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|How important is mental aspect of life?|
Missouri led Nebraska 12-0 after three quarters of football. Nebraska had only 100 yards of offense at the end of the third quarter. Then within the next four minutes, Nebraska scored 21 points. They had 150 yards of offense in the fourth quarter. The final score was Nebraska 27, Missouri 12. Have you ever wondered what causes such an explosion when a team has been so inept for three quarters?
When I was a junior at Neville High School, I was a starting defensive halfback. We were ranked No. 1 and Baker High School was not ranked. The score at halftime was Baker 20, Neville 0.
What was going on? When we went into the locker room at halftime, we expected the coaches to be all over us. We sat there in silence for the entire intermission waiting for those doors to burst open with coaches screaming and hollering. Finally, Coach Ruple stuck his head in the door and said very calmly, "You boys are just shook. Calm down and play your game. Now let's go back out there." Final score was Neville 56, Baker 20. Did we improve physically while sitting there in that locker room at halftime? No. We all had the same talent going back out onto the field as we had when we started the game. Had Baker lost some of their players? No. They had not lost anyone to injury. What was it?
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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