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"It's Not Over 'Til It's Over"

The wild card game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants last Sunday was easily one of the greatest football games I've ever seen. The Niners were down 38-14 with four minutes left in the third quarter, but came back to score 25 unanswered points and win it 39-38.

After the game, I sent an e-mail about it to my friend Paul Gustafson, who lives in the Bay Area and is a big football fan. Here was the reply I got:

LARS AND I WERE THERE! At age 8, it was his first pro football game... and we both had a BLAST! Although we thought about leaving when it was 38-14... I mean... who didn't? At the end of the game... the emotion flowing through the stadium was amazing... it was one of the most powerful athletic events I've ever attended... maybe the best ever. Certainly top five.

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The great thing was that we almost left, but didn't. When it was 38-14... Lars was pretty bummed out at the way things were going. I said we could go if he wanted (because a lot of other people were leaving). But he said, "No. I'm a good 49er fan. I want to stay for the whole game."

What a great way for him to learn the "it's not over 'til it's OVER lesson."

To see that game as one's first football game would be amazing. As for me, it wasn't until attending my first Carolina Courage game last year that I I watched a professional sports team for which I was rooting win in person. Before then, every time I had attended a professional game in any sport, the team I was rooting for -- the San Francsico 49ers, Carolina Panthers, and San Diego Chargers in football, and the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's in baseball -- had lost. Thank goodness that streak is over.

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