Seems silly right? Telling professional athletes who are making millions whose job it is to perform tasks so that we can be entertained to go out and have fun playing a game might be construed as a silly thing to say. But it’s the last game of the season. Go out there and leave it all out there. Leave no doubt who the better team is on Sunday.
Do you want to run a trick play that you wouldn’t ordinarily run? Run it on it on Sunday. Do whatever you need to do to play focused football but don’t forget to go out there and enjoy what you’re doing.
That may be hard due to the disappointment from last week, but give it a try. I realize this is the kind of thing that gets told to high school teams but believe it or not NFL players are human beings just like teenagers.
This isn’t to say go out there and not care what happens or play any less hard because nothing matters. I’m saying have a good time doing your job. Like Rube Baker once famously said, “a day of playing ball is better than what most people do for a living.” I hope the players have that sentimentality on Sunday. It might lead to better play and hey at least they’ll feel good. Feel good play good.
This article was a bummer to write because it’s the last one of its kind for me for the year. Thanks for reading what I’ve written this season. This has been my first year at PhinPhanatic and it’s been a real good time interacting with some of you in the comments even the ones who think I’m a dumbass. I’ll still be writing throughout the off-season. I easily see myself writing next week with a bunch of off-season-related items. Have a great weekend, enjoy the last game of the season, and always, Fins Up.