After reading the recent FanPost by Shoe Ghosh, it reminded me of a little story my wrestling coach used to tell us to get us to forget what has happened, and look to what you're going to do next, what you can do next, and how to get to what's next.
I know this is a pretty well known story, but my coach told it a little differently. His version of the story goes like this...
There was a farmer who had an old donkey. One day, that donkey fell down the farmers well. It was down there for hours crying as the farmer tried to find a way to get his donkey out of the well. After he couldn't figure anything out, he got some other farmers together and decided just to bury the donkey in the well, because the well too was old, and didn't do much good. The only thing nearby that they had to fill the well with was a pile of manure from the donkey, so they used that. Now the donkey was down at the bottom of the well, looking up at his farmer when he got hit in the face with his own shit. After a couple minutes, the donkey decides he doesn't want to be buried in his own shit. So what does the donkey do? He shook off his shit, and stepped up. A few more minutes and a dozen more shovels full of shit later, and the donkey takes one more step up to rise above the shit. This keeps going on and on. The donkey would take his shit, and then step up. Until eventually the donkey had risen above all the shit, stepped up, and got out of the hole he was in.
I'm paraphrasing his version of the story. He was better at motivating than I. But he would always find a funny way to put the moral; "So it's time to step up and get out of this shithole" or "Just shake the shit off your shoulders, and step up". I wrestled for Coach Smoots for 4 years. I never missed a practice. We had our disagreements, but it wasn't until my senior year when I realized he was just motivating me. He was throwing shit in my face, just to see if I could shake the shit and step up. I heard that story 2-3 times per season, and it took me 4 years to get the point, to understand his methods, and to truly grasp what it really means.
Hopefully Pete has a similar type story. "Shake the shit and step up" is not quite as elegant as "Always Compete", but it's along the same lines. And hopefully the team is quicker at understanding the point than I was. After last weeks first home loss in two years, the media is throwing a lot of shit at the Seahawks. But as I've been preaching to my friend who's a Rams fan, that's only going to put a chip back on our shoulder, and that's when we're the most dangerous. So it's time to shake the shit, to "Always Compete", and step up!