Underdogs – You Can’t Win“You can’t win!” said his father as he sat on the couch drinking a beer. Tom walked toward his father and stood over him. “Yes we can,” said Tom, and took his football off the coffee table and left, slamming the door.
There were seven seconds left, and the score was twenty-one to twenty-four. The Underdogs had been chasing the Wildcats up and down the field, and now they were just one score behind. Tom approached the line to receive the snap and heard the crowd yell, “You can’t win! You can’t win!” The vision of his father sitting on the couch with his beer made Tom stutter announcing the play, and his teammates look to him in confusion. This play was his choice. Did he hand off or pass? Tom shook his head to clear his vision, and said the play over, louder this time and shouted, “Hike!” He faded back, and took in the movement of his teammates before him, then made his decision.
Tom walks in the front door and sees his father passed out on the couch. Tom puts the football back on the coffee table, with the final score so his father can see it when he wakes. The score is twenty-eight to twenty-four.