Sometimes I'm guilty of watching an Ohio State/San Diego St-type game and sweating through every second and before long, the game is over. I get to breathe a deep sign of relief and look forward to next week's struggle. Week after week this same scene is repeated until the end of the year and the LONG (re: eternal) off-season.
As I'm grinding out another football-less month and yearning for that Navy game, it's beginning to hit me that I might be sweating away the greatness that is the talent of Braxton Miller. It wasn't too many years ago I did the same thing with a now Buckeye legend, Troy Smith It was easy for me to look past each game, each quarter, each SNAP where #10 made the impossible look sublime. Then, like a vapor, he was gone. He lives on in YouTube clips that show such accuracy and leadership it's kind of like a dream. Was that real life? Did that actually happen? How did it go by so fast?
So now I sit and ponder the same with #5. This is going to be the last handful of snaps we watch from this uniquely gifted talent. I will be making it my mission to soak in every second. Yes, I will still sweat out that inevitable 3rd and 5, but my commitment to myself is to appreciate every time #5 touches the ball and I would encourage you to do the same. The reality is we're not just watching any normal player, we're watching greatness.