It ain’t over ’till it’s over

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New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. (AP Photo)
New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. (AP Photo)

The sports world lost a legend this week with the passing of New York Yankee great, Yogi Berra.

 

Many of us remember Berra as the guy who said weird things in beer commercials during our youth. The fact of the matter is, Yogi was a great baseball player.

 

In a 20-year playing career, Berra hit .285 while blasting 358 home runs. Until Johnny Bench came along, Berra’s 305 home runs were the most by a catcher in the history of the game.

 

However, the thing about Berra’s playing career (that I think deserves the most attention) is his 10 World Series championships.

 

Yes, that’s right. Yogi did not just win enough rings for one hand, he earned enough for both of them. To me, this is the type of record that will never be broken.

 

First of all, I don’t see any team stringing together a run of dominance like the Yankees of the 1940’s and 50’s did. Secondly, in the transient sports world we live in, I doubt most players would stick around with said club long enough to get the 10 titles.

 

I have often enjoyed a good debate about who is the greatest baseball player of all time, and I have one friend who always says it is Yogi Berra. When I ask why, he constantly reminds me of Berra’s world championships.

 

While I don’t ever agree with him, I do get his point and we should all remember that Berra was an outstanding baseball player—not just a guy who could confuse us with his (mis)use of the language.

 

Sunday was a particularly brutal one in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys lost Tony Romo for a good portion of the season. Eddie Lacy hurt his ankle and might be out for a while. DeAndre Hopkins apparently suffered a concussion and also will probably miss time this week.

 

The list doesn’t stop there. Jay Cutler, Aaron Williams, Matthew Stafford all fell victim to the injury bug and are questionable going forward.

 

Of course football is a violent game and people get injured, so what am I getting at? Well, I’ll tell you. My point here is that one play can completely change a team’s season. The Cowboys are a prime example of this.

 

Jerry Jones and company were entertaining Super Bowl thoughts before Romo’s injury. Now, they are going to have to trot either Brandon Weeden or newly acquired Matt Cassel out at quarterback for at least eight weeks—and see what happens.

 

Don’t forget, they are already playing without their best wide receiver, Dez Bryant—who broke his foot in week one.

 

People don’t talk much about it, but there is so much luck that goes into having a winning season in the NFL, and much of that luck involves keeping your players healthy.

 

Do you think the New England Patriots would be great without Tom Brady? I don’t.

 

In fact, the one year he suffered a season-ending injury, they won nine games and missed the playoffs. Certainly better than the Indianapolis Colts the year they lost Peyton Manning, but still, not good enough to qualify them as the best team in the league.

 

So, if your favorite team is relatively injury free through the first two weeks, good for you. I would advise you to hold your breath though. Their season is just one unfortunate play away from complete upheaval.