Something came to my attention when I watched part of the San Francisco 49er-New York Giants play. The Niners go three and out on a series, where in one play, Trent Dilfer drops back to set up for a pass and slips and falls on the turf, then on the next play heâ€™s sacked.
It got me thinking about how much karma plays into sports. It seems when teams are down on their luck, bad things continually happen. The quarterback slides and is half a yard short for the first down. A hockey defenseman has the puck hit the back of his skate that misdirects into his own net.
Entering his 11th National Hockey League season, San Jose Sharksâ€™ RW Mike Grier has had his taste of when things go wrong with the struggling teams while everything goes right for the winning teams.
â€œIâ€™m not sure (if itâ€™s karma). Thatâ€™s just the way it seems to go. Sometimes you get in a cycle. When youâ€™re team is in a funk, it seems youâ€™re not getting the bounces. The calls that youâ€™d hope to go your way donâ€™t.â€
Grier suggests when that happens, sometimes youâ€™re not doing the little things you need to do or you might not be working hard enough. You always hope to make your own breaks.
â€œItâ€™s weird how that works, though. I think some of it is confidence. When things are going well, youâ€™re working hard and you donâ€™t even know youâ€™re working hard. Everyone has confidence in trying to make plays. Youâ€™re doing all the right things.â€
But there is that feeling of piling on when a team is down. Every officialsâ€™ call goes against you. Passes donâ€™t click.
â€œSometimes itâ€™s tough (to get out of a funk),â€ Grier admits. â€œSometimes you just need kind of a fluky bounce for a goal to go in, maybe steal a win or something like that and get everyone to feel good about themselves. Then you can slowly start to right the ship.â€
Â© 2007 Debbie Elicksen