As the sun rose majestically over the eastern mountains on Saturday morning, my BYU intramural softball team fell, and great was the fall of it. My hopes for an intramural championship t-shirt were dashed once again as the final out registered, and I was once again in the precarious position of asking myself "why?"
Why did this happen to me? I'm dedicated, aren't I? I have skills, don't I? Did I commit some grievous sin in some past life to doom me to intramural mediocrity? Why do some hacks win the coveted t-shirt, and loyal, proud athletes like myself are left shirtless?
These are hard questions, indeed, but probably unanswerable in this life. When viewed with an eternal perspective, I understand that my intramural experience in this life is but one act in a three-act play. To understand fully my intramural role in the eternities, I need only to have faith and press on.
However, some defeats come in the wake of victory. Only one week before our premature intramural exit, my company softball team took first place in a highly competitive tournament. Don't think I'm begging for some athletic credibility, here, I'm just reporting the facts.
I was also voted to the company all-star team, but that's all I'm gonna say.
So, yes, I am bitter we lost. I'm bitter at myself, my team and the whole freakin' system. But I'll be back. Oh yes, I'll be back just like I came back before. When flag football season starts, I'll be on the field with blazing eyes. I'll be ready to leave my very soul on the field in search of the ever-elusive t-shirt proclaiming me champion.
In the meantime, let me live with the positives. One, I rediscovered my love of softball. Two, I gained confidence enough that if, at some point, Russ asks me to be on one of his teams I can proudly say "Yes, Russ, I will." Three, Will Beck thought me worthy enough to offer his financial wisdom. And four, I finally gained some street cred at work.
So there you have it. Softball season is over, and it's vile hands have claimed one more victim. But next year I'll be back, and I will have my vengeance.