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Super Bowl review – part 1.

Here’s Real-Life Lesson #2,926 that I’ve taught football players for 40 years and college law enforcement students for two decades–contrary to popular myth, it’s not just a game. It’s serious business when you have to spill your guts year round to survive and thrive. It’s not just a game when everything you work for can be lost in the blink of an eye, including your life and health.

In the 1980’s, I learned two perspectives from both sides of the ‘miracle comeback’ – the winning side and the losing side. In 1985 and 1988, I was head coach of my first high school football team. We played in two championship games that ended up in two opposite results. In 1985, we made a miracle comeback to overcome a 13-point third-quarter deficit to win a championship in an undefeated year. In 1988, our opponent made a miracle comeback and overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit to win their championship. The main element of the miracle comeback is hell–both teams live hell at different times. You have to first go through hell to experience a miracle comeback or suffer through hell by being the victim of a miracle comeback.

Every miracle comeback is a story of a pendulum swing exchanging extreme pain and extreme pleasure.  One team is dead while the other team is alive. And vice-versa. You can’t have a miracle comeback without both teams getting slaughtered at some point. Miracle comebacks are symbolic of change and transformation, both positive and negative.

Winning a championship ring after a miracle comeback is a Sacred Memory but losing one after you blow a huge third-quarter lead is pure hell. It’s easy to say it’s just a game but it isn’t. It’s more than a game. Players spill their guts in the off-season–lifting and running. Then they spill their guts in the regular season investing hours of grueling practices and game-days, pushing themselves beyond barriers in mind, body, and soul to chase something that has to be experienced to be believed. It’s not just a game when there’s an ambulance on stand-by. It’s not just a game when there are doctors on call. It’s not just a game when 911 is on speed dial. It’s not a game when it can break you physically and psychologically. If you can get busted up, it’s serious business. If you can get cut and bleed, it’s serious business. If you can get cut up on a surgery table, it’s serious business. If you can get cut up in the morgue, it’s a matter of life and death.

Championship games at any level of football teach real-life lesson to athletes that can’t be learned in a classroom. They teach you:

  1. the level of hell you have to go through to win it all.
  2. the level of hell you will suffer when you lose it all.
  3. the level of hell to do it all over again, regardless if you win or lose.

The beauty of championship games is the zero-sum winner-takes-all reward. Championship rings don’t get shared like Facebook posts. You learn the Law of Earning–you don’t win titles through entitlement. You don’t get a championship ring when you lose so that you’ll feel better when you feel like hell for losing. There are no consolation prizes for the loser. There are no congeniality awards for the loser. There’s only a burning inner hell of being so close and dropping the ball, literally and figuratively. The good news is that the loser is rewarded with the chance to investigate how they lost to uncover the secret of winning. It’s a reward that goes deep. Studying losing makes you pass–dual meaning. You learn how to pass the test and how to pass deep without getting sacked.

There are countless real-life lessons learned from miracle comebacks, regardless of which role you’re playing–the victim, the offender, or the defender. One lesson in particular explains why the Atlanta Falcons lost the Super Bowl to the New England. That lesson will be explained tomorrow in Part 2.

Here is what I posted on social media today:

“2 milestones today for Blunt Talk #Podcast. First solo podcast 23 months ago got 7 listeners. Not even next of kin would listen in. Then, I started inviting outstanding guests. Just cracked 20,000 listener-downloads and 69th country on the same day. #MuchLove to all our soul-lifting guests and listeners. Blessing & all good things. #Peace”

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Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)

Head coach – Niagara X-men football

Owner – X Fitness Inc.


Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of SWAT FOOTBALL Books are at:

His books include:

4th & hell: seasons 1 and 2, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT No-Huddle Offense, SWAT Defense, SWAT Tackling Video & e-book,  X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur

He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” The first stage of his new Blunt Talk e-books is now for sale. He is currently writing three non-fiction novels book called The Mystery of Murder: Working with the dead, Midnight Shift from Hell, and Another Bar Fight. Another book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage.


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