I received the latest Blog-post from Mike Robbins on Febr. 4th, and he gave some great insight about second-guessing sports decisions. The topic? Yes! The 2015 super bowl game with its final twist and turn – for the leading team.
The Seattle Seahawks were the potential winners but in the final minute on the field there was a decision made which the whole world was able to follow. Here´s the short story given by Mike Robbins:
The Seahawks had the ball on the one yard line with less than a minute to go in the game and a few downs to work with. It looked like they were going to score a touchdown and win the game. However, instead of handing the ball off to their superstar running back, Marshawn Lynch, they decided to pass the ball on second down, and it was intercepted – thus clinching the dramatic victory for the Patriots.
“Worst call ever” was a headline in a Monday morning newspaper and got the verbal rat race started! People are simply passionate about such big (influencial) games and the on-going already builds an opinion of what is “supposed” to happen. And then – BOOM – it does not happen in the end. An ad hoc game changer appears like the faceless death in its black robe and this sudden death of what was supposed to happen won´t change peoples mind!
Sudden mistakes, loud opinions and token risks, this all mingles up after such an event when failure happens and everyone tries to change the new happy-end with the power of communication. But there´s no other result available!
WHY do we second-guess such decisions so loud – as one of the audience? Mike Robbins gave 3 great wake-up examples of this phenomenon:
1. Short-term emotion: we forget the reality with its successes
Fact: last year they won the Super Bowl and even had a great game going on in 2015 as well. As Mike wrote on: “Two plays before the interception was one of the greatest plays I have ever seen in a Super Bowl…..” Isn´t it enough evidence for NOT second guessing their final decision?
2. Not watching the BIG picture
One (big) loss does not eliminate all the other successes from the past and probably in the future! The expertise of a coach last on, like the action of the team will do. This result is no lasting “death” –
3. We tend to validate what we (already) believe….
If things run into one direction we turn enthusiastic and we start validating this trend of what will happen! We search for the right info to validate what we already believe – and a second guessing afterwards is just a poor method of an abstract correction which won´t work. We forget reality – the REALITY that every game is played on the field! It´s not played on the sidelines, in the stands, in the commentator’s booth, or on the couch at home. Face it!
A decision is a decision, and when it turns out to be right we don´t talk about it but celebrate the great result like hell! Well, maybe all this crying just happens because the party didn´t get started !?!
>> Dear complainers – get in your own game and play it on the field of life!
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –