Thursday, December 5, 2013

Would you go for two?

Many people tuned in to the epic game between my love, Michigan Football and their bitter rival, The Ohio State last Saturday. It was a battle, both teams pushing hard towards victory. For Ohio State, their National Title hopes were on the line. For Michigan, restored dignity and a final home game for the Seniors who undoubtedly wanted to end their regular season and last home game on a high note, beating the Buckeyes.

So how did it end? Well, Michigan displayed it's usual last minute heroics and drove the field to score the game tying touchdown with seconds left, assuming an automatic extra point from the kicker.

But wait....they didn't bring out the kicker. In stead, the offense is on the field and they are showing signs that they are going for two! Wow, they make it, it's a historic win, if they miss, well...they lose to rival Ohio State in dramatic fashion. I was at the game....the air got very thick in anticipation.

Ohio State not ready to handle a two point conversion, calls a timeout.

What does Coach Hoke do? Does he second guess his decision and put in his kicker knowing that Ohio State just burned their last timeout, knowing with in reason that this game has a very strong chance of going to overtime?

No. He turns to the Seniors and asks (paraphrased): "Men, what do you want to do?" Unanimously, they wanted to go for the WIN!

Of course, they go on to miss the conversion and Ohio State sneaks out of the Big House with a one point victory.

This week I have let the decision to go for two really sink in, along with the final outcome, and I have learned a lot about myself.

Mostly, I have learned that I am a "Go for Two" kind of guy. I pursue life wanting to take every moment to win right then and there, not hold out for a what-may-be victory. I want to seize it. I want to experience it...Now.

This can explain why I put my body through 3.5 years of treatment, including 7 cycles of a very nasty chemotherapy regiment, followed by back to back bone marrow transplants, 7 more cycles of chemo, followed up by maintenance chemotherapy.

This also explains why I am uneasy about seeing a trace amount of Myeloma in my blood. The current medical staff at UMCCC is not happy about the results, but there also isn't a sense of urgency, a sense that we need to go for two if you will.

I cannot escape my Go For Two personality. I want to win the Championship, I want to win the Big Game...I want to be cured of Multiple Myeloma. 

So where does that leave us? Oddly enough, I will most likely return to Columbus soon, yes, The Ohio State, to get some of their thoughts and opinions on where they think I should head. I also anticipate a visit or two to see Dr. J in Chicago and and Dr. Barlogie in Arkansas. Simply put, these Doctors are my 'Seniors' who I go to when I have to make the decision of whether or not to go for two...although I am like Coach Hoke, I always want to go for the WIN!


Unknown said... has long been said, a tie game in football is about as thrilling as kissing your sister...on the other hand staying alive to fight another day shouldn't be undervalued.
Either way, young man, I'll be rootin' for you to dominate once again! ;)


Alex Bicknell said...

As a Brit, I just had to read up on the rules of 2-point conversions!

I'm like you - a go-for-2 by nature, currently less than impressed to see my myeloma is still detectable, though I'm in remission (DialM).

But myeloma - I hope - is a long game. There will be time for the extra play. Being ambitious isn't the same as being in a hurry. Hang in there.

Stephen Greene said...

You're young and tough as nails, Phil. Go for the win.....

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