Baseball legend Yogi Berra is credited with coining the phrase “It ain’t over till it’s over.” The statement seems like a redundancy; of course nothing is over until it’s over. However, in sports and in life, we think that way.
And we couldn’t be more wrong. Just look at the last year in sports.
Cleveland was down 3-1 to Golden State.
The Chicago Cubs were down 3-1 to Cleveland.
New England was down 28-3 with three minutes left in the third quarter to Atlanta.
The Cubs broke the curse, the Cavaliers ended the drought, and the Patriots did the impossible.
Yogi was right. These teams proved that a champion has to be willing to go nine innings over seven games, 48 minutes in basketball or 60 minutes-plus in football to get it done.
Never kneel, lie down, or get down on yourself. Two outs isn’t three. Five minutes left on the clock is still five minutes. No matter how bad it looks, don’t give up. Former President Obama said, “The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world.”
Or for those of us who speak fluent Yogi…
It ain’t over till it’s over.