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Big Al's View Of The World


“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.”

That was Abraham Lincoln (in the context of The American Civil War of 1861 to 1865). He is saying we should learn from the incidents of the Civil War for the wisdom to be learned not for the wrongs to be avenged. Pretty powerful words written almost 150 years ago.

I found that quote while googling another quote, “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” History has a way of repeating itself throughout time. Only the characters have changed in the play. The story is the same.

I bring up these quotes because unless you live under a rock or don’t have Facebook I’m sure you’ve heard about my man Joe B and his rousing speech to the troops at the Texas High School Finals. I hated football in high school but I loved the tv show Friday Night Lights. That Coach Taylor could stir up the team. Regardless of how fired up he had them at the end of the speech they would all touch the sign above the door to the field that read, “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” It took me a few episodes to get past the visual of George Strait telling him to “get his butt out of here” but once I got that out of my head I was all in.+

I’m pretty sure if they’d had that sign at the Taylor County Expo every kid in that arena would have jumped up to slap it on the way out. Joe was there to do his job and he did it in typical Joe B fashion that even Coach Taylor would have loved. I could see him now standing over there by the lockers listening to Joe B tell it like it is with a smile on his face. When the speech was over ol’ Coach would say, “clear eyes, full hearts” and before he could finish the team would shout “can’t lose.”

There wasn’t any sugar on it because Joe B doesn’t talk like that. He is going to tell you exactly what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.

What is ironic is that during the speech he gave in 2015 he told the kids that “if they thought they were the only little 15 year old hot shots out there, they were sadly mistaken.” He said they were everywhere and in every state and that you still had to work on your craft because if not that other little hot shot would unseat you.

There is a reason we love Joe B and Donnie Gay so much. We want to hear the truth. We don’t want it sugar coated.

I won’t go into the details or the reasons behind Joe’s speech. Let’s just say that if you grow up in Michigan there is a great chance you can play hockey better than someone from Texas or Oklahoma. If you grow up in Mexico or Europe you can probably play soccer pretty well. In Texas we rodeo. You can say it’s the weather, it’s the competition or even that we have more kids in high school rodeo than almost all of the other states combined. You don’t even have to believe that we are better. There’s lots of kids from other states that win just as much as kids from Texas.

I heard Tuf Cooper say one time in an interview that he didn’t feel sorry for the guys that didn’t win because he was supposed to win. He had put in the time, his family had put in the time and he was expected to win because of what had gotten him to that point. He could have grown up in Ohio but if he knew there was not one single reason he wasn’t supposed to win who are you to tell him different.

Until this past year’s Presidential Election I had never heard the term “snowflake.” Now I understand why they call them snowflakes, because each time something touches them they melt. A lot of people use the catch phrase “politically correct.” Nope, they are just snowflakes melting.

I started out my article with the quotes from history because they are correct. Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We are living in a special time in history right now. We have people wanting to tear down statues, burn books and murder people all because they don’t agree with their thinking. Go study your history books. The same thing has happened more than once during the history of the world. I don’t agree with you so therefore I must be wrong!

There is so much more in this world to be concerned about. Joe B is the least of our worries. Sometimes the truth hurts. Other times it lights a fire under your butt.

Don’t make me call Dr. Phil to straighten out this mess. Put on your big girl panties and get out there and practice. If you’re from Texas, get after it because they are coming for you. If you’re from somewhere else, get after it because them Texas kids are pure poison.

Big Al


July 2017 Cowboy Sports News Magazine

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