Monday, February 4, 2008
A NICE GUY FINISHES FIRST
All season long, New York Giant's quarterback Eli Manning has received criticism from journalists and pundits who claimed he lacked the talent and passion to win big games. Unlike many others in the NFL, Manning isn't a showboater and doesn't have a big mouth. He's laid back and focused on trying to do his job the best he can. As someone who doesn't have an extroverted personality, I can relate to Eli. Sometimes people interpret being calm amidst the storm as not being passionate about what you're doing. That's not true at all. It's more a matter of finding the best solution to a problem - something that's difficult to do when people are panicking. Yesterday, Manning finally earned his due by winning what many are calling the biggest upset in Super Bowl history. Losing the game by 4 points with 2 minutes left would definitely qualify as a panic situation. But Eli remained calm and focused, miraculously escaped a sack, and eventually threw the winning touchdown. Slow and steady won the race, and a nice guy finished on top. Now that's a happy ending.