How many people have been born, records broken, businesses started and ended, sports seasons completed, wars started and ended, nations formed…since 1978?
Thirty seven years is a heartbeat in the grand schemes of time, but it’s an eternity in many industries, careers, and lives.
If you had failed at something for 37 consecutive years, would you have kept on trying? People like Edison, Lincoln, and Franklin come to mind as examples of those who kept failing, but simply never gave up. Of course, Edison would tell you that he never failed, but rather found 10,000 ways that did not work.
What have you done in the last 37 years? Were you even born in 1978? I was a young kid, and I don’t specifically remember that year. But I do remember very specifically 5 years before that. My mom was heavily engaged in horseback riding. We always had horses and dogs, and it seemed like we went to countless horse shows, where my mom competed in dressage competitions.
So when Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973…well, I remember it like it was yesterday. The video of the Belmont Stakes is simply priceless. It’s amazing. I remember Secretariat’s owner, after the race, saying, “We were just praying he’d stay on the horse!” I get chills just watching this ancient video, and it’s just plain wild as the announcer exclaims, “Secretariat is running like a tremendous machine!”
Today, we got to see another great performance, the first of its kind in 37 years as American Pharoah won the Belmont to capture the Triple Crown. He led wire to wire in a very clean race on a fast, dry track.
I made sure my kids were there to see it. They didn’t realize they were seeing history being made, but someday they’ll look back and (I hope) appreciate their nutty dad insisting that they drop everything and come watch 2 1/2 minutes of excitement that I’ll never forget.
Greatness does not come along often, though it’s amazing that it happened three times in the decade of the 70s with Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed. But then 37 years passed. And now that drought is ended.
Congratulations to everyone in the American Pharoah camp. Well done. It was great to see and experience.