Reflecting on Cornell-Kentucky

Cornell tried, but were unsuccessful at attempting to conquer Kentucky

Sports are a very fascinating. You never know who will win or what the final outcome will be, which makes every game special.

Of course we all know that each team or player needs to show up to the specific arena and be prepared for action. Yet, while we all love watching games, sports can actually teach us valuable lessons­.

From watching last nights Cornell-Kentucky sweet sixteen match-up, I learned a great deal about this Big Red team. Not only are they a group of talented individuals who excel in the classroom, but they are also a group of resilient athletes too.

They were not favored or considered a lock in this specific contest. They were geared up and excited, but I bet even the casual fan thought that this rag tag bunch of college kids from Ithaca, New York, would not beat John Calipari’s teams of future NBA studs.

They had to be nervous, extremely nervous, heck they were on national television. Bars and parties were showing this game. It was streamed online and people were watching it in the library, on their iPhones, at the office or even in the comforts of suburban households.

Cornell was the center of the universe last night and everyone, especially in the Northeast became a fan of the Big Red. Indeed it would have been an amazing victory or one of those stories you would regale for years and years if Kentucky had lost, but something came out of this game that is important for everyone to understand. The message was clear and it was never give up on your dreams or goals.

Cornell was a team that possibly many had losing in round one against Temple or eventually Wisconsin. Fans didn’t expect to see the Big Red in the sweet sixteen, but they were there last night. They tried, tried, and tried again, but Kentucky was just too physical, fast and athletic. It had to be demoralizing at times, especially how Big Blue went on a 30-6 run to end the first half.

John Wall was pressured by the Cornell Defense, but still led the Wildcats to victory

I bet it had to be awful allowing dunks or NBA highlights occur, but Cornell hung with these guys.

Kentucky is obviously a great team, but they are indeed beatable. Everyone is beatable. One bad night, bad play, bad shot or bad pass can translate into losses or eliminations.

Yet, while Kentucky strolls onward to the Elite Eight, Cornell has left me with the impression that anyone can hang with the “Big Boys.”

I advise you to clearly think about a goal or passion you have and to do everything in your power to pursue it. Cornell will be on my mind today, tomorrow and the day after that, but seriously, use this story to consider that goals are achievable.

Besides, even Will Smith made it clear in the film The Pursuit of Happiness that everyone who wants to be successful knows hard work and effort will pay off, which was similar to Cornell’s story.

You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.”

So, take it from me, Cornell has taught us all a lesson, don’t give up and realize that no dream is too small to conquer. Everyone who is passionate about something should go out and pursue their dream. Besides, Cornell truly showed the nation that even the smart ones know a thing or two about the game of hoops.

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