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Evening Update


February 5, 2014

Viewpoint: The energy just wasn't there for Denver

Well, we call a game “a game” because that is precisely what it is. Anyone can beat anyone on any given night. Sunday, Seattle won and they deserve it. I do believe that Denver is the better team and if this were a best of seven-game series, Denver would win 4 games to 2. Yet football is not played that way.

I often think of football as energy. When the energy is there, you think you can work miracles, and when it is not, a person can barely see straight. Sacred Scripture tells us that even Jesus could work no miracles in his own hometown. When the energy is not there — it is not there. Last year I did a writing called “Everything is energy” where I talk about this concept. When the game started, the ball was hiked to Peyton Manning while he was looking the other way. Then an interception near the end of the first quarter by Manning, then another. Third quarter Seattle comes out and runs a kickoff for a touchdown. Then Manning begins to come back, throws a touchdown and I think, “Perhaps, just perhaps he can break that energy of Seattle and make a game out of this.”

Yet, pretty soon as Denver was marching down for another potential touchdown, Manning throws a great pass for a huge yardage gain and his teammate fumbles the ball and Seattle recovers. It was pretty much well over after that play.

Football, like much of life, is about energy, and Seattle had it going their way Sunday and when Denver would try to rev it up, they would either fumble the ball or throw an interception. Nellie Bly, who gained fame by traveling around the world in a hot air balloon, once said over a century ago, “Energy, rightly applied, can accomplish anything.” Yet wrongly applied, a person is vulnerable to defeat, no matter the size of the opponent. Seattle won. Denver lost. Yet Denver is the better team — just not Sunday.

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