Baltimore Ravens 20Â
San Francisco 49ers 17
The ending of this game is another reason why I will not waste time, energy, and money watching NFL games. The game was on TV in the gym I own, X Fitness. The Baltimore Ravens allegedly have a high-powered offense but chose to play for field goal position as time winded down in the 4th quarter with the game tied 17-17. The Ravens kicked a 49 yard field goal to win 20-17. The Ravens wildly celebrated like the won the lottery. They carried the â€œheroâ€ kicker on their shoulders. The Ravens have the most explosive quarterback in the NFL but carried the â€œheroâ€ kicker on their shoulders.
This same type of wild celebration happened in a high school football game in 1987 that my team played in. My team violated my #NoWildCelebration Rule after we kicked a 33 yard field goal. After the game, I congratulated them for the upset David versus Goliath win. And I announced we would never kick again. Ever. No punts, no field goals, no Point-After Touchdowns. If we didnâ€™t have the balls to score a touchdown, we would never again settle for mediocrity by scoring half-a-touchdown – 3 points – by kicking the ball over the other teamâ€™s heads. That started the longest no-kicking streak in the history of football.
We never kicked regardless of field position, regardless of score. #Go-for-it became our ideology. My objective was to teach my players the Power of Being Different, of never fearing originality, of not falling in the #ConformityTrap, of never becoming a victim of the Football Establishmentâ€™s #Brainwashing to think the same, to do the same.
I was a in my 12th year of policing in 1987 when I started our no-kicking streak. The reason why my police career is relevant is that my police job dealt with real life-and-death decisions. Deciding whether to kick or not is not a life-and-death decision.
Our no-kicking streak worked. We scored more points. We invested kicking practice reps into offensive reps turning our offense into a #groundbreaker. The #Go-For-It Mentality works. It wins. It wins big. It scores more points both on the field and with players who take enormous pride in a no-kicking policy.Â Â
Blessings + all good things