Warren County sports didn’t have a good night in regard to Cookeville on Thursday. In fact, it is one of the teams where I would enjoy seeing repeat performances of the Lady Pioneer 20-3 softball win.
I know when you’re playing away, you can expect some hometown cheering. It’s when it becomes jeering that doesn’t sit well with me. I’ve never heard it coming from the Warren County bench, home or away.
For example, just after the national anthem in Cookeville, we got to hear the student section yell – I’ll use a better vernacular – how bad we were. Really classy, just after the invocation and respect for the nation.
There were three teams poised for success against Cookeville opponents. The soccer team, the baseball team and the softball teams all fell to their Cookeville counterparts Thursday night, although the point can be argued a bit because the Lady Pioneer game wasn’t over until after midnight, technically making it Friday.
Now all three of our teams’ seasons continue at the regional level so there’s more story to be had which is what got me thinking of this column idea in the first place. Although the stories for Thursday’s games are written, and you can’t change what happened, the story of where the teams go from here is a blank page.
Each team can write its own story about what goes in the next paper from scratch. It’s like a do-over where you don’t have to haul yesterday's baggage. Focus on where you want to be tomorrow.
Now I can quote Forrest Gump here in that “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get” and you can’t say for sure what is going to happen. However, you can lay out the plot line, figure out the attitudes and demeanor of the protagonists and how they handle adversity. You can plan out how you’re going to forget about the last game, and focus on this one because Forrest didn’t mention that each time you pick a piece of chocolate, it might be the best one in the box.
A well-known inspirational poem titled the “Desiderata” says: If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
The entire poem is worth a read if you haven’t but there’s something calming and peaceful about taking things in stride and enjoying the path as it passes by instead of living in the past or the future.
These are things that are important in both the game and life. Often, sports can be a metaphor for life and it’s also a game so it is to be enjoyed ultimately. If we play just for wins, we’re bound to spend a lot of time disappointed and angry.
Our sports teams did a fantastic job this year getting into the regionals. I hope they had fun along the way.