My heart goes out to Kyle Brotzman of the Boise St. Broncos. With the game against the Nevada Wolfpack tied at 31 apiece and 2 seconds left on the clock, the usually reliable Brotzman had his 26 yard field goal attempt sail wide right.
The game went into overtime, and Brotzman, yet again, missed another one. Later, the Wolfpack kicker converted his field goal, and the game ended.
Had Brotzman converted the field goal his team would have secured a berth in the Rose Bowl. Now they would be lucky to get invited to any bowl. To make matters worse, an entry into the Rose bowl would have also entitled the University to a 17-18 Million dollar paycheck.
It’s all gone.
How do you recover? Well, we spoke about this once before after Brooks Conrad, of the Atlanta Braves, made three errors in the NL Divisional Series against the Giants. The same would apply to Brotzman.
If I could try to help Brotzman cheer up, I would first remind him about Conrad and then show him what Steve Johnson, of the Buffalo Bills did in overtime against the Steelers yesterday.
The video I would show him with the biggest impact, is a clip of a young 18 year old professional basketball player that shot 4 air balls in the biggest playoff game of his career and on the biggest stage of his life.
Yeah. That was Kobe Bryant. And I wondered if he would ever recover. I think he did alright.
Hang in there Kyle. Remember what Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
And take a look on Facebook where almost 20,000 people, including yours truly, have joined “The Bronco Nation Loves Kyle Brotzman” fan page. You deserve it.