Inspired and Ready For a Comeback Win

24 Feb

It was an inspirational story that unfolded in three periods, the kind of story that pulls at the heart because you’re not really hoping for yourself to succeed, you’re hoping for someone else.

It’s the kind that every parent has when they’re cheering for their kids. I don’t think I ever had that shoot-for-the-win-as-the-clock-winds-down fantasy when I was playing sports. I wanted to win, of course, but I was never the buzzer-beater dreamer. I was more of the playmaker and defensive beast. And I had hope back then, just as I do now. But now with kids it’s different.

My hope sits with them. I hope for them, I want them to experience the win, feel what it’s like to get a victory hug from your teammates, feel what it’s like to have a redemption win, feel what that’s like.

So when my son’s team lost their hockey tournament in a shoot-out, after the score remained the same in sudden death overtime, my heart broke a little because I wanted that so much for him. But I was still proud of his effort, of his heart, and defenseman skills. I wanted to show him that regardless of the score he should be proud of himself too. And the thing is … he was.

He smiled as he got his second place medal for his weekend tournament and I was too … but I still wanted that for him. Just like parents everywhere, you want them to feel that sunshine glow. Just like fans everywhere, you place your hopes on your team and wish them to victory, not because you want something for yourself, but more so because you want that feel-good-feeling for them, the kind of feeling I got from watching the US Women’s Hockey team win the gold.


It was an intensely stressful and dramatic moment of exuberance. I jumped off the couch, pumped my fist in the air, and said what every hockey fan that had seen Miracle had said … YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Late Wednesday night, I witnessed the come-from-behind redemption win that had been in the sights of the women’s hockey team since the Sochi Olympics.

It was the kind of game that had this House of Sports residents fully engaged and putting all her hope on a young goalie, the kind of hope that makes players faster, stronger, and more skilled. You hope that the best version of your player is out there and that you did what you could to support them. And it is this kind of inspirational play that you hope catches the spirit of your kids.

And I’m happy to report that watching the women’s hockey team play Canada for the gold was an inspirational testament that resonated with thousands of people and found a spot in the heart of my kids.

Congrats to the women’s hockey team on a job well done. Earning some medals and inspiring future generations of athletes to give it everything they got. My son is ready for this weekend’s game and he’s ready for his Miracle making a comeback kind of win.

Buen Camino, my friends!




4 Responses to “Inspired and Ready For a Comeback Win”

  1. Susan Swiderski February 24, 2018 at 4:51 AM #

    When it comes to kids, I think the heartbreaking losses teach them more and develop their character more than a string of wins. As parents and grandparents, we hate to see it happen to them, but their gracious sportsmanship after giving it their all is a potent lesson. It sounds like your son handled it beautifully. No wonder you’re so proud of him.

    As for the hockey game between the U.S. and Canada, I missed it. I’m a weenie and went to bed early, but my husband stayed up, and he was still fired up about it when he got out of bed the next morning. In fact, I’ve NEVER seen him that enthusiastic about a sporting event. He said it was the single most exciting sport event he’d ever seen. I’m sorry I missed it. (But I did see some highlights the next night… )

    • The Guat April 18, 2018 at 12:39 PM #

      Oh!!! So sorry for the late reply! But I totally appreciated your response! That hockey game was amazing! Just totally at the edge of my seat there so glad the ladies won that one, redemption feels so good. My son’s team worked really hard and I was proud of him, he had a great game! One of the best, that’s why I was totally glad that he was still in good spirits afterward, because I think he knows he did what he could. I like that he’s a gracious, with a win or loss. Thanks so much for reading and pumping me up!

  2. Dentler Erdmann April 5, 2018 at 7:07 PM #

    I usually agree l00% with what you say/write. I have a little bit different take. Winning is important. . .we all like to win, and we all root for our favorites to win and have that “feel good” feeling. To me, in any sport, the most important thing is that they have participated. Winning and losing are part of the sport/game, but what is really important is that they played, especially in this day and age of cell phones, laptops, text messages, and other distractions that keep kids off the playing field, the court, the pool, etc. The”buzzer beater” you refer to wasn’t necessary when you wee playing. You were awesome throughout the game, not just at the end.

    • The Guat April 18, 2018 at 12:47 PM #

      Ha! Thanks so much!! And of course I wanted him to feel the redemption win, I hoped for it 🙂 but what I really enjoyed the most was having him leave it all out there on the ice. I was super proud of him in the end because he had no regrets, like he was trying his best and knew what was on the line and gave it what he had. And he was one of the few on his team left in good spirits when he walked out. Not that he dismissed the the game as a whatever-moment-I’m-over-it he just walked out with a positive outlook because he knew he had tried his best. He was gracious in defeat or win. Not many kids or people do that 🙂 thanks for reading Erdie!!! Always love hearing from you.

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