I don’t think I’ve fully exposed myself to my feelings about the game yesterday. This became apparent to me as I read a well-written, but very simple recount of the events of the game and started crying.
There may not be crying in baseball but I’m unapologetic about my tears here.
Those tears have everything to do with believing in one’s self. They have everything to do with overcoming the longest of odds. This is such a huge part of my personal narrative. My favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption”. When Andy emerges from that sewer and raises his hands to the sky, with lightning, thunder and torrential rain trumpeting his accomplishment, faith and hope, I lose it every time. In another favorite, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (stay with me), I lose it when Charlie finds the golden ticket and runs home to his family. And in “Star Wars”, when our heroes all just barely avoid being crushed in that damned trash compactor by the narrowest of margins...I scream in delight with them.
Like most of you, I’m presuming, I’ve seen many ups and downs in life. For reasons I’m not entirely sure of, I’ve almost always chosen to be an optimist. It’s just where I’m most comfortable. I’ve identified moments when I’ve become more cynical (in particular when I was first doing stand-up in L.A. -- and could even feel the great seductive power of audience approval - read: laughter - for my sharply emerging cynicism). In those moments, thankfully, I’ve been able to step back and consider who I want to be and how I want to see the world.
I want to believe. I want the best out of myself and the best for my friends, family and loved ones. This team has touched a deep nerve inside me. I haven’t felt this strongly since the first Super Bowl win. The second was great, mind you -- but Terry Bradshaw was right in his comments yesterday that this, right now, is the greatest moment. Regardless of what happens going forward, that game yesterday was one for a lifetime. It was something to build on, something to believe in, something to cherish.
Thank you, Denver Broncos. I am overwhelmingly grateful for having faith in and being a fan of you.