- John Wooden
It seems that life revolves around those do-or-die moments we all face from time to time. Whether it be a big presentation before the board, an interview for your dream job or even just the last frame of your local bowling league, the pressure and adrenaline that surrounds those moments can be intoxicating. Add to that 20,000+ fans in person and millions more on TV and those moments are HUGE! And tonight is one of those opportunities.
In the NBA, NHL and MLB, those moments usually revolve around a Game 7 in the playoffs. It is in these games that legends are made or destroyed. Whether it's Willis Reed emerging from the locker room for the Knicks in 1970 or Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run for the Pirates in 1960, players that can not only survive but thrive under the immense pressure of the moment punch their ticket to sports immortality. And tonight gives us another opportunity to place someone in that hallowed place. Whatever the outcome, it is these moments that make sports so much fun to consume. Enjoy the game tonight, whether your team wins or loses. Just be happy that you were a part of something special.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
- Nelson Mandella