In one of the scenes from the classic 1994 film Forrest Gump, Gump is running and is approached by a man looking for some bumper sticker inspiration.
Just as the man finishes asking for a favor, Gump runs through a gift left behind by man’s best friend and bumper-sticker guy exclaims, “Whoa man, you just ran through a big pile of dog (poop).”
Gump’s reply, “It happens.”
Sure it’s Hollywood and Forrest Gump doesn’t exist — except possibly as a business entity — but his words ring true: It happens.
We all make mistakes. Some are more severe than others. Some require us to give up freedom and wear the striped pajamas of our friendly neighborhood prison.
Some simply require us to swallow our pride and ask forgiveness and some find us wishing we had a hole to go crawl into and die.
No matter what the mistake is though, we always have — well, I guess mistakes that end in our own tragic deaths are an exception — an opportunity to return from the mistake and get better.
I made a huge mistake last week. I sat Anquan Boldin, wide receiver for the 49ers, and played Isaac Redman, running back for the Steelers, on my fantasy football team.
I looked at the projections for both and determined that the risk/reward for making that move was enough in Redman’s favor that it made sense.
Redman had just been named the Steelers’ starter because injuries had other backs sitting the bench and Boldin was, at best, a question mark heading into Sunday’s games.
Boy, did I ever make a mistake. Boldin scored 26 points for my bench and Redman produced nothing. The only way it could have been worse was if Redman had scored negative points.
The beautiful thing is that it’s only one week’s worth of competition. I’ve got another 10 weeks in which to make up for my mistake.
I’ve also learned not to follow my gut when making my weekly line-up decisions.