game is over, any underlying motivations, biases, or agendas that the pundits, experts, and talking heads had before the game pretty much don’t matter, because no one cares;
17. Life and management of humans are complicated and you never know what is going to happen, much less the reason;
18. Many events in the Universe are serendipitous, when one stops to consider all of the dynamic forces in operation at any given point in time, and no one, single cause and effect factor can be singled out as being responsible for failure or success;
19. As the Logistician’s 93 yr old Father always says, “Timing is everything;”
20. If the NFL were regulated and subject to governmental intervention like most businesses, there would never be a Super Bowl Champion;
21. Lest we forget, there is a notion which many characterize as "unintended consequences," and which some contend even rises to the level of a "law;" and
21. The typical sitting President, including those who many characterize as a moron, is not solely responsible for jack, and politicians are the last folks to sit in judgment about anything, and particularly unqualified in talking about taking responsibility for one’s actions.
We'll leave the other 10 points to David Letterman.
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