“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
Henry David Thoreau
This is what I imagined Jason Garrett saying to Tony Romo this week…It’s what I would like to say to Broncos and Colts fans this week. I think we all need a reminder to stay in the present moment at times. I keep a copy of Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” beside my bed and pick it up whenever I need a reality check. (Great book if you haven’t read it.)
Why the present moment? Because that’s all we have, it’s all that actually exists until we get to the next moment. So, if you’re not in it then you’re not anywhere. Well, actually that’s not true you’re probably trapped in the craziness of your mind.
How does this relate to Dallas, Denver, and Indy you ask?
Tony Romo made a key mistake in the Cowboys’ week one game that he has taken a lot of heat for in the media. Let’s be honest, he’s made key mistakes over the course of his career that have set him up to be labeled as (your label-not mine) a “choker.” Romo is a talented football player, there’s a reason why he is the Dallas Cowboys’ starting QB. I don’t think Tony Romo chokes, I don’t think he’s a bad player – - I think he needs to be present in every moment he’s on that field and he needs to be aware of what his best options are in any given situation. It is true that he made a bad decision. That is why players have coaches, that is what coaches are there for – - to teach players to have clarity in their options while playing the game, then make the best possible choice. I have no doubt that Jason Garrett is doing that.
Denver fans, Kyle Orton is your quarterback, you need to embrace him. You’re actually making it harder for your team to have success by chanting “Tebow” and threatening to put up billboards in the city. You’re creating a divide amongst the team and the fan base. If Tim Tebow is going to be your starting quarterback it will happen naturally. Don’t force it; nothing good will ever come from a forced situation. A true fan would not boo their beloved team…I heard a lot of boos last week. How is that supporting your team?
Indy fans, we’re all sad Peyton is out. It’s terrible, but unfortunately, injuries are a part of this sport. Panicking now is not going to benefit anyone. The reality is a truly talented quarterback on any team would be severely missed if injured. That’s the way the game is built. I guess you could say that the Colts should have been better prepared with a backup that already knew their offense, but a great backup quarterback is tough to keep on your roster. If the guy is good enough to be a starting quarterback, a team in need of a QB will snatch him up. Look, I’m not underestimating how upsetting this is to Colts fans across the world. All I’m saying is, it’s gonna be ok. If I know Peyton Manning, he will be very involved with helping this team become as successful as they possibly can. What’s the worst that could happen…you guys have a bad season? I know, I know, that would suck. But in the end, it’s only Football.