I’m not even going to apologise for it. I’m just going to come out and shamelessly say it. I still believe the Sharks can make the playoffs and even win this competition.
Okay so they have had a pretty tough time in the first ten rounds of this competition. We’re just sitting at the edge of a playoff spot, still 6 points behind the last team in that top six and we have at least 3 teams biting at our heels to edge past us and push us even further down the log. The fact is, we can’t lose any more games and unfortunately the first 9 games played by the Sharks does inspire much confidence.
They need a boost from somewhere. They need that movie-locker room pep talk with the music playing in the background and the coach getting all inspirational, with that menacing look of determination in his eyes lifting the players to a chant and a renewed and probably totally misguided belief that no one can stop them. When every player has stopped believing and given up the coach would come in and say: “You stop listening to what anyone is saying, you stop thinking of anything else and focus, focus on the fundamentals that we’ve gone over time and time again, don’t think about winning or losing and just play the game, I don’t care what anyone is saying, we will win this game.” like Gene Hackman as Coach Norman Dale in Hoosiers or Will Patton as Coach Bill Yoast in Remember the Titans, or a combination of all of these cool movie pep talks put together.
Everyone needs a boost from time to time. It’s boosts like these that has gotten many a movie team, fictional and real through tough games and to impossible victories. Hollywood has tapped into this human condition and made many films that give us those last-chance-at-greatness speeches we’ve come to call sports movie pep talks. Through cinema, we meet many great motivators and if they could implore those athletes to dig a little deeper, then surely a little pep talk from the fans can spur the Sharks on to do the same.
A while ago Rob aspired to find the answer to the Sharks’ problems by asking the readers three simple questions, today I want to ask Sharks fans just one. Do you still have enough faith to support the Sharks and believe that they can achieve the impossible this year? If you do, then help me out. Imagine you had a chance to walk into the Sharks locker room before the game on Saturday and give them a movie pep talk, what would you say to motivate them to a victory and inspire them to complete these last 8 weeks with no further losses and an unlikely spot in the top 6?
I know we all feel disheartened and our faith is just hanging on by a thread, and with good reason. The results and the way those results have come, does not inspire a lot of confidence, but the team needs us now, we’re the fans, this is our job, we need to motivate the team to something special this year, even if it means putting all our energy in and heartbreakingly falling just short again.
One of Robin Sharma’s books says it best. The things we say determine how we feel, and everything we say affects everyone around us and what they say and feel. If we’re positive about something, we’ll have more energy, passion, and belief. If one fan are disheartened and losing faith, then the rest will slowly follow. The words coming out of our mouth shapes the words coming out of the mouths of everyone around us. Words are viral. And so by calling this day a challenge for the Sharks instead of a completely hopeless situation, the whole culture of our team could change. That which we speak about we strengthen. If we spend a lot of time complaining about all that is wrong with the Sharks and talking about every loss, we’ll actually heighten the stress and increase the awareness to our failures. What you focus on grows. So speaking about something amplifies it within your perception because you’re giving your attention and energy to it. If we continually complain about what’s broken with the Sharks and their game, we’ll actually see more of the very things we wish to avoid. Words have power.
Now I know, we are not the Sharks and do not directly influence them, but this feeling of total despair and disbelief must be circulating and reaching the players and the team and therefore could well be effecting the way they feel and play. I suppose it’s their job to stay positive and Plumtree’s job to find the whole movie-coach-pep-talk-moment within himself, but I also totally believe that we as fans can influence the team by changing the way we talk and reinforce our belief in them.
And so I can completely and utterly unapologetically say, I still have faith in the team and believe they can go all the way in this competition and screw you for trying to make me believe otherwise.
Just imagine you had a chance to walk into the Sharks’ locker room before the game on Saturday, what would your pep talk sound like?Tweet